“Batman v Superman” Drops A Staggering 68 Percent in Weekend Two


April 1-3, 2016

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  $52.3 million
Zootopia  $20.0 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.

Next week:

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.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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