Without much competition, the DC Extended Universe was able to remain on top of the box office charts, but not without taking a considerable dive.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice repeated in the #1 spot with $52.3 million in its second weekend. That is a staggering 68.4 percent decrease from its record-breaking opening, a figure steeper than the one Man of Steel saw in 2013. Even though the film was doing well in terms of repeat ticket sales, it became apparent that it was going to take a massive hit when it suffered the worst Friday-to-Friday drop of all-time (81 percent). Batman V Superman‘s slide is the fifth largest for a film that opened north of $100 million, topped by the final Harry Potter film and three Twilight movies. Considering that Dawn of Justice was the only true blockbuster on the market, it’s safe to say that this isn’t the kind of holdover Warner Bros. was looking for.
Still, it isn’t all bad for the DCEU. Batman V Superman is now up to $261.4 million domestically and $682.8 million globally. Prior to its premiere, reports indicated that the film needed to bring in at least $800 million worldwide to turn a profit, and Zack Snyder’s latest should be able to reach that number. It also has an outside chance of joining the magic $1 billion club, but the odds of that are lower now than they were a couple weeks ago. However, there’s still a couple of weeks before The Jungle Book reaches theaters, so Batman V Superman relatively has the multiplex to itself for the time being. It needs to make around $317 million more to reach $1 billion – a tall task that many will be interested in keeping tabs on.
Coming in second once again is Zootopia with $20 million. The animated smash is now up to $275.9 million in the States.
At #3 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. The sequel made $11.1 million in its second weekend to raise its domestic total to $36.4 million.
Opening in fourth is God’s Not Dead 2, which grossed $8.1 million during its first three days. It continued the trend of faith-based films performing fairly well at the box office, further establishing there’s a sizable audience for these projects. God’s Not Dead 2 had a production budget of just $5 million, so it should turn a nice profit for the studio.
Rounding out the top five is Miracles from Heaven, bringing in $7.5 million. The film is now up to $46.8 million for its Stateside run.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant comes in sixth. The young-adult adaptation grossed $5.7 million in its third weekend to increase its domestic total to $56.3 million.
At #7, is 10 Cloverfield Lane. The thriller brought in $4.7 million and is now up to $63.5 million domestically.
Spoof Meet the Blacks comes in eighth with $4 million in its opening weekend.
Eye in the Sky is #9, grossing $4 million after adding 906 locations to its theater count. It’s now up to $6.1 million domestically.
Finishing off the top 10 is Deadpool with $3.5 million. The superhero romp has now made $355.1 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 4 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo