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Jungle Book stays on top of US Box Office

Associated Press Associated Press 24/04/2016

The Jungle Book remained king of the US box office in its second weekend in theatres, beating new opener The Huntsman: Winter's War by around $US40 million ($A51.99 million).

Disney's live-action/CGI spectacle is proving to be a true all-audience success story. With a PG-rating and solid word of mouth, it fell only 41 per cent in weekend two, earning $US60.8 million and bumping its domestic total to $US191.5 million in just 10 days in theatres, according to comScore estimates.

The spectacular and somewhat unexpected hold of The Jungle Book overshadowed the debut of The Huntsman: Winter's War, which, despite its high-wattage cast of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, took in a somewhat lacklustre $US20.1 million.

The movie cost $US115 million to produce and is a follow-up to the 2012 fairy tale fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, this time focused on Hemsworth's character. The first film was budgeted at $US170 million, earned $US56.2 million in its debut and went on to gross $US396.6 million worldwide.

The Huntsman also failed to impress critics and is hovering around 17 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Barbershop: The Next Cut landed in third place with $US10.8 million in its second weekend in theatres. Zootopia and The Boss rounded out the top five with $US6.6 million and $US6.1 million, respectively.

Top ten movies at the US Box office:

1. The Jungle Book - $US60.8 million.

2. The Hunstman: Winter's War - $US20.1 million.

3. Barbershop: The Next Cut - $US10.8 million.

4. Zootopia - $US6.6 million.

5. The Boss - $US6.1 million.

6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - $US5.5 million.

7. Criminal - $US3.1 million.

8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $US2.1 million.

9. Compadres - $US1.4 million.

10. A Hologram for the King - $US1.2 million.

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