Jumanji sequel is now Sony’s highest-grossing domestic release ever
Sony Pictures has announced that as of last night, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, last year’s follow-up to the 1995 adventure-classic, crossed $403.714 million at the domestic box office making it Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time domestically, passing 2002’s Spider-Man.
Directed by Jake Kasdan and produced by Matt Tolmach along with William Teitler, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with $950 million worldwide, is also the biggest Sony-owned release of all time at the worldwide box office and the second-highest grossing film ever released by the studio, behind only Skyfall, which is owned by MGM. Domestically, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is also the highest-grossing film ever in the careers of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart.
On its path toward this milestone, in its 112 days in release, the film showed incredible staying power at the box office. The film was #1 for four weekends, including three in a row. It was the first December wide release to be #1 on a February weekend since Titanic in 1998. Globally, it reached #1 in 76 territories and was #1 worldwide for four weekends in a row.
Tom Rothman, chairman, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said, “Given the length of Columbia Pictures’ esteemed history, this is a cool milestone. It’s a great credit to Jake Kasdan, all the producers, the terrific actors, and everyone at the studio who worked so hard. It gives us a grand target to shoot for with the next one.”
The sequel to Welcome to the Jungle is already in development with writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner taking on the script. Sony is eyeing a 2019 release date for the movie, and even considering positioning it against Star Wars: Episode IX, which debuts December 20.