12 Strong Can’t Outmuscle Jumanji

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji

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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that The Greatest Showman is the underdog that just keeps making a steady revenue -- so much for it bombing; it should clear its expenses and turn a profit pretty soon. Guess the critics underestimated the circus, huh? ;)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree that people are drawn to The Greatest Showman because it's a "nice family friendly uplifting movie," but I wouldn't agree that the critics "get it wrong." They're judging a movie's quality as a work of art. That doesn't necessarily correlate with a movie's sheer entertainment value, family-friendliness, or box office success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RIP Star Wars. May 25, 1977 - December 15, 2018

"It's over, Anakin. I have the high ground."

A moment of silence as we mourn, please. :'(

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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