A weekend back, the box-office story was about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, on how the movie had a smashing opening despite the rather disparaging reviews. With no really big release this weekend, Batman v Superman continues to dominate the box-office news though this time with a not so impressive set of numbers. The movie fell by a heavy 68.4% on its second weekend in North America, which is a really bad tumble even for a superhero movie that are typically very front-loaded. The poor word-of-mouth seems to have finally caught with the movie, though it still tops the domestic box-office charts. But if you are wondering whether the poor second weekend display would actually halt the DC line-up of movies, then the answer is a ‘No’. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still a big hit for Warner Bros. The movie has earned $262 million in North America and $421 million overseas which makes for a worldwide tally of $683 million. By the time its theatrical run ends, its theatrical collections should be close to a billion dollars, that is what I am estimating. The only argument could be that in a time when Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned more than $2 billion globally and Jurassic World took in a bit less than $1.7 billion, the collections of Batman v Superman would not have lived upto their potential if the decline in coming weeks remains this steep. In a few weeks’ time, we will have a better idea of where this movie will finish on the leader-board.
The wide releases weren’t too impressive either on the weekend. God’s Not Dead 2 was the sequel to the faith-based hit movie of 2014, and it opened with $8.1 million in North America in 2,419 theatres as compared to the $9.2 million of its predecessor in only 780 theatres. The production budget of the sequel is higher at $5 million as compared to the $2 million budget of the 2014 film. Moreover, I do not expect the sequel to have the kind of impressive run which the previous movie had managed that took it to more than $60 million domestic earnings. God’s Not Dead 2 might just about provide some returns to the investment but a third part in this series looks unlikely now. The other release was the comedy Meet the Blacks which earned $4.1 million from just about more than 1,000 theatres. The reviews aren’t any good, and you would be seeing this one on the DVD shelf pretty soon.
Disney’s Zootopia continues its super-impressive form as it fell by only 17% on its fifth weekend, crossing $275 million in North America and $787 million worldwide. A real winner! In its second weekend, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 didn’t do too badly. The movie has earned $55 million worldwide so far, and I do expect it to cross $100 million+ which will make it a solid hit for Universal Pictures. The British film Eye in the Sky added a lot more theatres to take its count to more than 1,000, earning $4.1 million over the weekend. And Deadpool ($754 million) crossed the global earnings of X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the biggest X-Men movie ever; deserved it, didn’t he?
Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($52.4 million; second weekend)
2. Zootopia ($20.0 million; fifth weekend)
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($11.1 million; second weekend)
4. God’s Not Dead 2 ($8.1 million)
5. Miracles From Heaven ($7.6 million; third weekend)