‘Jungle Book’ Dominating ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ at U.S. Box Office

The Huntsman: Winter's War
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The Jungle Book” remains dominant at the US. box office, heading for an estimated $62 million for its second weekend — more than triple the opening of fairy tale “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” at about $20 million.

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” pulled in $16.5 million at 4,028 locations on Friday, its eighth day of release, towering over the opening day of Universal’s “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” with $7.3 million at 3,791 sites.

Should the estimate hold, “The Jungle Book” will have posted the best second weekend of 2016, topping the $56.5 million second frame for “Deadpool,” and will wind up the weekend with about $192 millon after 10 days.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” a prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” generated a B+ CinemaScore from audiences amid mostly negative reviews with 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Recent forecasts had projected an opening in the $22 million to $25 million range while “The Jungle Book” was expected to keep its first place position with more than $50 million after it debuted to $103.3 million last weekend.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” carries a $115 million price tag, brings back original stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron and adds Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the first film’s visual-effects supervisor, directs the story of battling rival queens.

The first “Huntsman,” starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, was a solid box office performer with a $56.2 million opening weekend in the U.S. on its way to a $155 million domestic total, plus another $241 million overseas.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” opened last weekend in 25 international markets with about $45 million. It’s adding 36 additional foreign territories, including China, France and Brazil, during this weekend.

“The Jungle Book,” based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories and combining a live-action child with computer-generated animal characters, will wind up the weekend in the $500 million range globally. The family-friendly tentpole, directed by Jon Favreau, carries a $175 million budget and is the latest in Disney’s lucrative re-imagining of classic stories such as “Cinderella,” which wound up with a $542.7 million global haul last year, and “Maleficent,” which scored $758.5 million worldwide two years ago.

At $62 million, “The Jungle Book” is among the top 15 second weekends in U.S. box office history — matching “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Favreau’s film includes Bill Murray voicing Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake and Lupita Nyong’o as the mother wolf Raksha. Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli.

MGM-New Line’s second weekend of comedy sequel “Barber Shop: The Next Cut” has continued to generate solid business in its second weekend, declining 50% to about $10 million at 2,676 sites. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Common, Regina Hall and Nicki Minaj star in the third installment of the franchise, with MGM overseeing production and Warner Bros. handling distribution.

Disney’s eighth weekend of “Zootopia” should lead the rest of the pack with about $6.3 million, lifting the animated hit to $316 million in the U.S.

Roadside’s Attractions’ “Hologram for the King,” starring Tom Hanks, took in a moderate $377,000 at 401 sites on its opening day on Friday, portending an opening weekend of $1.3 million. Bleecker Street’s “Elvis & Nixon” launched less impressively with $149,379 at 381 sites on Friday, which will lead to a debut weekend of about $500,000.

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  1. stu freeman says:

    Huntsman: Winter War- Yet another example of what happens when you place a big-budgeted movie in the hands of a neophyte director. The studio bigwigs evidently think that directing a movie is something you can learn on the fly.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Jungle Book must be great if you are 10 years old. All the positive reviews made believe it would be good when the trailers suggested otherwise. My attention strayed every 5 minutes except when an action scene began. Then my attention strayed again during the action. It’s no Frozen.

  3. Gregory says:

    The Huntsman was way better than the first movie. I enjoyed it. Besides competition – maybe just a factor of bad timing and a prequel/sequel too far after the original. I predict the same for the next Independence Day film.

  4. Gabe says:

    no surprise

  5. Jpe says:

    Movies that are just cgi-cartoons always dominate.

  6. RNeary says:

    “Jungle Book” was great and deserves all the money it makes. No offense to Chris Hemsworth and the cast – all of whom I’ve enjoyed in other movies – but “The Huntsmen” failed to generate much interest on my end – just a shrug of indifference.

  7. POISON DISPERSEMENTS says:

    THE HUNTSMAN is well on the way to being another big budget 2016 flop, right alongside DIVERGENT: ALLEGIANT, GOD’S OF EGYPT, etc.Poi

  8. Marti723 says:

    Well done the Jungle….. Deserves even more! And BIG oops to the Huntsman…. Try next time… Haha

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