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‘Jungle Book’ Swings to $57 Million at International Box Office, Breaks Big Record in India

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is showing plenty of power at the international box office, swinging to $57.1 million after a week in theaters.

Jon Favreau’s family adventure-comedy opened Thursday in Germany, Italy, Australia and Brazil — a day after it launched in France. “The Jungle Book” is now playing in 37 countries, including the U.S.

India, where Rudyard Kipling set the stories when they were published in the 1890s, has seen stellar grosses so far, with $15 million in its first week. This marks the biggest opening week in India for any Hollywood release. The film is about to become the highest-grossing Disney release ever in the country.

Russia, which also launched last week, has totaled $10.4 million. Australia hit $4.3 million in its first two days and sneak previews last week.

France has reached $3.1 million in two days. Argentina and Malaysia have already seen grosses of $3 million in the film’s first week.

Disney said French admissions are up 204% over “Cinderella” and 40% ahead of “Maleficent.” Germany opened Thursday to $300,000, which is 78% up over “Cinderella.” Italy also debuted with $500,000, 10% ahead of “Cinderella.”

“The Jungle Book” has launched in first place in 17 European territories, all opening this week, and has opened at No. 1 in all markets. Spain, the U.K., China and Mexico open Friday, along with eight other smaller territories.

The movie debuted to a robust $4.2 million on Thursday night in its U.S. previews and is expected to wind up with about $70 million in its opening weekend.

The movie, which carries a $175 million price tag, is based on the Kipling stories about Mowgli, an abandoned human boy who becomes friends with jungle animals after being raised by wolves.

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

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