Box Office: 'Keanu' Beats 'Mother's Day' on Friday; 'Jungle Book' Stays No. 1 Overall
Overseas, 'Captain America: Civil War' flies to a dazzling $84 million in its first three days, a week ahead of its North American debut.
On Friday, the R-rated feline comedy Keanu opened to $3.5 million from 2,658 theaters at the North American box office, enough to beat Garry Marshall's star-studded Mother's Day, which grossed an estimated $2.7 million from 3,035 theaters.
Neither, of course, were able to beat holdover The Jungle Book, which earned another $10.3 million to jump the $600 million mark globally for Disney and director Jon Favreau.
Disney will enjoy world domination this weekend between Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, which is opening in numerous foreign markets a week ahead of its May 6 domestic launch. Civil War has earned a dazzling $84 million in its first three days, on par with Avengers: Age of Ultron. In some markets, it's even doing bigger business than Ultron, such as the U.K., where it came in 33 percent ahead. And it scored the biggest opening-day of all time in Mexico with $7.3 million.
In North America, Keanu, from New Line, marks the first time that Key & Peele stars, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, have appeared together on the big screen. Costing a relatively modest $15 million to make, it's now expected to earn $9 million-plus for the weekend.
The comedy revolves around two buddies who pretend to be gangsters and join the criminal underworld when a drug dealer kidnaps their kitten. Peter Atencio helmed Keanu, which debuted as a work-in-progress at the South by Southwest Film Festival in April. It currently has a 77 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by Marshall, Mother's Day — starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson — is struggling badly in its debut. Based on Friday's numbers, the $25 million film is now expected to gross roughly $7.7 million. That's well behind the $56.3 million domestic debut of Marshall's holiday ensemble film, Valentine's Day, which likewise starred Julia Roberts, but just shy of the $13 million launch of New Year's Eve.
Mother's Day has been ravaged by critics, not helping matters for the filmmakers and distributor Open Road Films. The story features intertwining stories, and centers on three generations of women in the week leading up to Mother's Day. (This year, the real-life holiday isn't until May 8).
Keanu isn't the only feline-themed movie opening this weekend. Animated family film Ratchet & Clank, based on the video game series about a wild cat who befriends a robot, also enters the fray. The film earned $1.5 million Friday from 2,891 theaters for a projected $5.6 million weekend.
The Gramercy/Focus project, 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 is no doubt making life tough for other movies. Plus, none of the three new offerings are particularly wowing audiences; Keanu and Ratchet each received a B CinemaScore, while Mother's Day earned a B+.
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