Disney continued its exceptional start to 2016 this weekend as The Jungle Book exceeded its already lofty expectations with a massive debut of $103.57 million. The 3D live-action computer animated hybrid directed by Jon Favreau registered the second largest opening weekend ever for the month of April, behind only the $147.19 million start of last year’s Furious 7. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Jungle Book claimed the 32nd largest opening weekend of all-time. In comparison to previous live-action blockbusters from Disney, The Jungle Book opened 31 percent ahead of the $79.11 million start of 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and 49 percent ahead of the $69.43 million debut of 2014’s Maleficent. A strong marketing campaign, terrific critical reviews and four-quadrant appeal all contributed to the break-out performance of The Jungle Book this weekend.
The Jungle Book opened with $32.41 million on Friday (which included an estimated $4.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 27 percent on Saturday to take in $41.12 million and is estimated to decline 27 percent to gross $30.04 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.20 to 1. The Jungle Book received an A rating on CinemaScore and currently has an impressive 92 percent Flixster audience score; and the film’s hold on Saturday is an early indication that strong word of mouth is already kicking in. As mentioned, The Jungle Book had clear four-quadrant appeal this weekend. The audience breakdown for the film skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (51 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (53 Percent). Family audiences represented 49 percent of the film’s overall audience. Given its strong early word of mouth and appeal with family audiences, it appears very likely that The Jungle Book will have stronger holding power than Disney’s live-action adaptations of its animated classics have tended to display in the past.
The Jungle Book took in an estimated $10.4 million from IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.0 percent of the film’s overall grosses this weekend. 3D grosses were responsible for 43 percent of this weekend’s overall grosses, while RealD 3D alone accounted for an estimated $31.0 million of this weekend’s take.
Barbershop: The Next Cut placed in second with a solid estimated start of $20.21 million. The Ice Cube led comedy sequel from Warner Bros., New Line and MGM opened in line with expectations. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Barbershop: The Next Cut debuted 17 percent below the $24.24 million launch of 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back in Business. The Next Cut opened 46 percent stronger than the recent $13.84 million three-day start of Zoolander 2; another comedy sequel that arrived years after its predecessor. Comedy sequels that arrive many years after their predecessors typically don’t perform as well as their predecessors, especially when it comes to admissions.
Barbershop: The Next Cut started out with $7.05 million on Friday (which included an estimated $735,000 from Thursday night shows), increased an encouraging 17 percent on Saturday to take in $8.22 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $4.94 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.87 to 1. The audience breakdown for Barbershop: The Next Cut skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (66 percent). In addition to receiving strong critical reviews, early word of mouth also appears to be strong for the film, as Barbershop: The Next Cut received an A- rating on CinemaScore and has a current Flixster audience score of 77 percent. However, the film will soon be facing direct competition from fellow Warner Bros. comedy Keanu, which arrives in theatres on April 29.
After opening in first place last weekend, Universal’s The Boss fell two spots to third this weekend with an estimated $10.17 million. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy was down a sharp 57 percent, as mixed word of mouth and the additions of The Jungle Book and Barbershop: The Next Cut in the marketplace clearly took a toll on The Boss this weekend. The Boss has grossed $40.35 million in ten days. That places the film 29 percent behind the $56.55 million ten-day gross of last year’s Spy (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $15.61 million). While The Boss doesn’t look like it will duplicate the holding power of McCarthy’s previous hits, the film is still having a solid performance with expectations and its modest price tag in mind.
Blockbusters Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zootopia claimed fourth and fifth place with respective weekend estimates of $9.01 million and $8.24 million. Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continued to freefall with a 61 percent slide this weekend, while Disney’s Zootopia continued to display healthy holding power by declining a solid 43 percent in the face of The Jungle Book. Respective total grosses stand at $311.31 million for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 24 days and at $307.48 million for Zootopia in 45 days. Given the far stronger holding power of Zootopia, it looks to emerge as the higher grossing of the two films domestically when everything is said and done.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Criminal debuted in sixth place this weekend with an estimated $5.85 million. The action-thriller starring Kevin Costner debuted below its already modest expectations and represents another underwhelming performer for Lionsgate in 2016. Costner had seen a string of five straight opening weekend performances that all fell within the range of $6 million to $16 million, but Criminal came in just under that range and instead performed more in line with the $5.40 million start of last year’s Self/Less. Poor critical reviews didn’t help matters for Criminal this weekend. The film appears to be going over a bit better with moviegoers than it has with critics, as it received a B- rating on CinemaScore and currently has a Flixster audience score of 61 percent. However, mixed word of mouth won’t be enough to help the film going forward, especially after its slow start this weekend.
Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17, 2016:
|1||The Jungle Book (2016)||$103,567,000||—||4,028||—||$25,712||$103,567,000||1||Disney|
|2||Barbershop: The Next Cut||$20,210,000||—||2,661||—||$7,595||$20,210,000||1||Warner Bros. / New Line|
|4||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||$9,010,000||-61%||3,505||-597||$2,571||$311,311,730||4||Warner Bros.|
|6||Criminal (2016)||$5,850,000||—||2,683||—||$2,180||$5,850,000||1||Lionsgate / Summit|
|7||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||$3,260,000||-50%||2,297||-730||$1,419||$52,095,490||4||Universal|
|8||Miracles from Heaven||$1,900,000||-60%||2,082||-701||$913||$56,930,812||5||Sony / Columbia|
|9||God’s Not Dead 2||$1,712,000||-60%||1,585||-769||$1,080||$16,956,171||3||Pure Flix|
|10||Hardcore Henry||$1,482,000||-71%||3,015||0||$492||$8,154,672||2||STX Entertainment|
|11||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||$1,300,000||-63%||1,484||-1019||$876||$63,941,161||5||Lionsgate / Summit|
|12||10 Cloverfield Lane||$1,050,000||-64%||1,085||-801||$968||$69,784,681||6||Paramount|
|1||Eye in the Sky||$1,561,998||-46%||891||-198||$1,753||$13,133,108||6||Bleecker Street|
|2||The Met: Live in HD – Roberto Devereux (2016)||$1,500,000||—||900||—||$1,667||$1,500,000||1||Fathom Events|
|4||Hello, My Name Is Doris||$796,000||-51%||650||-329||$1,225||$10,923,107||6||Roadside Attractions|
|5||Everybody Wants Some!!||$430,000||-12%||134||71||$3,209||$1,531,103||3||Paramount|
|7||London Has Fallen||$304,000||-69%||436||-478||$697||$61,403,206||7||Focus / Gramercy|
|8||Kung Fu Panda 3||$268,000||-40%||293||-48||$915||$141,308,837||12||Fox / DreamWorks Animation|
|9||The Revenant (2015)||$148,000||-40%||222||-64||$667||$183,224,210||17||Fox|
|10||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||$120,000||-49%||223||-54||$538||$22,919,581||7||Paramount|
|11||Gods of Egypt||$91,000||-46%||163||-31||$558||$30,879,385||8||Lionsgate / Summit|
|12||I Saw the Light||$55,760||-81%||103||-445||$541||$1,533,134||4||Sony Pictures Classics|
|1||Miles Ahead||$212,049||1%||47||22||$4,512||$635,176||3||Sony Pictures Classics|
|2||The First Monday in May||$105,000||—||20||—||$5,250||$105,000||1||Magnolia Pictures|
|3||Born to Be Blue||$94,800||-9%||79||34||$1,200||$544,867||4||IFC Films|
|5||Chongqing Hot Pot||$90,000||-60%||39||-7||$2,308||$670,598||3||China Lion Film|
|6||Sing Street||$68,979||—||5||—||$13,796||$68,979||1||The Weinstein Company|
|8||The Lady in the Van||$50,578||-51%||71||-33||$712||$9,742,518||20||Sony Pictures Classics|
|9||Saturday’s Warrior||$45,454||-48%||28||0||$1,623||$384,013||3||Purdie Distribution|
|10||Marguerite||$45,289||-35%||39||-3||$1,161||$400,770||6||Cohen Media Group|
|11||New York, New York (2016)||$43,000||—||16||—||$2,688||$43,000||1||China Lion Film|
|12||City of Gold||$41,500||-31%||50||1||$830||$544,354||6||IFC Films / Sundance Selects|
|14||Embrace of the Serpent||$31,000||-39%||38||-3||$816||$1,221,413||9||Oscilloscope|
|15||Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe||$27,000||299%||4||3||$6,750||$80,703||3||Cinema Libre Studio|
|16||Louder Than Bombs||$21,197||-13%||15||11||$1,413||$56,085||2||The Orchard|
|17||The Perfect Match||$15,000||-88%||60||-93||$250||$9,628,895||6||Lionsgate / Codeblack Films|
|18||Revelation: Dawn of Global Government||$13,217||—||2||—||$6,609||$13,217||1||Rocky Mountain Pictures|
|19||Where to Invade Next||$12,641||-64%||23||-28||$550||$3,801,882||10||Drafthouse Films|
|20||The Measure of a Man||$11,391||—||2||—||$5,696||$11,391||1||Kino Lorber|
|21||Standing Tall||$4,131||-28%||5||3||$826||$24,013||3||Cohen Media Group|
|22||Janis: Little Girl Blue||$850||64%||1||0||$850||$403,988||21||FilmRise|
After a strong start in limited overseas markets last week, The Jungle Book exploded overseas this weekend with $136.1 million from 49 territories. The early overseas total for The Jungle Book stands at $187.4 million; while the film’s current global total is $291.0 million. Noteworthy totals to date for individual markets include $50.3 million in China, $20.1 million in India, $14.2 million in Russia and $13.7 million in the United Kingdom.
The Boss took in $2.5 million from 17 overseas territories. The film has grossed $3.9 million thus far overseas and $44.3 million globally. The top territory for The Boss this weekend was Australia with a $1.6 million debut.
Batman v Superman grossed $15.1 million from 67 markets. That brings the film’s current overseas total to $516.0 million and global haul to $827.3 million. Current totals to date for individual markets include $95.0 million in China, $50.5 million in the United Kingdom, $35.0 million in Mexico and $31.7 million in Brazil.
Zootopia took in $10.8 million from 53 territories. That places the film’s overseas total at $574.8 million and global cume at a massive $882.3 million. Current totals to date for individual markets include $234.2 million in China, $31.6 million in Russia, $30.5 million in France, $29.7 million in Germany and $29.5 million in the United Kingdom.
In its second weekend of overseas release, Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War grossed $17.6 million from 25 territories. The follow-up to Snow White and the Huntsman has totaled $43.0 million so far overseas and will open domestically this coming Friday. Key grosses to date by market include $6.3 million in the United Kingdom, $5.1 million in Mexico and $3.1 million in Germany.