As the Martin Luther King holiday weekend kicked off, The Post collected $5.9 million, including 775,000 from its Thursday night showings, as it expands nationwide into 2,819 theaters, where it should gross about $21 million for the four-day weekend.
The Steven Spielberg-directed drama recounts how Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) joined forces to defy the government and publish the Pentagon Papers. Since opening Dec. 22 in just a handful of theaters, the $50 million film, from Amblin Entertainment and Participant Media, which opened Dec. 22, had collected $4.2 million in its limited release.
But The Post's solid showing won't be enough to dislodge Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle from the top spot for the weekend. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the PG-13-rated adventure comedy stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan as the adult avatars of the magical game, based on Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book and first played onscreen in the 1995 movie. Last weekend — its third — the pic demonstrated real staying power as it took in $37.2 million and, after pulling in around $6.2 million Friday, it now looks headed for a four-day gross of $29-30 million.
Meanwhile, Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is entering its fifth weekend, gave way to some of the newcomers, as it notched $2.7 million for the day, bringing its cumulative domestic gross through Friday to nearly $583 million.
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