The Jungle Book roars at the US box office


The Jungle Book has opened with a whopping $103.6 million (£72 million) in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts at the box office.

Jon Favreau’s update of Disney’s 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s book marks the company’s latest success in turning its classic cartoons into live-action remakes.

More than previous popular examples – Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent – The Jungle Book has both impressed critics and movie-goers around the globe.

Disney says the film, which features Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson, also took in an estimated $136.1 million (£95.8 million) overseas.

Opening in second place was Ice Cube’s Barbershop: The Next Cut with $20.2 million (£14.2 million).

The Kevin Costner thriller Criminal debuted weakly with $5.9 million (£4.1 million).

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