While the studio attempted to downplay expectations, Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level
opened at the top end of industry expectations, leading the weekend charge with a December studio record opening and getting the box office off to a strong start for the holiday frame. Though, it has to be mentioned, that strong start didn't trickle down to the weekend's two other new wide releases as both Universal and Blumhouse's Black Christmas
and WB's Richard Jewell
fell well below expectations.
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