"The Jungle Book" makes almost $300 million in its opening weekend


As Disney continues to make live-action adaptations of their most-loved animated movies, the success of each project continues to go from strength to strength.

Over the weekend, The Jungle Book hit cinemas around the world, where it made over $290 million in just three days.

The $175 million project made over $103 million in the U.S. alone, making it the second biggest April box office opening of all time, behind last year's Furious 7, which had an opening haul of $147 million.

It currently has a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, receiving almost unanimous critical acclaim, including the 4-star review on Newstalk's Tom Dunne Show:

The Jungle Book follows in the footsteps of Alice In Wonderland, Oz: The Great & Powerful, Maleficent and Cinderella in Disney's own live-action takes on classic fairy-tales, and will soon be followed up by Alice Through The Looking Glass (in Irish cinemas on May 27th) and Beauty And The Beast (March 17th 2017).

Director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks have reportedly already been asked back by Disney to begin work on The Jungle Book 2.

Meanwhile, Warner Brothers are set to release their version of the tale - currently titled Jungle Book: Origins - on October 19th 2018, directed by Andy Serkis and starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jack Reynor.

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