“Jumanji” To Open Strong As Disney Soars

The early tracking figures are in for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with the Sony Pictures sequel heading for a six-day Christmas holiday opening in the $40-45 million range over the Wednesday December 20th to Monday December 25th period.

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan star as the avatars of four high schoolers who get sucked into a “Jumanji” video game world. “Jumanji” is looking healthier than the Hugh Jackman-led P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman” which is on course for $20 million over the same Xmas holiday period.

Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” will open on the Friday, but even so is still on track for a $30 million four-day haul. The figures come in as it has been announced that Amazon Prime members will have a chance to see “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in 1,000 theaters across the country on December 8th.

All of those films have the unenviable task of opening five days after Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which has been forecast to score in the $200 million range over the more standard three-day Friday to Sunday box-office weekend. Disney has just pushed past the $5 billion worldwide box-office mark this year thanks to the success of “Thor: Ragnarok” – making it the only studio to have reached this threshold for three consecutive years.

Source: Variety