2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure
3. American Folk
The surprise hit of 2017-2018 is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Box office muscle: A solid No. 2 at the box office when it first opened on Dec. 20 (not surprisingly trailing Star Wars: The Last Jedi), the action-adventure-comedy has now owned the No. 1 slot for three straight weeks.
Jungle Fever: The film revolves around an old video game and some body-switching tricks, in which high school teens are transformed into their “avatars” — Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black — and fight bad guys and wild animals in the jungle.
Back in 1995: It is, of course, a sequel. Sort of. The original Jumanji from 1995, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt, involved a board game gone wild (very wild), with destructive consequences. It earned more than $100 million that year and finished seventh in the yearly box office tally. No. 1 in 1995? Toy Story.
Tops at the box office
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $19.5 ($316.4 total)
2. 12 Strong, $15.8 (new)
3. Den of Thieves, $15.2 (new)
4. The Post, $11.7 ($44.7)
5. The Greatest Showman, $10.6 ($113)
New on Netflix
1. Acts of Vengeance
2. One Day at a Time: Season 2 (Friday)
3. The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 6 (Friday)
4. Dirty Money (Friday)
5. The Force (Monday)
The Shape of Water led all films with 13 nods when nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this week. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had nine nods, followed by Dunkirk with eight. Wonder Woman, one of the most popular films of 2017, came up empty with zero nods. The Oscars air March 4 on ABC. Read more of the Beacon Journal’s coverage of the nominated films on www.ohio.com: http://bit.ly/2G64SxL
Where/When: Canton Palace Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $45-$75. www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.
Weekend Tipsheet: The latest Maze Runner’ hits theaters as Jumanji’ continues to rule movie jungle