The Jungle Book is king at the box office

2016-05-03 07:24
 

Los Angeles - Three movie releases failed to best Disney's The Jungle Book, which trounced the competition at the US box office during its third weekend with $43.7m, industry data showed Monday.

With a domestic total of $253m and a global take of more than $688m, the live-action remake of the 1967 animation continues Disney's successful streak of retelling classic stories using computer wizardry.

Starring newcomer Neel Sethi as man-cub Mowgli, Hollywood heavyweights Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba provide the voices of Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Shere Khan the tiger.

Universal's latest spin on Snow White, The Huntsman: Winter's War, stayed at number two for a second disappointing week with $9.6m, according to figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Part prequel, part sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, Huntsman - starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain -- follows the lead character as he teams up with his co-stars against the wicked witch.

Debuting in third place with $9.5m, the Warner Bros. comedy Keanu, directed by Peter Atencio, stars comic duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in their first big-screen appearance together, pretending to be gangsters while trying to rescue a pet kitten kidnapped by a drug dealer.


Another debut film, the critically panned Mother's Day, came fourth with $8.4m. The Open Road film stars Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson in intertwining stories that follow three generations of women during the week before Mother's Day.

Barbershop: The Next Cut, the latest instalment in the Warner Bros. comedy franchise, came in fifth during its third weekend with $6.1m.



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