‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Box Office Surges to a $60 Million Opening Weekend

Collider | 12/15/2019 | Allie Gemmill
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Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level had an incredible opening weekend with $60 million earned domestically. The sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle smashed through previous opening projections which put the film’s earnings in the $45 to $50 million range. Produced by Matt Tolmach, Jake Kasdan, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia, Jumanji: The Next Level no doubt brought theatergoers their way with a returning cast led by Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas and cast additions Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover.

The success of Jumanji: The Next Level is even more notable considering it has officially outdone Welcome to the Jungle. Back in 2017, Welcome to the Jungle earned $36 million domestically and left theaters with $404 million earned domestically and $962 million worldwide. This opening weekend for Jumanji: The Next Level is an early sign this sequel will likely hit those marks during its theatrical run and could even surpass. The film averaged $14,218 per theater (whew!) from 4,227 locations total.

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After scooping up $19.4 million from Thursday night previews and Friday combined, the Sony release brought in another $23.4 million domestically on Saturday. Not only has Jumanji: The Next Level won big in its opening weekend, but it has scooped up a few honors over the weekend, too. It’s $19.4 million domestic opening day marks the biggest December opening day for Sony Pictures and the highest December opening of all time for a comedy.

As for the other newcomers this weekend, Richard Jewell and Black Christmas, well, they decidedly did not have the same weekend Jumanji: The Next Level had. Coming in at number four...
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