Disney dominates box office with Jungle Book and Captain America
The Walt Disney Studios dominated the worldwide box office this weekend with The Jungle Book easily holding onto the top spot in North America and Captain America: Civil War opening big internationally.
Captain America: Civil War has launched internationally to an estimated $200.2 million from 37 territories (63% of the international marketplace), playing narrowly behind Avengers: Age of Ultron (about 5% behind) and setting multiple records, including all-time industry opening weekends in Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines. Strong international grosses are expected for tomorrow as well due to the May Day holiday on Monday in many markets. In addition to the North American release, next weekend sees openings in all the remaining international markets, including Italy (May 4), Russia (May 5), Argentina (May 5) and China (May 6), as well as Croatia, Czech Rep, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, New Zealand, India, Trinidad and Uruguay.
The Russo Brothers-directed film blew away expectations by delivering an epic $9.6 million on 205 overseas IMAX screens, or a heroic $47K per screen – nearly double the IMAX per screen average of Captain America: Winter Soldier‘s $25K for its early international weekend. Next week, another 750 IMAX screens will open Captain America: Civil War with the North American launch as well as more overseas territories, including the all-important China market.
Here are the international highlights so far:
In North America, Disney’s The Jungle Book added another $42.4 million in second place its fourth weekend, dropping just 31%, to bring its total to $252 million. The Jon Favreau-directed movie also earned another $57.1 million internationally for an overseas total of $432.7 million. The worldwide total is now up to $684.8 million, with $130 million of that coming just from China. The Jungle Book was made for about $175 million before marketing expenses. The film has not opened yet in Korea and Japan.
Remaining in second place domestically was Universal Pictures‘ The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which earned $9.39 million from 3,802 theaters for a two-week total of $33.9 million. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron, the film has also grossed $97 million overseas for a worldwide total of $130 million. It was made for $115 million. The first film, Snow White and the Huntsman, earned $155.3 million domestically, $241.3 million overseas, and $396.6 million worldwide.
Following close in third place was the Warner Bros. Key & Peele action-comedy Keanu, which earned $9.35 million from 2,658 theaters. Made for just $15 million, the R-rated Keanu received a B CinemaScore from audiences.
Debuting in fourth place, the Garry Marshall-directed Mother’s Day earned $8.3 million from 3,035 theaters. The Open Road release stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo and Jack Whitehall. It received a B+ CinemaScore.
Warner Bros.’ Barbershop: The Next Cut rounded out the top five with $6.1 million and has grossed $44.7 million after three weeks.
Back to Disney. The studio’s Zootopia continues to perform strong worldwide as well, taking in another $5 million its ninth weekend domestically in sixth place and $8.3 million internationally. The animated hit has now earned $323.5 million domestically and $607.9 million overseas for an amazing $931.4 million worldwide.
While Zootopia continues to do well, families were not very interested in the video game adaptation Ratchet & Clank (Focus), which opened to just $4.8 million in seventh place from 2,891 theaters. It received a B CinemaScore. Universal’s The Boss, meanwhile, added $4.3 million its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $56 million.
In other superhero news, Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice added $3.8 million domestically and $2.75 million internationally. The Zack Snyder-directed comic book adaptation has earned $325 million in North America and $537.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $862.9 million.