The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau’s widely acclaimed CGI remake of the Rudyard Kipling classic, has defeated two new family films and a slew of other newcomers to keep hold of the US box-office crown for a third week running.
The film, which features the voices of Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley, added $42.4m to take its domestic total to $252m. It has currently made $684m worldwide.
This despite fresh competition from Ratchet & Clank and cat comedy Keanu, which landed at Nos 7 and 3 respectively.
The best-performing new release was Mother’s Day, Garry Marshall’s critically savaged ensemble movie, featuring Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts among some beleaguered mums. The film made $8.3m to come in fourth.
Remaining at No 2 despite an over 50% drop week on week was The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the fantasy sequel starring Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.
This Friday sees the release in the US of the latest Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War, which now comes not only trumpeting terrific notices but also some very healthy international receipts.
The film opened in 37 countries last Friday and made over $200m. Given that it is not yet out in the US and China, among other key territories, the movie is well on course to equal the $1.4bn box office of last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This article was written by Catherine Shoard, for theguardian.com on Monday 2nd May 2016 16.09 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010