“Jumanji: The Next Level” iced out “Frozen II” at the North American box office this weekend. The sequel raked in an estimated $60.1 million (₦21.8 billion) in its debut, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
Sony’s latest “Jumanji” sequel stars Jack Black, Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson and Kevin Hart. They are a group of friends returning to the dangerous but fascinating world of the Jumanji game.
Disney’s “Frozen II” — a return to Arendelle and the magical animated world of Queen Elsa, sister Anna and the gang — took in an estimated $19.2 million (₦6.96 billion) for the Friday-to-Sunday period.
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In third place was Lionsgate’s droll murder mystery “Knives Out,” at $9.3 million (₦3.4 billion). Daniel Craig stars as a Southern detective hired by an anonymous client to unravel the bloody death of a wealthy patriarch.
Fourth spot went to new Warner Bros. release “Richard Jewell”. It is a revisiting of the real-life tale of an Atlanta security guard falsely accused of playing a part in the 1996 Olympics bombing. The film sparked controversy by suggesting that a now-dead female journalist traded s*x for inside information. At $5 million (₦1.8 billion), it was one of the poorest openings ever for a Clint Eastwood movie.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, take a look at the trailer for “Jumanji: The Next Level”, which beat “Frozen II” below.
In fifth was Universal’s new slasher film “Black Christmas,” which appropriately opened on Friday the 13th, with a $4.4 million take that nearly recouped the film’s $5 million (₦1.8 billion) cost. It features a group of sorority sisters stranded on a deserted campus over the holidays — naturally, fending off a killer.
Take a look at all the films in the top 10:
- “Jumanji: The Next Level” ($60.1 million or ₦21.8 billion)
- “Frozen II” ($19.2 million or ₦6.96 billion)
- “Knives Out” ($9.3 million or ₦3.4 billion)
- “Richard Jewell” ($5 million or ₦1.8 billion)
- “Black Christmas” ($5 million or ₦1.8 billion)
- “Ford v. Ferrari” ($4.1 million or ₦1.5 billion)
- “Queen & Slim” ($3.6 million or ₦1.3 billion)
- “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” ($3.4 million or ₦1.2 billion)
- “Dark Waters” ($2 million or ₦725 million)
- “21 Bridges” ($1.2 million or ₦435 million)
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