'Jumanji' sequel bests 'Frozen II' to top N.America box office

Carla Harmon
December 16, 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level Box Office (India): Apart from Rani Mukerji's Mardaani 2 and Emraan Hashmi's The Body, another major release of the week is Dwayne Johnson starrer Jumanji: The Next Level.

Those ticket sales, at the higher end of industry projections, represent a healthy jump on its predecessor, 2017's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" ($36 million).

Yet with "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" hitting theatres next weekend, it is predicted that all the above films will be pushed out of the way. "Jumanji" is on its way to achieving that goal, earning an A- on CinemaScore and a 3.5/5 on Postrak.

"Given the crowded market, sources estimate that Richard Jewell could tap out in North America with $25 million to $30 million and might result in tens of millions in theatrical losses".

Disney's "Frozen 2" slid to second place, generating a solid $19.2 million in its fourth weekend of release. It is now $240 million shy of the $1.27 million grossed by the first "Frozen" six years ago.

Completing the top 5 are two films that are underperforming among adult audiences: Warner Bros.' "Richard Jewell" and Universal/Blumhouse's "Black Christmas", both of which were projected for $10 million openings but are failing to pass $5 million.

Lionsgate's Knives Out shifted to #3 at the box office after taking in $9.3 million over the weekend for a domestic haul of $78.9 million and a worldwide cume of $162.2 million.

"Richard Jewell" is in fourth with a $4.7 million opening from 2,502 screens.

"The Next Level" has had a less than impressive response from critics with only 66 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse's Black Christmas claimed the #5 slot over the weekend, opening domestically at a low $4.4 million for a worldwide haul of $7.5 million. "The movie cost $45 million to produce", Variety reported.

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