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What's behind the Jungle Book's box office dominance?
Even with massive superhero movies and other top flicks to compete with, Disney's "The Jungle Book" has become a fan favorite at the box office and earned itself a few impressive distinctions along the way. News Everyday stated that the film surpassed critics' initial expectations by a long shot, and for weeks it has continued to delight audiences in the U.S. and around the world.
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News Everyday reported that experts predicted that "The Jungle Book" would take in about $70 million in its opening weekend back in mid-April. Instead, the movie earned a respectable $103 million. And from there, things just got better.
To date, the film has taken in $255.8 million in the U.S. In it's third weekend alone, "The Jungle Book" earned an additional $43.7 million, the sixth highest amount any film has ever earned in that period, according to the source.
Overseas, the movie has done equally as well, taking in nearly $500 million. By the time you read this, the film will have earned close to $750 million. Incredibly, Disney's "Zootopia" drew similarly impressive crowds earlier this year, a testament to what the company has achieved in 2016.
Worth the hype
"The Jungle Book" has been a fan favorite for well over a century. Even before it was a beloved animated film, it was a series of short stories, written by Rudyard Kipling in the late 1800s, ABC News reported. For this latest iteration, Disney called on Jon Favreau, who along with being an actor and produced for many years has directed successful films like "Iron Man" and "Elf."
Escapist Magazine reported that the film is more than deserving of the high praise it's been receiving. The movie is immensely beautiful and the computer animation is striking and easy to enjoy. In fact, outside of Mowgli, the little boy that was raised by wolves and lives in the jungle among the animals, the rest of the movie is all CGI.
An Indian-American actor named Neel Sethi plays Mowgli, though the young man is relatively unknown when compared to some of the stars that lent their talents to the making of this film. IMDB stated that Baloo, Mowgli's loveable bear sidekick, is voiced by Bill Murray. Other celebrities that are featured in the film include Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
The film, which can be enjoyed in 3-D or as a standard movie, already appears to have a sequel, and IMDB stated that "The Jungle Book 2" has been officially announced. Considering how popular this first flick has been, odds are any sequel will be equally well received.
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