Here we are again, with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle atop the box office. This weekend, its fifth, it pulled in an estimated $20.04 million, which is an astonishingly small 28.7% drop-off from the previous weekend. Its domestic total stands at $316.985 million and needs just under $18 million more to beat both It and Spider-Man: Homecoming to become the fifth largest domestic grosser released in 2017. The film has truly struck gold.
In second and third are two new releases, 12 Strong and Den of Thieves. The former, based on a true story of soldiers heading off to the Middle East almost immediately after 9/11, stars Chris Hemsworth, and made an estimated $16.5 million despite middle of the road reviews.
The latter, starring Gerard Butler, 50 Cent and O’Shea Jackson Jr., made a respectable $15.32 million, also in spite of rather poor reviews.
Coming in fourth is last weekends #2, Steven Spielberg’s The Post. In its wide release, the Tom Hanks-Meryl Streep vehicle is fairing rather well, boosting up to $45.191 domestically after $12.15 this weekend. On a budget of $50 million, the film will likely end up successful, especially once it receives Oscar nominations.
In fifth, and still holding strong, is Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman with approximately $11 million. Domestically, the film has outperformed many other large budget spectacles, such as Blade Runner 2049. Its run speaks to the power of a wide demographic.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi just passed a milestone, crossing into $600 million domestically — $604.284 to be exact. It is only the sixth film to ever do so. It’s unclear if it will beat Marvel’s The Avengers $623.357, but there’s certainly a shot
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread expanded from 62 theaters into 896, and made an estimated $3.37 million. It’ll be interesting to see how well it does as it continues to expand and if its star, Daniel-Day Lewis, does get an Oscar nomination.
Finally, Call Me by Your Name also expanded, from 174 theaters into 815, but in much worse fashion, pulling in only $1.505 million. The film had been in limited release since November and it seems as though anticipation has fizzled out and that it still isn’t even in enough theaters to gain traction. Sony Pictures Classics botched this release plan, and now must hedge bets on Oscar nominations pushing some to go see it.
*All weekend numbers are domestic, meaning that they’re from theaters in the US and Canada, and are also estimates, reported by Box Office Mojo, with actuals coming out in the next few days.*
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