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'Jumanji' sequel bests 'Frozen II' to top N.America box office

16 December 2019, MVT 21:39
Comedian Kevin Hart poses with Will Ferrell and from the Jumanji cast, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan at his Hand and Footprints ceremony in Hollywood, California on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)
16 December 2019, MVT 21:39

"Jumanji: The Next Level" iced out "Frozen II" at the North American box office this weekend, raking in an estimated $60.1 million in its debut, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Sony's latest "Jumanji" sequel stars Jack Black, Dwayne ("The Rock") Johnson and Kevin Hart as a group of friends returning to the dangerous but fascinating world of the Jumanji game.

Disney's "Frozen II" -- a return to Arendelle and the magical animated world of Queen Elsa, sister Anna and the gang -- took in an estimated $19.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period.

In third place was Lionsgate's droll murder mystery "Knives Out," at $9.3 million. Daniel Craig stars as a Southern detective hired by an anonymous client to unravel the bloody death of a wealthy patriarch.

Fourth spot went to new Warner Bros. release "Richard Jewell," a revisiting of the real-life tale of an Atlanta security guard falsely accused of playing a part in the 1996 Olympics bombing.

The film sparked controversy by suggesting that a now-dead female journalist traded sex for inside information. At $5 million, it was one of the poorest openings ever for a Clint Eastwood movie.

In fifth was Universal's new slasher film "Black Christmas," which appropriately opened on Friday the 13th, with a $4.4 million take that nearly recouped the film's $5 million cost.

It features a group of sorority sisters stranded on a deserted campus over the holidays -- naturally, fending off a killer.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Ford v. Ferrari" ($4.1 million)

"Queen & Slim" ($3.6 million

"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" ($3.4 million)

"Dark Waters" ($2 million)

"21 Bridges" ($1.2 million)

Los Angeles, United States | AFP

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