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Strong and Den of Thieves Can't Knock Jumanji Out of Top Spot

Strong and Den of Thieves Can't Knock Jumanji Out of Top Spot

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is now 1 of the Top-grossing Sony titles of all time in North America as it crosses $300-M domestically. The tentpole has won the box-office contest for three consecutive weekends after dethroning Star Wars: The Last Jedi. "Jumanji" has also been popular internationally, surpassing $385 million in foreign markets. It had a take of $16.5 million. Directed by Nicoli Fuglsig, 12 Strong stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, and Trevante Rhodes. 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 September 11. The film skewed notably older, with almost 80 percent of the audience over the age of 25.

The R-rated "Den of Thieves", starring Gerard Butler, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, follows the intersecting lives of an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and a successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Realistically, the major competition is the patriotic and Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 12 Strong, a film that tells the story of U.S. Special Forces being sent to fight in Afghanistan right after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Roadside Attractions' girl-friendly Forever My Girl also opened over the weekend. "Forever My Girl" was directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, and stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, and John Benjamin Hickey.

FOX's "The Post" dropped to fourth-place overall on the domestic charts, bringing in $12M across 2,851 locations. The pic is among the titles hoping to land Top Oscar nominations when they are announced Tuesday morning. The P.T. Barnum biopic, starring Hugh Jackman, started out slow over the year-end holidays, but has since made up ground. It dipped just 12 percent in its fifth week of release.

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Globally, Greatest Showman has grossed $231.5 million to date.

Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped the $600-M mark domestically after earning another $6.6-M at the weekend.

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has shown remarkable staying power, declining only 28% this weekend and lifting its 33-day North American total to $317 million - the 61st highest of all time. The Winston Churchill biopic, starring Gary Oldham, has now earned more domestically than Lady Bird ($39.2 million) and The Shape of Water ($30.2 million).

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