‘Jumanji’ Tops ‘Spider-Man’ to Become Sony’s Number-One Film
Jumanji was the runway hit no one saw coming
Dwayne Johnson helped to topple Peter Parker, something that even Dr. Octopus and the Green Goblin couldn’t accomplish. This week Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” crossed the $403M mark at the domestic box-office, making it Sony Pictures‘ highest-grossing film of all time domestically, passing the studio’s 2002 film “Spider-Man”.
The runaway hit was directed by Jake Kasdan, and produced by Matt Tolmach and William Teitler. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has made over $950M worldwide for the studio, which also makes it the biggest Sony-owned release of all time at the worldwide box office. The film is now 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 a three in a row run to rule the box-office. It was the first December wide release to be #1 on a February weekend since “Titanic” back 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.”
In the film, four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. In school they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, in the bodies of the avatar characters they chose (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. To win, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.
The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale, and is based on the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg.