“The Jungle Book” easily beat three new releases to hand Walt Disney Co. the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a third straight weekend.
The film, with the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, collected $42.4 million in its third weekend in North American theaters, ComScore Inc. said Sunday in an e-mailed statement. It faced little competition from the new comedies “Keanu” and “Mother’s Day,” and the animated feature “Ratchet & Clank”, which placed third, fourth and seventh, respectively.
The pull of Disney’s new live-action “Jungle Book” underscores the studio’s decision last week to announce nine new adaptations of family film classics. Spurred by the success of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” Disney is doubling down on revivals with popular characters like Dumbo and Mary Poppins. “The Jungle Book” had been expected to pull in $42 million this weekend, according to analysts at BoxOfficePro.com.