‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Will Jump Into China

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Sony’s sequel to its $962.1M global hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will debut in China on Dec. 13 in sync with its domestic opening. 

China is a rich territory for Dwayne Johnson with such pics like Hobbs & Shaw ($201M), Rampage ($156.3M), San Andreas ($103M) and Skyscraper ($98.4M) racking up bucks. 

The first Jake Kasdan-directed pic made $78M in the Middle Kingdom, repping 14% of its $557.6M overseas total. Similar to Welcome to the Jungle which was tentpole counterprogramming to Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, Next Level will play in a holiday marketplace that will be dominated by Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However in China, that faceoff is different: recent Star Wars holiday Disney releases typically open in the New Year, i.e. Force Awakens (1/9/16), Last Jedi (1/5/18) and Rogue One (1/6/17).

It’s looking like there won’t be a blackout period in China in late December given the clearance of Next Level here. Last year the PRC let in Warner Bros.’ Aquaman and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.

Sony also has Charlie’s Angels opening in China timed to its stateside release next Friday, Nov. 15.

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