Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle passed Justice League at the worldwide box office this weekend, thus making the film an even bigger financial success for Sony Pictures. The standalone sequel to Joe Johnston’s 1995 fantasy comedy, Jumanji (loosely based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 novel of the same name), comes from Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, as well as Gone in Sixty Seconds‘ Scott Rosenberg and LOST‘s Jeff Pinkner.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, Jumanji 2 opened one week after Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi – the biggest blockbuster event of the season – and it managed not only to hold its own against the monster hit but also overtake the second chapter in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel trilogy to gain the top spot at the domestic box office over New Year’s weekend. And Jumanji has remained in first place ever since, even besting new releases such as Insidious: The Last Key and The Commuter. And now, it’s overtaken yet another major release.
According to Box Office Mojo, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle passed Zack Snyder’s Justice League at the worldwide box office this weekend (after first passing the DC film domestically a few days ago). Jumanji added an estimated $27 million to its earnings this weekend, thus bringing its total to $666.17 million globally, which puts the film past Justice League‘s current worldwide gross of $654.4 million.
Justice League marked the fifth installment in Warner Bros. Pictures’ unofficially titled DC Extended Universe. Although the film united the world’s finest heroes – Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – for the first time ever on the big screen, it didn’t become the critical or commercial success the studio so desperately wanted it to be. Instead, analysts believe Justice League won’t top Man of Steel‘s 2013 gross and will likely end up as the lowest-grossing DC Comics-based movie since Bryan Singer’s 2006 film, Superman Returns.
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi is starting to be pulled from theaters around the country – following the completion of one month of release, thereby concluding Disney’s agreement with U.S. theaters to screen the film for a minimum of 4 weeks – and is showing signs of slowing down at the box office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continues to post strong numbers both domestically and globally. In fact, Jumanji 2 remains in more theaters in the U.S. (as of the time of this writing) compared to The Last Jedi. While Jumanji 2 isn’t expected to break records, it’s already an astounding success for the studio.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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