LOS ANGELES — According to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations, Disney’s nostalgia-soaked adventure flick “Jungle Cruise” sailed to the top of the North American box office this weekend, grossing $34.2 million and opened to an estimated $61.8 million at the worldwide box office.
The film stars Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, and British actor Jack Whitehall and is based on a 1950s theme park ride.
That’s not all, though. The film was released simultaneously on Disney+’s Premier Access for an additional fee of $29.99, and it grossed over $30 million worldwide on the site.
According to the studio, the film, which is based on the iconic Disney theme park ride, grossed more than $90 million in theaters and on streaming.
“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.
“Black Widow” came in fourth, after a week of disagreements between Disney and the film’s star, Scarlett Johansson. The actor filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that the film’s streaming release breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.
“Stillwater,” starring Matt Damon, debuted at No. 5 with $5.1 million in its first weekend, but was met with criticism. Amanda Knox, who spoke out last week about her name being attached with the new drama film, said that any connection rips off her story with her permission at the “expense of my reputation.”