Weekend Box Office: 'Jumanji' Beats '12 Strong,' 'Den of Thieves' With $20M
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is now one of the top-grossing Sony titles of all time in North America; 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' crosses $600 million domestically.
Continuing to display impressive staying power, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stayed atop the box office in its fifth weekend, earning an estimated $20 million from 3,704 theaters to beat out new offerings 12 Strong and Den of Thieves.
To boot, Jumanji cleared the $300 million mark domestically to become the fifth-biggest Sony title of all time, not accounting for inflation. The tentpole has won the box-office contest for three consecutive weekends after dethroning Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Jumanji was also the repeat winner overseas, where it earned another $32.6 million for a foreign tally of $450.8 million and global cume of $767.8 million.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.' 12 Strong placed a solid No. 2 with an estimated $16.5 million from 3,002 locations after nabbing an A CinemaScore. The patriotism-infused war drama stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena and Trevante Rhodes.
Based on the best-selling non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong follows a U.S. special forces team sent to Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11. The film skewed notably older, with nearly 80 percent of the audience over the age of 25. Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer produced the movie. Overseas, 12 Strong launched to $2.5 million from 23 markets.
Coming in ahead of expectations, STXfilms' Den of Thieves debuted at No. 3 with an estimated $15.3 million from 2,432 theaters. 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.
Both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves played particularly well among older males. Den of Thieves received a B+ CinemaScore.
Roadside Attractions' girl-friendly Forever My Girl also opened over the weekend, albeit in far fewer theaters. The romantic drama, rated PG, placed No. 10 with an estimated $4.7 million from 1,115 theaters.
Directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, Forever My Girl stars British actor Alex Roe as a country music star who returns to his hometown, where he once left his bride-to-be (Jessica Rothe) at the altar.
Elsewhere, Steven Spielberg's The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, came placed fourth with $12.2 million from 2,851 theaters for an early domestic total of $45.2 million. The pic is among a flurry of titles hoping to land top Oscar nominations when they are announced Tuesday morning. Offshore, the Pentagon Papers drama has earned $9.7 million to date for a global cume of $54.9 million.
Fox and Chernin Entertainment's The Greatest Showman rounded out the top five with $11 million from 2,825 theaters for a North American cume of $113.5 million. The P.T. Barnum biopic, starring Hugh Jackman, started out slow over the year-end holidays, but has since made up ground. For example, Greatest Showman fell a scant 12 percent over the weekend.
Globally, Greatest Showman has grossed $231.5 million to date.
Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped the $600 million mark domestically after earning another $6.6 million over the weekend. Globally, the tentpole finished the frame with $1.296 billion in total ticket sales to land at No. 9 on the list of the top 10 grossing films of all time, not adjusting for inflation.
Among specialty films, Focus Features and Paul Thomas Anderson's awards hopeful Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day Lewis, expanded nationwide over the weekend, earning $3.4 million from 896 cinemas for a domestic total of $6.2 million.
Focus' Darkest Hour also continued to impress, earning another $3.1 million from 1,341 theaters for a domestic total of $41.1 million and global cume of $77.8 million. The Winston Churchill biopic, starring Gary Oldham, has now earned more domestically than Lady Bird ($39.2 million) and The Shape of Water ($30.2 million).
Jan. 21, 9 a.m. Updated with foreign returns.