In what’s become a familiar tale now, Walt Disney turning a beloved animated classic into a live action movie has proven to be a big time moneymaking formula.
The Jungle Book climbed its way to the top of the box office with a dominating $103 million debut, second best to Alice in Wonderland, which opened in 2010 to $116 million.
Mogwli and company’s better than expected performance allowed The Jungle Book to surpass another Disney property — Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) for second best April opening. The all-time best April debut was set last year with Furious 7’s astonishing $147.1 million.
With little strong competition for the rest of the month, Jungle Book could eventually beat out Alice’s $334 million total gross. It’s already halfway to matching the total haul of Cinderella ($201 million) and reasonably should catch Oz the Great and Powerful ($234 million) and Maleficent ($241 million).
At this point, 2016 is trending well with the last three months providing the three best openings of the year. Deadpool kicked off the fun with a stunning $132.4 million in February, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s strong $166 million. Expect that trend to continue next month with the debut of Captain America: Civil War, which could be the year’s strongest performer.
That’s right in line with the other two films, which went on to earn at least $65 million. Considering it’s been 12 years since the last film, not including the 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop, that’s pretty impressive and shows the franchise has a dedicated and loyal following.
It’s timeless premise also helped. With its A- CinemaScore, word of mouth should easily ensure it will be a strong performer in the weeks to come.
Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss had an expected significant drop falling to third with $10.1 million to bring its total to $40.3 million. Batman v Superman added another $9 million to its tally to reach $311 million. Zootopia completed the top 5 with $8.2 million taking its gross to $307 million.