The Huntsman sequel misfires at the US box office

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The Huntsman sequel has failed to top the US box office, flailing in second place behind The Jungle Book.

Disney's The Jungle Book, which is in its second weekend in cinemas, beat new opener The Huntsman: Winter's War by nearly $40 million (£27.8 million).

Winter's War, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron, only took in $20.1 million (£13.9 million) against a production budget of $115 million (£79.8 million) in its first days in cinemas.

Emily Blunt at the premiere of The Huntsman sequuel
Emily Blunt stars in The Huntsman sequel (Jordan Strauss/AP/PA)

The first film earned $56.2 million (£39 million) in its debut in 2012 and went on to gross a hefty $396.6 million (£275.3 million) worldwide.

Elsewhere, Barbershop: The Next Cut landed in third place with $10.8 million (£7.4 million) in its second weekend.