After Frozen II‘s three-week reign atop the box office, Sony Pictures sequel Jumanji: The Next Level took over with an estimated $60.1 million from 4,227 domestic theaters, for a per-theater average of $14,218. That is a big improvement over the $36 million opening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in December of 2017. The opening is also a record for the studio in December, an all-time record opening weekend for a comedy in the month of December, the biggest live-action opening weekend for Kevin Hart and Jack Black, and the biggest opening weekend of all time for director Jake Kasdan.
Internationally, The Next Level brought in $85.7 million this weekend from 52 markets and has collected $152.5 million, for a worldwide total of $212.6 million. The top international market was the UK with $12.6 million. Directed by Jake Kasdan, The Next Level stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II added $19.2 million domestically in second place and is now up to $366.5 million in North America, while the film grossed $55.7 million overseas and has made $666 million there. That puts the sequel’s worldwide total at $1.032 billion, making it Disney Animation’s third billion-dollar hit following Frozen and Zootopia. The top international territories include China with $111.5 million, Korea with $85.4 million, Japan with $67.3 million, and the UK with $49.6 million. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the sequel is voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Alfred Molina, Evan Rachel Wood, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, Jeremy Sisto, Ciarán Hinds, and Alan Tudyk.
Dropping a spot to third was writer/director Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out (Lionsgate and MRC), which earned $9.3 million domestically and has grossed $78.9 million after three weeks. The movie also took in $13.6 million overseas this weekend and has earned $83.3 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $162.2 million. Knives Out stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jeaden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.
Clint Eastwood’s new film, Richard Jewell (Warner Bros. Pictures), opened in fourth place with $5 million from 2,502 theaters, an average of just $1,998 per location. The movie, about the 1996 Atlanta bombing, did get an A CinemaScore from audiences. The film stars Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and Paul Walter Hauser.
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions rounded out the top five with Black Christmas, which brought in only $4.4 million from 2,625 theaters, an average of $1,684 per location. The film also opened in 37 international markets where it earned $3.1 million. Directed by Sophia Takal, the remake got a D+ CinemaScore from audiences. It stars Imogen Poots, Lily Donoghue, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, and Cary Elwes.
Next weekend, Disney will be returning to the top of the worldwide box office with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which begins opening in some international markets on December 18 and in North America on Thursday evening.