Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: May 1, 2016

Idris Elba voices Shere Kahn in The Jungle Book

The new arrivals didn't pose much of a challenge for the reigning champ, paving the way for a three-peat at the box office.

In first place again is The Jungle Book with $42.4 million. The latest from Jon Favreau continues to hold well thanks to all the positive word-of-mouth, which has helped it take advantage of the current marketplace. At this point, there isn't much left to be said about the film's tremendous success. To date, it's brought in $252 million domestically and $684.7 million worldwide.

Coming on top in a tight race for second is The Huntsman: Winter's War, which made $9.39 million in its second weekend. That's a 51.7 percent drop from its less than stellar opening, indicating that there isn't much demand for the fantasy flick. So far, it's grossed just $33.9 million in the States. Huntsman has performed significantly better overseas, as its global total is $130.9 million. Still, it has a long way to go before it can turn a profit, meaning this could end up as a rare misfire for Universal.

Opening in third is the comedy Keanu (read our review) with $9.35 million in its first three days. Even though the film scored good reviews and featured the popular duo Key and Peele in starring roles, it didn't find much traction at the box office. Lack of awareness can't be blamed here, since Warner Bros. put together a fairly visible marketing campaign that highlighted the movie's humor and action. It's possible that the R rating limited the project's overall appeal. At the same token, it's hard to write this off as a total wash. Keanu cost just $15 million to make, so the studio is on their way to recouping their investment.

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In fourth is Mother's Day, which made $8.3 million during its opening weekend. That's the lowest debut for any of director Garry Marshall's "holiday" movies, coming well short of the $13 million start of 2011's New Year's Eve. The film sported an A-list ensemble, but it was hampered by universally negative reviews, meaning that casual audiences didn't have many reasons to check it out. As we enter the summer movie season, it'll likely fade away quickly.

Rounding out the top five is Barbershop: The Next Cut. The comedy sequel grossed $6.1 million in its third weekend to raise its domestic total to $44.7 million.

At #6 is Disney's Zootopia. The animated smash brought in $5 million over the weekend and is now up to $323.5 million in the States.

Coming in seventh is Ratchet & Clank (read our review), the film adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series. In its opening weekend, the movie made only $4.8 million, with its negative reviews and lack of marketing the primary culprits. It wasn't going to be easy for Ratchet & Clank since it was competing with Jungle Book and Zootopia for the family demographic, clearly an uphill battle it couldn't win. It looks like people are more interested in playing as Ratchet and Clank as opposed to watching them.

Clank and Ratchet in Ratchet and Clank

The #8 film this week is The Boss. Melissa McCarthy's latest vehicle made $4.2 million in its fourth weekend to raise its domestic total to $56.1 million.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice comes in ninth with $3.8 million. The superhero epic is now up to $325.1 million in the States.

Finishing off the top 10 is Criminal, which made $1.3 million. The film's domestic total is currently $13.4 million.

[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, May 2 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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