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Dwayne Johnson has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, and now he’s set a new personal record, as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will pass “Furious 7” on Monday to become The Rock’s highest-grossing domestic release.
This weekend, “Jumanji” added $11 million to bring its domestic total to $352.7 million, just $300,000 shy of the $353 million made by “Furious 7” in the summer of 2015. “Furious 7” is the highest-grossing film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, taking a big bump as viewers flocked to theaters to see the final film of the late Paul Walker.
If Johnson’s films are ranked by global gross, “Furious 7” is still king with $1.5 billion. But “Jumanji,” a film which was expected to be a modest success as counter-programming to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” has still surpassed analysts’ expectations with a running global total of $855.7 million. It’s a huge rebound for Johnson, after he had a rare box office misstep last summer with “Baywatch,” which only grossed $177.8 million worldwide against a $69 million budget before marketing costs.
Later this year, Johnson will return to theaters with two new blockbusters: the WB monster film “Rampage,” due out in April, and the Sony thriller “Skyscraper,” which comes out in July. The two films, combined with “Jumanji,” will push Johnson’s lifetime combined domestic gross at the box office past $9 billion, with the $10 billion mark likely to be hit in 2019, when he is set to star alongside Jason Statham in a “Fast & Furious” spinoff based around his character, Luke Hobbs.