‘The Jungle Book’ tramples competition at US box office

Neel Sethi as Mowgli

Neel Sethi as Mowgli

LOS ANGELES: Three new movie releases failed to best Disney’s The Jungle Book, which trounced the competition at the US box office during its third weekend with $42.4 million, industry estimates showed Sunday (Monday in Manila).

With a domestic total of $252 million and a global take of more than $685 million, the live-action Jungle Book continues Disney’s hugely successful streak of retelling classic stories, using computer wizardry to bring to life the characters from Rudyard Kipling’s tales about a boy named Mowgli who is raised by animals.

Starring newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Hollywood heavyweights Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba provide the voices of Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Shere Khan the tiger.

Universal’s spin on Snow White, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, stayed at no. 2 for a second disappointing week with $9.4 million, according to estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Debuting just behind in third place with $9.35 million, the Warner Bros. comedy Keanu, directed by Peter Atencio, stars comic duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in their first big-screen appearance together, pretending to be gangsters while trying to rescue a pet kitten kidnapped by a drug dealer.



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