Box Office: ‘Huntsman’ Prequel Flops, ‘Jungle Book’ Remains Strong With $60.8 Million

The Jungle Book is continuing its strong run at the box office, earning an impressive $60.8 million in its second weekend. However, on the other end of this victory is one of the biggest major flops of 2016 so far.

Although it came in at No. 2 this weekend, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is officially considered a flop at the North American box office, earning just $20.1 million on a budget of $115 million. It’s an unfortunate lesson in what happens when you take a risk with a known property. Instead of making a direct sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, Universal chose to go the prequel route, which had the effect of removing star Kristen Stewart from the franchise in exchange for the star power of Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. In theory, the gambit should have worked, particularly considering the first film did well in the summer, so why wouldn’t the follow-up do well in the traditionally noncompetitive spring? It should have worked, but it didn’t, unfortunately. Not for Universal, nor for Hemsworth, who now has his second flop in a row after In the Heart of the Sea, which debuted in December to just $11 million on a budget of $100 million. This debut represents a 64% decline over the last movie in the franchise, as Snow White and the Huntsman earned a far more impressive $56.2 million in June 2012. It’s an unfortunate business all-around for Universal this week.

In sunnier news, The Jungle Book came in at No. 1 for a second straight weekend, as its $60.8 million gross is a drop of only 41% from last week. This puts the movie at the No. 1 spot for the second straight weekend, to no one’s surprise. When you add in the $96 million that The Jungle Book earned internationally, the movie has reached a total worldwide gross of $528.5 million. In addition to The Huntsman, The movie easily fended off newcomers such as the Tom Hanks comedy/drama A Hologram for the King, and Mexican-American action comedy Compadres, which debuted to $1.2 million and $1.4 million, respectively.

In other Top 10 spots, Barbershop: The Next Cut remains steady in its second weekend, coming in at No. 3 with $10.8 million. At No. 4, Zootopia continued its massive assent to the top of the 2016 box office so far, earning another $6.6 million to bring its domestic total to $316.4 million so far. Rounding out the Top 5 is the Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss, which earned $6.1 million for a North American total of $49.3 million, to date.

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

Box Office: 'Huntsman' Sequel Flops, 'Jungle Book' Remains Strong With $60.8 Million

Credit: Universal


1. The Jungle Book ($60.8 million)
2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War ($20.1 million)
3. Barbershop: The Next Cut ($10.8 million)
4. Zootopia ($6.6 million)
5. The Boss ($6.1 million)
6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($5.5 million)
7. Criminal ($3.1 million)
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($2.1 million)
9. Compadres ($1.4 million)
10. A Hologram For the King ($1.2 million)

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

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