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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ stomps competition to stay on top

By AFP - Jan 23,2018 - Last updated at Jan 23,2018

Jack Black in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)

LOS ANGELES — Sony’s family film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” stomped the competition at the North American box office, taking the top spot for the third consecutive weekend, industry figures showed on Monday.

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson along with funnymen Jack Black and Kevin Hart, the feature netted just over $19.5 million from Friday to Sunday, bringing its total to $316.5 million in its fifth week out, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.

The film follows four teens who find themselves transported inside the Jumanji video game world.

Debuting in second place was “12 Strong” from Warner Bros., starring Chris Hemsworth, about US special forces deployed to Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It had a take of $15.8 million.

Gritty heist thriller “Den of Thieves” from STX Films was third on the list in its debut weekend, with $15.2 million. 

The movie, starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Gerard Butler, follows the intersecting lives of the major crimes unit of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and an elite band of robbers.

Fox’s “The Post” dropped to fourth place from second, after pulling in $11.7 million over the weekend for a total take of $44.8 million in four weeks.

The political thriller recounts the nail-biting behind-the-scenes story of The Washington Post’s 1971 decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the lies behind US involvement in the Vietnam War and helped catapult the newspaper’s standing among the nation’s best.

“The Greatest Showman,” a Fox film about circus impresario P.T. Barnum, netted $10.6 million to take the fifth spot. It has taken in $113.1 million in five weeks.

 

Rounding out the top 10 were “Paddington 2” ($8 million), “The Commuter” ($6.6 million), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ($6.6 million), “Insidious: The Last Key” ($5.9 million) and “Forever My Girl” ($4.2 million).

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