“Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book opened to a massive $103.6 million at the North American box office in another win for Disney’s live-action studio as it spins classic titles into modern-day tentpoles.
Overseas, the film is also doing enormous business, grossing $136.1 million over the weekend — including a sizable $50.3 million bow in China — for a foreign total of $187.4 million and an early global tally of $291 million. It began rolling out in some territories a week ago, including India, where it’s earned $20.1 million, making it the third-highest Hollywood release ever after only 10 days in release.
Jungle Book‘s weekend worldwide tally clocked in at $240 million for a first-place finish. In North America, it scored the No. 1 April debut for a PG title and the No. 2 April opening of all time for any film behind last year’s Furious 7 ($146.2 million), besting the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier($95 million), Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Fast and Furious ($71 million).
The live-action/CGI reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous book about an orphaned human boy whose guardians are animals was buoyed by rave reviews and an A CinemaScore. It lured not only families (49 percent), but adults (43 percent) and teens (8 percent). More importantly, 49 percent of ticket buyers were male.
“This is as balanced as I’ve ever seen on any of the Disney live-action films we’ve worked on,” said Dave Hollis, the studio’s distribution chief. “The use of the technology is creating a theatrical experience. As with Avatar and Life of Pi, you have to see it to believe it. We’re getting both families and general-audience adults.”
The movie introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson, as well as the late Garry Shandling…”