After holding the top box office spot for three consecutive weeks last month with Zootopia, Disney struck gold again with its CGI remake of The Jungle Book. The film opened with an estimated $103.5 million at U.S. theaters, making it the third film this year, after Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that has topped $100+ million in its debut weekend.
The Jungle Book was also king of the international box office jungle, pulling in $136.1m abroad. Its global total is $291m, lead by China ($50.3m) followed by Russia ($14.2m) and the United Kingdom ($13.7m).
Directed by Jon Favreau (Elf, Iron Man), Jungle Book is almost entirely digitally-generated with the exception of Mowgli. It’s remarkable to think that a little over a decade ago, we were discussing the possibilities of filmmakers incorporating digital characters into live-action films, and today the technology has reached the point where live actors are being dropped into almost-entirely digital universes. This article, which is ironically published in a publication from the International Cinematographers Guild, provides a good argument for why The Jungle Book is as much an animated film as it is live-action.