Box Office: ‘The Jungle Book’ Stuns With Massive $103.6 Million Debut

The Jungle Book delivered beyond even Disney’s wildest expectations, debuting with a massive $103.6 million at the box office.

The stunning film from director Jon Favreau delivered in all age groups, which is a pretty big deal for a live-action adaptation of a movie from 1967. At best, the studio was hoping for a release in the $67 million to $79 million range, which would have put it on par with the other live-action Disney adaptations like Maleficent and Cinderella. The 49 percent share for the opening week audience for The Jungle Book represents the largest male audience share for any of the live-action Disney adaptations. In addition, The Jungle Book delivered the second-highest debut in history for a live-action PG film, being bested only by Disney’s own Alice in Wonderland, which holds the record with a $116.1 million opening in March 2010.

Sweetening the pot for Disney is The Jungle Book‘s incredible performance overseas, as the movie has earned $136.1 million, bringing its foreign total to $187.4 million since its opening last weekend in select international markets. This brings its total worldwide gross to $291 million.

Naturally, this was enough to fend off the challenge of this weekend’s other big newcomer: Barbershop: The Next Cut debuted to $20.2 million in the first installment in the franchise in over a decade. This is weaker than the $24.2 million opening of Barbershop 2: Back in Business in February 2004, but well above the $12.8 million opening of franchise spinoff Beauty Shop in March 2005. With a budget of $20 million, the movie will need to remain relatively steady in the weeks to come if New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Cube Vision want to break even, much less turn a profit.

Last week’s No. 1 movie, The Boss, saw a steep 57% decline from its opening weekend. The comedy, starring Melissa McCarthy, dropped to No. 3 with $10.2 million. Still, it remained above the rapidly declining Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which drops to No. 4 with $9 million. That said, the movie is still well above the $300 million domestically, finishing the weekend with $311 million. Coupled with its impressive $516 million foreign totals, the superhero blockbuster is currently sitting at an $827.3 million worldwide gross. This makes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now the seventh biggest superhero movie in history in worldwide box office gross. It’ll still have a pretty long way to go to catch up with Spider-Man 3, which earned $890 million in 2007.

Rounding out the Top 5 was Zootopia, which remains strong in its seventh weekend. The animated film earned $8.2 million to land at No. 5. Its $882.3 million worldwide gross now makes it the fourth largest grossing original movie ever after The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Avatar, and the ninth largest animated film in history. It’s kind of stunning that a film going on nearly two months in the Top 5 is routinely able to best some of its new competition. For instance, Kevin Costner film Criminal missed out on the Top 5 altogether, debuting at No. 6 with a paltry $5.9 million. While that number might be rounded up when the final totals are released, it still doesn’t bode well for a film that cost $31.5 million to make.

But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:

Box Office 'The Jungle Book' Stuns With Massive $103.6 Million Debut

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1. The Jungle Book (2016) ($103.6 million)
2. Barbershop: The Next Cut ($20.2 million)
3. The Boss ($10.2 million)
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($9 million)
5. Zootopia ($8.2 million)
6. Criminal ($5.6 million)
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($3.3 million)
8. Miracles From Heaven ($1.9 million)
9. God’s Not Dead 2 ($1.7 million)
10. Eye in the Sky ($1.6 million)

Via: The Hollywood Reporter / Box Office Mojo

What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!

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