'Jungle Book' Dominates Domestically While 'Captain America: Civil War' Explodes in Overseas Opening
by Brad Brevet
May 1, 2016
It's another weekend on top for Disney's The Jungle Book as the live-action family feature dropped only 31% and made $20 million more than all three newcomers combined. As for said new releases, the kidnapped cat comedy Keanu led the pack over Mother's Day and Ratchet & Clank, though not a single one of them topped $10 million. Meanwhile, Captain America: Civil War led the charge overseas, bringing in a top 15, all-time international opening, though falling just shy of Avengers: Age of Ultron's number from last year.
In the #1 position for a third straight weekend, The Jungle Book brought in an estimated $42.4 million as the film's domestic cume climbs to $252 million, well on its way to becoming 2016's fourth $300+ million domestic grosser. Internationally it added another $59.1 million this weekend as its global cume now stands at $686.8 million, moving it into the all-time top 100.
In a battle for second with The Huntsman: Winter's War, the weekend's top newcomer was Keanu with an estimated $9.35 million from 2,658 locations. Heading into the weekend this was a tough one to nail down as a wide range of scenarios could have played out. As it just so happens, it fell to the leaner side of expectations. Budgeted at $15 million, the film from comedic duo "Key & Peele" played to an audience that was 53% male vs 47% female and opening day audiences gave it a "B" CinemaScore.
Finishing in fourth, Open Road's Mother's Day managed a mere $8.3 million. For director Garry Marshall this was his third holiday themed release featuring an ensemble cast in a row and it was by far the worst performer. After Valentine's Day opened with $56.2 million back in February 2010 Marshall returned the following year with New Year's Eve, but it only brought in $13 million as the formula already seemed to have lost its appeal. Mother's Day, however, did earn a "B" CinemaScore, which suggests opening day audiences at least liked it a little more than critics as it currently holds an 8% rating at RottenTomatoes.
The last of the weekend's new wide releases was Gramercy's Ratchet & Clank, an all-too-appropriate name for the video game adaptation as it could only muster $4.8 million from 2,891 theaters for a per theater average of $1,668.
Elsewhere, A24 expanded the release of Green Room into 470 theaters where the horror/thriller brought in $960,000 for a lackluster $2,042 per theater average. The Weinstein Co's Sing Street added 79 theaters and brought in an estimated $330,000 ($3,173 PTA) and Sony Classics added 20 theaters to their release of The Meddler which brought in an estimated $174,369 ($7,265 PTA).
Topping the per theater averages this weekend was Starz Media's The Family Fang, which opened in one theater and brought in an estimated $15,285. Depending on how actuals shape out it may end up a close race for the per theater crown, however, as IFC's The Man Who Knew Infinity played at six locations and brought in an estimated $88,134 for a $14,689 PTA.
As was alluded to in the opening, Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War got off to an excellent start overseas with an estimated $200.4 million international opening. That's enough to place 14th on the all-time chart, a mere $800,000 behind Avengers: Age of Ultron's $201.2 million from last year.
As for highlights, Civil War was the #1 movie in all territories in which it opened this weekend except Japan, where it looks as if it will finish behind Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare and Zootopia (now just $67.4m shy of $1 billion worldwide). In the Philippines it delivered the #1 industry all-time opening weekend, beating the previous record held by Avengers: Age of Ultron. It also saw #1 industry openings in Brazil (beating Batman v Superman's record) and Mexico (beating Ultron) and in Germany saw the biggest four-day opening for 2016.
Korea led all territories with a $28.9 million opening followed by Mexico ($20.6m), UK ($20.5m), Brazil ($12.3m), Australia ($10.9m), France ($10.1m), Germany ($8.1m), Taiwan ($8.1m), Philippines ($7.5m), Japan ($7.1m), Hong Kong ($6.8m), Thailand ($6.0m), Malaysia ($5.1m) and Spain ($4.4m).
Civil War will kick off the summer movie season domestically next weekend in 4,000+ theaters as well as continue its international roll-out in Italy (May 4), Russia (May 5), Argentina (May 5) and China (May 6), as well as Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, New Zealand, India, Trinidad and Uruguay. Domestically the debate will be as to whether it will bring in over, or under, $200 million. We'll talk more about that next Thursday.
For now, a complete look at the weekend estimates click here and we'll have updated weekend actuals for you on Monday morning.
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