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Disney's The Jungle Book retains top spot with eighth best third weekend of all-time

The Jungle Book

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S The Jungle Book has held onto the top spot at the US box office for another weekend.

In doing so, Jon Favreau’s live action update of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale secured the eighth-best third weekend of all time with an estimated $42.4 million.

It has also now earned $684.8 million globally. Overseas, it took in $57.1 million from 53 markets for a foreign total of $432.7 million, including $130 million in China. In the US alone, it’s at $252.1 million.

The film comfortably beat off the challenge from the weekend’s new releases. Romantic comedy Mother’s Day, for instance, could only manage a fourth place finish with a modest $8.3 million despite the presence of A-listers Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston.

That said, the Garry Marshall-directed comedy-drama – which follows “Valentine’s Day”: and New Year’s Day – was critically derided. But even so, the film was expected to pull in a large female audience and possibly land top spot, if not second.

Instead, Mother’s Day was beaten by Key and Peele action-comedy Keanu, which took $9.45 million. That modestly budgeted movie finds a recently dumped slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finding some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep, only to find the pet stolen by thieves. Rell subsequently recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve it.

In third place, meanwhile, was another flop – Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War, while in fifth was animated adventure Ratchet & Clank, which managed $5.6 million.

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