‘Jungle Cruise’ Sails to $34.1 Million Win at Box Office

Jungle Cruise (Credit: Disney)

Disney’s Jungle Cruise opened in the top spot at the weekend box office after taking in an estimated $34.1 million.

The family adventure sailed into 4,310 locations in the U.S. and Canada for a per theater average of $7,931, according to Comscore.

Based on a riverboat ride in Disney theme parks, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as a charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission. Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez, Andy Nyman, Jack Whitehall round out the main cast, with Jaume Collet-Serra directing. Dwayne Johnson co-produced the film.

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The movie received positive reviews from critics with a 63 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

It premiered simultaneously on Disney+ because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is currently available for $30 via Premier Access on the streaming service.

Currently 85 percent of domestic theaters are open as the pandemic rages on and the delta variant spreads, per Comscore. Even with some theaters shuttered, the film still beat analyst expectations, which had it opening in the $25 million to $30 million range.

Overseas, Jungle Cruise earned $27.6 million, bringing its total global take to $61.8 million.

Elsewhere at the domestic box office, A24’s The Green Knight debuted domestically in second place with $6.78 million Friday through Sunday. It opened in 2,790 locations for a PTA of $2,432.

The critically acclaimed dramatic fantasy tells the story King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew and stars Dev Patel. The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson, Erin Kellyman, and is directed by David Lowery.

Coming in a very close third was last week’s leader, M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, which made $6.76 million this weekend. Marvel’s Black Widow brought in $6.4 million in its fourth week, for a fourth place finish.

Stillwater starring Matt Damon, rounds out the top five with a $5.1 million debut. The R-rated drama stars Damon as a father who travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder. The film also stars Abigail Breslin, and is directed by Tom McCarthy.

Box Office Chart for weekend of August 1, 2021. (Credit: Comscore)