‘Jumanji: The Next Level': Can Sony Make Box Office Lightning Strike Twice?

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‘Jumanji: The Next Level': Can Sony Make Box Office Lightning Strike Twice?
Two years after “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” became a surprise box office hit, Sony is hoping to strike box office fortune again with the sequel, “The Next Level” — even though the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart comedy adventure film is opening one week before Disney’s eagerly awaited saga finale “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Analysts don’t expect “The Next Level” to match the unexpected success of 2017’s “Welcome to the Jungle,” but also note that the film can still be a hit for Sony. The film has already grossed $53 million overseas and is projected to earn a domestic opening in the low $50 million range, similar to the $55 million 4-day Christmas opening that “Welcome to the Jungle” earned. Sony is projecting a $35 million launch.

Welcome to the Jungle,” a sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams adventure film that turned the original film’s magical board game into a
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