TOKYO -- A drought of box office hits has left Sony's movie business wandering in the desert of late. But it finally found an oasis in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which has won fans in the U.S. and Asia.
The film has grossed $940 million at the box office since its release in December, surpassing 2002's "Spider-Man" as Sony Pictures' highest-grossing independent production. "It was a huge hit around the world, more than we expected," said Naomi Nakazawa, senior vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan). The movie is a remake of the 1995 original about four high school students who get trapped in a board game.