Sony’s action-comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has launched in first place in China with a solid $40 million, topping the third weekend of local hit “The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes.”
The China launch for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” also came in 39% above last weekend’s $28 million opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” China has proven to be a tough market for “The Last Jedi” with only $38.8 million after two weeks — the only real disappointment so far for the Star Wars film, which has hit an impressive $673.4 million in international box office.
Thanks to the Chinese launch, “Jumanji” dominated the weekend internationally with $81 million at abut 32,000 screens in 93 markets to win that title for the third time — pushing its international total to $383 million. The Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart vehicle, a sequel to 1995’s Robin Williams hit, has won the domestic box office on back-to-back weekends and has a worldwide total of $667 million.
“Jumanji” has totaled $159.2 million in Europe, led by $40.4 million in the U.K. after four weeks, followed by $21.9 million in France and $17.2 million in Germany. Asia’s regional total has hit $113.1 million, including $11.6 million in South Korea after two weeks. In Malaysia, “Jumanji” is now the second-highest grosser of all-time at $13.4 million.
Latin America’s regional total has hit $57 million, led by Brazil $13.6 million in two weeks. Australia has generated $27.8 million in three weeks.
The original “Jumanji” grossed $262 million worldwide. “Welcome to the Jungle” follows four high schoolers in detention who wind up as video game characters facing an array of challenges.
“The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes” finished a distant second on the international chart with $24 million. The comedy sequel has a total of $254 million from three markets. “The Ex-File” movie — the third and final title in the series — stars Han Geng and Ryan Zheng Kai as bachelors who have broken up with their girlfriends.
The opening of historical drama “Forever Young” came in third with $20.3 million in its China opening. The film stars Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom and Chen Chusheng with a focus on four generations of modern Chinese history since World War II.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Coco” both grossed $19 million over the weekend. “The Last Jedi” has now totaled $673.4 million internationally and $1.26 billion worldwide for the 10th largest global total of all time. The China total of $38.8 million is sixth on the international list for “Jedi,” trailing the U.K. at $107.3 million, Germany at $77.6 million, France at $60.1 million, Japan at $58.1 million and Australia at $42.2 million.
“Coco” scored a $6.7 million launch in South Korea and $2.5 million in Argentina, lifting its international total to $425 million. China is the top international market with $183 million — just $13.5 million short of the domestic total.
Sony scared up $17.7 million for “Insidious: The Last Key” at 5,100 screens in 40 markets for an overseas total of $44.2 million. The fourth Insidious movie set a record in Indonesia as the biggest horror film of all time with $5.2 million. is handling the film in North America, where it has grossed an impressive $50.3 million in its first two weeks.
Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” brought in $15.2 million from 6,795 screens in 71 markets, lifting the international total to more than $100 million with France, China, and Japan still to come. The Hugh Jackman musical has hit $97 million in North America.
Fox’s animated “Ferdinand” followed with $13.3 million at 9,311 screens in 70 markets, including a first-place start in Brazil with $3.6 million. “Ferdinand” has taken in $132 million internationally and opens in China next weekend.
By Dave McNary