Batman v Superman's two-week run atop the box office came to an end last weekend as Universal's new comedy The Boss just barely beat it with $23.5 million. Unfortunately for The Boss, its reign looks to be quite short, with three newcomers hitting theaters this Friday, including Disney's highly-anticipated The Jungle Book, Warner Bros.' Barbershop: The Next Cut and Lionsgate's Criminal. According to the predictions from ToddMThatcher.com, The Jungle Book is looking to run away with a huge opening weekend win.
The Jungle Book is eyeing a debut of $74.6 million, as Barbershop: The Next Cut debuts in second with $23.1 million. Both The Boss ($13.5 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($11.1 million) will likely drop to third and fourth place, respectively, with Criminal rounding out the top 5 with $9.3 million. The Jungle Book has a huge edge over its competitors in terms of theater count and critical acclaim.
The Jungle Book currently sits at a 100% rating out of 28 reviews, while Criminal is at 14% from just seven reviews. There aren't enough reviews for Barbershop: The Next Cut to warrant a Tomatometer score quite yet, so we'll have to wait and see how the critics respond to this comedy sequel. The Jungle Book is slated to open in more than 3,700 theaters this weekend, with Barbershop: The Next Cut debuting in more than 2,600 theaters and Criminal opening in approximately 2,500 theaters.
Directed by Jon Favreau, based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.
Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don't exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Barbershop: The Next Cut takes fans back to Calvin's Barbershop in Chicago. As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood. Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve and Troy Garity return from the first two movies, with Common, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Deon Cole and Lamorne Morris joining the cast.
Criminal follows a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, which leads to a dead CIA operative's (Ryan Reynolds) memories, secrets, and skills being implanted into a death-row inmate (Kevin Costner) in hopes that he will complete the operative's mission. Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, Michael Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Scott Adkins, Antje Traue and Amaury Nolasco round out the impressive ensemble cast.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Zootopia ($8.5 million), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($4.3 million), Hardcore Henry ($3.1 million), Miracles from Heaven ($2.6 million) and God's Not Dead 2 ($2.1 million). Also opening in limited release is A24's new thriller Green Room, The Weinstein Company's musical Sing Street, Screen Media's Rio, I Love You, Yash Raj's Fan and Screen Media's Colonia. It isn't known if any of these films will be expanding in the weeks and months to follow.
Looking forward to next weekend, Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War and Bleecker Street's Elvis & Nixon are opening in wide release. Also opening in limited release are Roadside Attractions' A Hologram for the King, Sony Pictures Classics' The Meddler, Drafthouse's Men & Chicken, IFC's Tale of Tales, and Lionsgate's Compadres. Take a look at the box office predictions below, and check back on Sunday for the official estimates.
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