Weekend Wrap-Up

Captain America: Civil War a Money Monster

By John Hamann

May 15, 2016

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Finishing third is Money Monster, the adult thriller from director Jodie Foster, and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. This is an old school star vehicle, a real time hostage drama with lots of scenery chewing and big speeches. Audiences were drawn to the star power, and the film managed a decent but not spectacular opening frame of $15 million. This is on the high end of what tracking was looking for, and given what we’ve seen lately from some star driven films, this is a fantastic result for a film than cost $30 million to make. It won’t be profitable stateside with a probable finish around $50 million, but with Clooney and Roberts on board, it’s going to at least match what it earns stateside overseas, if not do far better.

Money Monster could have been bigger over opening weekend. This is a timely story about the 1%, and had the movie been better and carried more buzz, this could have been a $20 million opener. Some smart strategic moves were made here, as the open was timed with the Cannes Film Festival, which meant reviews were held until its screening there, which happened to be the Thursday prior to its Friday release. It was an embargo on purpose, and when reviews were counted, they came in at an overall 56% fresh – disappointing considering the star power. Better news was that RottenTomatoes’ top critics came in higher at 61%, and the Cinemascore was decent at B+ (but you need it higher for a star driven thing like this). Sony’s TriStar is distributor only here, with Clooney’s SmokeHouse Pictures producing alongside Allegiance Theatre, who put the film together. It rolls out overseas over the next three weekends.

The Darkness, the new horror title being released by High Top Releasing, an offshoot of Focus Features, finishes fourth, a ranking that does not fit the weekend gross. The Darkness earned only $5.2 million, and while that is a small amount, it did come in at the higher end of expectations. High Top put it out to only 1,755 venues, so the weekend take does fit the screen count. Starring Kevin Bacon, The Darkness cost only $5 million to make (yes, Jason Blum is involved) so this one likely won’t cost anyone too much pain. The best thing about The Darkness is that it still carries a 0% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes, and the Cinemascore was super ugly at a C. This one got what it needed this weekend, but it certainly isn’t going to get much more.

Fifth is Mother’s Day, and after resurgent second weekend where it was up 33% from opening weekend, the bottom fell out this time around, as there was no Hallmark Holiday to prop it up. Without Mom’s Day on Sunday, the Garry Marshall flick went into freefall, earning only $3.3 million and dropping a wild 71%. The $25 million Open Road release has now pulled in $28.8 million (not enough) and has another couple of million earned overseas.


Sixth is Zootopia, Disney’s other killer soldier. This one has been out now for 11 weekends, and is still holding on as nothing has yet to come to replace it (Angry Birds will next weekend). Zootopia earned another $2.8 million this weekend, and drops a ridiculous 12%. It now has a domestic gross of $331.8 million and its worldwide take is now one of the 30 best ever, as it sits at $970 million.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is seventh, as it slowly wanes away. The Huntsman earned another $2.6 million this weekend and drops 35%. The beleaguered prequel has now earned $44.5 million domestically for Universal, and has crossed the $100 million mark overseas, but it’s not enough, as the budget came in at $115 million.

Eighth is Keanu, the Key & Peele flick that didn’t work with audiences. This weekend, Keanu earns $1.9 million and drops 42% after falling 65% last weekend. It has pulled in only $18.6 million to date, against a $15 million Warner Bros. budget.

Ninth is Barbershop: The Next Cut. The Ice Cube sequel earned $1.7 million this weekend and drops 40%. The Warner Bros. feature has now crossed the $50 million mark and sits with $51.4 million. Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss is tenth with $1.2 million. It drops 38% and leaves the top ten with $61.1 million.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 films at the box office are lucky to have the support from Captain America, as the total for those films finished with $125.1 million. That’s well back of the same weekend last year when the top 12 earned $176.7 million, led by a surprise opening weekend from Pitch Perfect 2, and the open of Mad Max Fury Road. Next weekend brings three new titles and a sequel to the summer race. Openers include Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which will look to improve on the original’s $49 million open, Angry Birds, an animated original and based on the game, and The Nice Guys, the nicely reviewed comedy thriller with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/13/16-5/15/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Captain America: Civil War Disney $72,563,000 -59% $295,892,000
2 The Jungle Book Disney $17,764,000 -27% $311,760,000
3 Money Monster Sony $15,000,000 New $15,000,000
4 The Darkness Dimension Films $5,180,000 New $5,180,000
5 Mother's Day Open Road $3,259,205 -71% $28,757,325
6 Zootopia Disney $2,816,000 -12% $331,931,000
7 The Huntsman: Winter's War Universal $2,575,620 -35% $44,534,870
8 Keanu WARNER BROS. $1,900,000 -42% $18,613,000
9 Barbershop: the Next Cut WARNER BROS. $1,675,000 -40% $51,356,000
10 The Boss Universal $1,175,230 -39% $61,136,930
11 Ratchet & Clank Gramercy $569,000 -61% $8,086,257
12 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WARNER BROS. $535,000 -49% $328,214,000
  Also Opening/Notables
The Lobster A24 $188,195 New $188,195
Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions $135,000 New $135,000
Amerigeddon Forwarned $131,000 New $131,000
Pele IFC Films $8,000 New $8,000
Search Party Focus World $4,000 New $4,000
A Bigger Splash FOX SEARCHLIGHT $185,000 62% $367,429
Dark Horse Sony Classics $25,362 83% $45,029
Elstree 1976 Film Rise $1,000 -69% $7,093
The Meddler Sony Classics $393,128 27% $1,126,301
Green Room A24 $425,000 26% $2,700,000
Sing Street Weinstein Co. $636,000 45% $1,909,135
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal $468,255 -27% $58,956,145
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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