It is undoubtedly a great achievement for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as it passed Justice League at the global box office this weekend, making the movie larger financial success for Sony Pictures.
The standalone continuation to Joe Johnston’s 1995 fantasy comedy, Jumanji (faintly based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 novel with same name), is from Terrible Teacher director Jake Kasdan and Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, also Gone in 60 Seconds‘ Scott Rosenberg and LOST‘s Jeff Pinkner.
Starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, Jumanji 2 premiered a week after Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi – the biggest blockbuster occasion of the season – and it tried not only to hold its own against the monster hit but also outranked the 2nd chapter in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel trilogy to emerge the highest spot at the local box office over New Year’s weekend. Jumanji has maintained the 1st position since then, even besting current releases like Insidious: The Last Key and The Commuter. Now, it has outrun yet another major release.
According to Box Office Mojo, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle outranked Zack Snyder’s Justice League at the global box office this weekend (after initially passing the DC film locally some days back). Jumanji gained an estimated $27 million to its revenue this weekend, thus totaling $666.17 million internationally, which places the movie above Justice League‘s recent global gross of $654.4 million.
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Justice League marked the 5th part in Warner Bros. Pictures’ unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.
Though the movies brought together the world’s finest icons – Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – first time ever on the big screen, it did not become the critical or commercial victory the studio so eagerly wanted it to be.
Instead, analysts feel Justice League will not top Man of Steel‘s 2013 gross and will probably end up settling as the lowest-grossing DC Comics-based film since Bryan Singer’s 2006 movie, Superman Returns.
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi is beginning to be exited from theaters around the country – after completing the one month of release, thereby concluding Disney’s agreement with U.S. theaters to screen the movie for at least 4 weeks – and is giving signs of reducing its pace at the box office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continues posting heavy figures both locally and internationally.
In fact, Jumanji 2 is still in more theaters in United States (as at the time this piece is published) compared to The Last Jedi. While Jumanji 2 is not anticipated to break records, it’s already a huge fortune for the studio.
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