Box Office: 'The Jungle Book' Crushes 'Mother's Day,' 'Keanu'
The big headline overseas is 'Captain America: Civil War,' which blazed to $200.2 million in its foreign debut, a week before its U.S. launch.
There's no slowing The Jungle Book.
In its third weekend, the movie continued to exceed expectations, grossing $42.4 million in North America to crush new offerings, star-studded ensemble comedy Mother's Day and R-rated action-comedy Keanu. Heading into the frame, most thought Jungle Book would earn around $35 million, but numbers kept being revised upwards Saturday and Sunday.
Jungle Book, which fell a scant 30 percent domestically, has now earned $684.8 million globally. Overseas, it took in $57.1 million from 53 markets for a foreign cume of $432.7 million, including $130 million in China. Domestically, its tally is at $252.1 million.
Disney achieved world domination this weekend, between Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, which launched early overseas. Civil War grossed a huge $200.2 million, one of the biggest openings of all time and not that far behind Avengers: Age of Ultron.
But outside of Mowgli, it was a ho-hum weekend in North America as three new nationwide offerings all opened below $10 million.
Warner Bros.' Keanu — marking the first time that Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have appeared together on the big screen — fared the best, grossing an estimated $9.35 million to all but tie with Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War for No. 2. The official order will be revealed Monday when final numbers are tallied.
Huntsman remains a major disappointment, however, finishing Sunday with a domestic total of $34 million and a foreign cume of $97 million.
Keanu, costing a modest $15 million to make, revolves around two buddies who pretend to be gangsters and join the criminal underworld when a drug dealer kidnaps their kitten. The Peter Atencio-helmed pic, which debuted as a work-in-progress at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, boasts a 77 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film played best among adult males.
Directed by Garry Marshall, Mother's Day — starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson — wilted in its debut with $8.3 million. That compares to $56.3 million for Marshall's holiday ensemble film, Valentine's Day (2010), which likewise starred Julia Roberts, and the $13 million launch for his New Year's Eve (2011).
Targeting older females, Mother's Day was savaged by critics, not helping matters for the filmmakers and distributor Open Road Films. The movie features intertwining stories and centers on three generations of women in the week leading up to Mother's Day. (This year, the actual holiday isn't until Sunday, May 8.)
Keanu wasn't the only feline-themed movie meowing at the multiplex: Animated family film Ratchet & Clank, based on the video game series about a wild cat who befriends a robot, also debuted. The pic, from Focus Features/Gramercy, placed No. 7 with $4.8 million.
Ratchet & Clank, directed by Jericca Cleland and Kevin Munroe, follows the anthropomorphic character Ratchet and his robot sidekick as they attempt to save the universe. Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone lead the voice cast.
Jungle Book no doubt made life tough for the others. Plus, none of the three new offerings were particularly wowing audiences: Keanu and Ratchet each received a B CinemaScore, while Mother's Day earned a B+.
Sunday, May 1, 8:45 p.m. An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed total grosses for certain films. THR regrets the error.