Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Keeps Dominating the Box Office!

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Keeps Dominating the Box Office!

Coming in ahead of expectations, STXfilms' Den of Thieves debuted at # 3 with an estimated $15.3-M from 2,432 theaters. It stars Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon and is based on Doug Stanton's 2009 bestselling book "Horse Soldiers", which centers on Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary operations officers and U.S. Special Forces sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks. Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer produced the movie. Older demographics (79% over 25), crowds not known for catching movies right away, made up the bulk of 12 Strong's gross, indicating decent legs in the film's future.

Three new wide releases-Den of Thieves, 12 Strong and Forever My Girl- vied against three awards-targeting movies that were expanding into more theaters this weekend: Call Me by Your Name, I, Tonya and Phantom Thread. The heist action-thriller stars Gerard Butler, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr., and follows a group of cops who must stop a bank robbery in downtown Los Angeles. The romantic drama from Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment centers on a country star who tries to win the heart of a girl he left at the altar eight years ago.

"Forever My Girl", starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, cracked the top 10 with nearly $4 million from 1,115 North American locations.

In its second weekend in wide release, director Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" landed in fourth place, pulling in $12.2 million. The pic is among a flurry of titles hoping to land top Oscar nominations when they are announced Tuesday morning. For example, Greatest Showman fell a scant 12 percent over the weekend. It placed second with $16.5 million, handily beating a forecast of $12 million, according to analysts at BoxOfficePro.

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"The Greatest Showman", a Fox film about larger-than-life circus impresario P.T. Barnum, netted $11 million to take the fifth spot.

Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped the $600-M mark domestically after earning another $6.6-M at the weekend.

With a North American total of $316.96 million, Jumanji is now Sony Pictures' biggest non-Spider-Man film of all time at the domestic box office, passing Skyfall to become the fifth-highest grossing film in studio history.

Focus' Darkest Hour earned another $3.1-M from 1,341 theaters for a domestic take of $41.1-M and global box office of $77.8-M. The weekend's total hit about $137 million, down 6% from the same frame in 2017 when "Split" opened with $40 million.

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