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Second strong weekend for The Jungle Book

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
AP Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, in The Jungle Book.
AP Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

The Jungle Book remained king of the box office in its second weekend in cinemas, beating new film The Huntsman: Winter's War by around US$40 million, according to comScore estimates on Sunday.

Disney's live-action/CG spectacle is proving to be a true all-audience success story. With a PG rating and solid word of mouth, it fell only 41 per cent in weekend two, earning US$60.8 million and bumping its domestic total to US$191.5 million in just 10 days in cinemas.

The spectacular and somewhat unexpected hold of The Jungle Book overshadowed the debut of The Huntsman: Winter's War, which, despite its high-wattage cast of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, had a somewhat lacklustre US$20.1 million debut.

The Huntsman also failed to impress critics and is hovering around 17 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Opening weekend audiences, however, gave the film a more promising B+ CinemaScore.

Barbershop: The Next Cut landed in third place with US$10.8 million in its second weekend in cinemas. Zootopia and The Boss rounded out the top five with US$6.6 million and US$6.1 million respectively.

"Just like Furious 7 last year, The Jungle Book is providing a great lead-in for a really big summer movie season," comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included.

1. The Jungle Book, US$60.8m (US$96m)

2. The Hunstman: Winter's War, US$20.1m (US$32.1m international)

3. Barbershop: The Next Cut, US$10.8m

4. Zootopia, US$6.6m (US$10.8m international)

5. The Boss, US$6.1m (US$3.3m international)

6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, US$5.5m (US$8.3m international)

7. Criminal, US$3.1m (US$1m international)

8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, US$2.1m (US$730,000 international)

9. Compadres, US$1.4m.

10. A Hologram for the King, US$1.2m