Monday Box Office Report – The Huntsman gets lost in the Jungle

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War may see Chris Hemsworth walking around packing two large axes, but it seems the movie still just couldn’t cut it. The pre/sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman had to settle for a limp $20 million second place debut at the box office, dropping way short of its predecessor’s $56 million opening weekend performance.

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And with The Huntsman‘s swing-and-miss, movie-going audiences once again preferred to throw heaps of money at Mowgli and the rest of the technical marvels of The Jungle Book. In its third week on the charts, the Jon Favreau directed live-action adaptation remained at the top of the food chain adding another $60.8 million to its current $191.4 million domestic total. Worldwide it’s sitting pretty on $528 million.

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Meanwhile Barbershop: The Next Cut continued to find an audience on the back of unexpectedly stellar reviews. The ensemble comedy pulled in another $10 million, bringing its total to $36 million. For a movie that’s the third in a franchise and which costs just $20 million to make, that’s impressive.

Also impressive was Zootopia which actually improved on its weekend-to-weekend holdover as it jumped up a spot with $6.6 million in its eighth week on the charts. This now puts the Disney animated film at a $907 million worldwide total, making it the third biggest Disney animated movie of all time (behind just Frozen and The Lion King) and the highest grossing movie of 2016 thus far.

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And as most of the rest of the charts merely took one step back with the arrival of The Huntsman, the only other piece of noteworthy Top 10 box office news is Batman v Superman showing a tiny spark of life as it experienced its smallest week-to-week drop (38%) since it’s debut.

After it’s gigantic opening weekend, the film’s subsequent “collapse” has been well documented. It’s still making money – this weekend’s $5.5 million haul brings its worldwide gross to $851 million – but the chances of it blazing past the $1 billion mark as Warner Bros had predicted/hoped for is pretty much non-existent right now.

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Let’s see what the rest of the chart looks like:

  • 01. The Jungle Book – $60.8 million (LW: 1)
  • 02. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $20 million (NE)
  • 03. Barbershop: The Next Cut – $10.8 million (LW: 2)
  • 04. Zootopia – $6.6 million (LW: 5)
  • 05. The Boss – $6.08 million (LW: 3)
  • 06. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $5.52 million (LW: 4)
  • 07. Criminal – $3.1 million (LW: 6)
  • 08. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – $2.1 million (LW: 7)
  • 09. Compadres – $1.35 million (NE)
  • 10. Eye In the Sky – $1.21 million (LW: 10)

Also of note: While first-person perspective actioner Hardcore Henry may have just slipped outside of the Top 10 last week, this week saw it completely crashing down in a violent tumble as it was yanked from 2,496 theaters resulting in just $300, 600 or a 78.8% drop – the second largest third weekend drop of all time.

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: April 25, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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