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The Jungle Book box office: Jon Favreau Disney film Friday box office hits $32.4 million

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Chalk it up to nostalgia, positive reviews, or the “Bare Necessities,” but The Jungle Book earned a strong start heading into the weekend. 

Directed by Jon Favreau, the latest animated-to-live-action Disney film grossed an estimated $32.4 million from Friday screenings. If it keeps up, the film is projected to surpass $80 million for the entire weekend. The Jungle Book‘s overseas numbers, a whopping $57.1 million, nearly doubled this domestic haul.

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The film, adapted by Justin Marks from the Rudyard Kipling stories, entered the weekend with overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics; The Jungle Book has a 95 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Mouse House, too, seemed pleased with the finished product and quickly greenlit development on a sequel, which brings back Favreau and Marks. 

Meanwhile, Barbershop: The Next Cut earned an estimated $7 million from Friday screenings, while previous weekend champion, The Boss, pulled in approximately $3.1 million. Updated weekend box office figures will be available on Sunday. 

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