Newcomers were no match for Disney Animation at the box office this week, paving the way for a repeat.
Coming in first again is Zootopia, which brought in $50 million during its second weekend. That’s just a 33.4 percent drop from its debut, indicating that the film has strong legs and will be hanging around for a while. Thanks to the universally positive word-of-mouth from critics and audiences alike, there’s much interest in seeing what all the buzz is about. Also, Zootopia is going unchallenged in regards to the coveted family demographic, so it should continue to post high numbers. It’s currently at $142.6 million in the States and already $431.1 million globally.
Opening in second is the new film 10 Cloverfield Lane (read our review), grossing $25.2 million in its first three days. Though few knew that the thriller was even coming through the pipeline until a couple of months ago, it was able to leave a strong impression with moviegoers and have a successful start commercially. It scored very well with critics, which only added to the level of intrigue the trailers hinted at. With few appealing options currently playing, 10 Cloverfield Lane became a clear winner due to its plethora of selling points. There’s still some time before Batman V Superman reaches theaters, so the new Cloverfield could put together a decent run by the time it’s all said and done.
Coming in third is Deadpool with $10.8 million. The superhero blockbuster is now up to $328 million domestically. Worldwide, it’s made $708.1 million. It may not reach the $1 billion club, but this is still an impressive showing for the R-rated smash.
Falling to fourth is London Has Fallen, which made $10.6 million in its second weekend. The action sequel is now up to $38.8 million in the U.S.
Rounding out the top five is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The war comedy grossed $4.6 million to raise its domestic total to $14.5 million.
Debuting at #6 is a new romantic-comedy The Perfect Match, which made $4.1 million in its first three days. Given that it had a somewhat limited opening (925 theaters) and an almost non-existent marketing campaign, this is an impressive start for the film. Still, it’s unlikely to be around for much longer, since it doesn’t have widespread appeal.
The Young Messiah came in seventh during its opening weekend, bringing in $3.4 million. Like Perfect Match, this is one where awareness was an issue due to a small advertising presence, but it found a way to reach its target demographic. It’s an accomplishment that it was able to break into the top 10, but its relatively niche demographic will keep it from getting strong legs at the box office.
Outright bombing at #8 is the new action comedy The Brothers Grimsby (read our review). The latest effort from Sacha Baron Cohen only managed to make a meager $3.1 million in its first three days, hardly what Sony was hoping for. The film was struck by negative reviews, many criticizing the gags for being uneven. With Deadpool out there for the R-rated comedy crowd, Brothers Grimsby was largely dead on arrival. It’s gotten a small boost from the international markets, with $14.3 amassed worldwide, but it still has a long way to go to turn a profit.
Gods of Egypt comes in ninth with $2.5 million. It’s up to $27.3 million domestically.
Finishing off the top 10 is Risen. The religious drama made $2.2 million over the weekend to increase its domestic total to $32.3 million.
[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, March 14 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo