Forecasts for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may have been optimistic, but few could have predicted the runaway box office success of the legacyquel. Last night, the movie crossed $403.714 million at the domestic box office, which makes it Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing picture domestically, beating out a record set by Spider-Man way back in 2002. To put that in even greater perspective, that means on its way to the top, Jumanji beat out every single Spider-Man movie, Skyfall, Men in Black, and Ghostbusters.
This is a massive accomplishment for everyone involved, and when you see the movie, it’s not too surprising. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a crowdpleaser, and it’s a fun film to watch. It makes sense that families would not only see the movie during the crowded holiday season, but also treat it to repeat viewings. It’s a movie where you can take your kids to enjoy it and not have to worry about anything too dark or disturbing upsetting them. Plus you’ve got the star-power of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black and the comic chops of director Jake Kasdan. We shouldn’t be surprised that Welcome to the Jungle is a hit, but it’s still a bit stunning that it turned out to be such a massive hit.
The film also fared well overseas, pulling in $950 million worldwide, landing at the 42nd highest grossing film worldwide of all-time. Not too bad for a movie with no superheroes and only a single movie from the mid-90s to help promote the brand (and, let’s be honest, Robin Williams was the big draw for that movie).
Unsurprisingly, a sequel is currently in development with Dwayne Johnson and his co-stars set to return. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script, and I hope that Sony also gets Kasdan back on board. No word yet on when the sequel might hit theaters, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it land in either late 2019 or summer 2020.