Box Office: 'The Jungle Book' Scores Huge $103.6M U.S. Debut, Climbs to $291M Globally
Director Jon Favreau's reimagining of the classic tale swings past expectations to score the No. 2 opening of all time for the month of April; 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' places second with $20.2 million while action pic 'Criminal' falls flat.
Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book opened to a massive $103.6 million at the North American box office in another win for Disney's live-action studio as it spins classic titles into modern-day tentpoles.
Overseas, the film is also doing enormous business, grossing $136.1 million over the weekend — including a sizable $50.3 million bow in China — for a foreign total of $187.4 million and an early global tally of $291 million. It began rolling out in some territories a week ago, including India, where it's earned $20.1 million, making it the third-biggest Hollywood release ever after only 10 days in release.
Jungle Book's weekend worldwide tally clocked in at $240 million for a first-place finish. In North America, it scored the No. 1 April debut for a PG title and the No. 2 April opening of all time for any film behind last year's Furious 7 ($146.2 million), besting the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million), Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Fast and Furious ($71 million).
The live-action/CGI reimagining of Rudyard Kipling's eponymous book about an orphaned human boy whose guardians are animals was buoyed by rave reviews and an A CinemaScore. It lured not only families (49 percent) but adults (43 percent) and teens (8 percent). More important, 49 percent of ticket buyers were male.
"This is as balanced as I've ever seen on any of the Disney live-action films we've worked on," said Dave Hollis, the studio's distribution chief. "The use of the technology is creating a theatrical experience. As with Avatar and Life of Pi, you have to see it to believe it. We're getting both families and general-audience adults."
The movie introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson, as well as the late Garry Shandling.
Jungle Book could make life tough next weekend for Universal's sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War, which has already begun rolling out overseas, grossing a muted $17.6 million this weekend from 25 territories for an early foreign total of $43 million.
And the film's better-than-expected performance comes only days after Warner Bros. announced it is pushing its rival Jungle Book movie, directed by Andy Serkis, from 2017 to 2018. Favreau and Disney are already planning a sequel to their film, but no release date has been set.
Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested Favreau's film, costing $175 million to produce, would open in line with fellow Disney live-action titles Cinderella ($67.9 million) and Maleficent ($69.4 million). Jungle Book debuted in 4,208 theaters in North America; more than 3,000 of those offered the film in a variety of premium formats (3D screens accounted for 43 percent). Imax locations turned in $20.4 million globally, a record for a PG title, including $10.4 million in the U.S. and $5.1 million in China, a record for April.
The two other movies daring to open opposite Jungle Book in the U.S. were Ice Cube's Barbershop: The Next Cut and the older-skewing action thriller Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.
The well-reviewed Barbershop 3 placed No. 2 with $20.2 million from 2,661 theaters after earning an A- CinemaScore. The pic, from New Line and MGM, had hoped to match the $24.1 million debut of Barbershop 2: Back in Business 12 years ago, but still did solid business.
"Given the enormity of the No. 1 movie [Jungle Book], we did great and broke through to reach our audience," said Jeff Goldstein, domestic distribution chief at Warner Bros., which released the film on behalf of New Line and MGM.
From Lionsgate and Millennium Films, Ariel Vromen's Criminal fell flat, coming in No. 6 with $5.9 million from 2,683 theaters despite a strong cast. In the film, the memories of a dead CIA operative are implanted into a death-row inmate (Costner) in hopes of stopping a dangerous threat.
Elsewhere, Melissa McCarthy's R-rated comedy The Boss tumbled 57 percent in its second weekend to $10.2 million from 3,495 locations for a domestic total of $40.4 million (it's the biggest drop for one of her comedies). Overseas, the movie grossed $2.5 million from 17 markets for an early foreign total of $3.9 million and $44.3 million globally.
The Boss came in No. 3, followed by Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with $9 million from 3,505 theaters in its fourth weekend for a domestic cume of $311.3 million. Overseas, BvS took in $15.1 million for a foreign total of $516 million and global cume of $827.3 million as it winds down. While the superhero movie is now the No. 6 comic book adaptation of all time, most industry observers expected it to cross $1 billion.
Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia wasn't far behind BvS in its seventh weekend. The animated hit grossed an estimated $8.2 million from 3,209 theaters to jump the $300 million mark domestically and finish Sunday with a domestic cume of $307 million and global total of $882.3 million (it has yet to open in Japan). Put another way, the animated pic will outgross Batman v. Superman.
In its second weekend, STX Entertainment's Hardcore Henry plunged 71 percent to $1.5 million from 3,015 theaters for a sobering total to date of $8.2 million.
Hardcore Henry tied with The Met: Live in HD's live transmission of Roberto Devereux for No. 11 behind Bleecker Street's Eye in the Sky, which rounded out the top 10 with $1.7 million from 891 theaters in its sixth weekend for a strong domestic total of $13.1 million.
At the specialty box office, Patrick Stewart's horror-thriller Green Room did nicely in its debut for A24, earning $91,000 from three theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a location average of $30,333.
John Carney's critically acclaimed musical comedy Sing Street rolled out in its first five cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $68,979 for a location average of $13,796 for The Weinstein Co.
Among specialty holdovers, Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, nosedived in its second weekend, grossing $307,000 from 862 theaters for a per-screen average of $356 and a 10-day cume of $1.8 million.