Memorial Day Top Two Net Soft $73 million at the Box Office
By John Hamann
May 29, 2016
Finishing third is The Angry Birds Movie, as Sony tries the Shrek move, opening their animated opus the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, hoping to have a solid hold in its second weekend. However, with both openers taking some of the audience away from Angry Birds, there was bound to be tarred feathers on the second weekend gross. The Rovio creation earned $18.7 million in its second weekend, down an okay 51% compared to its $38.3 million opening. This is a bigger drop than something like Kung Fu Panda, which fell 44% in its second weekend, and Despicable Me (42%). The Angry Birds Movie cost $73 million to make, so it likely needs a worldwide total of at least $225 million to see a profit. The likelihood is strong as this is a hit overseas, with a gross to date of $xxx.xx million, which combines nicely with the domestic gross, currently sitting at $157.2 million. Angry Birds will also likely top out at $125 million domestic.
Captain America: Civil War finishes fourth this weekend and manages to hold at least decently against X-Men Apocalypse. The Marvel/Disney blockbuster earned another $15.1 million in its fourth frame, bringing its massive total up to $372.6 million. This isn’t going to be a $400 million monster, though, as three consecutive 50% drops are hindering its legs. Still, it certainly isn’t hurting the worldwide gross. That number has now hit $1.1 billion.
Fifth is Neighbors 2. After starting softly last weekend with a $21.8 million opening frame, things did not get any better for Zac Efron and Seth Rogen this weekend. In its second frame with no direct new competition, Neighbors 2 earned only $9.1 million and fell 58%. Made for $35 million, the comedy was able to match that production figure this weekend, and it now sits with $38.3 million at the domestic box office. A similar overseas gross ensures that Neighbors will be fine financially, but it won’t come close to the $370 million the original earned.
Sixth is Disney’s other monster, The Jungle Book, which leapfrogs the original juggernaut, Zootopia, on the all-time biggest earners ever list. This weekend, the Jon Favreau flick earned another $7 million and dropped 36%. The domestic total has now reached $338.5 million (versus Zootopia’s $335.9 million). Overseas, The Jungle Book had cleared $530 million prior to the weekend, and continues to climb the all-time list.
The Nice Guys is seventh, but the Russell Crowe/Ryan Gosling release holds up pretty well after opening to $11.2 million last weekend. This weekend, the well-reviewed film earned another $6.4 million and declined a solid 43%. The Nice Guys was put together for $50 million, so it will have to stretch a long way internationally to be financially successful. Stateside, The Nice Guys has earned $21.7 million; overseas it has opened in a handful of markets and pulled in more than $2 million.
Eighth is Money Monster, another summer experiment that hasn’t worked. After dropping 53% last weekend, the George Clooney flick didn’t recover much this weekend, earning only $4.3 million and falling 39%. The $27 million Sony TriStar release now has a domestic total of $33.9 million and has pulled in another $10 million overseas.