Box Office: 'Jungle Book' trouncing 'Mother's Day,' 'Keanu' Friday for $35M-plus weekend
It's shaping up to a be relatively quiet weekend at the U.S. box office, where newcomers Mother's Day and the R-rated feline comedy Keanu are proving no match for holdover The Jungle Book as the Disney tentpole roars past the $600 million mark globally.
Directed by Garry Marshall, Mother's Day -; starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson -; is looking to open in the $10 million range from 3,035 theaters, according to early Friday returns. That's well behind the $56.3 million domestic debut of Marshall's holiday ensemble film, Valentine's Day, which likewise starred Julia Roberts, but just shy of the $13 million launch of New Year's Eve.
Mother's Day has been ravaged by critics, not helping matters for the filmmakers and distributor Open Road Films. The story features intertwining stories, and centers on three generations of women who together in the week leading up to Mother's Day. (This year, the real-life holiday isn't until May 8). The film cost $25 million to produce.
Marshall's latest outing is in a close race for No. 2 spot with Keanu, from New Line. Keanu marks the first time that Key & Peele stars, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, have appeared together on the big screen.
The kitty comedy, costing a relatively modest $15 million to make, revolves around two buddies who pretend to be gangsters and join the criminal underworld when a drug dealer kidnaps their kitten. Peter Atencio helmed Keanu, which debuted as a work-in-progress at the South by Southwest Film Festival in April. It currently has a 77 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Keanu isn't the only feline-themed movie opening this weekend. Animated family film Ratchet & Clank, based on the video game series about a wild cat who befriends a robot, is also entering the fray. The film, playing in 2,891 theaters, is looking at a decidedly modest debut in the $5 million-$7 million range.
The Gramercy/Focus project, directed by Jericca Cleland and Kevin Munroe, follows the anthropomorphic character Ratchet and his robot sidekick as they attempt to save the universe. Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone lead the voice cast.
Back on the top of the domestic chart, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is tipped to gross $35 million or more in its third weekend. Worldwide, the movie will race past the $600 million on Friday after finishing Thursday with a global total of $588 million, including $209 million in North America.
Disney will enjoy world domination this weekend between Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, which is opening in numerous markets overseas a week ahead of its May 6 launch in North America.
Civil War has earned an impressive $38.7 million in its first two days internationally from 30 markets. The superhero film opened No. 1 everywhere, and could amass $200 million or more by Sunday, on par with Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The superhero tentpole, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Chris Evans who returns in the title role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and he's joined by several of the other Avengers including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
In Brazil ($2.7 million), the film had the No. 2 opening day of all time, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It also had strong showings in Germany ($1.9 million) and Australia ($2.3 million).
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