Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle just crossed $500 million at the worldwide box office. The long-in-development standalone sequel to Joe Johnston's 1995 fantasy adventure film, Jumanji - based on Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book of the same name - finally hit theaters in December 2017 after suffering multiple delays. Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan helmed the sequel, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas as the video game's avatars.
While most movies that released over the holiday frame are starting to see their box office grosses taper off, Jumanji 2 continues to post strong numbers. It first overtook Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the domestic box office on New Year's Day, and it's remained in first place ever since, even taking the top spot over its third weekend. Jumanji 2 snagged an additional $36 million at the domestic box office this weekend, which has allowed the sequel to cross the $500 million mark.
Box Office Mojo indicates that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has now grossed an estimated $519.37 million at the worldwide box office, of which $244.37 million came from domestic theaters and $275 million from foreign markets. That total number nearly doubles the $262 million (unadjusted for ticket price inflation) the first Jumanji film earned when it opened in 1995. While $500 million is considerably less than the $1.2 billion The Last Jedi has grossed so far, it goes to show that counter-programming certainly works.
Jumanji 2 also prevented Adam Robitel's Insidious: The Last Key - the fourth installment in Blumhouse Productions' Insidious series - from taking the top spot over its opening weekend. The Last Key grossed an estimated $29.26 million, the second highest-grossing opening in the series. Considering that many Award-nominated films are releasing nationwide next weekend, along with a handful of other films, Jumanji 2 may not be able to hold its box office reign.
At the moment, Jumanji 2 sits in eighth place for Sony Pictures' highest-grossing films at the domestic box office, right behind Barry Sonnenfeld's 1997 movie, Men in Black, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. If the Jumanji sequel continues to rake in hefty sums, though, it may find itself not only surpassing the first Men in Black movie ($250.69 million) but also Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man ($262 million) and Sam Mendes' Skyfall ($304.36 million) on Sony's chart. By doing so, Jumanji 2 could become Sony's highest-grossing, non-Spider-Man film ever at the domestic box office.
While there aren't any current plans for Jumanji 3, multiple Jumanji 2 cast members have discussed ideas for a sequel that could bring additional stars into the franchise. And seeing how successful Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been so far, Sony would be remiss if they didn't at least consider the idea of a threequel.
Source: Box Office Mojo