Jumanji tops box office for third weekend, 12 Strong is No. 2

Lawrence Kim
January 22, 2018

Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has won its third weekend box office title easily, topping newcomers "12 Strong" and "Den of Thieves", with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

Coming in ahead of expectations, STXfilms' Den of Thieves debuted at # 3 with an estimated $15.3-M from 2,432 theaters.

If that number holds, the film will be up to $316 million domestically, beating out Thor: Ragnarok for the seventh highest grossing film of 2017.

The Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. release, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña and Trevante Rhodes, resonated particularly with older moviegoers, with almost 80% of the audience over the age of 25.

"Jumanji" has proven a surprise hit for Sony, with this weekend marking the third in a row that the film has topped the box office despite strong challenges from Fox's "The Post" and several other openers. The tentpole has won the box-office contest for three consecutive weekends after dethroning Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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 US combat forces deployed in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer are producers, with Nicolai Fuglsig directing. 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 success of films like "12 Strong" can hopefully lead to more movies where Hemsworth isn't carrying a hammer.

Welcome to the Jungle is also demonstrating impressive staying power internationally, pushing its haul to $450 million from the worldwide markets and holding on to top spot for the fourth consecutive weekend. With another $11 million, "The Greatest Showman" has now grossed $113.5 million for 20th Century Fox. 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. For example, Greatest Showman fell a scant 12 percent over the weekend.

Rounding out the top tier are Paddington 2 at No. 6 with $8.2 million, The Commuter at No. 7 with $6.7 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi at No. 8 with $6.6 million, Insidious: The Last Key at No. 9 with $6 million and Forever My Girl at No. 10 with $4.7 million. It should finish the weekend with more than $45 million domestically.

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