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Jungle Book Busts Out, Beats Estimates by 30%

By John Hamann

April 17, 2016

Black cats really are the best.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was in a close tussle with Zootopia for fourth spot. Batman v Superman eked out the win this weekend (after losing to The Boss last weekend by about $200,000). The Zack Snyder film had another weekend with a drop above 50%, as it earned $9 million and fell 61%. Dawn of Justice crossed the $300 million mark this week and now has a domestic total of $311.3 million. The overseas gross has crossed the half-billion mark, meaning Batman v Superman has crossed the $800 million mark worldwide. It's amazing how this one crossed a domestic plateau and an overseas plateau just as the Warner Bros. CEO was making presentations to theater owners this week.

That means Zootopia is fifth, as it has another decent weekend, its seventh in wide release. The other Disney feature in the top ten earned $8.2 million and declined 43%, but it’s the mark it hit this weekend that’s key. On its 43rd day of release, Zootopia crossed the $300 million mark and now sits with a domestic gross of $307.5 million. Overseas, Zootopia has earned more than Batman, tallying $575 million in overseas sales. Zootopia has turned into a massive hit for Disney and has to be part of the reason for The Jungle Book’s success as well.

Lionsgate’s latest disaster is Criminal, with Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman. This one hurts, as Criminal cost $31 million to make but opened to only $5.9 million this weekend, from 2,683 screens. That marks the seventh consecutive loser for Lionsgate, as Criminal follows the same path as Gods of Egypt, Allegiant, Dirty Grandpa, The Choice, Norm of the North and The Perfect Match. I wonder how long they can sell off foreign rights to keep the risk down.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is seventh, and just isn’t getting the same response as the original did. This weekend, Greek Wedding 2 earned another $3.3 million and dropped 50% compared to last weekend. This one cost $18 million to make, and has a domestic gross to date of $52.1 million, along with an overseas gross that has surpassed $26 million.




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Miracles from Heaven is eighth as it winds down its run. The faith-based Jennifer Garner film earned another $1.9 million and fell 60% as it lost 700 screens. The good news is that Miracles has earned $56.9 million domestically and has added $5 million overseas.

Our other faith based film, God’s Not Dead 2, is ninth. This religious film is not nearly as successful as Miracles From Heaven, as it earned $1.7 million and declined 60%. The sequel to the $61 million earner will not come close to the original, as it has a gross to date of only $17 million.

Tenth is Eye in the Sky, the small Helen Mirren/Alan Rickman thriller from Bleecker Street. After a few good weekends, Eye in the Sky saw a heady drop of 46% and earned $1.6 million. So far, its domestic total is $13.1 million, with no overseas box office reported yet.

Overall this weekend, the box office was up leaps and bounds over last year, as the top two films this weekend outgrossed last year’s top 12. The top 12 this weekend earned a massive $168.3 million, yards ahead of last year, when the second weekend of Furious 7 led the top 12 to $112 million. Next weekend will be another Jungle Book weekend, as The Huntsman: Winter’s War – with its 17% fresh rating - opens after failing overseas, and is joined by Elvis & Nixon, a really neat look at the meeting between Elvis (Michael Shannon) and Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey).


Top Ten for Weekend of
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 The Jungle Book Walt Disney Co. 103.6 New 103.6
2 Barbershop: The Next Cut Warner Bros. 20.2 New 20.2
3 The Boss Universal 10.2 -57% 40.4
4 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Warner Bros. 9.0 -61% 311.3
5 Zootopia Walt Disney Co. 8.2 -43% 307.5
6 Criminal Lionsgate 5.9 New 5.9
7 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal 3.3 -50% 52.1
8 Miracles from Heaven TriStar 1.9 -60% 56.9
9 God's Not Dead 2 Pureflix 1.7 -60% 17.0
10 Eye in the Sky Bleecker Street 1.6 -46% 13.1
11 Hardcore Henry STX 1.5 -71% 8.1
12 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Lionsgate 1.3 -63% 63.9

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