U.K. Box Office: 'The Jungle Book' Swings Past $30M
Idris Elba-starring newcomer 'Bastille Day' opens at No. 3 behind 'Jungle Book' and drone drama 'Eye in the Sky.'
Not even Idris Elba showing off his potential James Bond moves could stand in the way of Disney's all-conquering The Jungle Book in the U.K.
The live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's stories dominated the weekend box office, slipping just 23 percent and bringing in $10.9 million during its second weekend, almost 10 times as much as its closest rival. Its gross now stands at $30.3 million, already more than Disney's U.K. totals for Cinderella and Maleficent.
Helen Mirren drone drama Eye in the Sky beat out Elba's latest actioner Bastille Day — in which the Luther star and perennial 007 rumor target plays a former CIA agent out to stop a Paris terror attack — for the second spot, grossing $1.2 million for a two-week total of $3.8 million. Bastille Day bowed at No. 3 with $1.1 million.
Zootropolis (released in the U.S. and most markets as Zootopia) came in No. 4, grossing just shy of $1 million in its fifth weekend, bringing its total in Britain to $30.6 million.
Rounding out the top five, Warner Bros.' social media-themed supernatural thriller Friend Request earned an opening-weekend tally of $900,000.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, meanwhile, brought its cume to $51.6 million with a fifth-week gross of $700,000.