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Despite COVID Concerns, ‘Jungle Cruise’ Tops The Box Office.
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Despite COVID Concerns, ‘Jungle Cruise’ Tops The Box Office.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite growing concerns about the delta variant, “Jungle Cruise” drew a record-breaking number of moviegoers during its opening weekend, propelling it to the top of the North American box office.

The Disney film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt outperformed expectations, grossing more than $34.1 million over the weekend. The adventure film was expected to gross between $25 and $30 million domestically, but it outperformed those projections despite the coronavirus outbreak.

“Jungle Cruise” grossed $90 million worldwide, including $27.6 million from international box office and more than $30 million from Disney Plus.

The A24 film starring Dev Patel barely edged out M. Night Shyamalan's "Old," which had $6.76 million after taking the top spot the previous weekend.

Black Widow” came in fourth place following a week of squabbles between Disney and the film’s lead, Scarlett Johansson, who sued the studio over the film’s streaming release, claiming that it violated her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.

In response to Johansson's claim, Disney stated that she received $20 million in compensation and benefited from the revenue generated by Disney Plus.

The drama film was blasted by Amanda Knox, who spoke out last week about her name being associated with the new movie, saying any connection rips off her story with her consent at the "expense of my reputation."

In a series of tweets, Knox chastised the film's director Tom McCarthy for using her name to promote the film.

After debuting at No. 1 two weeks ago, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” has gradually fallen to No. 6, while “Snake Eyes,” starring Henry Golding as a warrior-in-training, has fallen to seventh.

F9: The Fast Saga” came in eighth place at the box office, earning $2.6 million and grossing more than $168 million in its first six weeks.

“The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” rounded out the top ten.

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