Disney Dominates Weekend Box Office with Jungle Book & Captain America: Civil War



The last weekend in April is normally rather quiet at the box office, since it represents the calm before the storm that is the summer movie season. Next weekend, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season, but Disney’s The Jungle Book has been dominating since opening earlier this month. The adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic has won for the third straight week in a row, taking in an impressive $42.4 million, beating three newcomers who all underperformed, Keanu, Mother’s Day and Ratchet & Clank. Captain America: Civil War also posted impressive box office numbers in its international debut this weekend.

Last weekend, The Jungle Book dropped just 41.1% to take in $60.8 million. According to Box Office Mojo, the Disney adventure only dropped an impressive 31% in its third weekend, earning $42.4 million from 4,041 for an impressive $10,502per-screen average. The movie has earned just over $252 million domestically and $684.7 million worldwide, from a hefty $175 million budget. With Captain America: Civil War expected to open huge next weekend, this will likely be The Jungle Book’s last weekend atop the box office. The Huntsman: Winter’s War stayed put in second place this weekend with $9.39 million, dropping 51.7% from its opening weekend.

While it doesn’t open domestically until May 6, Captain America: Civil War debuted in 37 international markets this weekend, posting an impressive $200.2 million in its international debut. The movie fell just short of Avengers: Age of Ultron’s $202 million international debut, and it’s expected to take in between $175 million to $200 million during its domestic opening weekend. This weekend represented 63% of the movie’s global markets, with important openings in China, Russia, Italy and Argentina happening this week. With The Jungle Book ($57.1M) and Zootopia ($8.3M), along with Captain America: Civil War, Disney had the top 3 studio movies this weekend internationally, with all three movies pulling in $265.6M from foreign markets this weekend.

Keanu opened in 2,658 theaters this weekend, taking third place with $9.35 million. The movie earned a meager $3,518 per-screen average. Mother’s Day opened in fourth place with $8.3 million, opening in 3,035 theaters but it only earned a paltry $2,736 per-screen average. Keanu is already a hit with the critics, with a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Mother’s Day is certainly not a critical darling, dropping to an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, down from 20% earlier this week. Ratchet & Clank has posted a 19% rating from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Keanu follows Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, who star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Mother’s Day is the latest star studded ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall, who previously directed New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. Bringing together Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts along with Jason Sudeikis, it’s a celebration of mothers everywhere. This big-hearted comedy invites us all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The top 5 is rounded out by Barbershop: The Next Cut with $6.1 million.

Ratchet & Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity. James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye provide the voices for Ratchet & Clank, with Jim Ward, Kevin Michael Richardson, Armin Shimerman and Marc Graue rounding out the voice cast.

The top 10 is rounded out by Zootopia ($5 million), Ratchet & Clank ($4.8 million), The Boss ($4.2 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($3.8 million) and Criminal ($1.3 million). Also opening in limited release is IFC’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, which earned $88,134 from six theaters for a $14,689 per-screen average. Yari Film Group’s Papa Hemingway in Cuba earned $491,200 from 325 theaters for a horrid $1,511 per-screen average, while Starz Media’s The Family Fang took in $15,285 from just one theater. No box office data was given for Magnolia’s Viva and Focus World’s Term Life. Term Life, which stars Hailee Steinfeld and Vince Vaughn, is slated to open in 50 theaters this weekend, but it isn’t clear if there are any plans for expansion.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Marvel will essentially have the weekend to itself to debut Captain America: Civil War, which has been projected to take in between $175 million and $200 million in its opening weekend. While Cap will be the only wide release, there will be a slew of movies debuting in limited release on May 6 as well. Fox Searchlight’s Being Charlie actually opens on May 4, two days before Captain America 3, with the Star Wars documentary Elstree 1976, Shout! Factor’s horror movie Bite, Sony Classics’ documentary Dark Horse and IFC’s Pele: Birth of a Legend also debuting on May 6. Take a look at the box office estimates for the weekend of April 29, and check back next week for our new predictions for the first weekend of the summer movie season.

  • The Jungle Book $42.4 million

    The Huntsman: Winter’s War $9.39 million

    Keanu $9.35 million

    Mother’s Day $8.3 million

    Barbershop: The Next Cut $6.1 million

    Zootopia $5 million

    Ratchet & Clank $4.8 million

    The Boss $4.2 million

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $3.8 million

    Criminal $1.3 million



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