Box Office: Batman and Superman Have a New Boss

Nick Nunziata

Unless the actual numbers that are released on Monday change things, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice only lasted two weeks in the number one spot. That’s shameful. It’s so disappointing that the film may ultimately be considered an outright failure when the bean counters do their due diligence. Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss narrowly won the weekend with a solid but disappointing $23,480,000 while the Zack Snyder Justice League-starter pulled in $23,435,000 in its third weekend. Though the superhero film will cross $300,000,000 in the coming days it certainly didn’t set the world on fire. Hardcore Henry was a dud, ending with the third-worst per-screen average in the top ten..

Next week sees an influx of sure things when it comes to box office, as The Jungle Book and Barbershop 3: The Next Cut are pretty much locks for the top two spots a week from today.

A few tidbits from the numbers:

  • Zootopia is neck in neck with the big DC movie and when it’s all said and done will end up placing higher in the 2016 box office. That’s a huge surprise.
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane is quietly making some serious bank and will cross $70,000,000 in the coming days.
  • Miles Ahead added 21 screens this weekend and finished with the highest per-screen average on the chart. Don Cheadle’s little movie is doing all the right things towards building a little grassroots love.

The Numbers Game

I’ve added a little fun to the box office report. A little guessing game. Let’s see how close we can get to guessing the correct box-office numbers for the movies opening next week.

Last Week:

The Boss
My Guess: $31,000,000
Actual: $23,480,000
Result: I think this actually underperformed, so too bad on me. And too bad on Melissa McCarthy.

Hardcore Henry
My Guess: $8,500,000
Actual: $5,096,000
Result: That is really an awful showing for the flick. Even my modest estimate was off.

This week:

The Jungle Book


Jon Favreau’s next tentpole movie is opening on a robust 3,700+ screens, so it should be the go-to film for family audiences for the next couple of weeks. There’s not much buzz for it yet, but it will certainly rake in the dough regardless of the reviews. The competing Jungle Book movie got pushed to 2017 so it’s smooth sailing for now. IMAX and 3-D should help build the bankroll as well.

My guess: $46,000,000


Barbershop 3: The Next Cut


This will kill. There’s no reason to think it won’t. Ice Cube somehow has become one of the more bankable leading men in the business, which is kind of affirming. I actually spent some time on the set for this and it looked like a lot of fun. Adding Common to the mix is only a good thing. This will be an enduring flick at the turnstiles.

My guess: $22,000,000


See you next week!

Source: Box Office Mojo

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