Thomas Jacob Black is an American actor, comedian, musician, and songwriter who was born on August 28, 1969. In addition to his involvement in the Jumanji franchise, Black has been in the films High Fidelity (2000), Orange County (2002), School of Rock (2003), Gulliver’s Travels (2010), and The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018). In DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda flicks, he also voices Po, a huge panda.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Box Office: $962 Million)
Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale feature in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a 2017 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and co-written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner.
After Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), it is the third part of the Jumanji franchise, and it is a direct sequel to Jumanji (1995), which was based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s novel of the same name.
The plot revolves around a group of youngsters who, twenty-one years after the events of the 1995 film, come discover Jumanji—now a video game. They’ve been locked in the game since 1996 as a group of adult avatars trying to finish a quest with another player who has been trapped since 1996.
The film’s principal photography began in September 2016 in Honolulu and ended in December in Atlanta, with prominent nods to the original film as a memorial to its dead actor Robin Williams. On December 5, 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle had its world premiere at the Grand Rex in Paris, and on December 20, Sony Pictures Releasing’s Columbia Pictures label released the film in RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and 4DX formats in the United States.
Critics praised the film’s wit and acting, and it garnered excellent reviews. The film earned more than $962 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest-grossing picture of 2017. Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel, was released in December 2019.