’12 Strong’ and ‘Forever My Girl’ also debut nationwide.
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.
STXfilms’ R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who’s pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.
12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena and Trevante Rhodes lead the ensemble cast of the real-life, R-rated movie, directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. It is headed in 3,002 theaters and expected to earn close to $15 million in its debut weekend.
Roadside Attractions’ Forever My Girl also debuts nationwide this weekend. The PG-rated romantic drama, directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, stars British actor Alex Roe as a country music star who returns to his hometown, where he once left his bride (Jessica Rothe) at the altar. It is bowing in 1,110 theaters with modest expectations.
Still, Sony’s family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the PG-13-rated adventure comedy stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan as the adult avatars of the magical game, based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book and first played onscreen in the 1995 movie. It has already collected more than $678 million worldwide, and will be crossing $300 million domestically, becoming only one of eight 2017 releases to hit that mark.
Additionally, Fox’s release of The Post — which expanded into wide release last weekend, taking in a solid $23 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend — should earn around $13 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed drama recounts how Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) joined forces to defy the government and publish the Pentagon Papers.
Focus Features also expands Paul Thomas Anderson’s awards hopeful Phantom Thread into 500 theaters this weekend. The drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a fashion designer who caters to members of high society and the royal family in 1950s London. He meets a young, strong-willed woman (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse, but he soon finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.