Recently posted on the front page of screenrant.com is an article talking about the new movie Jumanji starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart just recently passed another newer movie in the box office, Spider-Man: Homecoming starring, Tom Holland.
Being a fan of all of the original SpiderMan movies as well as the original Jumanji movie I must say I am pretty surprised by this outcome but I do not disagree. SpiderMan to me was always a family favorite it brought people together to watch a young man swinging from rooftop to rooftop saving the city. The newer movie was interesting though, instead of being an older male the star was young and I think it was an interesting choice but in the long run made this movie targeted more toward the younger audience than an older one.
On the other hand, the new Jumanji movie although it featured high school students was geared to a much older audience which leads me to believe this is why their ratings were much higher at the box office. I happen to believe that a lot of the traffic that Jumanji attracted was based on individuals interest to see how this movie was different from the original one starring Robin Williams. I myself went for exactly that reason, I loved Robin Williams and the original movie so I was very excited to see what they were going to do with this one.
I saw both titles in the theater and I must say although both movies were packed with people there was a distinct change in the audience from movie to movie. SpiderMan, like stated above, attracted a more family environment and that’s who filled the theater’s mothers and fathers with their children. Jumanji was the hot movie to take your significant other or your friends making it more enjoyable to sit and watch. It can be hard to enjoy a movie with a lot of younger kids yelling, talking, and running around. So the audiences definitely affected the different ratings of these movies.
In the end, I really did enjoy both movies and would highly recommend the two of them as very enjoyable movies that released in 2017.
The remake of Jumanji was not expected to do as well as it ended up doing. In fact, some people thought that making a remake of Jumanji was disrespectful to the late Robin Williams. Williams starred in the original Jumanji film, which is seen as a classic today. Surprise, surprise Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has done better than Spider-man Homecoming. The latest Spider-Man film was expected to be a bigger box office maker. Spider-Man Homecoming made $334 million. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has so far made $338 million and counting in the United States. It could even make more internationally just like Homecoming, which made $880 million worldwide. This is really unexpected playout for a film that had a budget of $90 to $100 million. Homecoming had a budget of about $175 million. It’s not typical for a film with that kind of budget to make over $800 million worldwide. The few films that we have been over the $800 million box office have been for example: Independence Day and Jurassic Park. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle even did well despite Star Wars the Last Jedi showing in theaters worldwide at the same time. Sony intends to make a sequel to Jumanji to compete with the next Star Wars film again in the box office.
So what about Jumanji made it such a big box office draw? The new angle to this film seems to be why audiences decided to view it as a different movie and storyline entirely. Instead of being a board game Jumanji in this film is a video game. Each of the lead characters get sucked into the video game Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and are changed into the physical opposite of their actual builds in reality. This results in a lot of humorous moments throughout. The entertaining cast, a good storyline, along with positive reviews and plenty of viewers rating it highly, made this film a success. The humor is the main draw to this film for most viewers as well. People need a laugh. It’s as simple as that.
The film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may even surpass the global box office of Wonder Woman. So if you’re looking for something funny somewhat nostalgic and action filled to the point that it even was a competitor for the Star Wars the Last Jedi film you should check out Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Thinking that a classic like Jumanji being remade can be a little scary. There is nothing worse than going in with expectations for the same kind of cinematic adventure and being disappointed. The comedic art of Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt is not something any actor should tread lightly on. Who can forget the uber talented preteen Kirsten Dunst? That kind of talent is hard to find!
Kids loved the original Jumanji and quite frankly so did parents, making it a favorite of movie goers and dvd players for the last 20+ years. Those are big shoes to fill and the rumblings are starting to sound pretty positive. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will star Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. Also starring in this version is actress Karen Gillan. Karen is best by Dr. Who fans as Amy Pond, and as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy where she is unrecognizable. If it was mentioned and the girls will want it mentioned, Joe Jonas is part of the cast as well.
The coming attractions show amazing special effects which definetly have come a long way since 1995. The story connects with the original showing the intricate game box. Only this time a video version is the center of the story. This seems more appropriate for this generation and the spin they put on it is sure to help in the comedy department. The cast of high school teens is transported into the video version as their game identities.
Social media is really talking about this film [https://screenrant.com/jumanji-welcome-jungle-reactions-reviews/) and that can only help bring in the crowds. There is nothing like positive chatter on social media to help catapult a movie into another family favorite. From the sounds of it the Jumanji franchise looks like it will have another addition that stands up over time.