The juggernaut that is Jumanji just keeps chugging along.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle—a movie predicated on a magical board game—continues to claim a monopoly on the box office’s numero uno slot, earning an estimated $20 million payday. Does Jumanji feel sorry for its success? Not one little bit. While making a movie is always a risk, this hardened battleship of a blockbuster has clearly hit a Yahtzee for its makers at Sony, scrabbling the best guesses of prognosticators everywhere. Overall, Jumanji has earned nearly $317 million in North America—Sony’s highest-grossing film ever that doesn’t star Spider-Man—and collected another $450 million overseas. Talk about a ticket to ride.
Jumanji was just too strong for 12 Strong, a freshman flick that finished second despite outperforming its modest expectations. The war actioner banked $16.5 million. Another R-rated newcomer, Den of Thieves, finished third with $15.3 million.
All of that action at the top of the charts kept awards hopeful The Post off the box office medal podium. It finished fourth with about $12.2 million, pushing its five-week grand total to $45.2 million. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman continues to show a surprising spring in its step (much like Jackman himself). The musical closed out the top five with $11 million.
Oh, and for those who are interested in the performance of Paddington 2—the best-reviewed movie in history, according to Rotten Tomatoes—it finished sixth with $8.2 million, up from seventh the weekend before. Could it jump into the top five next week? I can only hope.
The third wide release of the weekend, Forever My Girl, landed in 10th place with $4.7 million.