This time of year at the box office has been a mix bag the last couple of seasons and usually amounts to slower weeks before we hit the spring. In what normally is a dumping period, the last couple of years have seen hits such as The Revenant, Split, Ride Along 2 and Kung-Fu Panda. Would this year be any different or could Jumanji keep up its dominance here at home against a pair of newcomers? Let’s take a look!
In a weekend that found itself down 8% from this point last year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, managed a remarkable third weekend in a row at the #1 spot dropping only 27% for a $20 million weekend. It’s $316.9 million running total puts in the top 5 all time for domestic SONY releases trailing only behind the Spider-Man series of films. Internationally the film added $32 million from its markets where it now totals over $767 million. It will likely cross the $800 million mark sometime next weekend where it could end up being one of the top 50-60 worldwide grossers of all time before its done.
In second place was WB’s 12 Strong starring Thor himself Chris Hemsworth which opened with $16.5 million. The film’s “A” CinemaScore was like the reason for it finishing slightly above expectations which predictably had a good opening in North America. The film does have an aggressive international schedule hoping to bank on Hemsworth international appeal after the huge success of Thor: Ragnarok just a few months ago.
Finishing in third place is the action thriller Den of Theives starring Gerard Butler which brought in roughly $15.3 million. This is a good start for the R-rated heist thriller which also hopes to gain from its leading man’s international appeal. We’ll know more when those number come in. The audience skewed an unusually high African-American crowd which is likely due to the support of 50 Cent who co-stars.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Post in fourth and The Greatest Showman in fifth. Steven Spielberg’s true life drama has benefited greatly after expanding nationwide a couple of weeks ago and made $12.1 million for a now $55 million total. The film hopes to make a push for some major awards which are happening in the next couple of months. In fifth is the Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman which dropped only 12% this weekend bringing in $11 million. All told the film is now siting at $115 million domestically and over $230 million worldwide.
On the Star Wars front, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi added $6.5 million for a new North American total of $604 million, good enough for sixth all time trailing The Avengers by $19 million. Internationally after being essentially kicked out of China after only two weeks, made nearly $10 million for an international take of $692 million. The film now sits at $1.296 billion worldwide good enough for ninth best all time, but stands almost no chance of catching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which sits at $1.341 billion.
Other than perhaps the Oscar nominations giving a bump to some films already in theatres, the only two new releases that will have any affect at the box office are Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure opening in nearly 4,000 theatres and the Christian Bale western Hostiles opening to 3,000 strong.