Jungle Book Scores a Wild Win

'Flat-out stunner' as movie soars to No. 2 April open with $103.6M
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2016 11:27 AM CDT
Jungle Book Scores a Wild Win
Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, in a scene from "The Jungle Book."   (Disney via AP)

Jungle Book ripped through the weekend box office like it was raised by a pack of wolves, taking in $103.6 million that USA Today notes "surpassed even wild expectations." The CGI film is playing well, with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore, and now the second-highest April opening ever. Still, "This is a flat-out stunner. No one expected that The Jungle Book would make this much, the projections just continued to build throughout the weekend," a comScore analyst says. "And this wasn't just playing for kids and families. It played to audiences across-the-board like an action-adventure." Barbershop: The Next Cut opened at No. 2 with $20.2 million, while Melissa McCarthy's The Boss slipped to No. 3 with $10.2 million. Batman v. Superman rang up $9 million. (More box office stories.)

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