U.K. Box Office: 'The Jungle Book' Roars to Life With $13.7M
In a double win, Disney also claims the No. 2 spot with 'Zootropolis,' while Universal's 'Huntsman: Winter's War' slipped from No. 1 to No. 6.
It was all about Disney's talking animals over the weekend in U.K. cinemas.
Echoing the success it has felt around the world, The Jungle Book sprung into life on its debut, grabbing an outstanding estimated $13.7 million, the third biggest opening of the year so far behind Deadpool and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Compared to other recent Disney offerings, Jon Favreau's new adaptation of the famed Rudyard Kipling stories landed 46 percent ahead of Maleficent and its Saturday earnings alone topped the entire opening weekends of both Cinderella and Oz. The Jungle Book also amassed the highest grossing PG opening for IMAX in the U.K.
In second, Zootropolis (released in the U.S. as Zootopia) held strong for a fourth successive week, adding $1.8 million to bring its total to $29.5 million.
The second highest new entrant was eOne's drone thriller Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman in one of his final roles, which homed in on $1.6 million.
Batman v. Superman fell a further spot in its third week with $1.4 million, bringing its cume to $50.5 million as it closes on Deadpool's $53.6 million.
Rounding out the top five, Lionsgate's sporting biopic Eddie the Eagle suffered only a minor slip in its third week, taking $1.1 million for an impressive total of $10.3 million.
The biggest fall of the weekend went to last week's number one, Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War, which brought home $1 million after its initial haul of $4.2 (helped by four days of previews) to fall five places to six. Its 10-day total now stands at $6.3 million. Huntsman 2 debuts in North America April 22.