Apr 26, 2016

    Jungle Book beats Huntsman at US box office


    DISNEY'S The Jungle Book mauled the competition at the United States box office during its second weekend, raking in US$60.8 million (S$82.2 million), industry estimates showed on Sunday.

    The fourth-biggest movie of the year after just 10 days in release with a total of US$191.5 million, the live-action film continues Disney's hugely successful streak of retelling classic stories using computer wizardry.

    It stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, with Hollywood heavyweights Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba providing the voices of Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Shere Khan the tiger.

    Universal's spin on Snow White, The Huntsman: Winter's War, flopped into second place on its debut weekend with US$20.1 million, despite a budget of US$115 million, according to estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

    A prequel to the 2012 film Snow White And The Huntsman, the movie - starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain - is set before the events of Snow White.

    Barbershop: The Next Cut came in third during its second weekend with US$10.8 million. The movie centres on people in a barbershop who try to stop the violence plaguing their neighbourhood.