In holdover news, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle won the weekend for the third time in a row, snagging around $20 million (-29%) fifth Fri-Sun frame. That’s the seventh-biggest fifth weekend gross of all time, behind only The Avengers ($20.4m), The Sixth Sense ($22.896m), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($26.3m), Frozen ($28.5m), Titanic ($30m) and Avatar ($42.7m). Its new $316.7m domestic total puts it ahead of Skyfall ($304m in 2012) to become Sony’s fifth-biggest domestic grosser of all time, and the biggest that isn’t a Spider-Man movie.
It now sits behind Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334 million), Spider-Man 3 ($336m), Spider-Man 2 ($374m) and Spider-Man ($403m). It should pass those first two and has an outside shot at passing $375m to become Sony’s second-biggest domestic earner. And it may end up among their top five global grossers too.
At this point, the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart/Jack Black/Karen Gillan action comedy is a phenomenon unto itself, not merely the runner-up behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Once it passes Furious 7 ($350 million), it’s going to be The Rock’s biggest domestic earner ever and (if it gets past Secret Life of Pets‘ $368m gross) could be Hart’s biggest as well. It’s already Black’s biggest hit and it may fall right between Gillan’s two Guardians of the Galaxy movies ($377m and $389m).
With $767 million worldwide, it’s now Sony’s 8th-biggest global grosser. Once it gets past $771m, it’ll best 2012 ($770m in 2009) to become Sony’s biggest non-007/Spider-Man grosser ever. The top Sony global hits are, as of now, Spider-Man 2 ($783m in 2004), Spider-Man ($821m in 2002), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880m in 2017), Spectre ($881m in 2015), Spider-Man 3 ($891m in 2007) and Skyfall ($1.108 billion in 2012).
$800 million+ (on a $90m budget) seems a foregone conclusion, but anything beyond that is merely speculation. If it gets to $800m, it’ll be one of the cheapest such live-action movies to do so, joining Wolf Warrior 2 ($31m), Jurassic Park ($63m in 1993) and Independence Day ($75m in 1996). If you count animated films, then it’s still in the top ten, behind The Lion King ($45m in 1994), Minions ($74m in 2015), Secret Life of Pets ($75m in 2016), Despicable Me 2 ($76m in 2013), Despicable Me 3 ($80m in 2017) and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($90m in 2009). Nonetheless, this one is arguably now Sony’s flagship picture, which takes the pressure off of Spider-Man and gives them some bargaining power if they still want overseas distribution for the next 007 movie.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” outdid another weekend’s worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures.
“Jumanji,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, sold $20 million in tickets, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its five-week domestic total to $317 million. That makes Sony’s reboot the studio’s best non-Spider-Man movie domestically, not adjusting for inflation.
The film’s unexpectedly strong staying power has lent a boost to the January box office but kept new releases from reaching the top of the box-office chart. “Jumanji” has also reigned overseas, where it has grossed $450.8 million and topped all films internationally for three straight weeks.
The war drama “12 Strong,” starring Chris Hemsworth, debuted in second with $16.5 million in ticket sales. The Warner Bros. release, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is a fact-based tale, adapted from Doug Stanton’s best-seller “Horse Soldiers,” about a group of Special Forces soldiers sent into northern Afghanistan just weeks after Sept. 11.
“12 Strong” appealed largely to an older crowd. Seventy-nine percent of its audience was over the age of 25, said Warner Bros.
The heist thriller “Den of Thieves” slotted in at third place with an opening weekend of $15.3 million. The STXfilms release stars Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Though “Paddington 2” disappointed last weekend in its debut, the acclaimed sequel slid just 25 percent in its second week. “Paddington 2,” which has set a new record for the most widely reviewed 100-percent fresh movie on Rotten Tomatoes, grossed $8.2 million in its second week of domestic release thanks in part to good word of mouth. Warner Bros. acquired the film’s North American distribution from The Weinstein Co. in November.
Also showing unexpected legs was “The Greatest Showman,” the Hugh Jackman-led musical about P.T. Barnum. It dipped just 12 percent in its fifth week of release. With another $11 million, “The Greatest Showman” has now grossed $113.5 million for 20th Century Fox.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” expanded nationwide, taking in $3.4 million from 896 theaters. The Focus Features release, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in what the actor has said will be his final performance, has grossed $6.2 million.
Also notable: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” crossed the $600 million mark domestically with $6.6 million in its sixth week of release. The Disney release stands at $604.3 million domestically — or no. 9 all-time, not accounting for inflation — and $1.296 billion worldwide.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Monday.
Welcome to the Jungle topped $300 million domestic yesterday, thanks to another over/under $5m (-17%). That positions the Sony smash for a $20.8m (-26%) fifth Fri-Sun weekend and a new $317.8m domestic cume. If that estimate holds up, the film will have the sixth-biggest fifth weekend ever behind The Sixth Sense ($22.8m in 1999), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($26.3m in 2016), Frozen ($28.5m in 2013), Titanic ($30m in 1998) and Avatar ($42.7m in 2010). So, yeah, this one won’t quit and might not until Walt Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther opens in about a month.
As of today’s numbers, Jumanji will pass Skyfall ($304 million in 2012) to become Sony’s biggest “not Spider-Man” release ever, below only Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334m), Spider-Man 3 ($336m in 2007), Spider-Man 2 ($374m in 2004) and Spider-Man ($403m in 2002). It has stopped acting like Tomorrow Never Dies to Titanic and has started acting like Spider-Man to Attack of the Clones. Yes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will make nearly double the raw numbers, but I might argue that the star-driven, kid-targeted, $90m action comedy (which is now way over $700m worldwide) is the bigger story of the season.
It’s a blueprint for how to successfully revamp a moldy IP. As I’ve said a few times, because I think this is important, Sony created a film that didn’t rely on IP nostalgia or any real interest in the brand. They got a bunch of kid-friendly movie stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and arguably Karen Gillan), offered an interesting hook (teens find themselves in the avatars of exaggerated video game characters in a video game world with video game rules) and made a decent movie that played to all ages and most demographics. At this juncture, it should end up over $360m to become Sony’s third-biggest grosser ever.