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Director Joe Johnston's original "Jumanji" feature (1995) was such an overwhelming fan favorite there was skepticism surrounding a reboot of the franchise in 2017. Luckily, the updated version of the wild animal adventure followed a new path, regarded as more of a sequel to the original than a 'reimagining', keeping fond memories of actor Robin Williams' epic intact, while offering a new direction for another installment in the movie series opening in 2019:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a major hit when it was released, earning a hugely impressive $961 million at the worldwide box office, ranking as the fifth-highest grossing film of the year and motivating Sony's Columbia Pictures to plan for another sequel in 2019.
The film also received positive reviews, with most critics agreeing it was a humorous update on the source material for modern audiences.
There is certainly potential to expand on this "Jumanji" franchise and turn it into even more of a cash cow, including diversifying across multiple platforms in an effort to attract more viewers to the movies.
"Jurassic World" (2015) is a prime example of this. The rebooted dinosaur series now spans across mobile gaming, console gaming and iGaming.
And this helped the dinosaur feature from director Colin Trevorrow become the fourth-highest grossing film of all time.
There is already a Jumanji online casino slot available to play, incorporating themes from the popular films while also giving players the chance to win money.
There is also a mobile offering which uses characters from the film.
Despite some negative reviews, earning a score of 51 percent on 'Rotten Tomatoes', the latest installment of the "Jurassic" dinosaur franchise, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has earned over $1 billion worldwide, thanks to impressive marketing and the way viewers have been attracted through other media.
If "Jumanji" follows a similar model, there is every chance the next chapter can be even more commercially successful than its predecessors.
The production is also encouraged by the fact that much-loved actors who appeared in "Welcome to the Jungle" are also on board with the sequel.
Dwayne Johnson recently won the 'Kids' Choice Award' for 'Favorite Actor', while his co-stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan were also nominated.
If "Jumanji 3" is released following a strong marketing campaign which takes inspiration from franchises like "Jurassic World", it could do even better than the films that preceded it...
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