It was a good weekend at the box office with three new releases outperforming industry and studio expectations, but nothing could come close to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which held on to the top spot for a third week after five weeks in release. The film earned $19.5 million bringing its domestic gross to $316.4 million, making it Sony’s fifth most successful film, surpassing Skyfall. Internationally, Jumanji has earned a cumulative $451.8 million giving it a global total of $768.2 million.
Second and third places were up for grabs all weekend with Den of Thieves and 12 Strong battling it out. Den of Thieves opened in first place Friday with 12 Strong in second both Friday and Saturday while Den of Thieves fell to third for the weekend. 12 Strong took second with $15.6 million on 3,002 screens and a $5,268 per screen average. Den of Thieves took third with $15.2 million on 2,432 screens and a $6,253 average, the highest of the Top Ten. Of the top three films, Jumanji actually had the lowest average at $5,266 but was on more screens, 3,704, than either of the other films.
While 12 Strong and Den of Thieves played to predominantly male audiences, Forever My Girl successfully counter-programmed to female audiences, opening at Number 10 with $4.2 million on just 1,114 screens ($3,811 average). The film will expand to about 500 more screens the weekend of January 26 and hopes that the excellent word of mouth gives it a boost.
After getting a big expansion boost last week, Steven Spielberg’s The Post dropped 39.5% and landed at Number 4 with $11.7 million. Continuing to defy expectations, The Greatest Showman, now in its fifth week of release, dropped just 15% and moved down one spot to Number 5 with $10.6 million. Domestically, the Hugh Jackman musical has earned $113.1 million and has a cumulative worldwide total of $231.2 million. At Number 8, Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought in an additional $6.5 million which helped it cross the $600 million mark domestically and is on the verge of crossing $1.3 billion worldwide, standing at $1.29 billion.
Outside the Top Ten, Phantom Thread expanded to 896 screens and saw a 183% increase, rising from 20 to 12 with $3.2 million. Call Me By Your Name also added screens (now at 815 total) and got a 102% boost which kept it at Number 21 with $1.4 million. Hostiles added 7 screens to its previous 42 and got a 19.5% boost, holding at Number 26 with $326,614, a $6,666 per screen average, the highest of the Top 40 films.
The weekend of January 26 will see the wide expansion of Hostiles and its current performance almost guarantees we’ll see it in the Top Ten next week. Also opening this weekend is the third and final Maze Runner film, The Death Cure which could end up somewhere in the Top Five.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of January 19.
2. [N] –1– 12 Strong – $15,815,025 [NEW]
3. [N] –1– Den of Thieves – $15,206,108 [NEW]
5.  –5– The Greatest Showman – $10,644,824 [$113,125,431]
6.  –2– Paddington 2 – $8,009,129 [$24,810,362]
7.  –2– The Commuter – $6,603,842 [$25,627,371]
10. [N] –1– Forever My Girl – $4,245,490 [NEW]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo