More Mowgli Moola As ‘Jungle Book’ Cruises Over Three Wide Entries – Box Office Preview

Three wide releases won’t even dent The Jungle Book‘s third weekend hold at No. 1, with the Disney live action title expected to rake in between $37M-$45M according to industry projections. Yesterday, the Jon Favreau-directed movie clicked past $200M stateside sending its global take to $563.6M worldwide.

As many distribution chiefs often point out, there’s always a lull at the B.O. before a big wave hits, and that’s essentially what’s bound to occur this weekend with Captain America: Civil War expected to erupt with an estimated $190M over the May 6-8 frame.

mother's dayOf the three new titles that’s expected to fare the best, it’s Open Road’s Garry Marshall comedy Mother’s Day with $12M. The film has more stars in it than an episode of the Love Boat with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Timothy Olyphant. The film essentially completes Marshall’s feel-good holiday trilogy that he started in 2010 with New Line’s Valentine’s Day. That title marked the highest opening of the helmer’s career with $56.3M, and a final domestic take of $110.5M. His follow-up New Year’s Eve in 2011 opened to $13M and finaled at $54.5M stateside. Mother’s Day is going out in approximately 3,000 locations. Open Road acquired the title. Production cost was a reported $25M after rebates. Thursday previews kick off at 7PM.

keanuWarner Bros./New Line has their microbudget comedy Keanu (estimated production cost is $15M) which is the first big screen combo for Key and Peele stars Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. Peele co-wrote this movie about two dudes trying to rescue a kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. The R-rated movie looks to make $10M at 2,600 venues with previews starting Thursday at 7PM.

ratchet & clankFocus Features’s genre label, Gramercy Pictures, has the animated feature Ratchet & Clank which is based on the early millennium Insomniac Games’ title made for the Sony PlayStation. Industry projections have the film below Keanu in the high single digits at 2,891 theaters. The toon is a service deal for Gramercy. The grab here is, of course, kids and families. The film is an origins story about a wild cat, Ratchet, and his robot friend, Clank, who meet and attempt to save the Solana Galaxy from being destroyed.

Meanwhile, Universal’s $115M-costing blemish, Huntsman: Winter’s Warwill drop 55%-60% for $7.8M to $8.7M in its second frame. Through yesterday, the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel made $22.5M through five days.

Brian Brooks will have the specialty curtain raiser tomorrow.



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