‘The Jungle Book’ Claims Another #1 Spot at the Weekend Box Office; ‘Mother’s Day’ Bombs

     May 1, 2016

mothers-day-jennifer-aniston-sliceIt’s really good time to be Disney. Hot on the heels of Zootopia‘s streak of box office dominance (it’s still holding strong at #6), The Jungle Book remake is sitting pretty in the #1 spot for the third week in a row. Director Jon Favreau‘s live-action/CGI hybrid visually spectacular retelling of the classic Rudyard Kipling story holds over strong with another $42.4 Million, dropping a mere 30% domestically, which brings its domestic total up to $252M. Globally, The Jungle Book has now earned $684.4M.

Next week, Disney is all but guaranteed to hand the top spot to themselves when Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season with its domestic debut. The latest in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe, Joe and Anthony Russo‘s epic superhero showdown is already cleaning up overseas, where it grossed $202.2M in its first week of release, falling just shy of Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s international debut last year.


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Back on the domestic front, the week’s new releases didn’t fare so well — to put it into perspective; The Jungle Book made $20M more than all three of them combined…in its third week. Key and Peele’s feature film debut Keanu came out on top of the new releases, landing the third spot at the box office with $9.35M (the underperforming The Huntsman: Winters War is estimated to just barely sneak into the #2 spot with $9.39M). New Line’s kitten-centric comedy reunites Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele with their Key and Peele director Peter Atencio for a two-hander about a couple of thoroughly suburban cousins who have to infiltrate the criminal world to rescue a beloved titular kitten, Keanu. The film was met with mixed reviews, but is well on its way to returning its estimated $15M budget.

Gary Marshall‘s Mother’s Day, whose reported budget of $25M was no doubt spent on the star-studded cast including Jennifer AnistonJulia RobertsTimothy OlyphantJason Sudeikis, and Kate Hudson suffered in its first frame with $8.3M debut. The latest in Marshall’s A-list holiday-centric vignette films, Mother’s Day follows the intertwining stories of three generations of women in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The comedy falls short of Marshall’s previous ensemble efforts — Valentine’s Day, which opened to $56.3M in 2010, and New Year’s Eve, which earned a more modest $13M in 2011.

The week’s final new release, the animated family film Ratchet & Clank, also saw a stunted debut, landing in the #7 spot with $4.8M.  Based on the video game series about a cat and his robot on a mission to save the universe, Focus Features and Gramercy’s animated adventure features the voices of Paul Giamatti, John GoodmanBella ThorneSylvester Stallone, and Rosario Dawson. 

Check out the full Top 10 for the weekend below.

Rank Title Weekend Domestic Total
1. The Jungle Book $42,439,000 $252,095,800
2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War $9,390,000 $33,986,025
3. Keanu $9,350,000 $9,350,000
4. Mother’s Day $8,302,319 $8,302,319
5. Barbershop: The Next Cut $6,125,000 $44,705,640
6. Zootopia $5,006,000 $323,518,489
7. Ratchet & Clank $4,823,000 $4,823,000
8. The Boss $4,250,000 $56,111,125
9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $3,810,000 $325,132,593
10. Criminal $1,325,000 $13,476,167

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