The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

‘Jungle Cruise’ sails atop box office despite COVID concerns


LOS ANGELES >> Despite growing concerns over the delta variant, “Jungle Cruise” still drew moviegoers out to theaters during the film’s opening weekend to sail atop the North American box office.

The Disney film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt exceeded expectatio­ns by pulling in more than $34.1 million over the weekend. The adventure movie was estimated to open with around $25 million to $30 million domestical­ly, but it outpaced those numbers despite the surge in the coronaviru­s cases.

Globally, “Jungle Cruise” brought in a total of $90 million, including $27.6 million in the internatio­nal box office and more than $30 million from Disney Plus.

“Jungle Cruise” also earned five times more than “The Green Knight,” which came in at No. 2 with $6.78 million. The A24 film starring Dev Patel barely edged M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old,” which had $6.76 million after scoring the top spot last weekend.

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