Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle officially passes Skyfall to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing, non-Spider-Man movie at the domestic box office. The standalone sequel to Joe Johnston’s 1995 fantasy comedy, Jumanji (based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg), 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 Fringe‘s Jeff Pinkner.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, Jumanji 2 earned high praise for its charming cast and swashbuckling adventure story, which is why it’s survived on top of the domestic charts ever since it rang in the new year. Jumanji passed Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi at home on New Year’s Day, and it’s remained in first place ever since, prevailing against new releases such as Paddington 2, 12 Strong, and Insidious: The Last Key. Now, it has overtaken yet another film.
As of this weekend, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has earned an estimated $316.9 million at the domestic box office, thus surpassing Sam Mendes’ 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall ($304.3 million), to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing, non-Spider-Man film ever to release domestically. The only Spider-Man movie that Jumanji has already passed is Marc Webb’s 2014 blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($262 million).
Considering how well Jumanji 2 is performing on the domestic charts, it’s certainly possible that the movie will not only top Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s domestic gross ($334.2 million) but also Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million), which will put it in third place on Sony’s top-grossing list. At the moment, though, it’s too early to tell if it will continue its meteoric rise to the very top. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 ($373.5 million) and Spider-Man ($403.7 million) are the only other films standing in its way in becoming Sony’s highest-grossing release ever at the domestic box office. Plus, it’s on the verge of passing Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and breaking into the top 10 highest-grossing films of 2017, globally.
Jumanji 2‘s box office success is certainly impressive. It opened in second place behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, yet despite going up against one of the biggest movies of all-time, it continued to climb on the domestic charts. As of this weekend, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been in first place for three weeks straight. And now, the only movie that can knock the film off its throne is next week’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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