The Rock’s Overlooked $2 Billion Franchise Holds the Key to Rescuing His Box Office Slump (Beyond Fast & Furious)

The $2 billion Jumanji franchise could be the much-needed boost to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s recent box office struggles. Known for his entertaining and high-energy performances, Johnson has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry since his days as a professional wrestler. While his transition into acting initially brought him success with roles in box office hits like “The Mummy Returns,” “The Scorpion King,” “The Game Plan,” and “Tooth Fairy,” as well as his involvement in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, his recent movies have failed to make the same impact at the box office, leaving him in a career slump.

It is important to note that Johnson’s box office decline does not mean he is incapable of drawing audiences and generating revenue for his film projects. His name alone still attracts viewers, but the problem lies in the choice of roles, particularly those without the support of an ensemble cast. These solo endeavors have not been able to create enough demand to sustain the films or cover production costs. Recently, Johnson’s charismatic persona has not translated into financial success.

While many of Johnson’s recent movies have made money, they have not been considered successful in terms of box office performance. For example, “Black Adam” failed to generate enough buzz to revive the DC Universe and did not make a significant profit from its budget of $190-265 million. Similarly, “Jungle Cruise,” despite receiving generally positive critical responses, fell short of its aspirations as a $200 million film. Johnson’s current projects seem to fall just shy of success and are quickly labeled as box office failures when compared to his performance history and competitors in the market.

However, there is hope for Johnson’s box office success with the potential for a fourth installment in the often-overlooked Jumanji franchise. Some believe that his return to the “Fast & Furious” franchise will be his saving grace, but it may come from a different source. Johnson’s surprise cameo in “Fast X” marks his rebound into the multi-million dollar territory, guaranteed to impress the box office. This cameo teases the possibility of his involvement in an eleventh “Fast & Furious” installment or a spinoff featuring his character Hobbs, which could restore his movie success. Nonetheless, the Jumanji franchise, which is often underestimated, has the potential to outperform “Fast & Furious” at the box office, especially with a fourth Jumanji movie.

The sequels to the 1995 original, starring Johnson, have demonstrated their dominance in theaters. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned nearly $1 billion, while “Jumanji: The Next Level” closely followed with $800 million worldwide. Such numbers indicate that the Jumanji franchise has the capability to surpass “Fast & Furious” in terms of box office success with a fourth installment. Crucially, since Johnson is the face of Jumanji, a potential fourth movie would serve as a true Rock-led renaissance rather than relying on the ensemble cast of “Fast & Furious.” Therefore, Jumanji has the potential to revitalize Johnson’s career on a personal level.

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