The Jumanji star shared an Instagram video of himself in the gym, where he talks about finding motivation for leg day on a rough Sunday morning. The Rock mentions the motivation he gets from his daughters and his pregnant wife.
“Alright, it’s Sunday,” Johnson said. “It’s just one of those Sundays where you’re fatigued, you’re tired, the work you handled all week, you’ve been taking care of your relationships, handling your business, taking care of your babies, taking care of your family. But it’s leg day. Its Sunday and you got to push through and you go to kick that ass you got to finish the week strong because you start it all over again tomorrow. So I woke up thinking, ‘Okay, what’s my inspiration?’ And I need a little bit of motivation and I’m thinking and bang, I’m thinking about my daughters. Then I’m thinking about my lady at home who’s carrying my third daughter. Hardest job in the world is being a mama. Then I think about the things that I need to accomplish.”
But then Johnson reveals that there's something else inspiring him on this particular gym day.
“But then I think about Black Panther kicking the shit out of Jumanji at the box office,” he said. “That’s all the motivation I need. Okay, that’s it. So Wakanda forever. Okay, I know, I said that with a little too much mustard. I’m very proud of Ryan Coogler and the cast of Black Panther. Congratulations. So proud. Wakanda forever. That’s all I need. Motivation enough.”
Black Panther is undoubtedly dominating at the box office. It broke several records its opening weekend and then crushed its second weekend, becoming the second highest-grossing film its second weekend in box office history (only falling behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens). In ten days, Coogler’s film hit the $400 million threshold, while Jumanji is still sitting at $387.2 million after ten weeks, according to Comic Book.
Jumanji is by no means a flop, it's still in the top ten at the box office and is getting a sequel, but it’s definitely no Black Panther and Johnson knows it. Maybe Coogler can find a role for The Rock in a Black Panther sequel?