Weekend Wrap-Up

Deadpool Outgrosses BvS Over Comparable Second Weekend

By John Hamann

April 3, 2016

Everybody wants to be a bat.

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To date, Batman v Superman has earned a respectable $261.5 million domestically, but should it finish with $400 million, it will need $600 million from overseas markets to be profitable. Remember that the blockbuster cost $250 million to make, and Warner Bros. spent a fortune on marketing (commercials during The Final Four were wall-to-wall Saturday night), making the billion dollar worldwide gross necessary. Overseas numbers are being reported at $85 million for the weekend (off 67%), which gives us a worldwide cume to date of $419 million. While Dawn of Justice has no real competition until The Jungle Book hits, it didn't have any competition this weekend, so I don't know how that matters. This is the first real damage to the DC Comic franchise, but that damage really came a lot earlier, when critics and audiences chimed in.

Zootopia is turning into a springtime Frozen, as it continues to hold and hold and hold as it spends its fifth weekend in release, and fifth in a row with a gross at $20 million or higher. Only five other films in history have earned $20 million plus over five consecutive weekends: Avatar, Titanic, The Force Awakens, and The Sixth Sense, so Zootopia is in the mix with some very big players. Its fifth weekend gross came in at $20 million, off only 17% compared to last weekend. Zootopia is turning into something seriously special at the box office.

Zootopia, with a domestic gross to date of $275.9 million, is now targeting a $350 million (or more) domestic finish, which would put it in the same ballpark as Minions ($336 million domestic) and Inside Out ($356.5 million). Overseas, Zootopia has run its total up past the half billion mark, and still has Japan to come towards the end of April. Zootopia is turning into Frozen light - it has already beat it with five consecutive $20 million weekends, but would be a long shot to reach its $400 million domestic finish.


Third goes to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which was looking to hold like the first one did. That wasn't to be, as the sequel played more like, well, a sequel, earning $11.1 million in its second weekend. It fell 38%, and if it's going to find legs, we will have to wait and see until next weekend, as this weekend's result is expected after the Easter holiday. So far, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has earned $36.5 million for Universal against an $18 million budget. It has also earned more than $18 million overseas, so this is going to finish nicely for Playtone and Universal.

God's Not Dead 2 opens in fourth this weekend, and could not keep up with the original. The sequel got ahead of the original for one day on Friday, as God's Not Dead 2 earned $3 million on its opening day, versus the original's $2.8 million - it gets even tighter when you remove the $400,000 that the sequel in earned in previews. Over the weekend, God's Not Dead 2 earned $8.1 million, slightly less than the original's $9.2 million. Reviews were also eerily similar, as both the original and sequel earned an ugly 15% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes. Will we see the legs that the original had, finishing with $60.8 million domestic? I doubt it, but this series keeps surprising me.

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