Disney’s Zootopia had a spectacular second weekend but we’ll come to that in just a bit. It is the opening of 10 Cloverfield Lane which has caught my attention. The low budget sequel (or not a sequel, depending on how you see it) has been earning great reviews since its release. And its box-office collections are equally impressive. The movie opened with $25.2 million in North America which is fantastic for a $15 million production budget movie. The opening is not in the league of the $40 million or so with which Cloverfield had started things back in 2008, but then 10 Cloverfield Lane was never completely a sci-fi themed monster film. It is more of a psychological thriller, horrifying in a subtler way, and it’s good to see such movies churn in a healthy profit. The solid word-of-mouth may help the movie’s run, and hopefully the overseas performance would also be strong enough to push its worldwide collections above $100 million.
There were three other wide releases over the weekend, which barely combined to earn $10 million. The biggest disaster of the lot was The Brothers Grimsby by Columbia Pictures which earned only $3.2 million in North America, less than even a tenth of its production budget of $35 million. Adding the foreign earnings, the movie’s worldwide collection stands at $14.4 million which is hardly applause worthy. Sacha Baron Cohen has come up with over-the-top comedies in the past too, but their openings have been far better, be it The Dictator ($17.4 million) or Borat ($30.6 million). It would be interesting to see how he rebounds from this new low.
The rom-com The Perfect Match just fell outside the top five movies of the weekend with a $4.2 million opening. The movie opened in less than 1000 theatres, and its production budget was hardly $5 million, so the opening is probably in the kind of range that the studio would have expected. Nothing to be too grim about, nothing to rejoice about. The same cannot be said about the faith-based movie The Young Messiah which had a relatively bigger budget of $18.5 million, but opened with only $3.4 million. Only a few weeks back, another faith-based movie Risen had an opening of $11.8 million and has done decent business but nothing spectacular. It looks like the market for this genre is being over-flooded now, unlike a few years back when it seemed to be an available market for studios to enter into.
Last weekend’s hero Zootopia remains atop for the second week running, with a drop of only 33.4% to collect another $50 million from North America. The movie’s opening in China has also been impressive. Worldwide, Zootopia has earned $431 million already and will soon cross the collections of Wreck-It Ralph ($471.2 million), with Tangled ($591.8 million) and Big Hero 6 ($657.8 million) the next targets. With the kind of reviews this movie has been earning, it could easily become the second biggest movie for Walt Disney Animation Studios after Frozen. And no one will be surprised! Another hero of the past weekends, Deadpool has now crossed $700 million worldwide, only the second movie of the X-Men series to do so, and is barely $40 million away from surpassing the earnings of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Last weekend’s London Has Fallen dropped by 50% which isn’t too bad for such a movie, and has so far earned $39 million from North America. The foreign earnings are yet to be announced and that will play a big part in this movie’s success or failure.
Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):
1. Zootopia ($50.0 million; second weekend)
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane (25.2 million)
3. Deadpool ($10.8 million; fifth weekend)
4. London Has Fallen ($10.7 million; second weekend)
5. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($4.6 million; second weekend)