‘Batman v Superman’ Box Office Takes a 68% Dive in Second Weekend

     April 3, 2016


After breaking a long list of records in its first weekend at the box office, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took 68% plunge in its second frame, one of the biggest ever drop offs for a marquee superhero title, grossing a total of $52.4 million domestically. The number is slightly up from initial estimates, which put the film at a 70% drop-off. Even so, it’s the fifth biggest dive for a movie that opened over $100 million, topped only by Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and three of the Twilight films. The drop is about on par with last year’s Fantastic Four, which plummeted 68.2% in its second week. But if that’s the bad news, it comes with some good.

Zack Snyder‘s epic superhero smackdown also hit an impressive $682.9M at the global box office, which means it has officially surpassed Man of Steel‘s total global haul of $668M after only two weeks in theaters. Batman v Superman has also outgrossed Thor: The Dark World (644.6M), Iron Man 2 (623.9M), Iron Man (585.2M), and Batman Begins (374.2). Now the big question becomes if the film will follow in the shoes of Warner Bros’ Dark Knight sequels and demonstrate enough stamina in the coming weeks to pass the billion dollar mark.


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Batman v Superman also easily swiped the top spot at the box office again, but notably faced a very light slate of competition. Indeed, it was another repeat contender that landed the No. 2 spot, as the unsinkable Zootopia earned an impressive $20M in its fifth week, bringing its domestical haul to 275.9M, and putting it well on its way to becoming the 10th ever animated film to earn more than $300M domestically. At the international box office, Zootopia scooped up another $30M, bringing the global total to 787.6M.

The rest of the weekend lineup was generally lowkey. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 showed some endurance, landed the third spot with an estimated gross just over $11M for its second weekend. A pair of faith-based features round out the Top 5, with God’s Not Dead 2 taking the fourth spot with $8.1M in its debut frame, but failing to surpass its predecessor despite opening in 1,639 theaters. The Jennifer Garner-led Miracles from Heaven took the fifth spot with $7.5M, bringing its total to $46.8.

In other noteworthy stats, The Divergent Series: Allegiant took the No. 6 spot with $5.7M, which brings its domestic total to $56.4M — a number that means it took three weeks for the sequel to earn as much as Divergent did in its first weekend.  In the indie realm, Paramount debuted Richard Linklater‘s spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!!, in 19 theaters to a total of $323,000 for a $17,000 per screen average, while Sony Pictures Classics debuted Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead in four theaters to a total of $122,751 for a $30,688 per screen average. Overall, the weekend box office was down 40% from last year, unable to measure up to the box office beast that was Furious 7.

Here’s this weekend’s top ten, based on studio estimates:

 Title Weekend Total
1. Batman v Superman $52,385,000 $261.5
2. Zootopia $20,000,000 $275.9
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $11,130,000 $36.4
4. God’s Not Dead 2 $8,104,321 $8.1
5. Miracles From Heaven $7,550,000 $46.8
6. The Divergent Series: Allegiant $5,725,000 $56.4
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane $4,750,000 $63.6
8. Meet the Blacks $4,086,000 $4.0
9. Eye in the Sky $4,055,000 $6.1
10. Deadpool $3,500,000 $355.1


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