Box Office: ‘Jungle Book’ Rules, ‘Huntsman’ Settles for a Distant Second

Jungle Book Neel Sethi and Bagheera
Neel Sethi as Mowgli and Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) in ‘The Jungle Book’ (Photo © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc)

The Huntsman: Winter’s War went up against week two of The Jungle Book and failed to lure away much of Disney’s live-action/CG film’s audience. The Jungle Book rang up a hefty $60 million domestically during its second weekend in theaters, off only 40% from its opening weekend. Disney’s critically acclaimed action adventure film is almost at $200 million domestically after entering theaters on April 15, 2016 and has brought in $528 overall including its international numbers. Meanwhile, Universal’s sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman didn’t come close to the original film’s opening weekend numbers. Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin did $56 million in theaters domestically over its first three days and grossed nearly $400 million overall during its theatrical run. The Huntsman managed only $20 million and likely won’t come close to $400 million before leaving theaters.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Plot: Charlize Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between them is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Hemsworth). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain)—the only woman who has ever captured his heart—Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister…or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

Box Office Top 10: April 22-24, 2016

  1. The Jungle Book – $60,803,000
  2. The Huntsman: Winter’s Way – $20,080,000
  3. Barbershop: The Next Cut – $10,830,000
  4. Zootopia – $6,611,000
  5. The Boss – $6,080,000
  6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $5,520,000
  7. Criminal – $3,100,000
  8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – $2,100,000
  9. Compadres – $1,350,000
  10. Eye in the Sky – $1,214,963