Is Jumanji: The Next Level the new “Next Right Thing?” The Sony film topped the box office this weekend with an estimation of “60 million dollars in domestic sales.” (NY Times, Gabe Cohn) Sony did not expect the film to make more than $35 million, but it seems it has exceeded many expectations as industry experts also predicted the film to only make $45 million.
It has broken Frozen 2 ‘s three week run at number one at the box office. The film is a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and stars Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, along with some new faces like Danny Devito and Danny Glover. Despite being knocked from the number one spot, Frozen 2 is still going strong. It has topped $1 billion globally and is expected to surpass its prequel which earned $1.27 billion globally. It will make it the sixth Walt Disney studio film to earn $1 billion at the box office this year.
It’s no doubt that Olaf’s comedic abilities have captured our hearts and laughs, but it looks like Kevin Hart is back to claim his throne as one of the Kings of Comedy. The movie comes after the comedian was involved in a near-fatal car accident, but as usual, he comes back funny as ever in the new movie “Jumanji: The Next Level.” The movie is already setting records becoming the U.S’s highest-grossing comedy of December.
In the sequel, Kevin Hart and Dwayne the Rock Johnson characters channel two elderly men played by Danny Devito and Danny Glover. The director Jake Kasdan recently opened to Digital Spy about the “body-swapping twist” stating:
“ For me, the idea that really got me excited about making a sequel was this thought of bringing in these two guys that are at a completely different point in their lives,” he said. (via Digital Spy) Quite an interesting “twist” indeed in comparison to the prequel where the jokes are told from the mindsets of two teenage boys. The director spoke of critical issues he tried to avoid with the sequel. As it is largely an action movie, he did not want to go overboard with it stating:
“I do think that there’s a critical issue with action movies, and particularly with sequels, which you want to do your best not to let an increase in scale diminishes the impact of what’s happening.” (Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy) “Having more of something doesn’t necessarily make it more dramatic. In fact, sometimes it makes it less dramatic.” Interestingly enough, the game was destroyed in the first film, so the director had to make sense of a way of bringing the game back to life. However it was done, the film is receiving much praise as people are showing themselves over to their local movie theaters to check out the new big comedy.