Weekend box office: 'Jumanji' regains 1st place on quiet Super Bowl weekend

Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson star in "JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE." (Sony)

Weekend Box Office Feb. 2-4, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - With the NFL’s Super Bowl stealing the bulk of the country’s attention, it was a somewhat quiet weekend at the movie theaters.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” returned to the top of the charts with weekend earnings estimated to be at $11 million. The film has made a remarkable $352 million in America alone. I was critical of many aspects of the movie, but ultimately it was a fun ride. Clearly audiences are looking for a way to escape the day-to-day politics that have taken over every facet of our lives.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure” fell 57 percent in its second weekend with $10.2 million and now has a domestic total of nearly $40 million. However, the dystopian drama continues to draw an international audience. Going into the weekend the film had already earned $100 million abroad. I suspect, once all the totals are reported, that the film will be sitting at or above $150 million worldwide against a budget of $62 million. The domestic totals might be a little disheartening, but Fox will turn a profit, something the Divergent franchise couldn’t say about the final film in itstrilogy.