“Captain America: Civil War” Dominates First Summer Weekend


May 6-8, 2016

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


Captain America: Civil War  $181.7 million
The Jungle Book $21.8 million
Mother's Day  $9.0 million
The Huntsman: Winter's War  $3.5 million
Keanu $3.0 million

Captain America: Civil War had a heroic opening, taking in an estimated $181.7 million. That's the third-biggest Marvel opening behind both Avengers movies. That's more than any single Avenger outing's debut. Heck, that's even more than Captain America's first movie made in its entire run back in 2011. And, more important to some people, that's more than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reviews were insanely good with both critics and audiences, so expect this to be one of the biggest hits of the year, if not the biggest.


The Jungle Book still held exceptionally well against the year's biggest movie. Dropping only 50 percent – its biggest drop yet – it's still on pace for $325 million, and could be one of several movies to make more than $1 billion worldwide. Mother's Day actually gained over the titular holiday weekend. It's now made around $20 million, but this will still go down as one of the highest-profile flops of the year, even if it didn't cost as much as the No. 4 movie.


Yes, The Huntsman: Winter's War will go down as a major loss Universal, which is disappointing considering 2015 was their best year ever. They still haven't had any movies cross $100 million so far this year. Keanu also fell, but it only cost a fraction of Winter's War, so it will surely recoup its investment.


Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: A Bigger Splash, a freaky comedy with Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. It averaged $22,000 on only five screens.
  • I knew it was only a matter of time. Zootopia has now overtaken Batman v Superman as the second-biggest movie of the year. The animated hit is also on track for $1 billion internationally.
  • Adding 51 screens made a difference. The Family Fang went up to 52 screens and saw its gross rise a staggering 623 percent. The $2,017 average isn't spectacular, but there's a chance it becomes an independent hit, especially when you factor in VOD.


Next week: The only major releases are cheap horror flick The Darkness and Money Monster, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney. That's more likely to do better with older audiences, so don't expect it to make a dent in Civil War. That movie will stay on top with around $90 million.



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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