The original Jumanji, released in 1996, was directed by Joe Johnston and starred Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt in the lead roles. Over two decades later it is back with the modernized version – board game turns into a video game & it’s titled as Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
The world of Chris Van Allsburg’s book Jumanji, narrating the story of a young Alan Parrish getting trapped in a board game, found its way to the silver screen in 1995.
From getting lost in the transit, tackling monkeys and battling other odds, the movie revolved around how Parrish gets stuck in the board game and comes back as an adult, and how he has to finish the game with his friend to escape the fate he called upon himself by rolling the dice.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has grossed 28.07 crores (21.84 crores nett) at the India box office. The film has managed to get India on the top spot amongst all the Asian Markets that opened this weekend.
The movie has garnered a business of 5.26 crore on Friday, 6.69 crore on Saturday, 8.32 crore on Sunday and 6 crore on Monday showing close to 60% growth over Friday.
Jack Black who plays an important role in the film saw Jumanji for the first time when he was offered a role in its sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and flipped out over the late Robin Williams’ performance. The actor is thrilled to be a part of Williams’ legacy, and says Jumanji deserves to live on.
“I have to confess that I never saw the film. I watched the film when I got offered the role in this film. I was like oh geez, I better watch Jumanji. I checked it out with my boys. And we all flipped out. It was so great. Robin was awesome. The movie just kicks butt, and I was excited to be part of that legacy,” Black told IANS in an India exclusive interview.
The movie also stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain and Morgan Turner. Sony Pictures Entertainment released the film, helmed by Jake Kasdan, in India on December 29.