Box Office: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Heading for $50 Million as ‘Richard Jewell’ Sputters

Variety | 12/15/2019 | Erin Nyren
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“Frozen 2’s” reign at the box office is finally over: Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” is on its way to a winning $50 million debut.

The sequel film starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart is opening at 4,227 North American locations and took in $19.4 million on Friday. That number set a few December records, including the biggest December opening day for a Sony film and the highest December opening day for a comedy of all time.

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Directed by Jake Kasdan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, “Jumanji: The Next Level” sees the characters from Sony’s 2017 blockbuster return to rescue one of their own from the infamous game. Nick Jonas returns to star along with franchise newcomers Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Danny Glover and Danny DeVito. Kasdan, Johnson, Matt Tolmach, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia produced the film.

Fellow new releases “Black Christmas” and “Richard Jewell” are both coming in significantly below earlier tracking forecasts, which had placed them in the $10 million to $12 million range. They’re now on track to battle for the No. 4 slot with about $4.5 million each.

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Universal’s “Black Christmas,” a remake of the 1974 slasher film, picked up $1.8 million on Friday. The thriller follows a group of sorority sisters who are beset by a mysterious stalker. Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O’Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, and Cary Elwes star in the film, directed by Sophia Takal. “Black Christmas” has a 43% Rotten Tomatoes...
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