Box Office: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Garners PG Audiences

Box Office: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Garners PG Audiences

Box Office: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Garners PG Audiences


When The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) executives Monday and pored over the weekend box-office returns, they were delighted +, as Jon Favreau’s  ‘The Jungle Book’ Scores Huge $103.6-M in its US debut, and took $291-M globally

Favreau’s live-action/CGI hybrid lured all age groups, not just families, a surprise considering Jungle Book features talking animals and draws in part from the 1967 Disney animated film, which had been aimed at very young audiences.

It’s a theatrical experience,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. It was all about Disney’s talking animals over the weekend in cinemas world wide.

The live-action/CGI reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous book about an orphaned human boy whose guardians are animals was buoyed by rave reviews and an A CinemaScore. It lured not only families (49%), but adults (43%) and teens (8%). More importantly, 49% of ticket buyers were male.

Jungle Book could make life tough next weekend for Universal’s sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which has already begun rolling out overseas, grossing a muted $17.6-M this weekend from 25 territories for an early foreign box office total of $43-M.

The 2 other movies that opened opposite Jungle Book in the US were Ice Cube’s Barbershop: The Next Cut and the action thriller Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.

The well-reviewed Barbershop 3 placed # 2 with $20.2-M from 2,661 theaters after earning an A- CinemaScore.

From Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Millennium Films, Ariel Vromen’s Criminal fell flat, coming in #6 with $5.9-M from 2,683 theaters despite a strong cast. In the film, the memories of a dead CIA operative are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes of stopping a dangerous threat.

Melissa McCarthy’s R-rated comedy The Boss dove 57% in its 2nd frame to $10.2-M from 3,495 locations for a domestic box office take of $40.4-M it’s the biggest drop for one of her comedies. Overseas, the movie grossed $2.5-M from 17 markets for an early foreign take of $3.9-M and $44.3-M globally.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came in #4 with $9-M from 3,505 theaters in its 4th frame for a domestic box office of $311.3-M. Overseas, BvS took in $15.1-M for a foreign total of $516-M and global take of $827.3-M. The Superhero movie is now the # 6 comic book adaptation of all time, most industry observers expected it to cross $1-M in its 1st run.

Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia finished 7th at the weekend. The animated hit grossed an estimated $8.2-M from 3,209 theaters to jump the $300-M mark domestically and finish Sunday with a domestic box office of $307-M and global total of $882.3-M. The animated film will out-gross Batman v. Superman.

In its 2nd weekend, STX Entertainment’s Hardcore Henry dove 71% to $1.5-M from 3,015 theaters for $8.2-M to date.

The Met: Live in HD’s live-transmission of Roberto Devereux for # 11 behind Bleecker Street’s Eye in the Sky, which rounded out the Top 10 with $1.7-M from 891 theaters in its 6th weekend for a strong domestic box office of $13.1-M.

At the specialty box office

Patrick Stewart’s horror-thriller Green Room did well in its debut for A24, earning $91,000 from 3 theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a location average of $30,333.

John Carney’s critically acclaimed musical comedy Sing Street rolled out in its first 5 cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $68,979 for a location average of $13,796 for The Weinstein Co.

Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, nosedived in its 2nd weekend, grossing $307,000 from 862 theaters for a per-screen average of $356 and a 10-day box office take of $1.8-M.

Symbol Last Trade Date Change Open High Low Volume
NYSE:DIS 101.07 18 Apr-2016 2.48 99.6 101.35 99.5 6,096,113
HeffX-LTN Analysis for DIS: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Neutral (0.15) Neutral (0.07) Bullish (0.48) Neutral (-0.10)

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

Paul Ebeling





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