STX’s Los Angeles heist film “Den of Thieves” broke into theaters on Thursday night and made off with $950,000 at Thursday previews. The film is expected to make around $8-9 million from 2,432 screens in its opening weekend.
“Den of Thieves” follows the interconnected stories of an elite L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. team and a band of highly trained thieves as they plan a dangerous heist on L.A.’s Federal Reserve building. Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr. star in the film, with Christian Gudegast helming the film in his directorial debut.
Also releasing this week is Warner Bros./Alcon’s “12 Strong,” which stars Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon in the true story of an alliance between CIA paramilitary operatives, U.S. Special Forces, and Afghani resistance as they take on the Taliban in the opening stages of the war in Afghanistan. The film made $900,000 in previews and is expected to open this weekend to $14-16 million from 3,002 theaters. Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, with Jerry Bruckheimer as producer. Alcon and Black Label Media produced the film, with WB receiving a distribution fee as part of their distribution deal with Alcon.
“Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” is expected to stay No. 1 at the box office this weekend with $18-20 million, pacing to pass “It” for the No. 6 spot on 2017’s domestic charts. “The Post” is expected to contend with “12 Strong” for second place, with a projected second weekend in wide release of $13-14 million.