We knew that the second weekend for the DC Cinematic Universe’s big mash-up would tell how well (or poorly) the film will fare in the long run, and weekend estimates were all over the place. Luckily for Warner Bros., the final gross remained within predictions.
‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ scored $52.3 million over its second week, bringing its domestic ten-day total up to $261.4 million. The 68.4% week-over-week drop may seem alarmingly steep, but when you take into account that last week’s debut numbers included a Thursday night preview (totaling $27.7 million) that couldn’t be counted towards second-week revenue, the fall isn’t as dramatic. If you remove Thursday’s preview totals from the opening weekend, the 62.1% decline is just a couple points off from last year’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and other front-loaded comic book titles. Many box office headlines are going to read “Batman v. Superman Takes Second-Weekend Beating,” but that’s not quite the case. From some reason, it’s trendy for the media and critics to blast the picture, but audiences don’t agree. The movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score currently sits at a lousy 29% with critics, but the IMDb user score is a decent 7.3. The moral of the story is, don’t believe everything you read in the headlines. Many news stories are tearing Zack Snyder’s movie to shreds, but with a ten-day worldwide total of $682.8 million, it certainly isn’t a failure.
Despite two wide releases taking the stage, five-week-old ‘Zootopia‘ remained in second place. On top of that, it only fell 16.7% over last week. The additional $20 million brings its domestic total up to $275.9 million. With $511.7 million coming from international markets, it now has a worldwide total of $787.6 million.
‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2‘ collected $11.1 million, dropping a light 37.7% over last week’s premiere. The low-budget sequel isn’t even close to tracking with the success of its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a success of its own. After ten days, the lightweight comedy has grossed $36.4 million domestically and $18.4 million from some overseas markets.
The first of the week’s new wide releases landed in the #4 spot. ‘God’s Not Dead 2‘ opened to $8.1 million from 2,419 locations. In 2014, the original ‘God’s Not Dead’ opened to $9.2 million from half as many locations and had long legs that carried the $2 million picture to a fantastic $60.7 million total domestic theatrical run. With the kicking off with a much weaker start, it’s not going to come close to matching the numbers of the first entry.
Fellow faith-based drama ‘Miracles from Heaven‘ came in just behind ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ and rounded out the Top 5. Dropping a slight 22% in its third week, Sony’s $13 million picture added $7.5 million to its run, which now stands with a domestic total of $46.8 million.
The second new wide release opened in the #8 spot. From 1,015 locations, ‘Meet the Blacks‘ – a weird comedy hybrid of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘The Purge’ – made $4 million. With a so-so per-screen average of $4,026, it’s not exactly a hit, but the studio hasn’t released budget details. Considering the lack of an advertising campaign and the cheap cast, I’d guess that the studio probably didn’t put much into it.
Richard Linklater’s unofficial ‘Dazed and Confused’ sequel had a solid 19-screen start. ‘Everybody Wants Some!!‘ earned $323,000, for a per-screen average of $17,000. Paramount has already announced plans to expand the film in the coming weeks.
On a per-screen basis, Don Cheadle’s feature directorial debut played even stronger. With Cheadle also starring, the Miles Davis bio-pic ‘Miles Ahead‘ grossed $122,751 from just four locations, giving it a $30,688 per-screen average. Sony Pictures Classics has yet to reveal the plans for its expansion.
Warner Bros. expanded Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed sci-fi drama ‘Midnight Special‘ from five to 58 screens, which resulted in a $581,000 weekend and a per-screen average of $10,017. The studio will expand it much wider this weekend, so that’s exactly where I’ll be on Friday night.
1. ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (Warner Bros.) – $52,385,000
2. ‘Zootopia’ (Buena Vista) – $20,000,000
3. ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ (Universal) – $11,130,000
4. ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ (Pure Flix) – $8,104,321
5. ‘Miracles from Heaven’ (TriStar) – $7,550,000
6. ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’ (Summit) – $5,725,000
7. ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ (Paramount) – $4,750,000
8. ‘Meet the Blacks’ (Freestyle) – $4,086,000
9. ‘Eye in the Sky’ (Bleecker) – $4,055,000
10. ‘Deadpool’ (Fox) – $3,500,000