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Jungle Book box office rakes in $104 million debut

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The Jungle Book earned a lot more than the bare necessities this weekend, opening to a whopping $103.6 million domestically and $240 million worldwide.

Disney’s live-action adventure demolished expectations to earn the second highest April opening in box office history, second only to last year’s Furious 7 ($147.2 million). A $100 million domestic opening is a pretty rare accomplishment for a PG-rated movie, and The Jungle Book is only the second PG-rated Disney movie to do so. (Alice in Wonderland opened to $116.1 million in 2010.)

A good chunk of The Jungle Book’s success came from 3D and IMAX screens, earning an estimated $31 million domestically from 3D and $10.4 million domestically from IMAX. Globally, The Jungle Book reeled in $20.4 million from IMAX screens, setting an IMAX record for the biggest PG-rated opening.

After opening in select international markets last weekend, The Jungle Book continued its successful international run by opening in territories like the U.K., France, Sweden, and China, earning a total of $136.1 million for the weekend.

The Jungle Book has been a particular success in India, where it’s pulled in an estimated total of $20.1 million. That already makes it the highest-grossing Disney release in Indian box office history, and after only 10 days in theaters, it’s already become the third highest-grossing Hollywood movie (behind Furious 7 and Jurassic World).

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To date, The Jungle Book has raked in an estimated $291 million worldwide and earned an A CinemaScore. Disney also took fifth place with Zootopia, which $8.2 million domestically and $19 million globally. As a result, Disney has officially crossed $2 billion at the global box office for the 15th year in a row.

But while The Jungle Book may have been the, um, king of the jungle, two other new wide releases hit theaters this weekend. Barbershop: The Next Cut debuted to $20.2 million in 2,661 theaters, which is almost exactly what the original opened to back in 2002. Barbershop 2: Back in Business still holds the biggest opening for the series with $24.2 million in 2004. The Next Cut earned an A- CinemaScore.

As for Kevin Costner-starring thriller Criminal, it didn’t even manage to crack the top five. Criminal opened in 2,683 theaters and only earned $5.9 million and a B- CinemaScore.

Instead, The Boss and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice held on to their spots in the top five. The Boss added another $10.2 million to its total, dropping 57 percent in its second weekend for a domestic total of $40.4 million. Batman v Superman took another hit in its fourth weekend as it relinquished 3D and IMAX screens to The Jungle Book, falling 61 percent for a fourth weekend of $9 million. Its domestic total is now at $311.3 million.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the domestic box office:

1. The Jungle Book — $103.6 million

2. Barbershop: The Next Cut — $20.2 million

3. The Boss — $10.2 million

4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$9 million

5. Zootopia — $8.2 million

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