Jumanji: The Next Level was able to melt Disney's Frozen 2 at the box office this weekend. The highly anticipated sequel was able to earn $60.1 million in its first weekend in theaters. The studio estimated the Dwayne Johnson-starring sequel would only bring in around $35 million, while outside predictions had it in the $40 million to $50 million range. However, fans have been waiting two years to see how the gang gets sucked back into the world of Jumanji, and it turns out they all wanted to see the movie opening weekend. The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters next week, so the number one victory will be short-lived. On the other side of the fence, Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell failed to meet expectations.
Disney's Frozen 2 took the second spot this weekend after a three-week reign at number one with $19.1 million. The animated family musical has been getting praise from critics and fans and also just crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, which took about a month to do. Rian Johnson's Knives Out moved to number three this weekend after earning $9.2 million. The modern whodunit boasts a huge all-star cast and has also been receiving rave reviews. To date, the movie has earned $166.2 million globally.
Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell took the fourth position this weekend after earning $5 million. The movie was expected to make at least twice as much, based on positive reviews and an "A" grade from CinemaScore. This marks the second-worst nationwide opening ever for a movie directed by Eastwood. Blumhouse's Black Christmas debuted in theaters at number five after taking in $4.4 million. The holiday horror movie has been criticized for not really having anything to do with the original, amongst other things.
Ford v Ferrari was able to secure the sixth spot at the weekend box office with $4.1 million. The Academy Award contender has made $184.6 million globally since debuting in theaters five weeks ago. Queen & Slim came in seventh this weekend. The drama has been receiving praise from critics and took in $3.6 million, bringing its domestic total to just over $33 million.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was able to bring in $3.3 million, which was enough to earn the eighth spot at the box office this weekend. Tom Hanks turned into the iconic Mister Rogers for the movie, which has also been receiving whispers of Academy Award nominations. Elsewhere, Deep Waters took the ninth spot after bringing in $2 million, while 21 Bridges finished off the top ten with $1.1 million. You can check out the rest of this weekend's numbers over at Box Office Mojo.