In its third weekend, the movie continued to exceed expectations, grossing $42.4 million in North America to crush new offerings Mother’s Day and R-rated feline comedy, Keanu. Heading into the frame, most thought Jungle Book would earn around $35 million, but numbers kept being revised upwards Saturday and Sunday. Jungle Book, which fell a scant 30 percent domestically, has now earned $684.8 million globally.
On Friday, the R-rated feline comedy Keanu opened to $3.5 million from 2,658 theaters at the North American box office, enough to beat Garry Marshall’s star-studded Mother’s Day, which grossed an estimated $2.7 million from 3,035 theaters. Neither, of course, were able to beat holdover The Jungle Book, which earned another $10.3 million to jump the $600 million mark globally for Disney and director Jon Favreau. Disney will enjoy world domination this weekend between Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, which is opening in numerous foreign markets a week ahead of its May 6 domestic launch.
We’re not going to reveal our sources, but word around town is that the kitten actor that has the world fawning in the new Key and Peele comedy Keanu has also become one of Hollywood’s biggest (and most troubled) divas.
If you’ve ever watched Comedy Central’s hilarious sketch show Key & Peele, you know that hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are big-time fans of Liam Neeson… er, Liam Neesons. The Taken actor’s slightly modified moniker entered the pop-culture lexicon thanks to a widely shared clip in which the comedic duo, playing parking valets, ramble on with unadulterated glee about the majestic badassery of “Liam Neesons” movies. “It’s inspired by that world, and certainly John Wick,” Peele told Yahoo Movies (watch above) when asked if Keanu is their take on the Liam Neeson(s) Taken trilogy.
In Keanu, the new action-comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele fame), we meet arguably the cutest kitten ever to star in a major motion picture. Go on YouTube, though, and you will find dozens, if not hundreds, if not bajillions, of videos claiming to show “The World’s Cutest Kitten.” With that in mind, we screened three of the cutest of the very cutest to Keanu stars Key, Peele, Will Forte, and Jason Mitchell (watch above) to determine the single cutest kitten on the entire internet.
By Justin Chang A two-hour online cat-video binge would yield as many “awws” and probably far more laughs than Keanu, an initially amusing but fatally overstretched action-comedy that marks a lamer-than-expected big-screen outing for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele following the conclusion last year of their frequently brilliant cable series. Enjoyable for a good 15 minutes or so, mostly due to the scene-stealing powers of the adorable, much-coveted kitty whose name gives the movie its title, this is otherwise a stale, repetitive effort whose one-joke premise — two suburban buddies forced to pass themselves off as gangsters in a grimy underworld where they clearly don’t belong — never achieves comic liftoff, much less the richly subversive dimensions typical of Key and Peele’s best work. The Warner Bros./New Line release debuted as a “work-in-progress” at SXSW ahead of its planned April 29 release, though it would take more than a few technical tweaks to significantly improve what feels, at the moment, like 100 minutes of hit-or-miss comic purr-gatory.