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'Jungle Book' rules box office again; 'Civil War' looms

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Mowgli is on a journey of self-discovery in ‘The Jungle Book’.

Disney's The Jungle Book trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, Captain America: Civil War, began setting records overseas.

Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42.4 million in its third week at North American theatres, according to studio estimates Sunday. One of the year's biggest hits, The Jungle Book has now totalled $684.8 million globally.

The weekend's debuts withered under the stampede of The Jungle Book.

Keegen-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's feline action-comedy, Keanu, opened with a modest $9.4 million. That was a whisker behind The Huntsman: Winter's War, which limped its way to $9.4 million in its second disappointing week of release.

Warner Bros' R-rated Keanu, from the former Comedy Central stars of Key and Peele, cost only about $15 million to make. In it, they play Los Angeles cousins who are led into a criminal underworld in their search for a lost cat.

Garry Marshall's latest holiday-themed romantic comedy, Mother's Day, bowed with a weak $8.3 million despite the presence of stars Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts. Though Marshall's Valentine's Day opened with $56.2 million in 2010, audiences have since been less enthusiastic for his poorly reviewed Hallmark card ensembles. Mother's Day, released by Open Road, even trails the $13 million opening of 2011's New Year's Eve.

The video-game adaption Ratchet & Clank from Focus Features made even less of a dent with an estimated $4.8 million.

With Captain America: Civil War opening next weekend in North America, the box office was largely in a holding pattern, waiting for Marvel to effectively launch the summer movie season. Civil War gave a preview of its might in 37 international territories over the weekend, taking in an estimated $200.2 million. That includes record openings in Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines for the film some expect to be the year's biggest hit.

Once it lands, Disney will have accounted for three of the top five movies of the year, along with The Jungle Book and Zootopia.

Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres, according to comScore:

1. The Jungle Book, $42.4 million ($57.1 million international).

2. The Huntsman: Winter's War, $9.4 million.

3. Keanu, $9.4 million.

4. Mother's Day, $8.3 million ($2.1 million international).

5. Barber Shop: The Next Cut, $6.1 million.

6. Zootopia, $5 million ($8.3 million international).

7. Ratchet & Clank, $4.8 million.

8. The Boss, $4.2 million.

9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, $3.8 million ($2.8 million international).

10. Criminal, $1.3 million.