'Jumanji' tops box office for third weekend
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures.
Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, sold $20 million in tickets, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its five-week domestic total to $317 million. That makes Sony's reboot the studio's best non-Spider-Man movie domestically, not adjusting for inflation.
The film's unexpectedly strong staying power has lent a boost to the January box office but kept new releases from reaching the top of the box-office chart. Jumanji also has reigned overseas, where it has grossed $450.8 million and topped all films internationally for three straight weeks.
The war drama 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth, debuted in second with $16.5 million in ticket sales. The Warner Bros. release, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is a fact-based tale, adapted from Doug Stanton's best-seller Horse Soldiers, about a group of Special Forces soldiers sent into northern Afghanistan just weeks after Sept. 11.
The first trailer for '12 Strong,' starring Chris Hemsworth, the true story of Green Berets who ride into battle in Afghanistan after 9/11 on horses.
12 Strong appealed largely to an older crowd. Seventy-nine percent of its audience was over the age of 25, said Warner Bros.
The heist thriller Den of Thieves slotted in at third place with an opening weekend of $15.3 million. The STXfilms release stars Gerard Butler and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
Though Paddington 2 disappointed last weekend in its debut, the acclaimed sequel slid just 25% in its second week. Paddington 2, which has set a new record for the most widely reviewed 100% fresh movie on Rotten Tomatoes, grossed $8.2 million in its second week of domestic release. Warner Bros. acquired the film's North American distribution from The Weinstein Co. in November.
Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread expanded nationwide, taking in $3.4 million from 896 theaters. The Focus Features release, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in what the actor has said will be his final performance, has grossed $6.2 million.
Also notable: Star Wars: The Last Jedi crossed the $600 million mark domestically with $6.6 million in its sixth week of release. The Disney release stands at $604.3 million domestically — or No. 9 all-time, not accounting for inflation — and $1.296 billion worldwide.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $20 million ($32.6 million international)
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, $5.9 million
10. Forever My Girl, $4.7 million
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