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The Huntsman: Winter's War flops with $20 million US debut

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Story by Jack Foley

SNOW White prequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War has flopped at the US box office, taking just $20.1 million on its opening weekend.

The follow-up to 2012’s “Snow White & The Huntsman”: sees Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprising their roles from the first film but leaves out original leading lady Kristen Stewart. Instead, Emily Blunt is drafted in for a Frozen-style storyline.

Universal had hoped that The Huntsman might help to create a new franchise and splashed out a reported $115 million on the production but the poor US debut, coupled with indifferent starts in other territories [including the UK] suggests that is now a forlorn hope.

Instead, the headlines go to Disney’s The Jungle Book, which remained king of the pile in the US and raced past the $500 million mark globally.

The Jon Favreau directed live-action update of the Rudyard Kipling tale continued to defy expectations in its second weekend, falling just 41% to $60.8 million in the US for a 10-day total of $191.5 million.

Overseas, it took a further $96 million for a foreign total of $337 million and a global haul of $528.5 million.

This compares to The Huntsman‘s $32.1 million internationally, and foreign total of $80.2 million. Globally, it has now amassed just $100.3 million.

The remainder of the US top five was rounded out by Barbershop: The Next Cut, which placed third, Disney’s Zootropolis, which came fourth, and Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss, which placed fifth.

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