Follow us on

Weekend Wrap-Up: Civil War Dominates, buy Money Monster has Moderate Debut

May 17th, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

The weekend box office was weaker than predicted at the top, but stronger in the second and third spots. Captain America: Civil War led the way with $72.64 million. This was lower than expected, but still more than the rest of the films combined earned. Money Monster was better than expected with $14.79 million. Overall, the box office was down 45% from last weekend to $130 million, while it was down 29% from this weekend last year. 2016 is still ahead of 2015 by a massive $230 million or 6.2% at $3.97 billion to $3.73 billion. I was worried 2016 and 2015 would be in a virtual tie by now, so this is great news.

Captain America: Civil War fell 59% to $72.64 million. This drop is similar to both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Winter Soldier and is nothing to complain about. It is certainly better than the 69% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice plummeted during its second weekend of release. The film's running tally didn't quite reach $300 million over the weekend, but it came close with $296.97 million as of Sunday and nearly assuredly hit $300 million on Monday. Worldwide, it is racing towards $1 billion and it is very likely the film has earned between $100 million and $200 million in pure profits for the studio.

The Jungle Book continues to show amazing legs down just 30% to $17.12 million over the weekend for a total of $311.11 million after a month of release. The film has about a 50/50 chance of overtaking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by this time next week.

Money Monster opened in third place with $14.79 million, despite getting off to a slow start. The reviews are not good, but not bad either, so it likely had a better than average internal multiplier thanks to its more mature target demographic. This should also help its legs in the coming weeks.

The Darkness was way back in fourth place with $4.95 million. This is within a rounding error of Friday's predictions, but it was better than expected. Additionally, it finally got its first positive review, so it is no longer in the 0% Tomatometer score club. That's really stretching for reasons to look on the bright side of things.

Mother's Day plummeted 70% to fifth place with just $3.29 million over the weekend for a total of $28.79 million after three weeks of release. Its theater average is below $1,000, so it will all but disappear by the end of the month.

- Weekend Box Office

- Money Monster Comparisons
- The Boy Comparisons
- Captain America: Civil War Comparisons
- The Jungle Book vs. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Filed under: Weekend Wrap-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, The Darkness, Money Monster, Mother’s Day