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‘Jungle Book’ Dominating with $38 Million Weekend

A screenshot from the Walt Disney movie ‘The Jungle Book’
A screenshot from the Walt Disney movie ‘The Jungle Book’

Showing serious staying power, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is dominating American movie going this weekend with an estimated $38 million-the eighth-best third weekend of all time. That’s more than four times the closest competitor, New Line’s moderate opening for the Key and Peele action-comedy “Keanu” with $9.2 million at 2,658 sites.

Open Road’s launch of romantic comedy “Mother’s Day” generated a modest $8 million for a fourth-place finish behind the second weekend of Universal’s “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” Gramercy’s “Ratchet & Clank” saw limited traction in its fifth-place opening with $5.6 million.

Should Saturday’s estimates hold, all three openers will finish the weekend at the lower end of recent forecasts while “The Jungle Book” remains an impressive draw at multiplexes with a decline of only 38% from its last frame. Stellar reviews and strong word of mouth will have propelled the tale of an orphaned boy and talking animals to nearly $248 million domestically in its first 17 days.

Directed by Jon Favreau, “The Jungle Book” took in $10.2 million on Friday at 4,041 sites, tripling the take of the opening day for “Keanu.” Should “Jungle Book” reach $38 million this weekend, it will displace “Shrek 2” for the eighth-best third weekend total at the US box office.

The weekend is a prelude to what’s widely expected to be a massive domestic opening on May 6 for “Captain America: Civil War” with a consensus forecast of nearly $200 million. Disney-Marvel’s superhero tentpole took in an impressive $37.8 million from 30 international markets within two days on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Keanu,” starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, has generated solid reviews with a 76% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Mother’s Day,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis, and directed by Garry Marshall, is relying on star power with an ensemble includes Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale, Shay Mitchell, Britt Robertson, Hector Elizondo, Jack Whitehall and Jon Lovitz. Reviews for “Mother’s Day,” which opened at 3,035 sites, have been overwhelmingly negative with a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Expectations have been muted for Gramercy’s launch of “Ratchet & Clank,” based on the 14-year-old video game franchise, that’s opening at 2,891 locations.-Reuters

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