Sony's Jumanji sequel, Welcome to the Jungle, is still going strong at the box office, with many outlets projecting it to top tickets sales for the third week running. Despite releases of three new movies -- Den of Thieves, 12 Strong, and Forever My Girl -- both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have predicted that Jumanji will remain victorious by weekend's end. However, estimates of Friday returns from Box Office Mojo place the magical board game-based sequel in third place, with just over $4 million, behind 12 Strong and Den of Thieves, which are both tied at around $5.6 million.
Saturday returns are not yet available, but the above reports place Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at $18 million for the weekend take. 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. With a stellar cast containing Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), and Michael Peña (Ant-Man), the Rock could be quaking in his boots, but it's still too early to tell without more box-office numbers released.
Jumanji has been out for a month and a day and has already made a little over $300 million domestically and over $680 million worldwide (against a budget of $90-$110 million), according to Box Office Mojo. Its performance thus far has been impressive, to say the least, as many of us had low to middling expectations for a follow-up/reboot of the 1996 adaptation of a children's book, which starred the incomparable Robin Williams.
Just like the eponymous game, however, the movie really is pure cinematic escapism, a way for audiences to leave their worlds behind.