Cinema / 15-12-2019

Jumanji Box Office: The Next Level Hits Big And Takes Down Frozen II

Jumanji Box Office: The Next Level Hits Big And Takes Down Frozen II


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Jumanji: The Next Level*

While this was a good weekend for Jumanji: The Next Level, however, it stands along with that particular adjective, as the other new wide releases from this past Friday didn't perform nearly as well. We'll start with Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, which only managed to make $5 million (and it's sad that was enough for it to claim the #4 spot). While Eastwood has never had a film make nine digits in its debut, he is at least typically reliable for eight digits, but he didn't reach that bar this time out. The total is far less than what his last three directorial efforts did in their opening frames, with Sully, The 15:17 To Paris, and The Mule respectively earning $35 million, $13 million, and $18 million.

At the very least, though, the based-on-a-true-story film managed to make more than Sophia Takal's remake of Black Christmas, which played in about 120 more theaters than Richard Jewell, but brought in about $600,000 less. The film being a Blumhouse release, the good news is that it probably will wind up being profitable, as the film apparently only cost $5 million to make, but it seems that audiences aren't too excited about the prospect of a scary holiday season in 2019.

But let's end things on a positive note, shall we? For starters, there is the impressive milestone that has been hit by Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen II, as it is the latest release to hit a billion dollars this year. It is not only the eighth feature to make that much money worldwide in 2019, but the sixth in that group to be released by the Walt Disney Company. And by the time Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker finishes its run, that number will be seven.

What's far more exciting, though, is everything that is cooking with Benny and Josh Safdie's Uncut Gems. The film is one of the most buzzed about indies of the season following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it looks like the attention being earned by the Adam Sandler-starring thriller is going to result in some big money for A24. The movie won't be available in wide release until Christmas, but the studio put the feature out in limited release this weekend, and playing in just five theaters it managed to make $525,498. That's an average of $105,099, and a record for the company. Obviously it won't still be maintaining those numbers per theater when it's available everywhere, but clearly there are a lot of people chomping at the bit excited to see the nail-biting cinematic adventure through New York's diamond district.

Of course, we here at CinemaBlend are now bracing ourselves for the aforementioned release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, and along with the debut of Tom Hopper's Cats next weekend should be a fairly insane one at the box office. As always, be sure to tune in next Sunday to this column where we will breakdown the aftermath.

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15-12-2019 21:00, source: cinemablend, by James Foster
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