'Jumanji: The Next Level' Scores Strong $60 Million Opening

Brenda Watkins
December 16, 2019

"Jumanji: The Next Level" iced out "Frozen II" at the North American box office this weekend, raking in an estimated $60.1 million in its debut, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The first Jumanji turned out to be a global smash hit, grossing $404.5 million domestically and $962.1 million worldwide.

Sony's latest "Jumanji" sequel stars Jack Black, Dwayne ("The Rock") Johnson and Kevin Hart as a group of friends returning to the risky but fascinating world of the Jumanji game.

"Frozen 2" is also the third Walt Disney Animated Studios film to make over $1 billion at the box office.

Starring Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde, the biographical drama is based on the security guard falsely accused by the media for playing a part in the 1996 Olympics bombing.

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It's a decidedly less jovial time for fellow new movies, Warner Bros.

The film sparked controversy by suggesting that a now-dead female journalist traded sex for inside information. The sequel grossed $19.2 million domestically in its fourth weekend along with $55.7 million overseas, bringing its total to $1.03 billion.

"Richard Jewell", the latest offering from director Clint Eastwood, tumbled out of the gate in fourth place $5 million from 2,502 theaters.

"Black Christmas", a slasher film that opened on Friday the 13th, debuted at No. 5 and collected $4.4 million from 2,625 screens. This unseats "Frozen 2" who has been No. 1 since its release. So far this year, Disney has made more than $10 billion at the box office.

Lionsgate's Knives Out shifted to #3 at the box office after taking in $9.3 million over the weekend for a domestic haul of $78.9 million and a worldwide cume of $162.2 million. Universal will also release "Cats" in 3,300 theaters.

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