Jungle Book Dominates The Box Office
The Jungle Book ruled the weekend box office, grossing a massive $103.6 million, and (unfortunately) extending the life of Walt Disney’s live action versions of its classic animated features. The Jungle Book’s earnings are surprising, we all know that I thought this film was shit via Terse Trailers, but even the most optimistic industry insider didn’t think this film would break $100 million on its opening weekend.
The Jungle Book builds on Disney’s other two notable live action successes. The first was Tim Burton‘s take on Alice in Wonderland – a Disney animated feature released in 1951 based on the Lewis Carroll’s novel. Burton’s Alice came out in 2010, starred Johnny Depp and, despite mixed reviews (I’m being lenient here), grossed a massive $1.02bn worldwide. A sequel, directed by James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted), has made our list of least anticipated movies of 2016.
Next came an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (1959), Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. Maleficent, flips the script and views the tale from the antagonist perspective, also recieved a mixed critical response – but has made a butt-load of cash to the tune of $756m at the box office; the second-highest grossing film of 2014.
The worst is yet still to come. Set for release in March next year, Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) is directing a reimagining of Cinderella and there are reports that Pinocchio is Winnie The Pooh, Mulan, Beauty & The Beast, Sword And The Stone, Tink, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Dumbo are slated for the live action remake. Ughh.
You can’t really blame Disney as these films are an easy cash grab. Alice, Maleficent both sucked and made some major bank, because there will always be suckers for nostalgic moment. To be fair The Jungle Book is currently a surprising 94% fresh on the Tomatometer.. I’ll still wait on VOD…
Despite the utter dominance by The Jungle Book, New Line and MGM had a successful weekend with Barbershop: The Next Cut. The third film in the Barbershop series inexplicably racked up an amazing $20.2 million from 2,661 locations.
Melissa McCarthy‘s The Boss, last weekend’s box office champion, took third in its second weekend with $10.2 million ($40.4 million to date).
The DC Comics franchise cornerstone – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dipped to a pathetic $9 million in its fourth weekend for $311.3 million total. After opening to an astounding $166 million in March, The film dropped a steep 61% from last weekend’s $23.4 million. Batman V Superman has fallen hard since it’s opening, confirming that the initial success was out of curiosity. Clearly no one is seeing this movie more than once..
Disney’s animated Zootopia rounded out the top five with $8.2 million in its seventh weekend for $307.5 million total.
Box Office Totals
1. The Jungle Book $103.6 million
2. Barbershop: The Next Cut $20.2 million.
3. The Boss $10.2 million
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $9 million
5. Zootopia $8.2 million
6. Criminal $5.9 million ($2 million international).
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $3.3 million. ($1.3 million international).
8. Miracles From Heaven $1.9 million.
9. God’s Not Dead 2 $1.7 million.
10. Eye in the Sky $1.6 million