Jumanji sequel levels up with US$60.1m debut
LOS ANGELES – It’s shaping up to be a merry holiday season for Jumanji: The Next Level.
Sony’s adventure sequel debuted in first place to US$60.1 million (S$81.5m), dethroning Frozen 2 after three consecutive weeks as the US box office champ.
Those ticket sales, at the higher end of industry projections, represent a healthy jump on its predecessor, 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (US$36 million).
It also marks the highest debut for a December comedy, as well as the best start for a live-action movie for stars Kevin Hart and Jack Black.
Frozen 2 slid to second place, generating a solid US$19.2 million in its fourth weekend of release. The animated sequel crossed the US$1 billion mark globally, the sixth Disney movie to do so this year.
In North America, Frozen 2 has made US$366 million and stands as the 11th-biggest animated film ever.
In third place, Lionsgate’s murder mystery Knives Out brought in another US$9.25 million for a domestic tally of US$78.9 million. - REUTERS