BOX OFFICE REPORT
April 1-3, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||$52.3 million|
|My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||$11.1 million|
|God's Not Dead 2||$8.1 million|
|Miracles from Heaven||$7.5 million|
Perhaps one head-to-head fight was enough for viewers. After having one of the biggest opening weekends ever, Batman v Superman plunged nearly 70 percent in its second weekend, taking in $114 million less than it did during its debut. That's worse than any of the other big superhero movies have done. Still, it will out-gross Man of Steel by the end of next weekend, topping $300 million. But will it even make more than Deadpool, which had plenty of hype, but mostly on its R rating and more gleeful tone? That remains to be seen. Still, Dawn of Justice has made nearly $700 million worldwide.
Zootopia held on strong again, taking in a jaw-dropping $20 million in its fifth weekend. That film is also eyeing $1 billion worldwide, but don't bet on it just yet. Batman v Superman will pass it soon. Still, that's a better hold than My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which would be performing just fine were it not compared to the runaway success of its predecessor. $50 million would be a nice total for a nice movie.
And while God may not be dead, his sequel didn't come to life. God's Not Dead 2 opened below what the original did, despite being more heavily promoted and opening on more than double the screens. Part of that may be its competition from the faith-based, less antagonistic Miracles from Heaven, which boasts a better cast and better reviews. It made just a little less than God's Not Dead 2 made, despite being out for three weeks already.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's mostly fictional biopic of jazz great Miles Davis. The film averaged $30,688 on each of its four screens.
- Meet the Blacks, an African-Americanm parody of The Purge got taken out quickly. The comedy only managed $4 million this weekend, good for 8th place.
- Everybody Wants Some is living up to its title so far. Richard Linklater '80s comedy opened on 19 screens and averaged $17,000 on them. It will continue to expand throughout April.
Batman v Superman will end its reign at No. 1, but it's going to be a close call. I think it will take in about $25 million, which should be enough. But it will face stiff competition from Melissa McCarthy, who will star in her latest R-rated comedy The Boss. I think she'll bulldoze her way to a $20 million opening weekend.