BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 19-21, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||$20.4 million|
|12 Strong||$16.5 million|
|Den of Thieves||$15.3 million|
|The Post||$12.1 million|
|The Greatest Showman||$11.0 million|
For a third straight weekend, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle defeated all its challengers. The quasi-sequel to the 1996 original has crossed $300 million, and has now out-grossed Thor: Ragnarok. By next weekend, it will have topped It, and even Spider-Man: Homecoming by the following weekend, making it the fifth-biggest movie of 2017. It's performing well beyond Sony's wildest expectations. Even more so, it's held on better than just about any movie from last year. It still hasn't had a single-weekend drop bigger than 30 percent, and I can't even recall a movie continuing to do so well over this long a period in the years I've covered the box office. It's a real phenomenon.
12 Strong didn't have quite as much success. Its $16.5 million is about on par with 2016's similarly themed 13 Hours. But Den of Thieves, which by all estimates shouldn't have done that well, almost beat it out, earning $15.3 million. Since both movies aimed at the same audience, each studio will probably wonder if they could have made $30 million had they opened these films further apart.
The Post didn't hold quite as well as Fox would have hoped, but if it gets several Oscar nominations on Tuesday, it may well see its fortunes change. The Greatest Showman has continued to prove to be the movie of the people. It's now made more than $110 million, making it one of the 10 biggest musicals of all time.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Christian Bale's bleak Western Hostiles. In its fifth weekend of limited release, it averaged $8,000 on each of its 49 screens. It goes wide next weekend.
- Forever My Girl wasn't even remembered the weekend. The country music romance only managed 10th place with $4.7 million.
- Several films hit big milestones this weekend: Star Wars: The Last Jedi crossed $600 million, becoming only the sixth film to do so. Coco crossed $200 million, and Pitch Perfect 3 crossed $100 million.
Next weekend: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finally gives it up. The long-delayed Maze Runner: The Death Cure will be No. 1. The last two films opened in September 2014 and 2015, and both were No. 1 with around $30 million. I think the delay – plus YA dystopia fatigue – will hurt this entry, so I'm predicting only $25 million. At least Lionsgate was smart enough not to split the final film into two parts.