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The Jungle Book is not stepping down from its box office throne. Already in its second week, it didn't flail in the face of the weekend's new releases, flat out beating The Huntsman: Winter's War and kicking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of the domestic Top 5.

The Jungle Book Is Going To Be Big

Its stunning visuals and impressive voice cast, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, and Scarlett Johansson, have certainly worked their magic.

Grossing $60.8 million at the North American box office, The Jungle Book actually surpassed Deadpool's second weekend score of $56.5 million, marking a decline of only 41% from its first weekend to the second. Adding to that an impressive $96 million internationally, it's now the fourth largest title of 2016 behind Deadpool, Batman v Superman, and Zootopia.

The Huntsman Disappoints

Meanwhile, the newly released The Huntsman: Winter's War, which serves as a prequel to the 2012 Snow White And The Huntsman, only made $20.1 million. While it reduced its budget from the first movie, the absence of Kristen Stewart and lack of enthusiasm by critics didn't help it take off, despite its star-studded cast including Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain.

The Jungle Book Is The Start Of A Killer Year For Disney

'Captain America: Civil War,' 'Alice Through The Looking Glass,' 'Finding Dory' / Disney
'Captain America: Civil War,' 'Alice Through The Looking Glass,' 'Finding Dory' / Disney

We've got more than one Disney movie to look forward to in the upcoming months: Captain America: Civil War is coming out May 6, soon to be followed by Alice Through The Looking Glass, Finding Dory, Roald Dahl's The BFG, as well as Pete's Dragon at the end of the summer.


As Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, puts it, The Jungle Book's success announces a prolific season for Disney.

"You could not ask for a better lead in for the upcoming start of the summer movie season of 2016 than 'The Jungle Book.' Its incredible (and somewhat unexpected) success is stoking the fires of box office momentum and is loading up multiplexes with herds of film fans of all ages who are getting pumped up and ready for the official start on May 6 with the incredible 'Captain America: Civil War' and then the onslaught of blockbuster hopefuls from every studio week after week."

Let's just hope they don't steal viewers from each other!


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Sources: Comicbook, Variety, Forbes


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