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Jumanji remains on top in US for third weekend as 12 Strong and Den of Thieves open well


Story by Jack Foley

THE growing box office phenomenon that is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued apace this weekend as the film remained on top of the US box office for a third straight weekend with an estimated $20 million.

The film, now in its sixth weekend of release, had to beat out new offerings 12 Strong, starring Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth, and Gerard Butler cops and robbers thriller Den of Thieves to do so.

To boot, Jumanji cleared the $300 million mark in the US to become the fifth-biggest Sony title of all time, not accounting for inflation. And it earned another $32.6 million overseas, for a foreign tally of $450.8 million and a global haul of $767.8 million. At this rate, it could even clear $1 billion!

Jumanji‘s continued success meant that Afghan-set war movie 12 Strong had to settle for second spot, albeit with a strong $16.5 million.

The patriotic war drama, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and also starring Michael Shannon, Michael Pena and Trevante Rhodes, is based on the best-selling non-fiction book Horse Soldiers and follows a US Special Forces team sent to Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.

Also coming in ahead of expectations was Den of Thieves, which debuted in third spot with an estimated $15.3 million.

The heist action-thriller stars Gerard Butler, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr., and follows a group of cops who must stop a bank robbery in downtown Los Angeles.

Elsewhere, Steven Spielberg’s The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, came in fourth with $12.2 million for an early US total of $45.2 million.

The newspaper drama, based on The Washington Post‘s struggle with the Nixon presidency over the publication of The Pentagon Papers, is among a flurry of titles hoping to land Oscar nominations when they are announced on Tuesday morning.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was Hugh Jackman star vehicle The Greatest Showman, which took $11 million for a US total to date of $113.5 million.

The PT Barnum biopic got off to a sluggish start out over the year-end holidays, but has since made up ground based on positive word of mouth.

In other US box office news, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped the $600 million mark after earning another $6.6 million over the weekend.

Globally, the Rian Johnson directed movie finished the weekend with $1.296 billion in total ticket sales to land at No. 9 on the list of the top 10 grossing films of all time, not adjusting for inflation.