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Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ a hit in debut weekend

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This photo taken on February 20, 2019, shows British comedian, actor and host Jack Whitehall poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2019 in London./AFP
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Aug 03, 2021 - 06:40 AM

LOS ANGELES — “Jungle Cruise” — Disney’s nostalgia-soaked adventure film — sailed to the top of the North American box office as it debuted this weekend, taking in $35 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

A modern twist on a 1950s theme park ride, the film stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson along with British actor Jack Whitehall.

The previous weekend’s top box office draw, “Old”, came in second as it raked in $6.9 million. The Universal movie is about a family that becomes trapped on a beach where they begin to age precipitously, and it stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps.

Hot on its heels was another new flick, A24’s “The Green Knight,” a medieval fantasy, coming-of-age tale based on a 14th-century poem about a nephew to King Arthur. It earned $6.7 million.

In fourth place was Disney’s latest Marvel superhero flick “Black Widow” starring Scarlett Johansson, which took in $6.5 million.

Another movie making its debut came in fifth: “Stillwater,” from Focus Features, starring Matt Damon as a burly American oil worker who travels to France to help his estranged daughter when she is jailed for a killing she says she did not commit. It earned $5.2 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” ($4.2 million)

“Snake Eyes” ($4.1 million)

“F9: The Fast Saga” ($2.7 million)

“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” ($2.2 million)

“Boss Baby: Family Business” ($1.4 million)

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