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When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opened to the tune of $36 million and then went on to accumulate a grand total of $962.1 million worldwide, it was clear that the series was going to keep heading down the franchise path and now, sure enough, here we are with the release of a new installment, Jumanji: The Next Level. Weekend estimates are in and, yet again, things are looking good for the film, which kicked off its run by exceeding expectations and posting a $60 million start at the domestic box office. And on top of that, the film’s worldwide total already sits at a whopping $212.6 million.
It’s a thrill to see the film performing well because, one, it’s a great time at the theater this holiday season and, two, director Jake Kasdan throws in quite the third (fourth?) film tease at the end of this one. That being said, the rest of this article contains Jumanji: The Next Level spoilers so if you haven’t seen the film, turn back now!
Jumanji - Level - Spencer - Mother - Marin
Jumanji: The Next Level concludes with Spencer’s mother (Marin Hinkle) waiting for a repair person. That repair person winds up being New Girl’s Lamorne Morris. After being led down to the basement, Morris spots the game console, walks towards it and then we get a shot of the cafe with ostriches running by.
While in Cabo San Lucas for the Jumanji: The Next Level press event in November, I got the chance to chat with Kasdan and had to ask him about teeing up a new story and also about how that 1995 Jumanji cameo came to be. Nora’s cafe in Next Level belong to Judy and Peter Shepherd’s aunt Nora played by Bebe Neuwirth. Here’s what Kasdan said when asked if the intention is for the next movie to...
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