By Daniel Garris
Monday Update: With weekend actuals now in, Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took in $51.34 million this weekend. That represented a very sharp 69 percent decline from last weekend's debut and brings the film's ten-day total to $260.41 million.
Disney's Zootopia was down a slim 20 percent from last weekend with $19.33 million and has grossed a massive $275.26 million in 31 days. Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 followed in third place with $11.22 million. That was down 37 percent from last weekend and places the film's ten-day total at $36.58 million.
Pure Flix's God's Not Dead 2 placed in fourth with an opening weekend take of $7.62 million, while fellow faith-based film Miracles from Heaven followed closely behind in fifth with $7.26 million. The Sony release was down just 25 percent and has grossed a healthy $46.53 million in 19 days.
Sunday Update: Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice easily remained in first place this weekend with an estimated $52.39 million. However, the blockbuster superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill was down an even sharper than expected 68 percent this weekend. Poor critical reviews, mixed word of mouth among moviegoers and built-in front-loading for the film to begin with have all had a clear effect on Batman v Superman. With that said, Batman v Superman has already passed the $250 million mark with a ten-day gross of $261.46 million. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, that represents the eleventh largest ten-day start of all-time. Batman v Superman is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $251.52 million ten-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 59.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $59.59 million) and 17 percent behind the $313.40 million ten-day gross of last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron (which declined 59 percent in its second weekend to gross $77.75 million). After this weekend's decline, it will be especially important for Batman v Superman to attempt to stabilize next weekend.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took in an estimated $4.2 million from IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 8 percent of the film's overall grosses this weekend. The film has grossed $25.3 million to date from IMAX locations.
Zootopia held steady in second place with an estimated $20.0 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios continued to hold up exceptionally well, as it was down a slim 17 percent from last weekend. Zootopia continues to be aided greatly by terrific word of mouth and animated films in general also tend to hold up very well the weekend after Easter weekend. Zootopia registered the seventh largest fifth weekend gross of all time. With a 31-day total of $275.94 million, Zootopia is running 23 percent ahead of the $224.88 million 31-day take of 2014's The LEGO Movie and 10 percent behind the $306.25 million 31-day gross of last year's Inside Out.
Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took in an estimated $11.13 million to remain in third. The long-awaited comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos held up well, as it was down 38 percent from last weekend's debut. With fellow Universal comedy The Boss entering the marketplace this coming Friday, it was important for My Big fat Greek Wedding 2 to hold up well this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform on the very high end of expectations with a ten-day take of $36.49 million. That places the film just behind the $36.59 million ten-day take of last year's The Intern (which fell 34 percent in its second weekend to gross $11.69 million).
God's Not Dead 2 debuted in fourth place with an estimated $8.10 million. The faith-based sequel from Pure Flix performed below expectations and opened 12 percent below the $9.22 million debut of 2014's God's Not Dead. God's Not Dead 2 opening below its predecessor was especially underwhelming given that God's Not Dead 2 opened in 2,419 locations this weekend, while God's Not Dead opened in just 780 locations. At the same time, God's Not Dead 2 was still off to a respectable start with its low production cost in mind. God's Not Dead 2 also received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which could point towards strong holding power for the film going forward.
Fellow faith-based film Miracles from Heaven followed closely behind in fifth place with an estimated $7.55 million. The Sony release starring Jennifer Garner was down only 22 percent this weekend. That represented an especially strong hold given the new competition the film faced from God's Not Dead 2. Miracles from Heaven has grossed a healthy $46.82 million through 19 days of release. With continued strong word of mouth and the launch of God's Not Dead 2 behind it, Miracles from Heaven is likely to continue to hold up very well going forward.
Freestyle's Meet the Blacks opened in eighth place with an estimated $4.09 million. The R-rated comedy starring Mike Epps was playing in a relatively modest 1,015 locations this weekend, which gave the film a solid per-location average of $4,026. Meet the Blacks opened towards the higher end of expectations. The film did open 31 percent below the recent $5.90 million start of fellow parody Fifty Shades of Black, but had been widely expected to open below that film.
Meanwhile, Bleecker Street's Eye in the Sky had a successful expansion this weekend with an estimated ninth place take of $4.06 million. The critically acclaimed film starring Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman played in 1,029 locations, which gave the film a per-location average of $3,941 for the frame. Eye in the Sky has grossed $6.15 million in 24 days and will soon pass by the $7.86 million final gross of last year's Trumbo to become the highest grossing Bleecker Street release to date in the young history of the distributor.
By Daniel Garris
In its third weekend of platform release, Warner's Midnight Special took in an estimated $581,000 from 58 locations. That gave the Jeff Nichols directed sci-fi film starring Michael Shannon a per-location average of $10,017 for the frame. Midnight Special was up 481 percent over last weekend, when the film was playing in just 5 locations. Midnight Special has grossed $994,235 through 17 days of platform release. The film is running well ahead of the $272,521 17-day platform take of 2011's Take Shelter and will zoom past the $1.73 million final gross of Take Shelter before long.
Paramount's Everybody Wants Some!! debuted with an estimated $323,000 from 19 locations, for a per-location average of $17,000. The Richard Linklater directed comedy has grossed $371,457 since its debut on Wednesday (the film played in 5 locations on Wednesday and Thursday). Everybody Wants Some!! didn't deliver the same type of platform launch that Linklater's Boyhood did back in 2014, when that film opened with $387,618 from 5 locations (for a per-location average of $77,524). This weekend's performance was much more in line with the $391,672 platform launch of 2006's A Scanner Darkly from 17 locations (for a per-location average of $23,039). Everybody Wants Some has received strong critical reviews, as the film currently boasts a 90 percent Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is scheduled to receive expansions on April 8 and on April 15.
Sony Pictures Classics' Miles Ahead was off to a very encouraging platform start this weekend with an estimated $122,751 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the Miles Davis biopic starring and directed by Don Cheadle a per-location average of $30,688, which was the strongest per-location average of any film this weekend. Critical reviews for Miles Ahead have been relatively mixed, as the film currently has a 71 percent Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes. Miles Ahead is scheduled to receive expansions on April 8, April 15 and April 22.
Fellow Sony Pictures Classics release I Saw the Light was far less impressive upon expanding into moderate release with an estimated $745,435 from 741 locations. That gave the Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston a per-location average of just $1,006 this weekend. I Saw the Light has grossed $806,672 in ten days, as poor critical reviews have clearly limited the film's potential.
Chongqing Hot Pot started out with an estimated $197,000 from 20 locations. The Mandarin-language comedy thriller from China Lion Film generated a per-location average of $9,850 this weekend. Chongqing Hot Pot is scheduled to expand into an additional 20 locations on Friday.
Meanwhile, Cinema Libre Studio's Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe made an impact this weekend with an estimated $22,000 launch at the Angelika Film Center in New York. The anti-vaccination documentary directed by Andrew Wakefield recently made headlines for being included in and then being removed from this year's Tribeca Film Festival schedule.
In its second weekend of release, IFC's Born to Be Blue took in an estimated $85,200 from 20 locations, for a per-location average of $4,260. The Chet Baker biopic starring Ethan Hawke was up 84 percent over last weekend, when the film was playing in just 3 locations. The ten-day platform total for Born to Be Blue stands at $153,377.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell from grace in its 2nd overseas weekend though it still managed to win the weekend with $85.1 million (-67%) from 67 markets. The overseas total is now $421.4 million surpassing the lifetime cumes of Man of Steel and Deadpool. Worldwide, the Warner Bros. tentpole has earned $681.3 million. Top grossing territories this weekend were: China ($12.4M/$85M) where the film saw an incredible 80% drop, UK/Ireland ($6.4M/$39.7M), Brazil ($6.1M/$21.75M), Mexico ($5.2M/$29.7M), Germany ($3.4M/$14.4M), Australia ($3.4M/$17.2M), South Korea ($2.95M/$14.5M), Italy ($2.1M/$10.3M), Russia ($1.8M/$11.2M), Japan ($1.9M/$9.7M), Spain ($1.4M/$9.2M).
Zootopia posted an estimated $30.0M in its eighth weekend of overseas release from 52 territories representing approximately 91% of the international marketplace. The Disney Animation original has now earned $511.7 million overseas and $787.6 million worldwide to become the 12th highest grossing animated release ever globally. China was down just 25% to $12.8 million, beating Batman v Superman on its fifth weekend of release. Zootopia has earned $215.3 million as the highest grossing animated film ever in the territory and recently received a two week release extension. Other top markets include: Russia ($30.3M), France ($28.2M), Germany ($26.8M), South Korea ($23.4M), UK ($18.0M), and Mexico ($16.8M). Japan will be the final international territory to open on April 23.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 grossed an estimated $5.6 million from 19 total overseas territories this weekend for an international total of $18.4 million. Combined with the US, the global total is now $54.9 million. Openings include Brazil ($819K), Colombia ($112K), and Peru ($111K). Among holdovers, Australia earned $2.2 million for an 11-day total of $7.4 million, and the UK/Ireland grossed $893k for a 10-day total of $3.5 million. Next weekend, the film opens in Greece, Cyprus, French-Switzerland, and Panama.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant earned $4.3 million from 79 overseas markets, lifting the international total to a disappointing $80.3 million after one month of release.
Miracles From Heaven opened in Mexico this weekend to $2.3 million, pushing its overseas total to $3.4 million and the global total to $50.2 million.
Films earning less than $2 million overseas this weekend and local language films
Ride Along 2
Overseas Weekend: $0.57M
Overseas Total: $31.7M
Global Total: $122.5M
Overseas Weekend: $0.57M
Overseas Total: $6.0M
Global Total: $30.5M
Overseas Weekend: $0.54M
Overseas Total: $30.8M
Global Total: $60.9M
The Danish Girl
Overseas Weekend: $0.29M
Overseas Total: $52.4M
Global Total: $63.5M
Saturday Update: Warner Bros. reports this morning that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice easily led the way again on Friday as expected. DC's superhero showdown was off a sharp 81 percent from opening day last week to $15.35 million yesterday, giving the film an overall eight-day domestic haul of $224.42 million. By comparison, the movie is now tracking 24 percent ahead of the pace of Man of Steel, 3 percent behind Iron Man 3, 7.5 percent behind The Dark Knight Rises, and 13 percent behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. BoxOffice is projecting a sophomore weekend tally around $48.5 million.
In second place, Disney's Zootopia added another $5.58 million yesterday as it dropped 41.5 percent from Good Friday last week. With a domestic cume of $261.5 million now, the smash hit animated film continues to enjoy excellent legs as it paces ahead of 2014's The LEGO Movie. We're projecting a $19.5 million weekend.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took third yesterday with $3.42 million, off 53 percent from opening day last week. The rom-com sequel has tallied $28.8 million through eight days of play as it looks toward an $11.3 million second frame.
Meanwhile, God's Not Dead 2 bowed to $2.95 million yesterday. Unfortunately, the sequel to 2014's faith-based sleeper hit proved somewhat front-loaded on Thursday evening and will fall short of our initial expectations. Look for an opening weekend around $8.5 million, which still dwarfs the pic's low production budget of $2 million.
Miracles from Heaven filled out the top five with $2.15 million on Friday, off 35 percent from the same day last week. With a $41.4 million total so far, Sony's latest Christian-themed success is eyeing a weekend figure of $7.2 million.
Last but not least, Meet the Blacks bowed to $1.43 million on Friday, about 36 percent lower than the opening day of Fifty Shades of Black earlier this year. Opening weekend should land around $4.1 million.
Friday Report: Sources report today that God's Not Dead 2 earned an estimated $400,000 from Thursday night screenings. That's a healthy start for the sequel to 2014's sleeper hit as compares favorably with the $430,000 Thursday launch of February's Risen. Opening weekend should land in the low-to-mid teen millions.
Meet the Blacks took in an estimated $200,000 last night, notably under the $280,000 Thursday start of Fifty Shades of Black back in January. The latter opened to $5.9 million its opening weekend, so expect a haul under that for this weekend's opener.
Meanwhile, Batman v Superman will easily lead the weekend chart again thanks to a lack of significant competition. Our full report and first weekend estimates will be published Saturday morning.
By Daniel Garris
Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice grossed $7.74 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill was down 4 percent from Wednesday. Batman v Superman was easily the week's top film with a massive seven-day start of $209.07 million. That represented the eleventh largest seven-day start of all-time. Batman v Superman is currently running 9 percent ahead of the $191.93 million seven-day gross of last year's Furious 7 and 11 percent behind the $235.66 million seven-day start of 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Batman v Superman is obviously widely expected to comfortably remain in first place at the box office this weekend.
Disney's Zootopia held steady in second place with $3.20 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was up a strong 11 percent over Wednesday and down just 29 percent from last Thursday. Zootopia placed in second for the week with $38.53 million. That represented a 28 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to a very impressive $255.94 million.
Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 rounded out its first week of release with a third place take of $1.63 million. The long-awaited comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 finished in third for the week with a seven-day start of $25.36 million. The film continues to run on the very high end of expectations and perform nicely with its modest production budget in mind.
Sony's Miracles from Heaven and Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Allegiant claimed fourth and fifth place with respective daily grosses of $1.09 million and $0.91 million. For the week, Miracles from Heaven placed in fourth with $14.66 million, while Allegiant followed in fifth with $13.55 million. Miracles from Heaven was down 30 percent from the previous week and has grossed a healthy $39.27 million in 16 days. Allegiant was down a very sharp 63.5 percent from the previous week and has taken in a disappointing $50.66 million in two weeks.