Weekend Wrap-Up

Disney and Marvel Score Again With Captain America: Civil War

By John Hamann

May 8, 2016


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On Friday, The Jungle Book earned $5.7 million, off 45% from its previous, third Friday. That’s a couple of points better than its first Friday drop (48.6%), but that was compared to a Thursday preview/Friday gross combination. The Jungle Book went on to have a solid fourth weekend despite Civil War, earning $21.9 million and dropping 50%. That puts the domestic gross of $285 million within knocking distance of $300 million, while the worldwide gross is up to $776 million. This one cost $75 million less to make than Captain America: Civil War, and just might earn more globally. Yes it IS a good time to be Disney.

The Jungle Book’s fourth weekend $20 million plus gross, puts it into some pretty elite company. Prior to this weekend, only 25 films had earned $20 million or more in weekend four, but with The Jungle Book, there are now 26. It also shows the power of Zootopia – despite opening to $25 million less than The Jungle Book, its fourth weekend came in at $24 million, higher despite opening so much lower. Of the 26 films that have earned $20 million in weekend four, half of those are Disney products, which is an excellent reflection of their brand.

That puts Mother’s Day into third – one spot up from last weekend. Keanu did a serious disappearing act, as the cat certainly didn’t come back this weekend. Mother’s Day did the expected and held very well over its namesake weekend. The very bad Garry Marshall film earned another $9 million and increased 8% in the process. Next weekend will be ugly for this one, but so far, the $25 million film has earned $20.7 million. It has picked up a couple of million overseas, but has a long way to go to get to profitability.

Fourth goes to The Huntsman: Winter’s War. After earning $9.6 million last weekend, The Huntsman shrivels in weekend three, earning only $3.6 million. That gives it a drop of 63%, and a domestic total to date of $40.4 million. The $105 million it has earned overseas will help, but with a $115 million budget, this is heading for a loss regardless.

Fifth is Keanu, and Warner Bros. must be having to use the chip embedded in the cat to find it. After opening last weekend with $9.5 million, the Key & Peele flick earned only $3.1 million, giving it a nasty decline of 67%. If there is good news here, it’s that this kitty movie cost only $15 million to make, as it has a gross to date of only $15.1 million.

Our sixth place film is Barbershop: The Next Cut, which had a weekend total of $2.7 million as it fell 56%. Thus far, the well-reviewed Ice Cube comedy has accumulated a North American gross of $48.8 million, and probably doesn't stand to make much from overseas venues.


Zootopia is seventh, as even the stalwart of the top ten struggles with such a big film opening. This weekend – amazingly its 10th – Zootopia earned another $2.68 million, as it dropped 50% compared to last weekend. That brings the domestic total up to $327.6 million, and joins an overseas gross that has crossed the $625 million mark already. Worldwide, Zootopia is the top earning film of the year so far.

The rest of the top 12 fail to make $2 million apiece, which really demonstrates how front-loaded this group of films really is. The Boss drops to eighth, as even Melissa McCarthy is no match for Captain America and Iron Man. The Boss earned only $1.8 million and fell 59%. The $29 million Universal release has now earned $59 million domestically and gets another $10 million plus from overseas to narrowly turn this into a winner.

Ninth is Ratchet and Clank, the animated feature from Focus Features that missed last weekend. In its second frame, Ratchet earned $1.5 million and declined 70%. It has a total of $7.1 million to date.

Tenth is sad old Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which got schooled by Marvel. Dawn of Justice spends its last weekend in the top ten, earning only $1 million and dropping 73%. That brings the domestic total up to $327.3 million (Zootopia has now passed it in North America), which joins the $540 million overseas gross, against its $250 million budget.

In limited release, The Weinstein Company’s Sing Street expanded into 120 theaters, but earned only $422,000, giving it a poor venue average of $2,758. From Once and Begin Again director John Carney, Sing Street should find an audience – it is 97% fresh and is in the running for best film of the year to date. Get out there and support this one!

Overall, the top 12 was huge thanks to the massive haul from Captain America: Civil War. The top 12 films earned $230 million this weekend, which spanks last year’s top 12 take of $122.3 million, and ahead of last year’s May 1st frame, when Age of Ultron led the top 12 to $226.4 million. Next weekend, Civil War will marinate, and will be joined by The Darkness, with Kevin Bacon, and Money Monster, Jodie Foster’s drama with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/6/16-5/8/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Captain America: Civil War Disney $181,800,000 New $181,800,000
2 The Jungle Book Disney $21,873,000 -50.0% $284,985,000
3 Mother's Day Open Road $9,006,141 +7.6% $20,725,831
4 The Huntsman: Winter's War Universal $3,578,485 -62.8% $40,362,105
5 Keanu WARNER BROS. $3,080,000 -67.4% $15,101,000
6 Barbershop: the Next Cut WARNER BROS. $2,700,000 -55.6% $48,769,000
7 Zootopia Disney $2,677,000 -49.8% $327,625,000
8 The Boss Universal $1,744,685 -59.2% $59,097,145
9 Ratchet & Clank Gramercy $1,462,000 -70.0% $7,095,633
10 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WARNER BROS. $1,045,000 -73.0% $327,250,000
11 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal $512,630 -53.7% $58,157,295
12 Eye In the Sky Bleecker Street $512,259 -43.7% $17,249,001
  Also Opening/Notables
  A Bigger Splash FOX SEARCHLIGHT $110,000 New $134,100
  Dark Horse Sony Classics $14,674 New $14,674
  Being Charlie Paladin $13,650 New $13,650
  Elstree 1976 Film Rise $3,000 New $3,000
  Papa Hemingway In Cuba Yari Film Group $200,000 -61.9 $875,000
  The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC Films $200,000 +174.1 $315,000
  The Family Fang Starz Media $104,880 +623.0 $124,948
  A Hologram For the King Roadside Attractions $500,000 -47.0% $3,425,000
  The Meddler Sony Classics $294,307 +79.1% $613,943
  Green Room A24 $343,570 -62.9% $2,063,976
  Sing Street Weinstein Co. $422,000 +30.5% $1,113,697
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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