‘Keanu’ leads a dull performance by newcomers

Three wide releases in North America over the weekend but none of them could make any kind of solid impact. In fact, none of them managed even a $10 million opening. The best that could be mustered was by Keanu, an action comedy film that has a cute kitten somewhere in it, which opened with $9.5 million. It held up well with the critics too, a 76% score on Rottentomatoes. The opening ain’t terrific, but it ain’t terrible either for a $15 million budget movie. I still think it will struggle to achieve break-even though because of the limited overseas potential that it has. Things are however worse for the ensemble cast movie, Mother’s Day, made on a production budget of $25 million, which opened with only $8.3 million. As far as the critics’ verdict is concerned, a 8% score on Rottentomatoes will tell you the story. With such a low opening figure, director Garry Marshall, known once for Pretty Woman, sees his worst opening over two decades. The final release was the American-Canadian animated movie Ratchet & Clank that earned $4.8 million as against its production budget of $20 million, and will be sunk and forgotten soon enough.


The box-office’s magic continues to come from The Jungle Book that has stayed at top for three weeks in a row. Another fantastic hold on the domestic market took its tally to more than $250 million, while its worldwide gross earnings is only a little short of $700 million. Last week’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War dropped to third place in the domestic box-office charts where the numbers aren’t too good. The story is a bit different overseas which contributes to almost three-fourths of the $131 million box-office earnings so far. I will still be surprised though if this movie does somehow manage to break-even from its theatrical earnings. Zootopia dropped out of the top five spots in North America finally, not before it had stuck there for eight weeks in a row. The movie has made $933 million worldwide so far, a fantastic result indeed!

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Our eyes are now set on Captain America: Civil War which has had a terrific opening in some of the foreign countries where it has opened. The movie has already earned $200 million before even hitting the American theatres! Let’s see how strong the movie’s domestic opening would be and whether it would be able to join the billion dollar movie club. Exciting times ahead!

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

1. The Jungle Book ($42.4 million; third weekend)

2. Keanu ($9.5 million)

3. The Huntsman: Winter’s War ($9.4 million; second weekend)

4. Mother’s Day ($8.4 million)

5. Barbershop: The Next Cut ($6.1 million; third weekend)



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