“The Jungle Book” ruled over the global box office this weekend, racking up $136.1 million in foreign markets.
Disney’s live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling stories about a feral child raised in nature also took the top spot domestically, debuting to $103.6 million. The family film has made $291 million worldwide and should cross the $300 million mark on Monday. It debuted in select foreign territories a week ago. The Jon Favreau film has been hailed by critics as a deft revival of the story of Mowgli, the man cub.
In addition to its North American launch, “The Jungle Book” opened in such major territories as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. It enjoyed a big debut in China, earning $50.3 million and making it the third-highest Disney live-action opening in the Middle Kingdom. In India, where Kipling spent the bulk of his literary career, the film has generated $20.1 million — a strong result in a country where Hollywood projects often struggle against Bollywood offerings. Next weekend, “The Jungle Book” will launch in the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary and New Zealand.
In second place, Universal continued to roll out “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in foreign territories in advance of its domestic debut next weekend. The prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman” brings back Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth while adding Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt to the mix. The fantasy adventure made $17.6 million over the weekend, taking its foreign total to $43 million after two weeks in release. It is already showing in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and Russia. Next weekend brings debuts in China, France and Brazil, in addition to the United States.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” took third place with $15.1 million, propelling its global haul to $827.3 million, while “Zootopia” slid into fourth place with $10.8 million, pushing its worldwide gross to $882.3 million.
“London Has Fallen” rounded out the top five with $9 million. The Gerard Butler thriller has earned $181.4 million, pushing past the $161 million haul of its predecessor, “Olympus Has Fallen.”