THE WEEKEND ACTUALS
|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|The Jungle Book||$43.714 million||$103.261 million||$253.371 million|
|The Huntsman: Winter’s War||$9.619 million||$19.445 million||$34.215 million|
|Keanu||$9.453 million||$9.453 million||$9.453 million|
|Mother’s Day||$8.369 million||$8.369 million||$8.369 million|
|Barbershop: The Next Cut||$6.080 million||$20.242 million||$44.661 million|
As expected, Disney’s The Jungle Book took the top spot at the box office over the weekend, pulling in over $43 million with just a 29% drop from the week before. That’s a roaring first three weeks for the live-action spectacular, which officially passed the $250 million domestic mark on Sunday as it surpassed the studio’s estimates. Huntsman, meanwhile, managed to hang on to second place – but just barely – as Key and Peele’s action comedy Keanu nipped at its heels. With a 51% drop, Huntsman’s profitability chances aren’t looking good, especially with Disney/Marvel preparing to launch Captain America: Civil War, which ought to siphon off much of Huntsman’s remaining potential audience. With fewer locations, Keanu actually had a higher per theater average, pulling in $3,557 vs. Huntsman’s $2,530.
Garry Marshall’s latest holiday-themed rom-com, Mother’s Day, bowed in fourth place, earning just under $9 million. The film was mostly panned by critics, but could offer an alternative to the spectacle and bluster of Disney’s Jungle Book and Civil War for an older-skewing demo going forward. The upcoming titular holiday could push the Jennifer Aniston-Julia Roberts flick closer to making up its estimated $25 budget, but that path is going to be anything but roses. Barbershop: The Next Cut pulled in another $6 million, pushing its total over $40 million – doubling the estimated $20 million budget. That’s good news for Ice Cube, who continues to be a strong box office draw.
Disney’s Zootopia finally slipped out of the top 5, coming in 6th place, just ahead of Ratchet & Clank, which fell well under expectations. Batman V. Superman dropped to 9th place with $3.869 million, which means the DC blockbuster will probably slow to a halt with about $330 million domestic when all is said and done. In limited releases, the Tom Hanks drama A Hologram for the King pulled in just under a million in its second week, with Green Room seeing a 369% increase as it continued to expand.
(Source: boxoffice.com. Starred figures are estimates. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed.)
Parker Mills | Contributor