‘Jungle Book’ Set to Roar Past ‘Keanu,’ ‘Mother’s Day’ for 3rd Weekend Win

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s comedy is looking at a $14 million to $16 million opening, while Garry Marshall’s latest ensemble is eyeing $11 million

Last Updated: April 26, 2016 @ 4:13 PM

“Jungle Book” will take the reins again this weekend with a $30 to $35 million debut in its third weekend, adding to its stellar $196 million domestic haul so far.

In second place will be Warner Bros.’ “Keanu” starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The comedy is looking at a $10 million debut weekend according to studio estimates, while analysts are projecting $14 million to $16 million.

However, Jeff Bock, senior analyst at Exhibitor Relations, sees the film grossing between $18 million and $20 million when it opens at 2,600 locations.

“These are funny guys and there have been hilarious trailers, so I don’t see it opening less than $18 million,” he told TheWrap.

“Keanu’s” budget was around $15 million and follows two friends whose cat is kidnapped by an inner city gang. The friends must pose as gangsters, infiltrate the hive and save Keanu. The comedy currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 75 percent.

Open Road Films’ “Mother’s Day” is looking at an opening of $11 million. Garry Marshall, who also helmed “Valentine’s Day” and “New Years Eve” directed the film starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Shay Mitchell and Britt Robertson.

Marshall has previously worked with Roberts on “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride” and with Hudson on “Raising Helen.”

Last weekend’s opener “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” debuted to $20.1 million. If it drops the usual 50 percent and grosses around $10 million, “Mother’s Day” and “Huntsman” will battle it out for third and fourth place at the box office this weekend.

And Gramercy Pictures’ animated film “Ratchet & Clank” will come in close as well, with an estimated debut in the high single digits million range, with analysts projecting a $10 million opening. “Green Room” is expanding wide after opening in limited release on April 15.

“Captain America: Civil War,” opening next weekend, is looking at a stellar $200 million debut after great word of mouth and even better reviews — it currently holds a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The first two “Captain America” films opened to $65 million and $95 million, respectively.