It’s Still A Jungle Out There
The Jungle Book remains the king of the box office fending off the likes of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. While Disney’s CGI masterpiece propelled itself to the third highest grossing Walt Disney Animations release ( Behind The Lion King and Frozen) The Huntsman failed to live up to the $56 million opening of it’s predessor Snow White and the Huntsman.
The live-action remake of Disney’s 1967 animated classic earned a colossal $60.8 million, dropping just 41% from the week before and bringing its total to $191.5 million in 10 days, While maintaining a fresh 94% score from Rotten tomatoes.
Mickey Mouse is stacking some serious cheese right now.. Zootopia (98% fresh) banked another $6.6 million (good for 4th this week) bringing it to a whopping $316 million. Let’s not forget that The Force Awakens broke every Box Office record known to man earlier this year, and Disney has a little film called Civil War coming out in May. That Mouse be ballin..
Meanwhile The Huntsman received the cold shoulder earning a mere $20.1 million. While Kirsten Stewart was booted from this film, The Huntsman: Winters War still featured a star studded cast with the return of Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, including the additions of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
I’m sure you are wondering how a film that is essentially a lay up for the studio perform so poorly, I have three theories.
One: The Prequel/Sequel Hybrid was way too confusing for folks.
Two: Dumping Kirsten Stewart mobilized former Twilight teeny-boppers into action, and anyone daring enough to attempt to see the film was doused in glitter.
Three. The film predictably sucked..
The Huntsman managed a rotten 17% on the tomatometer and a mere 50% of audiences liked it. By removing the female lead (Stewart) and replacing her with Hemsworth, Universal killed their core demographic, woman, by making this a male centric fantasy fare. Let’s hope for Hemsworth’s sake, his agent is keeping his hammer polished.
Barbershop: The Next Cut held over quite well in its second week. The sequel’s 46% decline resulted in $10.8 million and a third-place finish. Its ten-day total sits at $36 million.
While Zootopia finished in the #5 spot last week, it rose back up to #4 this week (its eighth) with its smallest week-over-week decline yet. Slipping a slight 19%, it collected another $6.6 million. The film’s domestic total now is now up to $316.4 million, but the worldwide total is even more notable. Thanks to the continued overseas success, Zootopia has a global total of $907.1 million.
Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss slowed the free-fall of it’s huge second week decline with its third week slowed down to a 39% drop. The additional $6 million brings the comedy’s domestic box office up to $49.5 million.
The Lionsgate-distributed comedy from Mexico, Compadres, had unexpected success from 368 locations. It opened in the #9 spot with $1.3 million.
The weekend’s bigger limited releases had a difficult time making traction with moviegoers.
Tom Hanks’ latest fish-out-of-water drama A Hologram for the King earned $1.2 million from 401 screens, giving it a per-screen average of $3,010. From 381 screens, Elvis & Nixon only scored $456,793 and a per-screen average of $1,199.
Box Office Totals
1. The Jungle Book $60.8 million
2. The Hunstman: Winter’s War $20.1 million).
3. Barbershop: The Next Cut $10.8 million.
4. Zootopia $6.6 million
5. The Boss $6.1 million
6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $5.5 million
7. Criminal $3.1 million
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $2.1 million
9. Compadres $1.4 million.
10. A Hologram for the King $1.2 million.