Jumanji tops box office for third weekend, 12 Strong is No. 2
Jumanji is king of the jungle once again.
In its fifth weekend of release, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is on track to earn an estimated $20 million from 3,704 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, ruling the box office for a third consecutive frame and fending off such newcomers as 12 Strong and Den of Thieves.
Thanks to its impressive staying power, Jumanji now boasts an estimated domestic total of $317 million. Only four Sony movies have ever grossed more in North America (not adjusted for inflation): the first three Spider-Man movies and last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Welcome to the Jungle, which reportedly cost $90 million to make, has also earned about $450.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $767.8 million.
Arriving 22 years after the original Jumanji movie, Welcome to the Jungle has received generally positive reviews and an A-minus CinemaScore. The Jake Kasdan-directed film centers on a video game that draws players into its world and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart.
Taking second place is Warner Bros’. military drama 12 Strong, which is on pace to debut with an estimated $16.5 million from 3,002 theaters. That figure is in line with analysts’ projections, though not in the same class as hits like Lone Survivor and American Sniper, which grossed $37.8 million and $89.3 million in their respective wide-release openings.
Based on Doug Stanton’s nonfiction book Horse Soldiers and starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña, 12 Strong tells the story of the first U.S. combat forces deployed in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. The film received mixed reviews from critics but an A CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting positive word-of-mouth prospects.
STX Films’ heist thriller Den of Thieves will snag the No. 3 spot with about $15.3 million (from 2,432 locations), coming in well above forecasts in the $10 million range.
Marking the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen), the movie stars Gerard Butler as an obsessed cop trying to take down a crew of ex-Marines planning to knock off a branch of the Federal Reserve. The cast also includes Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and 50 Cent.
Den of Thieves garnered mixed to negative reviews and a B-plus CinemaScore.
Rounding out the top five are a pair of holdovers: Fox’s Pentagon Papers drama The Post, with about $12.2 million, and the same studio’s musical The Greatest Showman, with about $11 million.
The weekend’s other new wide release, Roadside Attractions’ Forever My Girl, will just crack the top 10 with an estimated $4.7 million, from 1,115 theaters. The romantic drama, about a country music star (Alex Roe) star who returns to his hometown and reconnects with the woman he left at the altar (Jessica Rothe), received generally negative reviews.
According to ComScore, overall box office is up 2.7 percent year-to-date. Check out the Jan. 19-21 figures below.
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $20 million
2. 12 Strong — $16.5 million
3. Den of Thieves — $15.3 million
4. The Post — $12.2 million
5. The Greatest Showman — $11 million
6. Paddington 2 — $8.2 million
7. The Commuter — $6.7 million
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $6.6 million
9. Insidious: The Last Key — $6 million
10. Forever My Girl — $4.7 million