BOX OFFICE REPORT
May 13-15, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Captain America: Civil War||$72.5 million|
|The Jungle Book||$17.7 million|
|Money Monster||$15.0 million|
|The Darkness||$5.1 million|
|Mother's Day||$3.2 million|
Not even the combined star power of Julia Roberts and George Clooney could come close to unseating Captain America: Civil War. The latest Marvel entry dropped nearly 60 percent, but that was still more than everything else in the top 10 combined once again. It's just shy of $300 million, but will become the second-biggest movie of the year in the U.S. by next weekend. Internationally, it's on the verge of $1 billion and the biggest movie of the year.
The Jungle Book stayed at No. 2, where it became the fourth movie to pass $300 million in the U.S. in 2016. Even in its fifth weekend, that was enough to beat Money Monster. The thriller – which is actually a dark comedy in disguise – debuted with a decent $15 million. Obviously, that's not a world-beater by any stretch of the imagination. But for the increasingly rare movie made for adults, that's a solid opening.
The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon as the dad of a kid being haunted by some sort of spirit, is another in a long line of cheaply produced horror flicks. Its weak opening is another sign of the quick nature with which some of these spook-fests get passed through the pipeline. More cleverly crafted movies like The Conjuring will get more accolades and tickets sold. Mother's Day, which actually went up last weekend, fell a dreadful 70 percent for its third weekend.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos' English-langugage debut, is about a group of people sent to live in a hotel so they can find a romantic partner before being turned into an animal. It averaged $47,024 on only four screens.
- Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Jane Austen story, also did well in limited release. It averaged $33,188 on four screens. As part of its distribution deal, the film will premiere on Amazon Prime later this year.
- Talking about fulfilling your title. The delayed bachelor-party-gone-awry comedy Search Party couldn't even find an audience. It opened on 10 screens but only made $4,000.
Some real competition this summer, finally, as three movies battle for box office supremacy. Neighbors 2 will take on The Nice Guys for the R-rated comedy belt, while – sigh – The Angry Birds Movie will try to get the kiddos and their parents to stop looking at their phones for a minute and watch a movie based on a game on their phones. I'm gonna guess it's a close one, but Neighbors 2 takes the top spot with $45 million.