A close box office race ended with Zootopia once again claiming the top spot, one helped exponentially by the family-friendly Saturday and Sunday day slots where animated films rake in the dough. The Divergent Series: Allegiant had the lead going into Saturday, and the third film in the trilogy wound up with a respectable. $29,050,000 for the weekend. Zootopia was able to cross the $200,000,000 mark by pulling in a hearty $38,042,000 and its three week reign is no small potatoes. The film faced legitimate competition and was able to ride great reviews right up to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
10 Cloverfield Lane had a decent second week, raking in another $12,500,000 and continuing its underdog streak. The Jennifer Garner faith-based Miracles from Heaven made a big statement in its opening frame with $15,000,000 of its own.
The real movie season starts next weekend, however.
A few tidbits from the numbers:
- Spotlight just crossed $44,000,000. That’s less than The Artist for crying out loud. It’s one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners of the modern era.
- The Bronze opened this week and ranks among the 50 lowest-grossing major releases of all time. Which isn’t good.
- The Brothers Grimsby is doing the exact opposite of setting the world on fire, raking in a meager $1,400,000 and pushing its grand total to a not-grand $5,912,670.
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.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
My Guess: $17,500,000
Result: Nice work if I may say so.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The long-awaited and controversial Zack Snyder film finally reaches screens and it’s going to be a monster. How big it will be will be determined by the second week and beyond, but for the best interests of comic book movie fans the world over it’ll need to take a big bite in its first week and it’s looking like it will.
My guess: $195,500,000
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
This is the counterprogramming for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And it just may work because there seems to be some interest in this surprising sequel. And it couldn’t have been that expensive to make.
My guess: $11,500,000
See you next week!
Source: Box Office Mojo