Box Office: ‘The Jungle Book’ Destroys ‘Keanu’ and ‘Mother’s Day’
The Jungle Book is the No. 1 movie in America for a third straight weekend — and it wasn’t even close. Seriously, not even a little bit.
The family movie continued to surpass all expectations, earning $42.4 million to take the top spot once again. The Jungle Book saw a slim 30 percent decline in North America, keeping the film’s earning potential strong. It’s kind of amazing how well the film is doing, since this is a property a lot of people were writing off as just another misguided live-action attempt at recapturing the magic of a past animated offering. But, much like with Cinderella and Maleficent, Disney has proven its naysayers wrong with cold, hard cash. So far, the movie has earned $684.8 million globally, which is certainly nothing to scoff at.
This added to Disney’s worldwide dominance, since Captain America: Civil War launched internationally this weekend to give the company an enormous boost. The Marvel sequel scored a massive $200.2 million, which is one of the biggest international openings in history. This should give some indication of what we can expect in North America when Captain America: Civil War opens this week. We could be looking at record numbers this time next week.
But back to The Jungle Book, as the movie proved just as successful internationally as it has domestically. Overseas, the film took in roughly $57.1 million from 53 markets. All in all, it was a huge week for The Jungle Book, especially considering industry insiders had the movie pegged to earn roughly $35 million domestically for the weekend. Naturally, this was more than enough to conquer the weekend’s two big newcomers, the ensemble comedy Mother’s Day and R-rated action-comedy Keanu.
Keanu, the first film for Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, earned $9.35 million to take the No. 3 spot. Although The Huntsman: Winter’s War is currently slotted above at No. 2 with $9.4 million, it’s expected that Keanu will either tie Huntsman or overtake its gross altogether once final tallies are released. Still, it’s not a bad opening for Keanu, considering the film cost just $15 million to make. At the very least, it’s a better opening than Garry Marshall’s latest ensemble holiday comedy.
Despite a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson, and a release date that’s more timely than most, Mother’s Day opened to just $8.3 million, which is far less than the $56.3 million debut for Valentine’s Day in 2010, and the $13 million debut for New Year’s Eve in 2011. Still, Mother’s Day managed to crack the Top 5, which couldn’t be said for video game adaptation Ratchet & Clank. The under-promoted animated film landed at No. 7 with $4.8 million. Really, it’s a shame the movie didn’t do better. Ratchet & Clank is a terrific IP, and it has all the potential in the world to be a successful film franchise. Perhaps it was the lack of stronger marketing and a more bankable cast? Or maybe the time for a Ratchet & Clank movie was during the franchise’s height a couple years ago? Perhaps even the mixed-to-negative reviews were enough to sink it. There are plenty of possible reasons for why it didn’t do well. But it’s disappointing, just the same.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 05/02/2016
1. The Jungle Book ($42.4 million)
2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War ($9.4 million)
3. Keanu ($9.35 million)
4. Mother’s Day ($8.3 million)
5. Barbershop: The Next Cut ($6.1 million)
6. Zootopia ($5 million)
7. Ratchet & Clank ($4.8 million)
8. The Boss ($4.2 million)
9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($3.8 million)
10. Criminal ($1.3 million)
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!
And for more on the weekend in film and entertainment, find out how long filming on The Maze Runner has been delayed due to Dylan O’Brien’s on-set injury!