We didn’t think it was possible but Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is on the heels of one of the biggest franchises in the world. Which is great news for those who feared the mouse and the fox merging would mean they are unstoppable? This weekend could be good news for those who were planning to avoid going up against Disney properties. Since their movies have huge opening weekends, releasing a movie a week later could help with the runoff from those who aren’t big on repeated theatrical viewings.
So far, Last Jedi is pacing more than 25 percent behind the $742 million earned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago over the holidays. At the same time, Last Jedi is about to pass the entire lifetime gross of stand-alone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($1.06 billion). Johnson’s film has yet to open in China, where it is set to bow Friday.
Sony’s holiday hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle wasn’t far behind Last Jedi over the weekend. The reboot grossed $50.4 million domestically from 3,765 locations for the three days and a projected four-day haul of $66.5 million. It should finish the weekend with a domestic tally of $185.8 million or more.
Internationally, Welcome to the Jungle also impressed, earning $67 million from 50 markets for a foreign total of $153 million and a global take of $323 million through Sunday.