There aren’t any surprises at the weekend box office, with both 12 STRONG and DEN OF THIEVES opening right around where they were expected or maybe even slightly better. Modern day war films don’t traditionally light the box office on fire (AMERICAN SNIPER being the exception), so $15 million for 12 STRONG is a decent showing. Chris Hemsworth is still looking for his career defining non-Thor role, but no one really thought this was going to be it. Kudos should be given to DEN OF THIEVES, which by all accounts is a straight to video production that somehow managed to get a theatrical release. It’s also closing in on $15 million and might make people rethink Gerard Butler’s star power, especially if he can open a movie with 50 Cent. Meanwhile, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI dropped out of the top five for the first time and will presumably be out of the top ten next weekend. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m a little surprised it’s not holding on a bit longer. Meanwhile, the excruciatingly long roll out of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (click the link to read our review) continues, but the film still hasn’t been able to crack the top ten.
Next week should mark the end of Jumanji’s run and I assume MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE will take the top spot. Of all the YA adaptations that have come out since THE HUNGER GAMES, I think the Maze Runner films have been the best. Although, granted, that’s not saying much. Still, the third and presumably final film in the franchise should take the top spot since the only other competition comes from Christian Bale’s HOSTILES. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $19.8m
2. 12 Strong $15.3m
3. Den of Thieves $14.7m
4. The Post $12.1m
5. The Greatest Showman $11.2m
6. Paddington 2 $8.3m
7. The Commuter $6.8m
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $6.5m
9. Insidious: The Last Key $5.9mP
10. Forever My Girl $4.3m