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Jungle Book roars at US box office

BBC News BBC News 18/04/2016
Melissa McCarthy co-wrote The Boss with her husband Ben Falcone © Reuters Melissa McCarthy co-wrote The Boss with her husband Ben Falcone

Disney's new version of The Jungle Book has taken a big bite out of the US box office, topping it with $103.6m (£73.1m) in its opening weekend.

Its debut was the second biggest April opening in history, behind only Furious 7's $147.2m (£104m) launch in 2015.

According to the studio, Jon Favreau's film also made an estimated $136.1m (£96m) outside the US and Canada.

Comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut came a distant second, with opening weekend takings of $20.2m (£14.2m).

Disney has achieved success of late with transforming its classic cartoons into live-action remakes, including Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty makeover Maleficent.

The Jungle Book is is a mixture of live action featuring Neel Sethi as Mowgli, with the rest of the footage created with animation.

It features computer-generated versions of such familiar characters as Baloo the bear, Kaa the snake and Shere Khan the tiger.

Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba lend their voices to the roles, with Christopher Walken and Sir Ben Kingsley voicing other characters.

Slapstick comedy The Boss slipped to third place in its second weekend in cinemas, taking $10.2m (£7.2m) between Friday and Sunday.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Disney animation Zootopia - released as Zootropolis in the UK - round out this week's top five.

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