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Disney's 'Jungle Book' Leads The Weekend With $100 Million Debut

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Disney's The Jungle Book remake was the king of box office jungle this weekend, taking in more than 100 million in its debut weekend.

Director Jon Favreau’s update of Disney’s 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure story fuses live action with computer generated characters and environments, featuring newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and voice acting by notables such as Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba.

Warner's comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut, was a distant follower at #2, earning $20 million in its opening weekend, while the Melissa McCarthy comedy slipped to 3rd place in its second weekend, earning slightly over $10 million.

Rentrak's senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian noted that Disney's back catalog provides a substantial engine for high earning franchises, along with other Disney's other properties such as Marvel and Pixar.

“To have this incredible vault of content that they can go back to and reimagine, retool and recreate for today’s audiences just gives them a depth and breadth of films that is almost unparalleled,” Dergarabedian said. “Disney has this knack for taking something that’s very old and making it new again.”

RenTrak's Box office estimates for the weekend of Apr 15-17

1 Jungle Book, The Disney $103,567,000 4,028 $25,712 $103,567,000
2 Barbershop: The Next Cut Warner Bros. $20,210,000 2,661 $7,595 $20,210,000
3 Boss, The Universal $10,172,535 3,495 $2,911 $40,354,445
4 Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Warner Bros. $9,010,000 3,505 $2,571 $311,311,730
5 Zootopia Disney $8,235,000 3,209 $2,566 $307,478,756
6 Criminal Lionsgate $5,850,000 2,683 $2,180 $5,850,000
7 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal $3,260,505 2,297 $1,419 $52,095,995
8 Miracles From Heaven Sony $1,900,000 2,082 $913 $56,930,812
9 God's Not Dead 2 Pure Flix $1,700,644 1,585 $1,073 $18,131,267
10 Eye In The Sky Bleecker Street $1,561,998 891 $1,753 $13,119,729