Weekend Wrap-Up

Deadpool Outgrosses BvS Over Comparable Second Weekend

By John Hamann

April 3, 2016

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Miracles from Heaven drops only one spot to fifth, as God's Not Dead 2 appears to have had little effect on it. The Jennifer Garner release earned another $7.6 million, declining a tiny 22%. The TriStar release is in its third weekend, and has a domestic gross to date of $46.8 million against a $13 million budget. Given some further good holds, Miracles could reach $70-75 million, but likely not Heaven is for Real's $91 million.

Allegiant is sixth. After a Batman v Superman-style drop last weekend at 68%, Allegiant leveled out a bit, earning $5.7 million. It fell 39% and raised the domestic total up to $56.4 million. The overseas cumulative total for Allegiant has crossed the $80 million mark.

10 Cloverfield Lane is seventh but holds nicely this weekend. The JJ Abrams-produced film earned another $4.8 million, and dropped a neat 20%. After four weekends of release, 10 Cloverfield Lane has earned $63.6 million domestic, all against a small $15 million budget.

Meet the Blacks, a new urban comedy, opens in eighth. The Freestyle Releasing picture debuted to $4.1 million from 1,015 venues, which must be a success for this small film I've never heard of.

Eye in the Sky, the military thriller with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman, expanded to 1,029 venues and earned $4 million. This is a decent but not spectacular expansion for the film, but given its stellar 93% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, this one may grow as the weekends continue.


Tenth is Deadpool, which has been in the top ten for eight great weekends. Deadpool earned another $3.5 million and fell 29%. The domestic total has now reached an awesome $355.1 million, and is joined by the overseas gross which has almost hit the $400 million mark. The budget here was only $58 million, which means the picture has grossed almost 13 times that amount.

Hello, My Name is Doris, the dramedy with Sally Field, expanded its venue count to 964 theaters this weekend. The result is a $2.4 million gross, bringing its total up to $6.6 million. Everybody Wants Some, the new film from Richard Linklater, debuted at 19 venues this weekend. The spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused earned $323,000, giving it a venue average of $17,000. Expect this one to expand over the weekends to come, as the 91% fresh rating should push it forward.

Overall, the box office is way down. One reason for that is that last year, Furious 7 opened on this weekend and pushed the top 12 to $217.9 million, but less than last weekend, when Batman v Superman took the top 12 to $245 million. This weekend, the top 12 earned $125.5 million, which is also behind the top 12 from 2014, when Captain America 2 opened to $95 million, and the top 12 earned $158.9 million.

Next weekend three openers debut, and two of the three could take a crack at top spot. Openers include The Boss (formerly Michelle Darnell) with Melissa McCarthy; Hardcore Henry, a first person shooter movie; and Before I Wake, one of those films that was delayed while Relativity restructured. If The Boss can get to $40 million, it should take down both Batman and Superman, as I expect their struggles to continue.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/1/16-4/3/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WARNER BROS. $52,385,000 - 68% $261,458,000
2 Zootopia Disney $20,000,000 - 17% $275,939,000
3 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal $11,100,000 - 38% $36,500,000
4 God's Not Dead 2 Pure Flix $8,100,000 New $8,100,000
5 Miracles From Heaven Sony $7,550,000 - 22% $46,820,000
6 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Lionsgate $5,725,000 - 39% $56,384,724
7 10 Cloverfield Lane Paramount $4,750,000 - 20% $63,563,000
8 Meet the Blacks Freestyle $4,086,000 New $4,086,000
9 Eye In the Sky Bleecker Street $4,055,000 + 335% $6,149,542
10 Deadpool Fox $3,500,000 - 29% $355,108,000
11 Hello, My Name Is Doris Roadside Attractions $2,300,000 + 47% $6,600,000
12 London Has Fallen Gramercy $1,910,000 - 37% $59,085,972
  Also Opening/Notables
  Everybody Wants Some!! Paramount $323,000 New $323,000
  Miles Ahead Sony Classics $122,751 New $122,751
  Vaxxed: From Cover0up To Catastrophe Cinema Libre $22,000 New $22,000
  The Dark Horse Broad Green $8,487 New $8,487
  I Saw the Light Sony Classics $745,435 + 1539% $806,672
  Midnight Special WARNER BROS. $581,000 + 481% $994,000
  Krisha A24 $27,000 - 30% $100,434
  Remember A24 $70,000 - 3% $931,033
  The Witch A24 $465,000 New $24,649,698
  Star Wars: the Force Awakens Disney $724,000 - 11% $934,941,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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