Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continues to dominate commercially, having now matched a decades old box office record set by Titanic. Though reboots and remakes are often loudly criticized, a few occasionally manage to upset expectations and resonate with audiences. Jurassic World did just that a few years back, but few could have predicted the new Jumanji movie would follow in its footsteps. Arriving in a crowded December box office full of prestige films and the behemoth power of Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart vehicle opened big and has now outgrossed all non-Spider-Man films ever released by Sony.
For Sony, which had a disappointing 2017 outside of Spider-Man: Homecoming (a film that owed a whole lot to Marvel Studios), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's success comes as welcome news and gives the studio another bankable franchise. The film has even managed to pass Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman at the box office, among other high-profile 2017 movie releases. Now, Welcome to the Jungle has unexpectedly matched an unusual very nevertheless noteworthy commercial record.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle pulled in another $11 million at the domestic box office this past weekend, unseating the previous week's champion Maze Runner: The Death Cure while doing so. That means that Welcome to the Jungle is also the first December release since Titanic (which was released over twenty years ago now) to gain the top spot in the month of February.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has now grossed $352.6M domestically and an additional $503 million overseas. It may not have the staying power to hit $1 billion globally when all is said and done, but it will come remarkably close considering how widely the film was dismissed when it was first announced. Thanks to the film's success, Sony is expected to move forward with a third Jumanji installment, with the adult cast members from Welcome to the Jungle (including, Jack Black and Karen Gillan) reprising their roles.
It's not just Sony that's benefitting from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's success, either. Fox signed the author of Jumanji to a development deal, clearly hoping the creative has some more winning ideas. And the success of the movie is sure to embolden Hollywood to comb through even more established IPs in hopes of churning out new content on the back of old ideas.
We will continue to keep you updated on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's box office run, as well as the future of the Jumanji franchise in general.