Disney’s “Jungle Book” Soars To $103M Debut

Walt Disney Pictures continues its stellar 2016 so far as Jon Favreau’s new film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” dominated the box-office over the weekend.

The film smashed all estimates, clocking in a whopping $103.6 million for the weekend following a $32M gross on Friday. That’s a $25,700 per screen gross along with the company’s ninth biggest opener of all time. Also, like Disney’s release last month “Zootopia,” the film has been an absolute hit with both critics and audiences – scoring a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes along with an ‘A’ CinemaScore.

Internationally it pulled in a further $136.1 million as it opened in plenty of markets. So far the film is tracking at $290 million worldwide. Also faring well was Ice Cube comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut” which opened with $20.2 million, a little lower than the opening of the original in 2002. Not so good was Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds-led action thriller “Criminal” which opened in sixth with $5.9 million.

Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss” came in third with a further $10.2 million, while “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” slid to fourth with $9 million and a total domestic gross of $310 million. “Zootopia” came in fifth with $8.2 million and a $307.5 million domestic haul so far. In limited release “Green Room” took in a stellar $30,000 per theater average while musical “Sing Street” nabbed a $13,800 per screen average.

Source: THR