– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Who’d’ve thought that a sequel/reboot to an average film from the ’90s (that nobody asked for, mind you) would actually go on to, not only be a success, but to become an overwhelming one that even the studio couldn’t have predicted in its wildest dreams? Okay, perhaps in their wildest dreams, someone over at Sony thought that Jumanji was a billion-dollar franchise, but in reality? It’d be a stretch.

Now, Collider is reporting that the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart, has now secured the title for the highest grossing film in North America for Sony Pictures. As of last night, the flick took in $403.714 million at the domestic box office. This means that it’s even beat out the likes of Spider-Man (you know, the original one from 2002? Bet you didn’t know that was their highest domestic grosser).

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In addition to Spider-Man, Jumanji has also beat out Skyfall and Men in Black. Honestly, the Spider-Man news is the biggest to me, because, despite the act that Marvel Studios has done a great job of passing $400 million domestically on the regular, Spider-Man was released at a time where box office tickets were up, and there was a lot more emphasis on domestic figures. Good on Jumanji for breaking down these barriers.

But, of course, this success isn’t restricted to the U.S. Jumanji has grossed $950 million worldwide, and is obnoxiously close to that all-important $1 billion milestone. Let’s hope that Sony realizes that the reason it did so well was because it was actually a solid movie with good word-of-mouth. Please let them know that it wasn’t the name of the film, but the quality of it that drew numbers.

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SOURCE: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.