Sony Pictures took a very real risk releasing Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle just five days after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it has definitely worked out for them in the long run.
In its first two weeks the film was kept in the number two position, while continuing to bring in good totals, but with the arrival of 2018 came a shift. The adventure sequel is now the number one movie in America, and to date has brought in an impressive $244.4 million domestically ($519.4 worldwide).
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is a nice win for Sony, given that the film had a reasonable $90 million budget, and definitely a highlight in a year that was lacking in really solid family-friendly big screen fare. There is also now a very good chance that another movie will soon be made, and the franchise continues to blossom. It would certainly make sense for star Dwayne Johnson, as while he is a part of many successful blockbusters, the new hit will soon become his most successful feature domestically not part of the Fast and Furious brand (it only needs $4 million more before it surpasses Moana).
Here’s the trailer if you haven’t watched it yet.