'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Wins Box Office for Third Straight Week

Angelo Anderson
January 22, 2018

With a cumulative domestic haul of almost $317 million, the film surpassed the 2012 James Bond film "Skyfall" to become Sony Pictures' fifth highest-grossing movie of all time.

" "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" continues to dominate the marketplace with a summer style film that is seemingly unbeatable in this typically less competitive January box office environment", said movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore.

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.

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 USA combat forces deployed in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. Pictures debuted 12 Strong in 3,002 theaters where the film earned $16.5 million, an average of $5,496 per location.

"Jumanji", starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson along with funnymen Jack Black and Kevin Hart, netted just over $20 million for the three-day weekend, bringing its total to $317 million in its fifth week out, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported. The film skewed notably older, with almost 80 percent of the audience over the age of 25. The Christian Gudegast film stars Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Brian van Holt and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

The heist thriller "Den of Thieves" slots in at third place with an opening weekend of $15.3 million. Realistically, the major competition is the patriotic and Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 12 Strong, a film that tells the story of U.S. Special Forces being sent to fight in Afghanistan right after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Den of Thieves garnered mixed to negative reviews and a B-plus CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five with $11 million in grosses, Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum musical "The Greatest Showman" continued to show surprisingly strong legs. 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. The film's worldwide sum has now reached $767.8 million.

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