HOLLYWOOD, April 18, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Disney’s “The Jungle Book” took first place at the box office and surpassed industry expectations by taking in $106.4 million domestically, making it the third film in 2016 to open to $100 million or better.
Internationally, the PG-rated film opened in 49 territories, bringing the family film’s global total to a staggering $290.9 million.
According to Box Office Mojo, it’s an opening number that exceeds all expectations despite the pre-release buzz. Heading into the weekend the film had an impressive 95 percent rating at RottenTomatoes, a rating that was reflected in audience opinion as opening day moviegoers rewarded it with an “A” CinemaScore.
As predicted, opening in second place was “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Common.
The film debuted with $20.2 million domestically.
Dropping to third place with $10.1 million is the Melissa McCarthy comedy, “The Boss.” The film debuted last week at the No. 1 spot, and has earned an estimated $40.3 million in its two weeks in release.
Dropping steadily is “Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice,” which stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. The film turned in $9 million over the weekend.
Although the movie has received less than stellar reviews, “Batman v Superman’s” domestic total is now up to an estimated $311.3 million, and has a total take of over $825 million globally.
In fifth place is Disney’s “Zootopia,” which has stayed in the Top 5 films for the seven weeks it’s been in release. The animated family film earned an additional $8.2 million over the weekend bringing its total global performance to $574.8 million.
Finally Lionsgate’s “Criminal,” starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldham and Ryan Reynolds debuted in sixth place with $5.8 million. According to Box Office Mojo, the espionage/thriller fell short of even the lowest of expectations, and isn’t expected to climb out of its monetary hole.