This past weekend showed some crazy results at the box office! First off, The Jungle Book continues to truck along. Just counting its domestic earnings, it has exceeded its budget ($175 Million) in its 3rd weekend of release. It’s a safe bet that it will no longer be in the number 1 spot after this coming weekend (May 6-8) with the release of Captain America: Civil War. However, it will easily be at number 2 – meaning that Disney will have the number 1 and number 2 spots in the box office.
The even crazier thing to note about this weekend’s box office is just how close Keanu came to being in second place! The Huntsman: Winter’s War was able to stay in second place for the second weekend in a row, but only a difference of $166,076 separated 2nd and 3rd place! I believe that if Keanu had been in just a few more theaters it may have taken that number 2 spot. Check out the remaining top 5 results below!
No 1. The Jungle Book– $46,714,706. Bringing its total gross in its 3nd weekend to $253,371,506.
No 2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War– $9,453,224. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $34,215,325.
No 3. Keanu – $9,453,224 in its first weekend of release.
No 4. Mother’s Day – $8,369,184 in its first weekend of release.
No 5. Barbershop: The Next Cut – $6,080,495. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $44,661,136.
I think most disappointing result that of the animated video game based movie, Ratchet & Clank. Which in its 1st weekend of release couldn’t even make it into the top 5. It sits, sadly, in the number 7 position with only $4,869,278. I can’t say that I’m at all shocked to see this; however, there is no way that Focus Features can be happy with the results.
And back to the subject of Keanu – some people say that its results are “poor” and are disappointing to Warner Bros. I have to disagree. Keanu was the first feature film to star the comedy duo Key and Peele. And while their movie didn’t result in a box office smash, I believe the studio got what they wanted so that they can feel safe making more movies with these guys. The film only had a budget of $15 Million. And it made most of that back in the first weekend of release. In the next 2 to 3 weeks the film will have broken even or maybe even made the studio a little money. This means we will definatly get more Key and Peele movies in the future! This was more of an experiment of the studio to test the results. And I believe the results proved that if they were to back another movie with a slightly bigger budget hiring on higher paid writers and directors with more of a marketing push (because let’s face it, what casual movie goer knew this was coming out) then it will be a comedy success. I thought the movie was pretty funny myself. And if you haven’t seen it you should check it out.