THE WEEKEND ACTUALS
|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2||$35.316 million||$35.316 million||$35.316 million|
|X-Men: Apocalypse||$22.825 million||$65.770 million||$116.999 million|
|Me Before You||$18.723 million||$18.723 million||$18.723 million|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||$11.315 million||$26.997 million||$51.396 million|
|The Angry Birds Movie||$10.214 million||$38.155 million||$87.117 million|
Everything performed about as expected this weekend, with the notable exception of 2nd place X-Men: Apocalypse falling faster than anticipated and Me Before You picking up the slack. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows brought in its predicted $35 million, certainly not wowing anyone. This is $30 million down, or a 46% drop, from its 2014 predecessor which went on to nab $191 million at the domestic box office. 2014’s Turtles also collected another $302 million internationally, while this year’s has grossed only $34 million in 40 markets so far. What’s more, Out of the Shadows will be facing fierce competition this coming weekend, with three new wide releases and little chance to stay on top.
Apocalypse experienced a somewhat brutal 65% drop in its second weekend. Though this isn’t as harsh as, say, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s 69% sophomore drop, or last summer’s Fantastic Four‘s 68%, it is a steeper drop off than most Marvel Comics adaptations encounter. That said, though rough when compared to the MCU, it’s not unheard of in the X-Men franchise. Days of Future Past saw a 64% decline in its own second weekend, The Last Stand experienced 67%, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine a drastic 69%. All in all, Apocalypse sits just shy of $117 million now, with an additional $284.5 million from abroad. New romantic drama Me Before You surprised in 3rd with a $18.7 million take this weekend, triple what the last wide release romance The Choice opened to in early February. The nearly-$19 million opening is relatively high for its genre, beating out 2009’s The Time Traveler’s Wife by only $100 thousand. It’s far from either star’s biggest openings (Emilia Clarke had last year’s Terminator: Genisys at $27 million, and Sam Claflin $158 million with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), but it does show their ability to be box office draws in non-action fare.
Alice Through the Looking Glass dropped 58% in its second weekend to take 4th place with $11.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $51.4 million. The sequel has only made about a quarter of what the original Alice in Wonderland made day-to-date in 2010, but it has drawn in an additional $125 million internationally. Fifth place belonged to The Angry Birds Movie, with $10 million and a 46% drop. The animated family comedy has grossed $87.1 million domestic and $283.9 million worldwide. Captain America: Civil War performed almost exactly as predicted, grabbing 6th place with $7.8 million. The latest Marvel success has grossed $389.2 million, with an extra $743 million foreign. Neighbors 2 barely beat out newcomer Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping for 7th, taking in $4.9 million for a total of $48.7 million, nearly at what the original opened at. Popstar claimed a lowly, but expected, $4.7 million in 2,300 theaters. There’s still a chance the mockumentary will be a dark horse in the long run thanks to positive word of mouth and the right VOD deal. Ninth place showing The Jungle Book fell a slight bit more than anticipated, at 37% with $4.4 million in its eighth weekend. Worldwide Jungle has grossed $895.7 million so far. Wrapping up 10th place was The Nice Guys, with a 47% fall and $3.5 million in its third weekend. As of today, the 70s crime comedy has grossed $29 million.
This weekend will see the release of yet another two sequels–The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2–as well as RPG adaptation Warcraft. Though Warcraft‘s been dragged in mostly negative reviews thus far, the other two have seem moderate to positive press. The original The Conjuring saw one of the highest horror openings back in 2013 at $41.9 million. Now You See Me saw a less impressive $29.4 million opening, also in 2013, but went onto gross $351.7 million worldwide, to The Conjuring‘s $318 million. The volatile sequel ennui we’ve experienced so far this year could spell trouble for both, whereas Warcraft will likely only see success abroad, where it’s already generated $70 million.
(Source: boxoffice.com. Starred figures are estimates. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed.)
Parker Mills | Contributor