Jungle Book beats three new wide-release films

Disney's The Jungle Book held Huntsman sequel, Winter's War and kitten comedy Keanu at bay to dominate the box office for the third week running.
Cinema still: The Jungle Book.
Cinema still: The Jungle Book.PHOTO: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

NEW YORK • Disney's The Jungle Book sold more tickets in its third weekend in North American theatres than three new wide- release films - Keanu, Mother's Day and Ratchet & Clank - managed to sell combined in their first weekend.

Ranking No. 1 for three weeks running, the film collected an estimated US$42.4 million (S$56.9 million), for a new domestic total of US$252 million, according to comScore, which compiles box-office data.

Disney also had a blockbuster weekend overseas, where The Jungle Book took in US$57.1 million, for a foreign total of US$432.7 million.

Captain America: Civil War, which starts screening on Thursday in American theatres, also began its roll out, collecting US$200.2 million.

Keanu, a well-reviewed comedy starring Jordan Peele and Keegan- Michael Key, a pair who have been a phenomenon on television, but have never before appeared in a movie together, failed to break out. It took in about US$9.4 million, below what Warner Bros and its New Line unit had hoped for before release. Some analysts had anticipated up to US$15 million in initial ticket sales. It cost about US$15 million to make.

Mother's Day, with a starry cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and a badly bewigged Julia Roberts, took in a humdrum US$8.3 million; it cost at least US$25 million to make.

The animated Ratchet & Clank flopped with US$4.8 million in ticket sales, becoming the latest example of a popular video game that failed to translate on the big screen.

NEW YORK TIMES

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2016, with the headline 'Jungle Book beats three new wide-release films'. Print Edition | Subscribe