Disney family adventure “The Jungle Book” roared to the top of the box office with the second-best weekend debut in the month of April ever, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. “The Jungle Book” grossed $103.2 million in ticket sales from early Thursday night screenings through Sunday.
Audiences and critics roared their approval as well. An outstanding 94 percent of reviews were positive and 93 percent of moviegoers liked “The Jungle Book,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “as lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch” and “is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors, all while setting a new standard for CGI.”
Comedy sequel “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, debuted at No. 2 with $20.2 million. An excellent 92 percent of reviews were positive and 78 percent of moviegoers liked “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “heartfelt, thought-provoking, and above all funny” and “is the rare belated sequel that more than lives up to the standard set by its predecessors.”
After one weekend at No. 1, “The Boss,” starring Melissa McCarthy, dropped two spots to No. 3 in its second weekend, grossing $9.9 million for a total of $40.1 million since opening April 8. Superhero action sequel “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” fell two spots to No. 4 in its fourth weekend, grossing $9 million for a total of $311.3 million since opening March 25. Disney’s animated comedy adventure “Zootopia” slipped two spots to No. 5 in its seventh weekend, grossing $8.1 million for a total of $307.3 million since opening March 4.
The weekend’s only other new nationwide release, R-rated crime drama “Criminal,” starring Kevin Costner, opened at No. 6 with $5.7 million. Only 26 percent of reviews were positive and 61 percent of moviegoers liked “Criminal,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “has little to offer beyond the bare minimum expected by the most undemanding of genre enthusiasts despite the valiant efforts of a game and talented cast.”
The only new major movie opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, April 22, is fantasy adventure sequel “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain. Only 19 percent of early reviews were positive for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “is visually arresting and boasts a stellar cast, but neither are enough to recommend this entirely unnecessary sequel.”