Some time ago, it was revealed that Jumanji would be released the week after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If you listened to Los Fanboys in the months leading up to those films’ releases, you’ll know that we’ve been more than a little critical of Sony’s decision to stick to that release date. Even with the Rock, it would be overshadowed by The Last Jedi, right?
Well, we were dead wrong on that front. Not only has the film performed admirably, but it’s showed some real staying power in theaters, sticking to the number one spot for the last two weekends. As of right now, it’s nearing $800 million worldwide.
Well, it looks like Sony will be looking to replicate this success in 2019. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Sony studio chief Tom Rothman discussed how he believed that Jumanji was the perfect holiday movie for families to see. With Jumanji‘s success, it’s clear that he was right, and now they have the ambition to get a Jumanji sequel out by the holiday season in 2019.
As of this writing, the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode IX is slated for a December 20, 2019 release date, meaning that the two could once again go head-to-head for the holiday season.
Do you think this is a good move from Sony, or was Jumanji‘s success something that can’t really be repeated? Let us know your thoughts down below!