We’re a day late this week, thanks the long weekend. And boy, was it a great weekend for the House of Mouse. For a third week in a row Disney completely dominated the US domestic box office thanks to their brilliant new live-action take on The Jungle Book. The Jon Favreau directed adaptation held onto the top spot it’s had since debuting, adding another $43.7 million to its coffers. Its currently sitting at whopping $686 global total, with an equally impressive $252 million in the US alone.
And with Mowgli and co at the top of the food chain, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War surprisingly hanging on to 2nd place, that set the stage for a 3-way battle for 3rd – and the table scraps – between newcomers Keanu, Mother’s Day and Ratchet & Clank. And it would seem that cats are just as relatively popular in movies as they are on the internet as Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s Keanu won out in the end. The comedy pulled in $9.45 million in its opening weekend, which is already just about two-thirds of the way to making back its $15 million budget. And with the strong reviews the movie has been getting, it should have the legs to earn a whole lot more.
Meanwhile on the other end of the critical spectrum, ensemble rom-com Mothers Day made it to 4th place with $8.36 million in earnings. The Rob Marshall directed flick has taken a sound thrashing from reviewers, but it would seem that the marquee allure of Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis was still enough for America to throw some money at.
Things didn’t go as good for video game adaptation Ratchet & Clank. Unlike the video game based on this movie (which was based on an earlier video game – please keep up!), Ratchet & Clank has been a critical disaster and its box office career hasn’t fared much better. It could only scrounge up a 7th spot worthy $4.86 million, and the chances of it making back its $20 million budget is pretty slim.
The other big box office news is of course Captain America: Civil War. The incredible superhero sequel is yet to open in the US – hence why you don’t see it mentioned above – but it did open internationally in several regions, including South Africa. And damn did it make money! Civil War pulled in a huge $200.4 million international opening, which is the 14th biggest international debut of all time. It was the no.1 opener in all territories where it debuted except Japan, and setting new opening records in a number of them.
It’s currently pacing just about $800 000 shy of The Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s opening figures, and as that movie is the biggest earning superhero film of all time, things are boding very well for Cap and friends. And of course even better for Disney who also own Marvel and thus were making money hand over star spangled fist this weekend past.
Let’s see what else is happened on the US box office charts though:
- 01. The Jungle Book – $43.71 million (LW: 1)
- 02. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $9.61 million (LW: 2)
- 03. Keanu – $9.45 million (NE)
- 04. Mother’s Day – $8.36 (NE)
- 05. Barbershop: The Next Cut – $6.08 million (LW: 3)
- 06. Zootopia – $5.32 million (LW: 4)
- 07. Ratchet & Clank – $4.86 (NE)
- 08. The Boss – $4.28 million (LW: 5)
- 09. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $3.86 million (LW: 6)
- 10. Criminal – $1.34 million (LW: 7)
With three new entries, three other titles also get the boot with the most noteworthy being My Big Fat Greek Wedding which ends its 6 week run in Top 10 with a $57.2 million domestic and $85 million global tally. On a budget of just $18 million, that’s a huge success any way you look at it.
(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)
Last Updated: May 3, 2016