Two of this weekend’s newcomers performed above expectations, but that was not enough to knock JUMANJI out of the #1 slot for its third straight weekend. It is now Sony’s 5th highest grossing movie ever (the other four all have SPIDER-MAN in the title).
Action movies are a January staple, but ones opening this time of year tend to be dump jobs. Sometimes they can overperform (most notably, TAKEN) and that was the case with both of this weekend’s offerings. 12 STRONG, an Alcon Entertainment production distributed by Warner Brothers, earned the #2 slot with a better than expected $16.5 million. Also earning higher numbers than industry projections was STX Entertainment’s DEN OF THIEVES which nabbed third with $15.3 million. Neither picture performed especially well with critics, though they managed Cinemascore rankings of A and B+ respectively.
Steven Spielberg’s THE POST continues to perform adequately, adding another $12.1 million with a drop of only 37%. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN once again demonstrated legs that no one expected, bringing in $11 million with a drop of only 12%. With a worldwide total to date of $231 million, it may be the most unexpected hit of the Christmas season.
PADDINGTON 2 also had a modest decline of 25%, suggesting that word of mouth might come to the rescue. Still, it’s ten day domestic gross of just $25 million cannot help but be a disappointment for Warner Brothers, which acquired the picture after it was shed by the struggling Weinstein Company.
THE COMMUTER dropped 51% for $6.7 million, followed by STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. The frame’s other newcomer, FOREVER MY GIRL, from Lionsgate’s Roadside Attractions sub-label did $4.7 million for 10th spot. That doesn’t sound very good, but the movie is only on 1,115 screens and had a solid $4,218 per screen average. It’s miniscule $3.5 million production tab also helps.
Data courtesy Box Office Mojo.
This week’s featured trailer: 12 STRONG