“Jungle Cruise” is back!
It’s been announced that a new movie inspired by the theme park attraction, “Jungle Cruise,” is now in the works after the film reached $100 million at the American box office over the weekend.
The heroic Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her surprisingly clever friend, Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson), return to battle evil with the help of their latest adventure, an enormous yellow-bellied alligator.
People believe that director Jaume Collet-Serra, producer Scott Sheldon, executive producer John Davis, producer John Fox, producer Beau Flynn, Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia will return. Michael Green, a part of the team that created “Jungle Cruise” and co-wrote it with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, will now be the only writer for the sequel.
“Jungle Cruise” was released on July 30, first on pay-per-view and then for an extra $30 fee. Disney said its first weekend netted $34.2 million in movie ticket sales and $30 million in earnings from Disney Plus. It performed very well in America, going from $80 million to $100 million after five weeks. At $187 million, it’s the global total for ticket sales.
When new movies appear on streaming platforms, it’s hard to determine box office performance, especially during the epidemic. Along with that, the delta variation has caused an uptick in COVID cases across the nation, further impacting movie-going. According to initial estimates, “Jungle Cruise” out-performed “Space Jam: A New Legacy” ($31 million), “Godzilla vs. Kong” ($31 million), and “Cruella” ($21 million) on their opening weekends. It debuted on the same weekend as “Godzilla vs. Kong” on HBO Max and “Cruella” on Disney Plus Premier Access. Even if it fell far short of “Black Widow” ($80 million), “F9” ($70 million), and “A Quiet Place Part II” ($47 million), all of which were franchise sequels, it’s still much better than most others in the market. “Jungle Cruise,” with a $200 million price tag, was intended to kick off a new Disney series, but in typical times, it would have had more value to Disney because of its low cost.