Box-Office Milestone: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Becomes Biggest-Ever Sony Title in U.S.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has become Sony's top-grossing title ever at the domestic box office, not adjusted for inflation.
The movie accomplished the milestone this week after narrowly surpassing the original Spider-Man, which grossed $403.7 million at the box office in 2002. The Jumanji reboot, which was released Dec. 20, finished Tuesday with a domestic total of $403.71 million. The film is all but done with its theatrical run after coming out on DVD earlier this month.
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been a massive gift-giver for Sony, earning $950.8 million globally to rank as the top-grossing movie in the studio's history for a wholly-owned Sony title. The James Bond pic Spectre (2015) is the top-grossing film ever released by Sony, but the studio distributed that movie on behalf of MGM.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle had remarkable staying power at the box office. It topped the chart for four weekends in total, including three consecutive weekends, and became the first December wide release since 1997's Titanic to top the chart in February. It also is the highest-grossing film for stars Dwayne Johnson (who returns to theaters this weekend in Rampage), Jack Black and Kevin Hart.
“Given the length of Columbia Pictures’ esteemed history, this is a cool milestone," Sony Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman said Wednesday in a statement. "It gives us a grand target to shoot for with the next one.”
Adjusted for inflation, Spider-Man's domestic haul is $638 million.
by Pamela McClintock
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