Weekend Box Office: “Jungle Book” roars to $100 million+, “Barbershop” trimmed, “Criminal” busted

boxDisney’s latest take on Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” with CGI animals and a somewhat less animated human or two, is cleaning up. Friday’s blockbuster numbers suggest it will exceed predictions and reach $82-85 million.

That number soared Saturday and now it looks like over 100 million will have passed into Disney (and theater chains) hands by Midnight Sunday –maybe $104.

The lack of fresh kids’ picture competition (“Zootopia” is still making money, $306 million by Sunday night, also for Disney) helps, but this is doing summer numbers in mid April. Not bad.

“Barbershop,” a dated and weary franchise inexplicably given a new lease on life by a big cast and ridiculously generous reviews, was supposed to do close to $30 million this weekend. Nope. “The Next Cut” will do $20. Not bad, but considering the overhead, not all that.

“The Boss” fell off 61% in its second weekend. Not disastrous, but not good. It may top “Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” at some point. Maybe week after next.

Summit is a studio that has never been quite the same since Lionsgate swallowed it to steal “The Hunger Games” from them. They’ve got that Jesse Eisenberg magic act franchise, “Now You See Me,” but nothing else seems to stick. “Criminal” had Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot and Alice Eve.

And it’s still going to be luck to manage $6 million. Not far below admittedly low expectations, out of the top five. Reynolds should swear off body switch movies forever. Hollywood should, too.

“Miracles from Heaven” is still besting “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Hardcore Henry” died a quick death and “Eye in the Sky” is clinging to the top ten one more week.


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