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‘Jumanji’ Three-Peats as Box Office Champ While ’12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ Earn Solid Starts

‘Jumanji’ is now one of Sony Pictures’ top five highest grossing films

Without a surprise genre hit like last year’s “Split” to enter theaters in late January, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” stayed No. 1 on the box office charts for a third straight weekend with $19.6 million.

With a running domestic total of $316.5 million, “Jumanji” has now passed “Skyfall” to become one of Sony Pictures’ top five highest grossing films of all time.

The four films above it are all “Spider-Man” films: 2002’s “Spider-Man” ($403.7 million), “Spider-Man 2” ($373.6 million), “Spider-Man 3” ($336.5 million) and last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($334.2 million).

To stay No. 1, “Jumanji” staved off openings from two adult action films: Warner Bros./Alcon’s “12 Strong” and STX’s “Den of Thieves.”

“12 Strong” took second place with $16.5 million from 3,002 screens, thanks in part to a 54 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore.

“Den of Thieves” performed above expectations with a $15 million opening from 2,432 screens, earning a 40 percent RT score and a B+ on CinemaScore.

A mid-teens opening is a solid start for both of these mid-budget action films aimed at older male audiences, with both hoping for a $45-50 domestic total and a strong performance in overseas markets where they are more popular.

Also opening this weekend in targeted release is Roadside Attractions’ “Forever My Girl,” a romance that was panned by critics with an 18 percent RT score but won over audiences with an A on CinemaScore. The Bethany Ashton Wolf-directed romance was released on 1,115 screens and came in 10th this weekend with $4.7 million.

Among holdovers, “The Post” took fourth place in its second weekend in wide release with $12.1 million, bringing its total to $45.1 million. “The Greatest Showman,” meanwhile, stayed in the top five in its fifth weekend, adding $10 million to bring its total to $113.1 million after an opening weekend of $14.4 million.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally bowed out of the top five, finishing seventh with $6.5 million to become the sixth film in box office history to gross over $600 million domestic with $604 million. It needs another  $19 million to bump 2012’s “The Avengers” as the fifth highest grossing film in North America.

Unfortunately, there isn’t as much good news for WB/StudioCanal’s “Paddington 2,” which came in sixth this weekend with $8 million. Though the family sequel about the bear from Peru became Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie ever this past week, it has a ten-day total of $24.9 million. That is 38 percent behind the 10-day total the first “Paddington” made to this point two years ago.

While a disappointment for Warner, which bought the domestic rights to the film from The Weinstein Company two months ago, “Paddington 2” is by no means a flop, having already made its money with a $172.2 million global total, outgrossing its predecessor in the U.K. with $55.4 million.