‘Jumanji,’ ‘Insidious’ top ‘Star Wars’ in its fourth weekend

‘Jumanji,’ ‘Insidious’ top ‘Star Wars’ in its fourth weekend


Move over, “Star Wars,” there are some new box office champs this weekend. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has topped the charts after three weekends in theaters, and newcomer “Insidious: The Last Key” opened in second, pushing “The Last Jedi” into third place.

Columbia Pictures says Sunday that the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart-led “Jumanji” is estimated to have earned an additional $36 million this weekend, bringing its total to $244.4 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today.

1. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $36 million ($70 million international).

2. “Insidious: The Last Key,” $29.3 million ($20.1 million international).

3. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” $23.6 million ($64.7 million international).

4. “The Greatest Showman,” $13.8 million ($24 million international).

5. “Pitch Perfect 3,” $10.2 million ($18.1 million international).

Ray Thomas of Moody Blues dies


Ray Thomas, flautist and vocalist for British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76.

His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, says Thomas died suddenly Thursday at his home in Surrey, near London.

No cause of death was given Sunday, but Thomas disclosed in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Born in 1941, Thomas founded The Moody Blues in 1964 with fellow musicians including Mike Pinder and Denny Laine.

The band soon swapped blues roots for a more orchestral sound that came to be called progressive rock. Thomas’s flute solo was a key ingredient on one of its biggest hits, “Nights in White Satin.”

The band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in April.

Penn, DiCaprio share love at Haiti event


Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio used the eighth annual benefit for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization to publicly praise each other’s philanthropic work.

DiCaprio was the guest of honor at the $5,000-a-plate dinner Saturday night at Milk Studios, which raised nearly $4 million for Penn’s Haitian Relief Organization and its nonprofit partners.

DiCaprio was recognized for 20 years of supporting environmental causes through his namesake foundation.

Penn said DiCaprio’s work motivated him to start his own charitable organization after the devastating earthquake in 2010 that left thousands of Haitians homeless and without basic resources.

Associated Press

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