Latest Jumanji Movie Tops China’s Box Office

By Faith Magbanua, January 17, 2018 09:01 AM

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This weekend, Sony's action-comedy film "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has ranked first place in China with a solid $40 million, topping the third weekend of local hit "The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes."

Upon its premier, 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" also came in 39% above last weekend's $28 million opening of  "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Speaking of the latest 'Star Wars' installment, China proves to be a tough market for "The Last Jedi" with only $38.8 million after two weeks - the only real deal breaker so far for the Star Wars film, which has hit an impressive $673.4 million in international box office.

But thanks to the Chinese launch, "Jumanji" soared the charts over the weekend internationally with $81 million at about 32,000 screens in 93 markets to win that title for the third time - pushing its international total to $383 million. The film, who stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, is a sequel to 1995's Robin Williams hit, won the domestic box office on back-to-back weekends and has a worldwide total of $667 million.

With a total of $159.2 million in Europe, "Jumanji" also reached $40.4 million in the U.K. after four weeks, followed by $21.9 million in France and $17.2 million in Germany.

Asia's regional total for the movie has hit $113.1 million, including $11.6 million in South Korea after two weeks. In Malaysia, "Jumanji" is now the second-highest grosser of all-time at $13.4 million. Latin America's regional total has hit $57 million, led by Brazil $13.6 million in two weeks. Australia has generated $27.8 million in three weeks.

The original "Jumanji" have grossed about $262 million worldwide. However, the newest installment, also known as "Welcome to the Jungle", follows four high schoolers in detention who wind up as video game characters facing an array of challenges.

Other films that came second after Jumanji was "The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes". However, it ended into  a distant second on the international chart with $24 million. The comedy sequel has a total of $254 million from three markets. "The Ex-File" movie - the third and final title in the series - stars Han Geng and Ryan Zheng Kai as bachelors who have broken up with their girlfriends.

The opening of historical drama "Forever Young" came in third with $20.3 million in its China opening. The film stars Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom and Chen Chusheng with a focus on four generations of modern Chinese history since World War II.


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