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Kristin Lai

It's official, Disney has done it again! The studio's live-action remake of The Jungle Book opened this weekend and was met with hugely positive reviews and massive box office success.

Initial projections at the end of last week anticipated Jon Favreau's retelling to earn an impressive $78 million over the weekend, but even those lucrative predictions were smashed by its $103.6 million domestic earning and $209 million international takings.

This marks one of Disney's biggest live-action openings, ahead of last year's Cinderella ($67.8 million), 2014's Maleficent ($69.4 million), 2013's Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.1), but behind Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland ($116.1) in 2010.

Currently rated at 94 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie shows no signs of slowing down and is expected to dominate the box office for weeks to come. That is, until Captain America: Civil War — a Marvel movie, and therefore a Disney property — opens on May 6.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney anticipated the success of The Jungle Book and was already in talks to have director Jon Favreau, screenwriter Justin Marks and producer Brigham Taylor return for a sequel.

There's no word regarding casting, but Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli, seems a likely candidate to return. Hopefully Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson will be free to lend their voices once again.

When it comes to being king of the box office jungle, clearly Disney reigns supreme.

'The Jungle Book' is currently playing in theaters worldwide.


Did you see 'The Jungle Book' this weekend?

(Source: Variety)


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