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“The Jungle Book” remains dominant at the U.S. box office, heading for an estimated $62 million for its second weekend — more than triple the opening of fairy tale “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” at about $20 million.
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” pulled in $16.5 million at 4,028 locations on Friday, its eighth day of release, towering over the opening day of Universal’s “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” with $7.3 million at 3,791 sites.
Should the estimate hold, “The Jungle Book” will have posted the best second weekend of 2016, topping the $56.5 million second frame for “Deadpool,” and will wind up the weekend with about $192 millon after 10 days.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” a prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” generated a B+ CinemaScore from audiences amid mostly negative reviews with 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Recent forecasts had projected an opening in the $22 million to $25 million range while “The Jungle Book” was expected to »
- Dave McNary
“The Jungle Book” dominated the weekend box office, grossing a massive $103.6 million, and extending the Walt Disney Company’s success in transforming its animated classics into live action hits.
The debut for the Rudyard Kipling adaptation ranks as the second biggest April opening in history, behind only “Furious 7’s” $147.2 million launch. With “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent,” and now “The Jungle Book,” this strategy of revitalizing fairy tales has become a virtual brand onto itself. One that nearly rivals Disney’s Marvel, Pixar, and LucasFilm projects.
The studio will continue to mine its library; “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson hits theaters on March 17, 2017, and new versions of “Cruella De Ville” and “Dumbo” are in the works. With “Star Wars,” “The Avengers,” animated films, and now fairy tales in its arsenal, Disney has left the rest of the Hollywood studios punching up.
“They’re on another playing field »
- Brent Lang
The live-action-cg hybrid, directed by Jon Favreau, is launching at 4,028 domestic venues with critics having embraced the movie with some of the best reviews of the year for a studio production. It currently has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Disney is so confident about the impending success of the family film — which carries a $175 million budget — that it’s already started developing a sequel. The studio is in talks with Favreau, screenwriter Justin Marks and producer Brigham Taylor to return.
Should “The Jungle Book” hit $75 million, it would match Disney’s animated hit “Zootopia” for the third-best opening of the year after “Batman v Superman” at $166 million and “Deadpool” at $132.4 million.
“The Jungle Book” is the latest »
- Dave McNary
Disney seems confident that it has a hit on its hands with director Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book (and they should do, as we loved it – read our review here), as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that plans are already underway for a sequel.
The Jungle Book is the latest entry in Disney’s slate of live-action adaptations of its animated classics; it will be followed in May by the Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, while Pete’s Dragon follows in August.
- Gary Collinson
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