Weekend Report: ‘Civil War’ Easily Takes Down ‘Money Monster’


It wasn’t a great hold, but Captain America: Civil War easily remained in first place despite a sharp drop. Meanwhile, newcomer Money Monster scored a fine debut with adult audiences, while The Darkness was just a blip on the radar.

Captain America: Civil War was down 59.5% in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $295 million. For comparison, that’s about $11 million higher than Iron Man 3 was at the same point, but well below the $313 million that Age of Ultron had done at the same point. While some may view this as a dissapointment given that many were saying the film was guaranteed to hit $200 million in its opening weekend and top $600 million domestically, that was always unrealistic. Without the Avengers name and its closeness in plot and release date to the heavily maligned Batman V Superman, a lower result was a given. Still, it is an undoubtedly strong result, but likely won’t be able to top $450 million at its current pace.

In second place, The Jungle Book remained strong with $17.7 million in its fifth weekend. The film has experienced fantastic holds, and it finally managed to pass $300 million this weekend. It’s extremely likely that it actually ends up out grossing Batman V Superman, which has to sting Warner Brothers pretty bad to have two Disney tentpoles outgross their biggest release in years.

In third place, Money Monster opened with a good $15 million. That’s a perfectly acceptable result for a $27 million adult-oriented thriller, especially coming right off the heels of Civil War. The B+ Cinemascore isn’t really going to do anything to help or hurt word of mouth, but a domestic total of over $50 million seems likely.

In fourth place, The Darkness opened with $5.1 million from around 1,700 theaters. That’s actually not a terrible debut for a micro-budget horror film with an incredibly generic title and no real marketing hook. It also marks the latest in the long running Blumhouse line, and one of the first to feature the Blumhouse Tilt name. However, a C Cinemascore is going to keep it from holding well. IT will likely finish over $10 million, but not by much.

In fifth place, Mothers Day plummeted 71% after its fantastic 32% increase from last weekend. That’s not surprising at all given that last weekend obviously benefited from the weekend itself, and considering the film has already more than tripled its opening weekend.

In the specialty market, The Lobster scored a fantastic $188K from just 4 theaters. A24 has had a string of successful releases in 2016, with The Witch pulling in over $25 million domestically, and Green Room scoring over $2 million and counting. This film is very much an absurdist art film, and as a result likely won’t play in over 200 theaters, but this is still a strong result.



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