Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson thanks Kiwi fans for making him 'tougher'

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has thanked Kiwi fans for his latest film's strong box office performance - and for toughening him up on the rugby field in his youth.

Johnson's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was released in New Zealand on Boxing Day 2017 and in its first six days knocked Star Wars off its perch at the top of the New Zealand box office.

Johnson posted a video to Instagram thanking his fans in New Zealand and Australia, where the film also topped the box office a week after its release.

"Thank you so, so much for the Jumanji love," he said in the clip.

"New Zealand, you know I love you. I used to live there, did some of my growing up there, have a lot of aiga (family) there... it's where I first learned to play rugby - got my ass kicked all over the field, but that's OK because it made me tougher.

"I love you guys and I'll be seeing you soon."

Jumanji is a reimagining of the 1995 children's classic starring Robin Williams.

Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby, of Flight of the Conchords fame, stars in the film alongside Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black.