Unparalleled. That’s the word that comes to mind when you look at what Marvel Studios has achieved. Since they launched their cinematic universe in 2008 with Paramount’s release of Iron Man the studio has changed distributors (Disney purchased Marvel in 2010 for $4 billion) the studio has released thirteen films, all of them hits, and has nine more planned through the end of 2019.
Marvel’s current release, Captain America: Civil War retained its top spot at the box office for the second straight weekend bringing in an estimated $72.5 million. That ranks it #8 all time in second weekend earners, just a little more than Iron Man 3‘s second weekend earnings. Maintaining its number two spot was Disney’s The Jungle Book. Internationally, Civil War has made $645 million to bring its global total to an astounding $940.89 million. It will most assuredly vault past $1 billion in earnings in the upcoming week joining both Avengers pics and the third Iron Man as the only films in the MCU to surpass a billion globally.
The Jungle Book has passed $300 million in the U.S. (it finished with $17.7 million this weekend) and is the second Disney release of 2016 to top $300 million. Civil War will be next to join that list. (Wow. Remember when $100 million used to be the bar to determine financial success?)
New to theaters we had Sony’s Money Monster. It opened in third place with $15 million. The George Clooney and Julia Roberts starring thriller from Jodie Foster actually overperformed considering its time of release, but as you can see Clooney and Roberts aren’t quite the attracting draws that they have been in the past.
Also in major release we had the latest Blumhouse picture, The Darkness (No. 4 with $5.18 million). Despite tepid critical reviews (a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes – ouch!), the micro budget horror pic met monetary expectations. Nevertheless, Kevin Bacon deserves better.
The best “per theater” performer was A24’s The Lobster. From four theaters it brought in a solid $188,095. That’s a $47.024 per theater average, which is the best for a specialty release in 2016. The film will expand in the weeks to come and go nationally on May 27.
Upcoming we have The Angry Birds Movie, Universal’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. I can’t speak for the first two but The Nice Guys is an uproarious odd couple action comedy with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Top 10 results below.
01. Captain America Civil War – $72.5 Million ($295M)
02. The Jungle Book – $17.7 Million ($311.7M)
03. Money Monster – $15 Million
04. The Darkness – $5.18 Million
05. Mother’s Day – $3.25 Million ($28.75M)
06. Zootopia – $2.8 Million ($331.8M)
07. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $2.5 Million ($44.5M)
08. Keanu – $1.9 Million ($18.6M)
09. Barbershop: The Next Cut – $1.6 Million ($51.3M)
10. The Boss – $1.1 Million ($61.1M)
Tags: box office, Captain America: Civil War, Money Monster, The Jungle Book, The Lobster