‘Jumanji’ sequel bests ‘Frozen II’ to top N.American weekend box office

Source:AFP Published: 2019/12/16 17:03:39

Promotional material for Jumanji: The Next Level Photo: Maoyan

Jumanji: The Next Level iced out Frozen II at the North American box office this weekend, raking in an estimated $60.1 million in its debut, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Sony's latest Jumanji sequel stars Jack Black, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Kevin Hart as 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 for the Friday-to-Sunday period. 

In third place was Lionsgate's droll murder mystery Knives Out, at $9.3 million. 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, 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 sex for inside information. At $5 million, it was one of the poorest openings ever for a Clint Eastwood movie.

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 cost. 

It features a group of sorority sisters stranded on a deserted campus over the holidays - naturally, fending off a killer.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Ford v. Ferrari ($4.1 million)

Queen & Slim ($3.6 million)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ($3.4 million)

Dark Waters ($2 million)

21 Bridges ($1.2 million)


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