2017 came to an end with Star Wars: The Last Jedi easily staying put at the top of the box office last weekend, over the final frame of the year. This upcoming weekend marks the first of the new year, with only one new release opening in theaters, Universal’s Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth entry in the Insidious franchise, while the true story adaptation Molly’s Game expands into a nationwide release after opening in limited theaters on Christmas Day. Despite this new competition, we’re predicting that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will repeat for a fourth weekend in a row, although it may be quite the close race.
The entire Insidious franchise has never been a massive hit at the box office, but they have put up solid numbers from minimal budgets. The first Insidious movie came out in 2011, opening with $13.2 million en route to $54 million domestic and $97 million worldwide, from just a $1.5 million budget. The second installment, Insidious: Chapter 2arrived in 2013, opening with an impressive $40.2 million, en route to $83.5 million domestic and $161.9 million worldwide, from a $9 million budget. 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3 dipped a bit, opening with $22.6 million, en route to $52.2 million domestic and $112.9 million worldwide, from a $9 million budget.
We’re predicting the top 10 will be comprised of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($23.6 million), Pitch Perfect 3 ($9.8 million), The Greatest Showman ($8.1 million), Ferdinand($6.2 million), Coco ($3.8 million), All the Money in the World ($2.9 million), Darkest Hour ($2.5 million) and Downsizing ($2.1 million). While Molly’s Game is expanding nationwide, which has been quite critically-acclaimed, it isn’t known how large the expansion may be, so while it’s possible that it could crack the top 10 this weekend, it’s by no means for certain. Also opening in limited release this weekend is Rialto’s Bob Le Flambeur, Well Go USA’s Goldbuster, Film Movement’s In Between and Independent’s Project Eden.