‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ grosses P115.3-M on opening week in PH box office

The Filipino audience embraced the thrills and comedic antics of Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, hurling the comedy adventure to the No.1 spot of the box-office with a 7-day opening week of a roaring P115,275,439.

The Dwayne Johnson blockbuster now holds the record for the sixth biggest opening for a Columbia Pictures title, bested only by, in descending order, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Welcomed by local critics with superlative reviews, Jumanji signals a great year-starter for Columbia which still has potential hits Insidious: The Last Key, Venom, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for the rest of the year.

Internationally, Jumanji has crossed the $300 million mark and has totaled over $262-M in the US after only 24 days of release. The film has a 75% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, echoing the moviegoers’ warm response to the actioner.

In the Philippines, Welcome to the Jungle opened in 243 screens, with SM Mall of Asia (P4.19-M), SM North EDSA (P3.61-M) and SM Megamall (P3.14-M) getting the proverbial lion’s share of sales.

Close to their heels are Trinoma (P2.5-M), SM Cebu (P2.31-M), SM Clark (P2-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.93-M), SM Baguio (P1.61-M), Powerplant (P1.5-M) and Greenhills Promenade (P1.47-M).

Also high in the rankings are Gaisano Davao (P1.41-M, SM Seaside (P1.38-M), SM San Lazaro (P1.28-M), SM Fairview (P1.26-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.22-M), SM Dasmarinas (P1.19-M), Bonifacio High Street (P1.18-M), Robinsons Ermita (P1.145-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.142-M), and Robinsons Magnolia (P1.13-M).

Closing out the Top 30 theaters are SM Southmall (P1.11-M), SM Aura (P1.1-M), Fisher Mall (P1.08-M), Gateway Cineplex (P1.07-M), Uptown Place (P1.03-M), Market!Market! (P1.011-M), Harbor Point (P1.01-M), SM Lanang (P994,644), Shang Cineplex (P985,763) and Eastwood (P956,149).

In the brand-new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four unlikely friends are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, in the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Karen Gillan, from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Scottish actress Karen Gillan (Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise) stars as Ruby Roundhouse, the warrior persona of nerdy teenage girl Martha in Columbia Pictures’ action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (in Philippine cinemas Monday, January 8.)

In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji, and are transformed into avatars with unique skills. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

The outspoken but socially awkward Martha, (portrayed by Morgan Turner) knows that high school years can be bumpy – and life will get better in college and beyond – but that doesn’t make her daily existence any easier to bear.

Until now, she’s coped by blending into the background… but as the powerhouse Ruby Roundhouse, the martial arts master and killer of men, Martha finds herself as a skilled badass who commands everyone’s attention. It’s unfamiliar territory, to say the least, but she has no choice but to step up and fight for survival.

“For me, Martha’s learning curve is where the fun is,” says Gillan. “She is an introverted, socially awkward teenage girl who is forced to inhabit the body and eventually the mindset of someone so utterly different. I’m a little awkward at times, but I’ve been able to play these strong, badass characters, and I usually have to overcome my own weird awkwardness; with Martha/Ruby, I got to embrace that side and really have some fun.”

“I had been a fan of Karen’s for a long time,” says director Jake Kasdan. “And the way she plays Martha — as this very intelligent, but slightly awkward introvert who is discovering her own power before our eyes — is one of my favorite things about the movie. She plays all the levels of the character so well.”

Co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are known for their intense workout regimens, but it was Gillan – whose character is an expert in various martial arts techniques and “dance fighting” – did the most extensive work with the stunt team to learn the extensive fight choreography for her scenes. The stunt team says that the Brazilian fighting style Capoeira is probably the most comparable to Ruby’s special powers, but the stunt team combined several martial arts techniques to create their own moves – part dancing, part lethal fighting.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

All-star cast in character posters of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

The character posters for Columbia Pictures’ upcoming action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are now online, individually revealing the lovable ensemble.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring an all-star cast – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan – four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji, and are transformed into avatars with unique skills. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

Dwayne Johnson plays archeologist and international explorer, Dr. Smolder Bravestone who’s the consummate action hero.

Jack Black is Dr. Shelly Oberon who will help navigate Jumanji as an expert in cartography, archeology and paleontology.

Kevin Hart is Franklin “Moose” Finbar – an expert in zoology and a weapons valet.

Karen Gillan plays the powerhouse Ruby Roundhouse, the martial arts master and killer of men.

Lastly, Nick Jonas is Alex, another player in the game who will either help them in their quest – or be a sign of the danger that awaits them.

In Philippine cinemas January 8, 2018, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Play for fun, action, adventure in the all-new ‘Jumanji’

The game has changed, but the legend continues in Columbia Pictures’ upcoming action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (in Philippine cinemas January 8, 2017.)

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring an all-star cast – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan – four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji, and are transformed into avatars with unique skills. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

Producer Matt Tolmach is a longtime fan of the original film Jumanji starring the late Robin Williams and of Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s fantasy book that inspired the franchise. Upon looking at the 1995 feature with fresh eyes, he says, “I immediately felt there were more Jumanji stories to be told. My first thought was, ‘What’s the next chapter in that story? What’s the next Jumanji adventure?’ It was a natural step to continue what began over 20 years ago.”

Tolmach and writer Chris McKenna saw a new direction for Jumanji: they would turn the concept on its head. Rather than bringing the jungle into our world, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would bring the players into the jungle – and not just that. “The game evolves, from a board game to a video game – the game will do what it has to do to be played,” Tolmach explains. “And video games are a perfect fit for the world of Jumanji: you get to leave your world behind as you become someone else – an adventurer, a doctor, a hero. This would be a great way to explore classic timeless themes – being yourself and embracing who you are while also challenging yourself to do things you never thought were possible. They have to go and be somebody that seems completely different from who they think they are – except maybe they’re not so different after all. It’s not a coincidence that you became this character who is seemingly so different than you are – you just need to go on this journey to figure out what you are capable of. You always had it inside you.”

“Our lead characters are actually teenagers who are played by adult actors,” says director Jake Kasdan. Tolmach had previously worked with Kasdan on several films and thought he’d be the perfect choice to direct. “This is a time of self-discovery for them, but it plays out in this fantastical context. So, as they are figuring out who they are in real life, they suddenly find themselves occupying other people’s bodies in this game – people who, on the surface, are nothing like them. I thought that was a really funny idea, but also really interesting. What would you discover about yourself, if you could spend a day in somebody else’s body?”

Still, the movie is a comedy with plenty of kickass action. “We wanted to build a classic action adventure movie with really high stakes,” concludes Tolmach. “The stakes are very real; you can die in Jumanji. We knew there would be tons of comedy in the movie, but we wanted it layered within action that was visceral and exciting.”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: The game evolves in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

The game evolves as it begs to be played in the newly released vignette for Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Check out below the Jumanji vignette titled “Evolution” and watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in Philippine cinemas January 8, 2018.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens in Philippine cinemas January 2018.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring an all-star cast – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan – four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji, and are transformed into avatars with unique skills. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jake Kasdan & Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Chris McKenna, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: New trailer for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

For two decades, it went untouched. But the game always finds a way. Watch the new international trailer of Columbia Pictures’ action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle now below.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens in Philippine cinemas January 2018.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jake Kasdan & Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Chris McKenna, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: The game has changed in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ trailer

The game has changed, but the legend continues. Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has just debuted its international trailer which may be viewed below.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle soon in Philippine cinemas.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jake Kasdan & Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Chris McKenna, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.