While everyone had their attention turned towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the past few months, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued to rake in earnings from the side to achieve a major milestone.
The sequel to the original Jumanji (1995) has now become the highest-grossing movie for Sony Pictures in history. Spider-Man (2002) was the last hurdle in this run and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle managed to clear it with more than $403 million in the domestic box office.
In addition, the second installment in the enchanted board-game franchise became the biggest studio-owned movie for Sony Pictures in history as well, with more than $950 million earned in the worldwide box office.
“Given the length of Columbia Pictures’ esteemed history, this is a cool milestone,” said Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. “It’s a great credit to Jake Kasdan, all the producers, the terrific actors, and everyone at the studio who worked so hard. It gives us a grand target to shoot for with the next one.”
It should be noted that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is also the highest-grossing movie ever released for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. The project has served as a major pay-day for the featured cast.
This is not the end of the journey though. There is confirmation on a third installment that will bring back director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and most of the main cast. There is no word on when production will start but the movie is slated to premiere in theaters in fall 2019.