18 April, Los Angeles
Disney 3D live-action computer animated film ‘The Jungle Book’ made the turnstiles spin in North America’s movie theatres with $103.6 million in debut weekend ticket sales, box office tracker comScore said.
Directed by Jon Favreau, the live action reboot of the famous Disney animated feature opened with the third-highest opening record of the year — only ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ ($166 million) and ‘Deadpool’ ($132.4 million) sold more tickets on their opening weekend, ComScore said on Sunday.
‘The Jungle Book’ also registered the second largest opening weekend for the month of April, behind only the $147.2 million start of last year’s ‘Furious 7’.
The movie received an “A” rating on CinemaScore from first night moviegoers and currently has an impressive 95 percent positive rating from critics at RottenTomatoes.
The audience breakdown for the film skewed slightly toward female moviegoers who are up to 51 percent of all audience and toward moviegoers over the age of 25 who are up to 53 percent.
Family audiences represented 49 percent of the film’s overall audience. Due to the strong word of mouth and appeal with family audiences, ‘The Jungle Book’ appears very likely to hold top position at box office in the next few weeks.
For overseas revenue, ‘The Jungle Book’ opened with $239.7 million in the global market this weekend, according to Disney.