Weekend Wrap-Up

Jungle Book Rules, Civil War Looms

By John Hamann

May 1, 2016

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New release Ratchet & Clank, a film I couldn’t pick out of a lineup, opens in seventh. From what I understand, this is an animated feature about a video game that is more than a decade old, but has sequels that are very much alive. The audience didn’t show this weekend, as Ratchet earned only $4.8 million from 2,891 venues. Released by Focus Features, but made by Playstation and Sony Interactive, Ratchet cost $20 million to make, and is another new release that will struggle to match its production budget stateside.

Eighth is The Boss, Melissa McCarthy’s latest. Now in release for four weekends, The Boss earned $4.3 million this time around and fell 32% compared to last weekend. The Boss has now earned $56.1 million stateside and has passed the $10 million mark overseas. This one cost $29 million to make and will need every nickel from its slow overseas rollout.

Ninth goes to Batman vs Superman, and it is being shown the door just in time for those Marvel bullies to show up in the next frame. Now in its sixth weekend, Dawn of Justice earned another $3.8 million, and declined 31%. It has now reached $325.1 million domestically and has cleared the $860 million mark overseas.


Tenth is Criminal, Lionsgate’s latest miss. The Kevin Costner/Ryan Reynolds flick earned another $1.3 million and dropped 58%. It has earned only $13.5 million since being released.

Green Room with Patrick Stewart expanded, moving from 30 theaters last weekend to 470 this weekend. The news for the thriller is only okay – it earned $960,000 from those screens, and finished with an average at $2,043. Also expanding this weekend is Tom Hanks A Hologram for a King, moving from 401 venues to 523. The result was solid, as Hologram earned $931,600 million this weekend, dropping a slim 18%. It has a gross-to0date of $2.6 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office was down against last year, but that’s what happens when Keanu goes up against Avengers: Age of Ultron. The top 12 films this weekend earned $96.8 million, obviously off of the $226 million earned last year, but better than last year’s previous weekend, which took in $85.9 million. Next weekend, of course, brings Captain America: Civil War (a film I think should have been called Marvel’s Civil War, but what do I know?), a film that should approach $200 million over opening weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/29/16-5/1/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Jungle Book Disney $42,439,000 - 31% $252,096,000
2 The Huntsman: Winter's War Universal $9,393,065 - 52% $33,989,090
3 Keanu WARNER BROS. $9,350,000 New $9,350,000
4 Mother's Day Open Road $8,302,319 New $8,302,319
5 Barbershop: the Next Cut WARNER BROS. $6,125,000 - 42% $44,706,000
6 Zootopia Disney $5,006,000 - 24% $323,518,000
7 Ratchet & Clank Gramercy $4,823,000 New $4,823,000
8 The Boss Universal $4,246,715 - 32% $56,107,840
9 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WARNER BROS. $3,810,000 - 31% $325,133,000
10 Criminal Warner Bros. $1,325,000 - 57% $13,476,167
11 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal $1,078,735 - 49% $57,265,535
12 A Hologram For the King Roadside Attractions $925,000 - 19% $2,550,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Papa Hemingway In Cuba Yari Film Group $491,200 New $491,200
  The Family Fang Starz Media $15,285 New $15,285
  Compadres Lionsgate $650,000 - 53% $2,392,189
  Elvis & Nixon Bleecker Street $215,000 - 54% $900,000
  The Meddler Sony Classics $174,369 + 206% $260,730
  Green Room A24 $960,000 + 386% $1,356,886
  Sing Street Weinstein Co. $330,000 + 165% $588,908
  Everybody Wants Some!! Paramount $360,000 - 45% $2,982,000
  Miles Ahead Sony Classics $341,780 - 47% $1,972,814
  Eye In the Sky Bleecker Street $863,377 - 28% $16,355,654
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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