Disney scored another massive 2016 hit at the box office as moviegoers celebrated the bare necessities.
In the top spot is The Jungle Book (read our review), which brought in $103.5 million domestically in its first three days. That's the second-highest opening weekend for April, trailing only Furious 7 ($147.1 million) from last year. It's also the second-largest debut for Disney's recent trend of remaking their classic animated works as live-action, behind 2010's Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million). The film was the beneficiary of stellar reviews and word-of-mouth, which helped it find a wide audience. Jungle Book had a cross-generational appeal that drew in both kids and adults, which led to high figures commercially.
Getting off to a fantastic start, the latest from director Jon Favreau should have a healthy run over the next few weeks before Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season. There isn't anything particularly high-profile on the horizon until Marvel's Phase 3 starts in May, meaning Jungle Book will essentially have the marketplace to itself in regards to genre entertainment. Simply put, other releases are going to wish they could be like Jungle Book for the next while.
Opening in second is Barbershop: The Next Cut with $20.2 million, which is around how the previous two films in the franchise debuted. The comedy sequel was the recipient of positive reviews, which praised its laughs and social message. It's already surpassed its production budget, which was reported at an even $20 million. Though Barbershop 3 wasn't any match for The Jungle Book, it was still able to start out strong, and it should be able to hold well over the next couple of weeks. There's still some time before another major comedy, Keanu, hits theaters, so Barbershop could prove to be the choice for fans of the genre until then.
Last week's champ, The Boss, fell to third in its second weekend with $10.1 million. That's a 56.9 percent drop from its opening weekend, which is a fairly steep figure. It illustrates that the latest Melissa McCarthy vehicle doesn't have much pull with casual audiences, even though it did come in first last week. The most likely culprit for that is the lukewarm reception, and it got overshadowed by better-received movies.
Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice comes in fourth with $9 million. The superhero film is now up to $311.1 million domestically. Globally, it is at $827.3 million, surpassing the total it needed to reach to turn a profit for Warner Bros. It may not reach $1 billion as originally expected, but it's still found considerable success.
Coming in fifth is Zootopia. Disney's animated hit brought in another $8.2 million over the weekend, raising its domestic total to $307.4 million.
Debuting in the six spot is Criminal (read our review) with $5.8 million amassed in its first three days. Though it had some recognizable stars like Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot featured in marketing, that wasn't enough to overcome the largely negative reviews. In a weekend with so much else playing, Criminal faced an uphill battle it clearly could not win.
At #7 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 with $3.2 million. The sequel has now made $52 million in the States.
Religious drama Miracles from Heaven comes in eighth with $1.9 million. It's now up to $56.9 million domestically.
God's Not Dead 2 is the #9 film with $1.7 million, raising its domestic total to $16.9 million
Finishing off the top 10 is Eye in the Sky. Making $1.5 million, it's now at $13.1 million Stateside.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 18 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo