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‘JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL’ RAKES IN $52 MILLION

Jumanji: The Next Level scored $52.4 million in box office receipts for the opening weekend. Worldwide, it reached $196 million.

"There is a lot to like with Next Level, starting with the returning cast. The Rock, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are all adored by family-friendly moviegoing audiences. And, for the most part, fans are liking the change of pace with the ‘something's wrong with the game' storyline. Even Ozzy Osbourne's song featured in the trailer is getting some call-outs. All in all, the discussion leans heavily positive for a sequel that had such an entertaining predecessor – not to mention all the super-social cast returning and some new faces like Awkwafina added, too," says social media monitor RelishMix.

Frozen 2 landed in the second slot with $19.2 million, and Knives Out grabbed $9.1 million, scoring third place.

Meanwhile, the Clint Eastwood-helmed Richard Jewell and the horror film Black Christmas snagged $4.9 million and $4.5 million respectively, below the expected $10 million apiece, for the fourth and fifth slot.