Box Office: Disney holds off Clooney and Roberts at the Box Office

(MAY 13 – MAY 15, 2016 estimates)

  1. Captain America: Civil War (Week 2) – $72,563,000
  2. The Jungle Book (Week 5) – $17,764,000
  3. Money Monster (Opening) – $15,000,000
  4. The Darkness (Opening) – $5,180,000
  5. Mother’s Day (Week 3) – $3,259,205
  6. Zootopia (Week 11) – $2,816,000
  7. The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Week 4) – $2,580,000
  8. Keanu (Week 3) – $1,900,000
  9. Barbershop: The Next Cut (Week 5) – $1,675,000
  10. The Boss (Week 6) – $1,180,000

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  • Captain America: Civil War retained its spot at the top of the box office this weekend. It’s $72 million haul was the eighth highest second weekend of all time, almost identical to the Iron Man 3 second weekend. While Civil War is slightly outpacing that film, it will probably top off only slightly ahead of that film’s $409 million final domestic total. The blockbuster is having an even more sunny reception overseas, with a $940 million worldwide total. It should pass the billion mark very soon.
  • With little competition, The Jungle Book had a 27% drop in its fifth weekend, staying strong at number two on the charts. This was the film’s smallest drop yet, bringing its amazing total far over the $300 million mark. The film has finally surpassed Alice in Wonderland on a day by day basis, ensuring it will easily beat its $334 domestic total. A $350 million total seems just about standard right now. If the film continues to hold, it could go even higher. The $828 million global tally is also very strong, but it still has a good ways to go before hitting one billion. However, the film is an unequivocal success for Disney, who passed one billion in domestic ticket sales in record time this past week.
  • Money Monster opened with a respectable $15 million. While nothing to write home about, it’s hardly the failure people want to label it due to the high profile talent involved. Especially with a small budget of $27 million, the film can turn a small profit for TriStar. In terms of star openings, it did better than George Clooney’s “Hail Caesar,” “Ides of March,” “The American,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats” and “Leatherheads” and Julia Roberts’ “Secret in Their Eyes,” “Larry Crowne,” and “Duplicity.” The highest any of those movies made was $40 million, which seems to be a good benchmark for where “Money Monster” will end up. It may not be the movie star opening the two of them were used to in the 90s, but it’s not an abject failure either.
  • The independently released horror film The Darkness did well enough for fourth place with $5 million. However, this is hardly enough to rave home about. With a current 0% on Rotten Tomatoes (albeit from 15 critics), $10 million might even to be hard to hit as it disappears from the season.
  • Mother’s Day tumbled in its third weekend with the titular holiday behind us. The film lost 70% of its business, but was still good enough for fifth place. Inching past $30 million, however, is not what anyone would qualify as a success.
  • Zootopia clung on to the sixth spot, losing an astonishing 12.4% in its incredible 11th weekend in theaters and in the top 10. This is the best weekend hold for a film that redefines strong legs week after week. Even this late in the game, given a weekend with little in the way of new films, Zootopia continues to impress, bringing its domestic total to $331 million and its worldwide total to $969. The billion mark is close, but the film isn’t going to cross it anytime soon. It’s going to get there, but it will inch towards it through the early summer months as it seems to stick around in the top 10, unwilling to leave.
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War performed about as well as expected in its fourth frame, losing an all right 34% and bringing its total to $45 million. Passing $50 million will happen, but not much more for the failed sequel/prequel.
  • Another drop for Keanu drops the comedy flick to number eight on the charts. With no competition, the 42% drop only further signals audience’s waning interest in the film. High hopes were had for Key & Peele’s first theatrical outing, but they still have not been able to muster $20 million for the film.
  • Barbershop: The Next Cut continues its average performance with its unremarkable 40% drop to the ninth slot this weekend. Passing $50 million will likely be the last milestone the third film in the Barbershop franchise sees, as it’s on its last week in the top 10.
  • Melissa McCarthy hangs on to the number 10 position with The Boss. With over $60 million made at this point, McCarthy has proven herself to have at least a solid box office record, even if the film did not light the world on fire. While this doesn’t quite help the perception that stars can’t open movies anymore, it proves that there is a floor for how much a film starring McCarthy can gross. With a smaller budget, the film has done enough to earn a tidy enough profit.

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  • Going nearly wide, with 525 theaters, Sing Street struggled to connect with a larger audience yet again. It showed a 45% bump from last week, but saw it’s per theater average drop to an incredibly low $1,211 per theater, roughly around the same level as Barbershop: The Next Cut in its fifth weekend. With larger releases scheduled for the summer starting next week, the film had its last week to truly connect with audiences and expand.
  • Dev Patel’s The Man Who Knew Infinity showed almost identical signs, as it grossed $535,828 in 194 theaters for a per theater average of $2,762. This is around the same level as Sing Street last week in a similar number of theaters, so it also will probably not make much of a dent in the coming weeks.
  • Solid, but unspectacular results for The Meddler this week allowed the film to break one million. However, a $3,095 average from 127 theaters isn’t strong enough to justify further growth from the comedy whose judicious expansion has seen it unable to capitalize on initial interest.
  • The big limited release story was the release of The Lobster, which achieved the strongest per theater average of the year, in terms of specialty releases. Grossing $188,095 in only four theaters left the absurdist romance with a per theater average of $47,024. The strange, well reviewed film would be wise to capitalize on buzz over the next couple weeks, including memorial day weekend, as it expands to larger audiences.
  • Writer/director Whit Stillman also saw a strong opening weekend for his latest film Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. The film grossed $132,750 in four theaters for a strong $33,188 per theater average. That’s more than double the opening of his previous film, Damsels in Distress, which eventually ended its run just barely over a million dollars with its widest release being 205 theaters. If the film expands well, it would set its sights on outgrossing Stillman’s largest release, Barcelona, which finished with $7.2 million. However, that seems to be reaching. It can have a sturdy domestic box office though, if platformed right.
  • At almost the very very bottom of the list was the comedy Search Party starring Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and TJ Miller, among others. While it opened across VOD platforms as well, the film was released in 40 theaters and was only able to amass $4,000 for a pitiful per theater average of $400. To contextualize that, roughly 46 people the entire weekend saw this movie in each theater, or about 3 people per showing if it played for 5 showings a day. Ouch.