Okay, so people knew Disney's live-action Jungle Book was probably going to be big, but early estimates ended up rising from 70 to 88 to now coming in with 103 million over the weekend, which is pretty amazing...although these days it's really starting to feel like old news when a big movie takes in 100 million on opening weekend, isn't it? It's the second highest April opening ever, next to last year's Fast and Furious movie. Interestingly, it's the second live action Disney movie to open over 100 million, as Alice in Wonderland did it back in 2010. The movie got great reviews and an "A" Cinemascore though, and will have strong legs going forward, as the family choice for audiences. It's already made 291 million worldwide, with particular success in India, as it's now the highest grossing Disney release in history there.
Barbershop: The Next Cut, opened in second with 20 million, which is almost exactly how much the original made back in 2002, while Kevin Costner's Criminal bombed and didn't even crack the top five. The Boss fell 57 percent for third and has now grossed 40 million, while BvS took another steep hit and came in with 9 million, bringing its new total to 310 million. Zootopia rounded out the top five with 8 million and now sits at 307 million and is closing in on 900 million globally, with Japan still to come to see if it can make it over a billion, as the year's highest grossing movie worldwide.
- The Jungle Book- 103 million
- Barbershop: The Next Cut- 20.2 million
- The Boss- 10.2 million
- Batman v Superman- 9 million
- Zootopia- 8.2 million
In limited release, John Carney's Sing Street opened to a 13k PTA and 68k overall on five screens, while Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead expanded to 47 screens and earned 212k for 635k so far. Next week it's The Huntsman: Winter's War in wide release, with Susan Sarandon's The Meddler opening in limited. See you guys then.