Dwayne Johnson thanks UAE fans after Jumanji opens big at box office

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Jumanji star Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson thanked fans in the United Arab Emirates in a tweet on Tuesday after the film opened big at the box office last week in the country.

Replying to a tweet by William Mullally, Al Arabiya English’s chief film correspondent, Johnson posted: “Thank you UAE and thrilled you’re loving #JUMANJI as much as we did making it.”

Mullally, who had interviewed Johnson and his Jumanji co-stars earlier this month, had posted news that the film opened “huge” in the UAE, scoring approximately 145,000 tickets sold in four days of release.

In comparison, Mullally wrote, Star Wars The Last Jedi sold approximately 75,000 tickets last weekend. “It has cumulatively sold almost [approximately] 130,000 in 10 days,” he added.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle honors the legacy of the 1995 original and its late star Robin Williams by paying tribute to its world and moving the story in a new direction.

In the reboot, the board game is replaced by a video game, and those playing it get sucked into the jungles of Jumanji as the video game characters they select. Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillen, Nick Jonas and Jack Black play those avatars

Gillen also commented on the UAE ticket sales, tweeting that the news was "amazing!"

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