Apr 19, 2016

    Jungle Book roars to top of US box office


    DISNEY'S highly anticipated remake of The Jungle Book trounced the competition at the box office on its opening weekend.

    The live-action movie grossed US$103.6 million (S$140.6 million), industry estimates showed on Sunday.

    It uses computer wizardry to bring to life the characters from Rudyard Kipling's classic stories of a boy named Mowgli who is raised by animals.

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

    It was the third biggest debut of the year, after Batman v Superman (US$166 million) and Deadpool (US$132 million).

    Barbershop: The Next Cut, the latest instalment in the comedy franchise, was a distant second in its debut with US$20.2 million, according to estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

    Featuring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, the movie revolves around the personalities in a barbershop who try to stop the violence plaguing their south Chicago neighbourhood.

    Slapstick comedy The Boss slipped to third place after its second week in theatres, taking US$10.2 million over the weekend, lifting its total domestic take to US$40.4 million.

    Starring Melissa McCarthy, The Boss tells of a billionaire who emerges penniless from a spell in jail for insider trading and is forced to move in with a former employee.

    Batman v Superman, featuring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as the iconic superheroes, was in fourth place, grossing US$9 million for an overall take of US$311.3 million after four weeks.