Box office hits and misses: The Jungle Book roars while Keanu purrs to third-place finish

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The Disney train doesn’t appear to be losing any momentum, with The Jungle Book continuing to roll along at the top of the box office just a weekend before Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters.

Related: See here to pre-order The Jungle Book on Amazon Video

The live-action remake of the 1967 animated classic added another impressive weekend to its run, dropping just 31 percent from the previous weekend and earning $42.4 million in U.S. theaters. It was enough to win the weekend for the third time since the film’s debut, and helped push its worldwide box-office gross to $684.8 million.

While there was a big divide between the weekend’s box-office champion and the rest of the movies being screened, it wasn’t all bad for some of the other films — particularly the debut film from Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Keanu.

The kidnapped-kitty comedy came in third for the weekend, just around $100,000 shy of second-place finisher The Huntsman: Winter’s War (which continued to limp along in theaters). The “R”-rated film earned a modest $9.3 million, which isn’t too bad for a movie that only cost around $15 million to make. Given that the film earned positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, there’s reason to believe it will do well in the long run, too.

# Title Weekend U.S. Total Worldwide Total
1. The Jungle Book $42.4M $252.1M $684.8M
2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War $9.4M $34M $131M
3. Keanu $9.3M $9.3M $9.3M
4. Mother’s Day $8.3M $8.3M $8.3
5. Barbershop: The Next Cut $6.1M $44.7M $44.7M
6. Zootopia $5M $323.5M $931.4M
7. Ratchet & Clank $4.8M $4.8M $4.8M
8. The Boss $4.2M $56.1M $67M
9. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice $3.8M $325.1M $862.9M
10. Criminal $1.3M $13.5M $13.5M

Along with Keanu, two more new releases managed to carve out places for themselves in the weekend’s top ten films.

Director Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day finished just behind Keanu with $8.3 million, giving it the lowest opening of his otherwise successful holiday-themed ensemble films — a series that began with 2010’s Valentine’s Day ($56.2 million), then continued with 2011’s New Year’s Eve ($13 million).

The animated video-game adaptation Ratchet & Clank also premiered over the weekend to the tune of $4.8 million, which was an underwhelming debut, to say the least. Movies based on video games are apparently still a hard sell, even when the films (and games) are aimed at younger audiences.

It’s also worth noting that the thriller Green Room — which follows a punk band that must fight for their lives against a gang of skinheads — added another 440 theaters to its run and is quickly gaining steam due to all of the positive buzz surrounding the film. The film features Patrick Stewart as the leader of the neo-Nazi gang and Anton Yelchin as one of the members of the punk band, and is generating a lot of word-of-mouth attention in recent weeks, so its slow burn in theaters could bode well for its long-term prospects.

As for the saga of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the story continues with another weekend that makes it look increasingly unlikely that the film will cross the $900 million mark worldwide (let alone the $1 billion mark), which would’ve seemed unbelievable just two or three months ago. Despite the film’s performance at the box office so far, the fact that it will almost certainly finish in the bottom half of the ten highest-grossing films of 2016 (both in the U.S. and worldwide) is shocking, given the global popularity of the characters and the caliber of the film’s cast.

The only major release hitting theaters next week is Marvel Studios’ aforementioned Captain America: Civil War, and the other studios are wise to avoid competing with the film that kicks off the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe. The film debuted internationally over the weekend and has already earned more than $200 million, so the question now is not whether it will break records here in the U.S., but how many records it will shatter.


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