“Jungle Cruise” Targets $25M+ Opening


Disney Pictures’ family-friendly fantasy adventure “Jungle Cruise,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, is expected to generate at least $25 million this coming weekend at the U.S. box-office. Some estimates are suggesting a start above $30 million.

The film is also debuting simultaneously around the globe on Disney+ (where that service is available) as part of its ‘Premier Access’ tier where users pay an additional fee.

Though several films have gone that route, Disney made waves earlier this month announcing that “Black Widow” earned $60 million in its initial weekend on Disney+ – the first time the studio publicly revealed financial figures tied to its streaming service.

It’s not clear if they will again share sales figures for “Jungle Cruise” which also opens in most major territories this weekend aside from China (where it remains undated). The film’s $200 million production budget, not including marketing, means it needs to make good money in order to turn a profit.

Review wise with over 100 reviews counted, the film sits at 66% (6.1/10) on Rotten Tomatoes. There has been praise for the actors and chemistry, criticism for its cheesiness, and jokes about their fifth recent attempt at a “first live-action gay character” via an implied line or two in a brief throwaway scene an overseas censor could cut.

Also opening this week is David Lowery’s “The Green Knight” which is expected to earn $4 million. That has earned rave reviews and sits at 94% (8.6/10).

Source: Variety

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