We told you last week that Sony was trying to downplay the opening weekend projections for ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’
They were reportedly expecting a $35 million opening. Other experts were thinking closer to $45 or $50 million.
Well, the sequel shocked everyone by bringing in $60.1 million over its opening weekend. The first film ‘Welcome to the Jungle‘ made only $36 million during its opening weekend, but then went on to make over $800 million at the worldwide box office.
Overseas, Jumanji 2 kicked off with $85 million for a global start of $145 million. The movie opened in a few foreign territories last weekend, bringing receipts to $152 million at the international box office and $213 million worldwide.
It’s certainly off to a good start, but will it have the staying power that the original film had? That remains to be seen. Critics aren’t as hot on this sequel, but the audience is responding well to it.
And while it was a good start for Jumanji, both ‘Black Christmas‘ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell‘ failed to impress. They both were expected to earn at least $10 million. Instead, they didn’t even combine for $10 million.[mashshare]