With an estimated $60.8 million, Disney's The Jungle Book dropped only 41.1%, the fourth smallest second weekend drop for a film that opened over $100 million as its domestic cume now climbs to over $191 million. Internationally the film took in an additional $98.9 million this weekend as its global take is now over $530 million, fifth largest for the year so far.
In second place, Universal's prequel The Huntsman: Winter's War struggled out of the gate. With an estimated $20 million it brought in only 36% of the opening weekend total of its 2012 predecessor Snow White and the Huntsman. From an audience standpoint, Winter's War played 61% female vs. 39% male and 47% of the overall audience was over the age of 30. Comparatively, Snow White and the Huntsman played much more evenly across gender lines as 53% of its audience was female. From here it's likely to struggle to reach an overall domestic cume around $55-60 million on a reported budget of $115 million.
Overseas, the film began playing internationally two weeks ago and entered the weekend having already banked $48.1 million from 27 territories. Winter's War expanded into an additional 37 territories this weekend and grossed an estimated $32.1 million as its worldwide total currently sits at $100.2 million.
The best holdover in the top ten belongs to Disney's Zootopia, which went from its worst weekend-to-weekend hold last week (43.2%) to its best this weekend. Dropping only 18.8% the animated hit brought in an estimated $6.6 million as its domestic cume now sits at $316.4 million. Internationally it added another $12.2 million as its worldwide total is now over $908 million, positioned in 37th place all-time just behind Shrek 2 ($919.8m).
Speaking of best weekend holdovers, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice enjoyed its smallest drop yet, dipping only 38.9% in its fifth weekend, bringing in an estimated $5.5 million. Internationally the film added another $8.3 million as its global cume is now over $850 million.
Moving further down the chart we come to two of the weekend's new moderate releases beginning with Lionsgate and Pantelion's Compadres, which brought in an estimated $1.35 million from 368 theaters. Just behind it, and in a battle for tenth position with Eye in the Sky, was Roadside's A Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks, which finished the three-day with an estimated $1.2 million from 401 locations.
These were just two of the weekend's moderate releases as Bleecker Street also released Amazon Studios' Elvis & Nixon into 381 theaters were it brought in $456,793. Additionally, Sony Classics expanded Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead from 47 theaters last weekend into 527 theaters this weekend where it brought in an estimated $686,655.
When it comes to per theater averages, The Jungle Book was this weekend's champ, hauling in over $15,000 per theater. Sony Classics' limited release of The Meddler starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons served as runner-up, bringing in $57,022 from four theaters for a $14,256 per theater average. In third, A24's Green Room brought in an estimated $215,000 from 30 theaters for a $7,167 per theater average.
In limited release, IFC's Tale of Tales brought in $9,000 from two theaters; Josh Fox's How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can't Change earned an estimated $6,750 from one theater; and Drafthouse released Men & Chicken into two theaters where it brought in an estimated $2,565.
The biggest dipper of the weekend was STX's Hardcore Henry, which comes as no surprise as the film was yanked from 2,496 theaters resulting in a 78.8% third weekend drop. The theater drop was actually the second largest, third weekend theater drop of all-time behind only Meet Dave.
Next weekend is our final weekend before the summer movie season kicks off with Captain America: Civil War on May 6, and three new films will be leading the charge. Warner Bros. will release the kidnapped cat comedy Keanu into 2,600+ theaters while Open Road and Focus will release Mother's Day and Ratchet & Clank respectively, playing approximately 2,800 theaters each.
For a full look at the weekend estimates click here and we'll be updating the chart with weekend actuals tomorrow afternoon.
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