12 Strong, the true story of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit who was sent to Afghanistan in the days after 9/11, hits Blu-ray May 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Chris Hemsworth, seen last year in Thor: Ragnarok, is Captain Mitch Nelson, the leader of the outfit that spearheaded this dangerous mission. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña co-star in the feature. The project is based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers.
Along with learning more about the inner workings of this military mission, one of the sequences I’m interested in checking out is the cavalry style charge that’s featured in the flick. Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about the visual aesthetic behind 12 Strong:
Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission” and “Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Moment.”
Helen Mirren’s haunted house feature Winchester couldn’t stop Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for the top spot at this weekend’s box office. With Jumanj: Welcome to the Jungle making just $11 million, it was a tame Super Bowl weekend for movie watchers (Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Winchester finished at the #2 and #2 spots). Here’s the top 10:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Tops all comers with $11 million and to date it’s made over $352 million stateside.
2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $10.2 million
3. Winchester – Helen Mirren thriller takes in $9.2 million in its debut weekend.
4. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman led musical continues to do solid business with $7.8 million.
5. Hostiles – $5.5 million
6. The Post –Steven Spielberg’s latest checks in at number six with $5.2 million
7. 12 Strong – $4.7 million
8. Den of Thieves – Gerard Butler action flick makes $4.6 million./
9. The Shape of Water – The odds on favorite to win Best Picture collects $4.3 million.
Dylan O’Brien has another hit on his hands, as Maze Runner: The Death Cure debuted at the #1 spot with $23.5 million. Coming in at second was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($16.4 million), which already has made over $338 million domestically. The Christian Bale Western Hostiles checked in at third with $10.1 million. Here’s the box office top 10:
1. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $23.5 million
2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $16.4 million
3. Hostiles – Excellent Western will hopefully make more money on good word of mouth. It earns $10.1 million this weekend.
4. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman led musical checks in at #4 with $9.5 million
5.The Post – Director Steven Spielberg’s latest collaboration withTom Hanksearns $8.8 million.
6. 12 Strong – $8.6 million
7. Den of Thieves – Gerard Butler and 50 Centcrime drama makes $8.36 million.
8. The Shape of Water – Critically praised Guillermo del Toro flick, which should take home a ton of Oscars, collects $5.7 million
9. Paddington 2 – $5.5 million
10. Padmaavat – Indian film cracks the top 10 with $4.27 million
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the #1 movie over the weekend with $20 million, even though the high profile flicks 12 Strong and Den ofThieves were nipping at hits heels. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $20 million
2. 12 Strong – Chris Hemsworth toplined military drama takes in $16.5 million.
3. Den of Thieves – This Gerard Butler/50 Cent flick which looks like a Heat redux makes $15.3 million.
4. The Post – $12.1 million
5. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackson musical adds $11 million to its coffers.
6. Paddington 2 – $8.2 million
7. The Commuter – Liam Neeson action flick drops to seven in its second weekend with just $6.7 million.
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Grossing over $604 million domestically, the picture takes in $6.6 million this weekend.
9. Insidious: The Last Key – $5.9 million
10. Forever My Girl – Flick debuts with a less than auspicious $4.7 million.
Chris Hemsworthhas wielded the most powerful hammer as his work as Thor and has even collaborated some of cinema’s most revered filmmakers (he worked with Michael Mann in Blackhat). With 12 Strong, Hemsworth is up for a different ride, playing an Army Special Forces captain who leads a military attack in Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11 (on horseback no less).
Based on Doug Stanton’sHorse Soldiers, the war movie is directed by former photojournalist Nicolai Fuglsig, a filmmaker whose career also includes covering the Kosovo War.
Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about why he was more than up for the “unique” and “special” journey of 12 Strong:
Co-starring Michael Shannon and Trevante Rhodes, 12 Strong opens nationwide January 19.