Similar to one of his own trademarks from his wrestling days, there were plenty of eyebrows raised when it was confirmed that Dwayne Johnson would be spearheading a new Jumanji film, more than 20 years after Robin Williams made the headlines of the beloved debut installment.
The announcement that Welcome to the jungle was officially in active development in August 2015, which a lot of people didn’t like, and for good reason. Sony revealing a big-budget sequel to one of Williams’ most popular films barely twelve months after his death wasn’t a big PR move on the studio’s part, and there was an enormous amount of skepticism surrounding the project until the first reviews began to arrive.
A lot of people expected a nostalgia-driven, cynical cash grab, but instead they were greeted with an extremely pleasant and crowd-pleasing adventure. Johnson’s central quartet, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan have all been fantastic in their roles, generating plenty of laughs and chemistry in a clever rearrangement of the central premise.
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also showed incredible legs at the box office, opening in second before overtaking Star Wars: The Last Jedi and sit # 1 for four straight weeks, remaining on the charts for nearly three months en route to global transport of $ 962 million.
It played just as well Netflix since its addition to the content library, and sits at the top of the 10 most watched list for about a week now, proving that viewers are clearly suffering from some withdrawal symptoms when it comes to brilliant entertainment at big budget. .