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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Is Sony’s Biggest Non-Spider-Man Movie!

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The Jumanji movie sequel is officially this year’s box office king (of the jungle).  Since being on the box office charts for three weekends in a row, pushing its domestic total to $317 million, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Sony’s highest grossing non-Spider-Man movie.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle soared past Skyfall, the highest-grossing James Bond movie, which made $304.3 million domestically in 2012, according to Forbes. That movie it Sony’s highest-grossing movie that isn’t a Spider-Manfilm.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was billed as a silly action-comedy sequel to a reasonably well-liked ’90s family movie (the original Jumanji made merely $100.5 million at the domestic box office). But word-of-mouth has elevated the movie beyond Sony’s wildest expectations. When you look at the movie, it’s no surprise: the film is vastly entertaining, with a winning performance from the ever-reliable Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), and scene-stealing turns from supporting actors Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. Film reviewer Karen Han called the movie “the purest, silliest form of escapist art.”  She stated, “It leans too hard into its silliness sometimes, sure, but tolerating that is a small price to pay for such fun.”

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