Disney’s live-action remake drops only 19% for a huge $11.7m (£8.1m) second weekend.
UK TOP FIVE
|Ranking||Film/Distributor||Weekend gross||Running total|
|1||The Jungle Book (Disney)||$11.7m (£8.1m)||$31.2m (£21.6m)|
|2||Eye In The Sky (eOne)||$1.2m (£825,349)||$3.8m (£2.62m)|
|3||Bastille Day (Studiocanal)||$1.1m (£762,598)||$1.1m (£762,598)|
|4||Zootropolis (Disney)||$974,000 (£675,000)||$31.2m (£21.6m)|
|5||Friend Request (WB)||$900,000 (£624,000)||$900,000 (£624,000)|
The Jungle Book remained the king of the UK box office after an extraordinary second weekend.
Disney’s live-action remake followed up its excellent opening by falling only 19% to post a mighty $11.7m (£8.1m) weekend for a terrific $31.2m (£21.6m) after only ten days in play.
The Jungle Book has already overtaken the final results of Cinderella ($30.7m/£21.28m) and Maleficent ($29.4m/£20.4m), as well as becoming director Jon Favreau’s best-ever UK performer, surpassing Iron Man 2’s $30.6m (£21.18m).
On Saturday and Sunday, the remake took around ten times more than its closest rival, showcasing its complete domination of the weekend.
The arrival of stablemate Captain America: Civil War this Friday [April 29] will see it relinquish top spot, but with a four-day weekend, there’s every chance The Jungle Book will continue to prosper.
Also for Disney, Zootropolis fell 41% on its way to a $974,000 (£675,000) fifth weekend for $31.2m (£21.6m) to date. Catching Wreck-It Ralph’s $34.2m (£23.69m) could now be a struggle.
Eye In The Sky enjoyed a decent hold in its second weekend as it climbed up to second.
eOne’s thriller targeted an extra $1.2m (£825,349) for $3.8m (£2.62m) after ten days in play. It will soon become director Gavin Hood’s best UK performer, outside of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Also for eOne, Midnight Special stands at a likely disappointing $1.55m (£1.08m).
This week’s highest new entry came in the form of Bastille Day as it charted third.
Studiocanal’s action-thriller shot to a solid, if unspectacular, $1.1m (£762,598), including previews, from its 441 sites at an average of $2,503 (£1,729).
Like the rest of the market, it could struggle this coming weekend in the face of Civil War.
Also for Studiocanal, Dheepan stands at $489,000 (£338,037) after three weeks in play.
Friend Request rounded off this week’s top five after a soft UK opening.
Warner Bros’ cyber-horror scared up only $900,000 (£624,000), including $159,000 (£110,000) in previews, from its 402 sites.
Last year, the similarly-themed Unfriended opened with $1.9m (£1.35m) from its 436 sites, and went on to take $5m (£3.5m) in the UK.
Also for Warner Bros, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice fought to $666,000 (£462,000) for $52.1m (£36.1m) after five weeks in play.
In its fourth weekend, Lionsgate’s Eddie The Eagle flew to an extra $568,000 (£393,915) for a healthy $11.5m (£7.99m) to date.
Also for Lionsgate, Criminal posted a hefty drop in its second weekend with $79,000 (£54,663) for $626,000 (£434,082), while London Has Fallen stands at a strong $15.7m (£10.92m).
Jane Got A Gun struggled on its UK debut as it grossed only $45,000 (£31,448) from its 119 sites at an average of $381 (£264).
In its Irish release, Sing Street has amassed an excellent $1.1m (£785,469) ahead of its release in the rest of the UK on May 20.
Falling around 50% in its third weekend, Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War took $458,000 (£317,695) for $7.2m (£4.97m).
It will end its run with well under half the $22.8m (£15.8m) result of Snow White And The Huntsman.
Simulcast in 285 sites, Picturehouse Entertainment’s Shakespeare Live! From The RSC grossed a non-final $359,000 (£248,693) with 15 sites still to report.
ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION
Rounding off this week’s top ten, Icon Film Distribution’s Miles Ahead recorded a UK bow of $244,000 (£168,296) from its 155 sites.
Given its older-skewing audience, it will be hoping for better returns midweek.
Now in its seventh weekend, Fox’s Kung Fu Panda 3 chopped to a further non-final $207,000 (£143,732) for $19.5m (£13.49m) to date.
Also for Fox, Secret Cinema’s production of 28 Days Later… ran to a non-final $206,000 (£142,957) for $497,000 (£344,430) after two weeks.
Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures posted a UK bow of $33,000 (£23,128) from its 17 sites through Dogwoof.
CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE
In its second weekend, Curzon Artificial Eye’s Our Little Sister grossed $30,000 (£20,749) for $133,000 (£92,157) to date.
Expanding to 25 sites this weekend, Metrodome’s The Brand New Testament now stands at $88,000 (£60,689) after two weeks in play.
Also for Metrodome, Desert Dancer recorded a UK debut of $2,900 (£1,995), including previews, from its three sites where it played odd shows over the weekend.
This week sees a saturation release for Disney’s Captain America: Civil War, while Vertigo Releasing’s Ratchet And Clank and Fox’s Demolition both receive wide release.
Curzon Artificial Eye’s Son Of Saul, New Wave Films’ Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One and Metrodome’s Hard Tide are among the films receiving a limited release.