‘Huntsman’ axed at box office, ‘Jungle Book’ triumphs again

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall; Who is the box-office winner of them all?

Eh.. uhmm.. it isn’t you, o The Huntsman: Winter’s War, for there is someone far better, far worthy, far loved… The Jungle Book.

It wouldn’t have required a talking mirror for Universal Pictures to learn this truth. The Huntsman: Winter’s War never stood a chance. The movie earned a pitiful $20.1 million in North America over the weekend, which is less than half of the opening of 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million). It seems Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders would be having the last laugh, both of whom were axed from the sequel after their romantic liaisons came out in the open. The introduction of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain in the cast could not help things much as the rather lacklustre story failed to impress the critics and the audience alike. In the international markets, the movie has been playing for a couple of weeks and expanded further over the weekend. It has earned about $80 million overseas, for a total worldwide tally of just above $100 million. That’s not even close to enough for the movie which has been made on a production budget of $115 million and must have had a decent marketing budget too. The movie would need maybe something around the $350 million mark to break-even which seems a distant thought now. The domestic collections are not going too contribute much, so it’s the foreign run which the studio would be counting on. Even if this movie could match the $241 million overseas earnings of the predecessor, some glory could be restored, but things as they stand now, are looking bleak.

Earnings_The Huntsman - Winter's War

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book continues to be the box-office darling, dropping by only 41% in its second weekend, which is absolutely fantastic for any movie, more so if the movie had a $100 million+ opening. The Jungle Book has earned $191 million in the domestic market and close to $533 million worldwide. We can seriously start to imagine a $800 million kind of figure for the movie by the time its theatrical run ends. The Jungle Book has benefited from the disappointing reviews of The Huntsman: Winter’s War this week, and is likely to have a strong third weekend too before Disney launches the next ammo from its box, Captain America: Civil War. Just to make things look all the more amazing for Disney, its animated movie Zootopia dropped by only 19% in its eighth weekend! The movie’s worldwide box-office collections have crossed $900 million now. Superb!

The Jungle Book_Trailer

Last week’s Barbershop: The Next Cut fell by 48% which isn’t too bad; it looks to be in line to be a modest hit for the studio. The movie has earned $35.8 million so far in North America as against its production budget of $20 million. The crime-thriller Criminal dropped by 46% to bring its domestic earnings figure above $10 million; the movie has already bombed though. The superhero movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a total collection figure of $852 million, and it is looking more likely now that the movie will fall short of a billion dollars. One more weekend left before the summer period begins!

Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):

1. The Jungle Book ($60.8 million; second weekend)

2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War ($20.1 million)

3. Barbershop: The Next Cut ($10.6 million; second weekend)

4. Zootopia ($6.6 million; eighth weekend)

5. The Boss ($6.1 million; third weekend)



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