BOX OFFICE REPORT
April 15-17, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Jungle Book||$103.5 million|
|Barbershop: The Next Cut||$20.2 million|
|The Boss||$10.1 million|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||$9.0 million|
Audiences were dying to open The Jungle Book. Disney’s live-action remake of its 1967 classic opened to an estimated $103.5 million. That’s the third biggest debut of 2016, behind Deadpool and Batman v Superman. Adored by critics and audiences alike (which is more than those other two can say), it’s likely to have major staying power, and will be part of Disney’s massive year (Zootopia’s already one of the biggest movies of the year, and don’t forget they’ve got Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory and Rogue One still on the horizon.)
The last Barbershop movie (Back in Business) came out way back in 2004, but audiences were just as eager to spend time with their favorite stylists and neighbors. The Next Cut’s $20.2 million opening is right in line with the last two films. If it can become a sleeper hit as well, expect to more of these South Side staples.
The Boss dropped nearly 57 percent to second place. That’s worse than any of her other starring roles have slipped in their second weekend. Still, the film’s already in the black, since it cost only $29 million. That’s the opposite of Batman v Superman, which might go down as the only movie to make more than $300 million and still be considered a flop. It’s plummeted exponentially each week, and will wind up with much less than Deadpool, which is just astonishing considering Batman and Superman are two of the most iconic characters of all time. It’s still possible Dawn of Justice ends up with less than Zootopia, which is only a few million dollars behind and has held much better than that superhero showdown.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier’s vicious punks vs. neo-Nazis thriller. The bloody film has received great reviews from critics and it averaged $30,333 on only three screens.
- Criminal had a downright criminal opening. The Kevin Costner thriller made only $5.8 million, good for sixth place.
- Director John Carney must be singing. His latest, Sing Street, is a semi-autobiographical comedy about growing up in the ’80s. It averaged $13,796 on only five screens.
Next week: The Huntsman: Winter’s War will wage battle on The Jungle Book, but I don’t think it will quite get there. It should be No. 2 with around $40 million. The Jungle Book will stay on top with around $52 million.