Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is coming out in just a few short weeks. The upcoming PG-13 flick has been getting some good early buzz, and even with some big competition at the box office this holiday, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to hear the movie has a bright forecast at the box office. Indeed, the movie looks as if it should make quite a bit of money when it hits theaters this December. Early estimates indicate the video game-oriented remake of Jumanji could actually pull in $60 million during opening weekend.
Coming just a few days after the behemoth that should be Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi, Jumanji will have some solid competition at the box office. However, even if there hadn't been a Star Wars movie this year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would face plenty of other movies. There's the family-oriented Ferdinand out the week before the new Dwayne Johnson starrer. Then, during the week of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's release, a ton of other choices will also be available. That includes Alexander Payne's Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3, Steven Spielberg's The Post and a few other awards hopefuls, including Phantom Thread and The Greatest Showman, which are out around the same time or shortly after.
Sure, not all of those movies are natural competitors for one another. It's also true there will likely be more people at the movies during the couple of holiday weeks coming up, as well. With all of that competition, $60 million is an especially big number for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Even if the movie falls short and makes on the low end of the estimate, Sony is expecting to pull in $45 million, which should be a solid start for the film.
For comparison, THR says that Pitch Perfect 3 could make around $30 million. The Greatest Showman could bring in around $21 million. All The Money in the World, which recently replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, could bring in $6 million. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is estimated to bring in around $215 million during its opening, the weekend prior to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. So, it should be a solid couple of weeks stretch for movies overall.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black. The movie is about a group of teenaged students who get sucked into a particular video game, where they become the avatars played by the adult characters. You can find out more about the movie here.