August 1, 2021
Disney’s Jungle Cruise debuted atop the Aug. 1 weekend box office and in consumer homes, opening to an estimated total of more than $90 million globally.
That figure includes $34.2 million in domestic box office earnings across 4,310 screens, $27.6 million in international box office revenue, and more than $30 million in Disney+ “Premier Access” consumer spend globally. The movie was available as a $29.99 add-on to Disney+, suggesting 1 million subscribers paid to activate the movie.
The PVOD tally was half the $60 million Disney+ subscribers spent purchasing Marvel Studios’ Black Widow on its opening box office weekend.
“We remain focused on offering consumer choice during these unprecedented times, and it is clear that fans and families value the ability to make decisions on how they prefer to enjoy Disney’s best-in-class storytelling,” Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution stated.
Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila — his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities — possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate — and mankind’s — hangs in the balance.
Jaume Collet-Serra directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. The producers are John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment; Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions; and Beau Flynn of Flynn Picture Co., with Scott Sheldon and Doug Merrifield serving as executive producers. The story is by John Norville & Josh Goldstein and Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, and the screenplay is by Michael Green and Glenn Ficarra & John Requa.
Other new releases included The Green Knight (A24) with $6.8 million across 2,790 screens, and Focus Features’ Stillwater with $5.1 million across 2,531 screens.
Returning releases included Universal Pictures’ M. Night Shyamalan’s horror thriller Old with $6.76 million; Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow with $6.43 million; Space Jam: A New Legacy with an estimated $4.27 million; Paramount Pictures’ Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins with $4 million in ticket sales; Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga with $2.65 million; and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions and The Boss Baby: Family Business, generating a reported $2.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively.