Disney was once again king at the box office this weekend. Per Box Office Mojo, the studio’s new live-action version of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, dominated the weekend with an estimated $103 million for its opening weekend. On top of that, the film brought in $189 million overseas to bring its current worldwide total to $293.5 million.
The film was generating a lot of positive buzz and great reviews ahead of its weekend release. The film scored 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.and was getting a lot of positive buzz. While the film has a budget of about $175 million, it should become quite profitable before it leaves theaters.
The sequel for Barbershop, Barbershop: The Next Cut, came in second with about $20 million. It’s a decent opening for the sequel and franchise. But Warner Bros.’ other big tentpole release, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was pushed down to No. 4. with $9 million and a drop of 61 percent from its last weekend. No matter what the analysts say, this film seriously is under-performing at the box office. It’s currently sitting at about $311 million domestic and $829 million worldwide, but Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were hoping for much bigger numbers, especially for a movie that features two heavy hitters like Batman and Superman.
It will be interesting to see how the box office numbers will line up after Captain America: Civil War’s release next month.