Nobody quite expected Jumanji to be such a remarkable success. When Sony announced the reboot, fans were divided. Some went so far as to consider the reboot disrespectful, given the recent death of Robin Williams. But, against all the odds, Jumanji has now become Sony’s biggest blockbuster of 2017.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film has now overtaken Spider-Man: Homecoming in the domestic market. Homecoming grossed an admirable $334 million, but Jumanji has now exceeded that, raking in $338 million. The film’s still going strong in the international market, too; there’s an outside chance Jumanji could break Homecoming‘s $880 million worldwide.
It’s important to remember that Homecoming had a budget of $175 million. In contrast, Jumanji‘s budget is estimated to be between $90 and 110 million. Only three other films with that kind of budget have ever topped $800 million in the global box office; Independence Day, Jurassic Park, and Wolf Warrior 2. That’s a return of interest that will leave Sony delighted.
This holiday season has proved to be box office magic for Hollywood. Both Jumanji and The Greatest Showman have performed tremendously, in spite of the fact they were competing with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While The Last Jedi has also performed well in the domestic box office, it’s possible the complicated reaction of fans had an impact. Viewers may well have chosen to head to other films instead of Star Wars, bolstering Sony’s latest offering. Incredibly, Sony is actually planning to release a sequel – and are strongly considering having that compete with Star Wars once again.
The modern cinema has often seemed dominated by superheroes and star-spanning franchises. Jumanji is a welcome reminder that a strong film can still compete. Its performance was helped by positive reviews and word-of-mouth, meaning the film has had remarkable ‘legs’ in the box office. Meanwhile, Sony is often ignored by fans as a troubled studio struggling to make a profit. Spider-Man: Homecoming, for example, may have been a Sony product; it was actually made by Marvel Studios. Jumanji reminds fans not to write Sony off just yet; when the studio gets it right, it can still produce some tremendous movies. Sony actually made more than $1 billion in the domestic box office in 2017.
In this case, Jumanji has competed with Star Wars, and exceeded Spider-Man. The cast and crew will no doubt be delighted.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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