Magazine article Screen International

'The Jungle Book' Is the King of the Worldwide Box Office with $240M Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

'The Jungle Book' Is the King of the Worldwide Box Office with $240M Weekend

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

After a promising opening last week, The Jungle Book took charge of the worldwide box office this weekend with a terrific estimated $240m for $291m to date.

Overseas, it enjoyed a second weekend of $136.1m from its 49 territories for $187.4m to date. China led the way with a strong $50.3m to mark the third biggest live-action Disney opening of all time.

Other highlights included the third biggest opening of 2016 in the UK with $13.7m, the biggest opening for a Disney live action film (excluding Marvel) in Vietnam and a $7.7m debut in France.

After two weeks in play in India, it's the biggest Disney release of all time with $20.1m, which also ranks as the third biggest Hollywood release behind only Furious 7 and Jurassic World.

The result also means that Walt Disney Studios has crossed $2bn at the global box office for the 15th consecutive year.

Globally, it grossed $20.4m at IMAX cinemas, with 525 IMAX screens overseas contributing $10m.

The Jungle Book swings into Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary and New Zealand next weekend.

In its tenth weekend of overseas release, Zootopia hopped to a further $10.8m from its 53 territories for an excellent $574.8m so far.

The animation is set to be the number one film of 2016 to date in France with 4.5m admissions, as well as holding well in the UK for $29.5m to date. China is the leading overseas territory with $234.2m.

It opens in its final major territory of Japan next weekend.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

UPDATE: After opening in seven more territories, The Huntsman: Winter's War added $17.8m from its 25 territories for an early $43.2m after two weekends in play.

The fantasy sequel landed top in the Philippines ($1.6m), Malaysia ($1.6m) and Singapore ($904k), while it's offto a good start in Korea with $2.1m from its 343 dates.

Holdover-wise, it charted third in Germany with $1.2m for $3.1m, at number two in Mexico with $1.1m for $5.1m and it took an extra $1m for $6.3m in the UK.

Along with its domestic bow, Winter's War opens in 36 more territories next weekend including China, France and Brazil.

The Boss grossed $2.5m from its 17 territories for $4m to date, with the majority of its weekend total coming from a $1.7m bow in Australia, on par with the likes of Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses 2. …

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