‘Jungle Book’ roars with $103.6 million debut

In this image released by Disney, Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, appears in a scene from, "The Jungle Book." (Disney via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Jungle Book” opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts at the box office.

Jon Favreau’s update of Disney’s 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s book marks the company’s latest success in turning its classic cartoons into live-action remakes. More than previous popular examples — “Cinderella,” ”Alice in Wonderland,” ”Maleficent” — “The Jungle Book” has both impressed critics and moviegoers around the globe.

Disney says the film also took in an estimated $136.1 million overseas. That includes $20.1 million so far in India, where it’s the third-highest grossing Hollywood release after 10 days.

Opening in second place was Ice Cube’s “Barbershop: The Next Cut” with $20.2 million. The Kevin Costner thriller “Criminal” debuted weakly with $5.9 million.

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