Weekend Box Office: ‘The Jungle Book’ Astounds with $103.5 Million Opening

     April 17, 2016

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Boy is it good to be Disney right now. Not only does the studio handle a number of lucrative properties, from Lucasfilm’s Star Wars to Marvel’s bevy of superhero films, but its home-grown features are off to a terrific start in 2016. The animated Zootopia garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews and continues to pick up considerable box office weeks after release (its worldwide total is now at $882.3 million), but it was this weekend’s The Jungle Book that really stands out, as director Jon Favreau’s gorgeous, jaw-dropping update of the classic Rudyard Kipling story opened to a staggering $103.5 million at the box office, making it the second largest April opening in history, topping Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $95 million and standing behind Furious 7’s record of $147.1 million.

That number defies all expectations that were set for the CG-filled redo, which most had pegged at a weekend number around $85 million or so. But bolstered by near-universally positive reviews and terrific word of mouth via an A CinemaScore, the film made bank this weekend. It also helps that not since Gravity have we been given a movie that genuinely benefits from being seen in 3D, as Favreau’s cutting-edge visual effects vividly bring the world of The Jungle Book to life like some sort of magic trick.


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The demographics for the film were promising, with males and females each making up nearly half the audience for a near-even split, while those between the ages of 26 and 34 made up the majority of audiences with 23% of the share, followed by 21% under the age of 12. Teens didn’t necessarily turn out, but no matter, the excellent word of mouth should ensure that The Jungle Book does swimmingly for weeks to come.

Internationally the film is exploding as well, with its international cumulative box office to date standing at $187.4 million, bringing its worldwide box office to $290.9 million after just one week of worldwide release. It’s no surprise that Disney is already putting into motion plans for The Jungle Book 2, and the massive success of Favreau’s darker-than-expected adaptation may have something to do with Warner Bros. recently pushing Andy Serkis’ motion-capture Jungle Book: Origins another year this past week.

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Elsewhere, Barbershop: The Next Cut landed the second spot at the box office for its first week in release, scoring a solid $20.2 million for the comedy sequel, while the weekend’s other new wide release, Criminal, disappointed with a paltry $5.8 million. Speaking of which, the first-person actioner Hardcore Henry fell hard in its second week, dropping 71% to a $1.4 million weekend, bringing its cumulative total to $8.1 million.

And what of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? The Warner Bros. superhero epic fell to fourth place this weekend, dropping 61% to nab $9 million to its domestic total, bringing its cumulative gross to $311.3 million. There aren’t really any signs of the film picking up considerable steam given that it’s already opened in every international territory, so we’re starting to see the slowdown as the picture stands at $827.3 million worldwide at the moment. $1 billion is very much out of reach, and at this point it’s unclear if the film will even manage $900 million.


Check out the full Top 10 for the weekend below.

Rank Title Weekend Domestic Total
1. The Jungle Book $103,567,000 $103,567,000
2. Barbershop: The Next Cut $20,210,000 $20,210,000
3. The Boss $10,170,000 $40,251,910
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $9,010,000 $311,311,730
5. Zootopia $8,235,000 $307,478,756
6. Criminal $5,850,000 $5,850,000
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $3,260,000 $52,095,490
8. Miracles from Heaven $1,900,000 $56,930,812
9. God’s Not Dead 2 $1,712,236 $16,956,407
10. Eye in the Sky $1,561,998 $13,121,983

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Image via Warner Bros.

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