Disney’s live-action ‘The Jungle Book’ continues to roar at the box office taking in $42.4 million, more than the following six movies combined.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.com said:
“‘The Jungle Book’ has three wins over three weekends, taking on every newcomer. It’s unexpected just how big a hit this has become and how it has had this kind of box office hold. But it was helped by a weekend that was not strong for newcomers.”
This brings ‘The Jungle Book”s domestic tally to $252M and $684M globally.
‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ also managed to fight off the newcomers, taking in $9.4M, bringing its two-week total to approximately $3.39M. It helps that both ‘The Huntsman’ and ‘Jungle Book’ are “summer movie”-esque FX-heavy event films, while the newcomers were much more low-key.
Of course, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ opens next weekend, officially kicking off the summer movie season, so it seems that studios chose this weekend to hopefully toss out a few new movies to avoid the box office onslaught that should dominate the next four months. The new release that fared the best was Key & Peele’s R-rated comedy ‘Keanu’ from Warner Brothers, which took in $9.35M. While the film didn’t hit #1 (by a long shot), it has gotten good reviews and a B CinemaScore rating, so word-of-mouth could help this film stay afloat as things heat up, and I don’t just mean the weather.
Garry Marshall’s sappy, all-star holiday-themed movies may have finally run out of steam. ‘Mother’s Day’ starring Julia Roberts, athletic wear shill Kate Hudson and Jennifer Anniston has been universally panned, with a 9% rating on RottenTomatoes and performed well under the two prior films in this “series”, ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘New Year’s Eve’.
Perhaps Samantha Highfill of Entertainment Weekly put it best, saying:
“If you love your mother, do not make her see this movie.”
The third new movie of the week, animated video game adaptation ‘Ratchet & Clank’ didn’t even make the Top Five, which was rounded out by holdover ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’.
Here are the numbers:
- The Jungle Book (Disney) – $42.4M
- The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Universal) – $9.39M
- Keanu (Warner Brothers) – $9.35
- Mother’s Day (Open Road) – $8.3M
- Barbershop: The Next Cut (Warner Brothers) – $6M
Next week sees the domestic release of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ which has already taken in $200M in foreign markets.
Check back to see how well it does in the US and Canada!