The Jungle Book earns 103 million besting expectations; Deadpool 2 in the works; Final casting to be unveiled for DreamWorks’ Trolls

The 2nd reboot is a success! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Disney’s live-action hit The Jungle Book scored 103 million as it retells the story of Mowgli the man-cub. The film received high marks from critics and moviegoers alike. Jungle Book fever has spread worldwide since the sequel was recently announced this past week. How long will the fever last Gene?




Disney continued its exceptional start to 2016 this weekend as The Jungle Book exceeded its already lofty expectations with a massive debut of $103.57 million.  The 3D live-action computer animated hybrid directed by Jon Favreau registered the second largest opening weekend ever for the month of April, behind only the $147.19 million start of last year’s Furious 7.  Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Jungle Book claimed the 32nd largest opening weekend of all-time.  In comparison to previous live-action blockbusters from Disney, The Jungle Book opened 31 percent ahead of the $79.11 million start of 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and 49 percent ahead of the $69.43 million debut of 2014’s Maleficent.  A strong marketing campaign, terrific critical reviews and four-quadrant appeal all contributed to the break-out performance of The Jungle Book this weekend.

The Jungle Book opened with $32.41 million on Friday (which included an estimated $4.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 27 percent on Saturday to take in $41.12 million and is estimated to decline 27 percent to gross $30.04 million.  That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.20 to 1.  The Jungle Book received an A rating on CinemaScore and currently has an impressive 92 percent Flixster audience score; and the film’s hold on Saturday is an early indication that strong word of mouth is already kicking in.  As mentioned, The Jungle Book had clear four-quadrant appeal this weekend.  The audience breakdown for the film skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (51 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (53 Percent).  Family audiences represented 49 percent of the film’s overall audience.  Given its strong early word of mouth and appeal with family audiences, it appears very likely that The Jungle Book will have stronger holding power than Disney’s live-action adaptations of its animated classics have tended to display in the past.

The Jungle Book took in an estimated $10.4 million from IMAX locations this weekend.  That represented 10.0 percent of the film’s overall grosses this weekend.  3D grosses were responsible for 43 percent of this weekend’s overall grosses, while RealD 3D alone accounted for an estimated $31.0 million of this weekend’s take.

Barbershop: The Next Cut placed in second with a solid estimated start of $20.21 million.  The Ice Cube led comedy sequel from Warner Bros., New Line and MGM opened in line with expectations.  Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Barbershop: The Next Cut debuted 17 percent below the $24.24 million launch of 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessThe Next Cut opened 46 percent stronger than the recent $13.84 million three-day start of Zoolander 2; another comedy sequel that arrived years after its predecessor.  Comedy sequels that arrive many years after their predecessors typically don’t perform as well as their predecessors, especially when it comes to admissions.

Barbershop: The Next Cut started out with $7.05 million on Friday (which included an estimated $735,000 from Thursday night shows), increased an encouraging 17 percent on Saturday to take in $8.22 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $4.94 million.  That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.87 to 1.  The audience breakdown for Barbershop: The Next Cut skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (66 percent). In addition to receiving strong critical reviews, early word of mouth also appears to be strong for the film, as Barbershop: The Next Cut received an A- rating on CinemaScore and has a current Flixster audience score of 77 percent.  However, the film will soon be facing direct competition from fellow Warner Bros. comedy Keanu, which arrives in theatres on April 29.

After opening in first place last weekend, Universal’s The Boss fell two spots to third this weekend with an estimated $10.17 million.  The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy was down a sharp 57 percent, as mixed word of mouth and the additions of The Jungle Book and Barbershop: The Next Cut in the marketplace clearly took a toll on The Boss this weekend.  The Boss has grossed $40.35 million in ten days.  That places the film 29 percent behind the $56.55 million ten-day gross of last year’s Spy (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $15.61 million).  While The Boss doesn’t look like it will duplicate the holding power of McCarthy’s previous hits, the film is still having a solid performance with expectations and its modest price tag in mind.

Blockbusters Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zootopia claimed fourth and fifth place with respective weekend estimates of $9.01 million and $8.24 million.  Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continued to freefall with a 61 percent slide this weekend, while Disney’s Zootopia continued to display healthy holding power by declining a solid 43 percent in the face of The Jungle Book.  Respective total grosses stand at $311.31 million for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 24 days and at $307.48 million for Zootopia in 45 days.  Given the far stronger holding power of Zootopia, it looks to emerge as the higher grossing of the two films domestically when everything is said and done.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Criminal debuted in sixth place this weekend with an estimated $5.85 million.  The action-thriller starring Kevin Costner debuted below its already modest expectations and represents another underwhelming performer for Lionsgate in 2016.  Costner had seen a string of five straight opening weekend performances that all fell within the range of $6 million to $16 million, but Criminal came in just under that range and instead performed more in line with the $5.40 million start of last year’s Self/Less.  Poor critical reviews didn’t help matters for Criminal this weekend.  The film appears to be going over a bit better with moviegoers than it has with critics, as it received a B- rating on CinemaScore and currently has a Flixster audience score of 61 percent.  However, mixed word of mouth won’t be enough to help the film going forward, especially after its slow start this weekend.


To recap, The Jungle Book 2016 passes easily in 1st, Barbershop: The Next Cut cuts in 2nd, The Boss drops in 3rd sending a mixed bag after taking the top spot last week, Batman-Superman both get hit from behind in 4th, and Zootopia moves in 5th as Disney’s live action reboot beats all the odds.


When we last reported Deadpool, he shot the lights out last month as the merc went past the 300 million smacker mark on his way to 400. As a result, he managed to make a whopping 757 million smackers! Off the news from Cinema-Con, Fox announced a sequel to the highest R-rated flick giving Deadpool another chance to make another impact in the box office. When’s the sequel coming out Danny?


Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- It’s been a big day for movie sequels. On Thursday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, 20th Century Fox made it official: Deadpool 2 is coming.

The studio’s co-CEOs Stacey Snider and Jim Gianopulos announced the sequel during Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon 2016, according to a report by Variety. The movie will see the return of the entire creative team, including director Tim Miller, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and star Ryan Reynolds.

Fox also unveiled footage from Blue Sky’s Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth installment of the Ice Age franchise due in theaters on July 22; X-Men: Apocalypse, the follow-up to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and the ninth installment in the X-Men film series debuting on May 27; and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day, which lands in theaters on June 24.

Fox previously announced that it had reserved the dates of October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018 for untitled Marvel films, and it is likely that Deadpool 2 will take one of those slots.


Deadpool grossed $757.3 million globally, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film on a worldwide basis. The super hero blockbuster arrives on Blu-ray on May 10, 2016.


The final cut for DreamWorks newest flick Trolls is all filled up as the party is set to begin soon. With all the party guests on board Dan, who made the cut?


Dan Barry (via Animation World)- The party continues to grow as DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls adds Zooey Deschanel (New Girl, 500 Days of Summer), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon, Neighbors), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, Into the Woods), Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie, Beasts of the Southern Wild) and John Cleese (Shrek Forever After, A Fish Called Wanda) to an already star-studded cast, led by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.  20th Century Fox will begin the film’s global release rollout in select European markets beginning October 13, 2016 and in the US on November 4.

“Our cast is quite literally bursting with talent,” said Director Mike Mitchell. This mix of comedic and musical star-power is every filmmaker’s dream.”

From director Mike Mitchell (Director, Shrek Forever After, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water), co-director Walt Dohrn (Head of Story, Shrek Forever After) and produced by Gina Shay (Producer, Shrek Forever After), comes a smart, funny and irreverent animated comedy, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comedically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

Trolls features original music from Justin Timberlake and soon-to-be-classic mash-ups of songs from popular artists and, with the addition of this new talent, the cast now includes Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani and many more.  DreamWorks’ Trolls is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

“We’re fortunate to work with such an incredible group of artists,” said Co-Director Walt Dohrn. “We can’t wait to share the colorful, magical Trolls universe with fans around the world.”


1,499 fans are currently on the board on the Penguins tally as Cinema-Con draws to a close.


The Amazing World of Gumball returns with a new episode along with Clarence, Teen Titans Go, Powerpuff Girls, and We Bare Bears! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, prepare to get wild this week!

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