Weekend Box Office: Captain Crunches New Competition

Still holding onto the top two positions at the box office, the Disney and Marvel train moves full steam ahead.

Despite dropping an expected 60% in attendance, ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ retained first place with $72.5 million. With a ten-day domestic total of $295.8 million and an international haul of $645 million, ‘Civil War’ only needs another $59.1 million to be the first movie of 2016 to hit $1 billion worldwide. That will definitely happen by the end of next weekend (even though ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ kicks off overseas on May 18th).

The Jungle Book‘, which just wrapped up its fifth week on the big screen, again finished in the #2 spot. With a mere 28% drop in attendance, it added another $17.7 million to its run. The live-action remake has earned $311.7 domestically and $516.3 million overseas, giving it a worldwide total of $828 million.

How badly are George Clooney and Julia Roberts losing their star power? (Perhaps Clooney still has some, but Roberts negatively wipes away any of his appeal simply by showing up alongside him.) The Jodie Foster-directed ‘Money Monster‘ opened in third place to a subpar $15 million from 3,104 locations. Fortunately, Sony produced the picture for just $27 million, so it might not end up being too bad an investment after all.

Fellow newcomer ‘The Darkness‘ debuted in the fourth place. Following the micro-budget horror model – shot on a $4 million budget and with nearly no advertising costs – the little flick pulled in $5.1 million from 1,755 locations. Even though it’s likely to die off rather quickly, distributor High Top Releasing shouldn’t have an issue turning a couple dimes when all is said and done.

Rounding out the Top 5 was last week’s surprising holdover ‘Mother’s Day‘. Although the movie had a terrible opening weekend, its second – which actually fell over the Mother’s Day holiday – saw an increase in ticket sales. Unfortunately, its third week brought enough drop-off to counteract its brief resurgence. With a 71% decline, the fluffy ensemble rom-com grossed $3.2 million. Its domestic total now rests at $28.7 million.

When it comes to limited releases, ‘The Lobster‘ saw one of the best openings of the year. From four locations, A24’s black comedy earned $188,095 and a per-screen average of $47,024. There’s no word on when the Colin Farrell movie will expand, but you can assume that it won’t take long.

Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation ‘Love & Friendship‘ didn’t do quite as well, but it still saw great returns. From four locations, the drama pulled $132,750 and a per-screen average of $33,188. There’s also no word on expansion plans at this time.

Weekend numbers have yet to be releases for ‘High-Rise’ or ‘Last Days in the Desert’.

Top 10:

1. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (Buena Vista) – $72,563,000

2. ‘The Jungle Book’ (Buena Vista) – $17,764,000

3. ‘Money Monster’ (TriStar) – $15,000,000

4. ‘The Darkness’ (High Top) – $5,180,000

5. ‘Mother’s Day’ (Open Road) – $3,259,000

6. ‘Zootopia’ (Buena Vista) – $2,816,000

7. ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ (Universal) – $2,580,000

8. ‘Keanu’ (Warner Bros.) – $1,900,000

9. ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ (Warner Bros.) – $1,675,000

10. ‘The Boss’ (Universal) – $1,180,000


  1. Deaditelord

    Amazing to see The Jungle Book sticking around like this, although to be fair the competition has been lacking. Makes me think it might actually be worth watching when it hits blu-ray.

  2. Crewcrusher

    I would see Whit Stillman’s LOVE & FRIENDSHIP above all the others if I had the chance. But I am not in NYC or L.A.

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