Jumanji smashes records to become Egypt’s #1 Hollywood film of all time

William Mullally
William Mullally - Special to Al Arabiya English
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has just become the biggest Hollywood film of all time in Egypt.

The film, starring Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, has maintained the number one position on the Egyptian box office charts for nine weeks since its initial release. To date, the film has more than 431,000 admissions in the country.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle passed Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, the two latest installments in the Fast and Furious franchise also co-starring Dwayne Johnson, on its way to the top. Previously, the two films were first and second on the list of Egypt’s most popular Western releases.

The film has been hugely popular across the Middle East. In the United Arab Emirates, the film has received more than 654,000 admissions, its most in any country in the region.

The totals in tickets sold for the rest of the GCC have reached 278,056 in Kuwait, 144,785 in Qatar, 198,058 in Bahrain, and 98,873 in Oman. In Lebanon, 138,568 tickets have been sold.

The film has also done well in the wider Middle East, with 59,070 tickets sold in Jordan, 48,944 in Iraq, 8,250 in Syria, as well as 3,897 in Ethiopia.

In the entirety of the Middle East plus Egypt, the film currently boasts 2.1 million admissions. The film has grossed $909 million worldwide on a reported $90 million budget.

When the film passed Avatar’s admissions total in late January, Dwayne Johnson tweeted a thank you to the Middle East for its support of the film.

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