Friday, April 12, 2024

The Rock Keeps Rocking: “Jumanji” Sequel Over Performs with $60 Mil Weekend, Saving Sony’s Bottom Line


So, who cares about “Charlie’s Angels”? Or the underperforming “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”? Or the Sony Walkman, for that matter?

“Jumanji: The Next Level” had a $60.1 million weekend. Sony execs are doing cartwheels. They issued a $35 mil prognostication. Then it was upgraded to $50 mil. But $60 mil?

And it’s all about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. You can’t keep this guy down. Two years ago, his first “Jumanji” made $404 million in the US and almost a billion total around the world ($965 mil). He’s literally printing money! I’m sure “Jumanji 3” is already in the pipeline for 2021.

“Jumanji” has turned out to be a great concept. Back in 1995, with Robin Williams, the original film made $100 mil US and $262 mil worldwide. That wasn’t chump change then.

And The Rock? He’ll keep rocking next July in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise.” He has two more films in pre-production and a bunch coming after that including maybe a remake of Kurt Russell’s “Big Trouble in Little China.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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