Thursday, April 18, 2024

Box Office: “Jungle Book” Swings to $103Mil Opening Weekend, By the Guy Behind “Swingers”


Twenty years ago, Jon Favreau made his debut co-producing and starring Doug Liman’s “Swingers.”

This weekend, Favreau directed “The Jungle Book,” and it swung all right– to $103 million for the weekend. That’s $28 million more than Disney’s other current huge hit “Zootopia” did in its first weekend, by the way.

(Just to add in generational clarity: Doug Liman directed “Swingers.” Now he does things like the terrific “Edge of Tomorrow.”)

“The Jungle Book” is second among PG Disney films only to “Alice in Wonderland” (2010). And “Jungle Book” is way ahead of Oscar winner “Inside Out.”

Disney may have problems in their executive suite, but in the movie division, Alan Horn is hitting home runs.

Elsewhere, Lions Gate release “Criminal” was a huge loser, making just $5.8 million. LGF is already in hot water, their stock is sinking. This bad news won’t help. “Criminal” has to be a $40 million bloodbath at the very least.

Not many people ran to see Vogue editor Anna Wintour snarl at her staff in “The First Monday in May,” which opened the Tribeca Film Festival. Twenty theaters, total $105K. A table at Wintour’s Met Ball costs $240,000 by the way.

Here’s a clip from the ‘real’ “Jungle Book:”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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