I don’t think anyone saw this coming late last year.
Deadline reports that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has officially passed Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man to become Sony’s highest grossing film at the U.S. box office. Spider-Man has reigned supreme for almost sixteen years. Its worldwide gross of $951M places it number 2 of all-time Sony releases behind only Skyfall ($1.1B), arguably the James Bond franchise’s best work in years.
Futhermore, stateside, Jumanji is not only the highest-grossing film for director Jake Kasdan, but for its four main stars, as well: Dwayne Johnson (besting his Fast and the Furious works), Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan (besting her Guardians of the Galaxy two-punch). This is impressive as both Fast & Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy are film properties with a decade plus of fans, while Jumanji basically reinvented itself and created its own new fan base. (C’mon, you know only adults still loved the original Robin Williams flick).
Sony Pictures Entertainment Group chairman Tom Rothman explained what factored into Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘s success:
“It’s not the IP, it’s the ‘I’ — the idea. Before the obsession grew with known properties only, big ideas are what powered big movies.”
Jumanji is expected to generate a profit of $306M for the studio. When factored in with other releases like Baby Driver ($50M profit), The Emoji Movie, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming ($200.1M in profit), this makes 2017 one of the best years for Sony in decades.
How many times did you see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in theaters?