Weekend Box Office (May 20 - 22, 2016)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Sony's The Angry Birds Movie flew high knocking out Captain America and friends, while two other films opened softer than expected.
Becoming the first non-Disney film in six weeks to take the top spot at the box office, The Angry Birds Movie beat up enough pigs this weekend to take in $38.2M from 3,932 theaters, according to final studio figures, for a per theater average of $9,704. Reviews haven't been too kind (only 43% positive on Rotten Tomatoes) but with a decent CinemaScore of B+ it remains to be seen how high these birds can fly. With an additional $112M coming from overseas (in two weeks) and a current worldwide total of $150M it feels like they're well on their way to at least an Angry Birds 2.
The Avengers-lite Captain America: Civil War had another hefty decline slipping 55% to $32.9M this weekend, bringing its total up to $347.2M. That puts it at #2 for the year (with Deadpool sitting at #1 with $362.7M); #4 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with 2013's Iron Man 3's $409M still within striking distance); and #19 worldwide as the film crossed the $1B mark this weekend.
Dropping a disturbing 55% from the opening of the original, Universal's Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising took in $21.8M this weekend from 3,384 theaters for a per screen average of $6,430. Critics were more in favor than not (61% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, down 12% from the original) and the CinemaScore was a B (the same as the original) but it appears audiences were not as interested in the hijinks of Seth Rogan, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron again, even with the addition of Chloe Grace Moretz and others to the cast.
Opening in fourth place was the critically acclaimed The Nice Guys which rounded up $11.2M this weekend from 2,865 theaters for a per screen average of only $3,910. Rotten Tomatoes currently has it at 91% positive but the CinemaScore was only a B- from paying audiences which means that it'll be hard for the film to gain any traction over the next few weeks.
Fifth place belonged to another Disney juggernaut, The Jungle Book, which had the best hold in the Top 10 dropping only 36% to $10.9M, bringing its cume to $327.4M. In its second weekend, Sony's Money Monster dropped 53% to $7M, bringing its total to only $27M. Look for a finale in the $40-45M range which is a disappointment considering the star wattage attached to the film. Dropping 54% in its second weekend was the horror flick The Darkness which took in $2.3M, bringing its total up to $8.4M. Look for a final figure around $11M.
Eighth place belonged to the final Disney blockbuster in the Top 10, Zootopia which slipped a slim 40% in its 12th weekend, taking in $1.7M, bringing its total to $334.4M. The three Disney films in the Top 10 have grossed a combined $1B domestically and $2.9B worldwide. Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War added $1.2M to its coffers this weekend, bringing its total up to $46.7M with not much left in the tank. And rounding out the Top 10 was Mother's Day which continued its free fall dropping 65% in its fourth weekend to $1.1M, bringing its total to $31.3M.
The top ten films grossed $128.3M which was down 11% from last year when Tomorrowland opened at number one with $33M (over the first three days of the 4-day Memorial Day weekend); and down 27% from 2014 when X-Men: Days of Future Past debuted in the top spot with $90.8M (also over the first three days of the 4-day Memorial Day weekend).
Compared to projections, The Angry Birds Movie came in close to Gitesh's $37M forecast, while Neighbors 2 and The Nice Guys came in under his respective predictions of $28M and $16M.
Get earlier box office updates and analysis by following BoxOfficeGuru.com on Twitter.
Watch the NEW trailer for Star Trek: Beyond.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse face off.
|#||Title||May 20 - 22||May 13 - 15||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||The Angry Birds Movie||$ 38,155,177||3,932||1||$ 9,704||$ 38,155,177||Sony|
|2||Captain America: Civil War||32,939,739||72,637,142||-54.7||4,226||3||7,795||347,215,892||Disney|
|4||The Nice Guys||11,203,270||2,865||1||3,910||11,203,270||Warner Bros.|
|5||The Jungle Book||10,944,350||17,115,708||-36.1||3,460||6||3,163||327,424,915||Disney|
|7||The Darkness||2,272,618||4,950,859||-54.1||1,769||2||1,285||8,370,100||BH Tilt|
|9||The Huntsman: Winter's War||1,209,045||2,629,825||-54.0||1,241||5||974||46,687,735||Universal|
|10||Mother's Day||1,139,283||3,287,342||-65.3||1,719||4||663||31,313,005||Open Road|
|11||Barbershop: The Next Cut||843,007||1,668,455||-49.5||744||6||1,133||52,712,437||Warner Bros.|
|12||The Meddler||782,883||372,941||109.9||464||5||1,687||2,048,804||Sony Classics|
|14||Love & Friendship||559,821||133,513||319.3||47||2||11,911||758,154||Roadside Attr.|
|16||The Man Who Knew Infinity||495,694||508,676||-2.6||271||4||1,829||1,627,021||IFC|
|18||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||389,720||489,485||-20.4||365||9||1,068||59,573,085||Universal|
|19||Sing Street||347,375||619,970||-44.0||520||6||668||2,487,120||Weinstein Co.|
|20||A Bigger Splash||329,210||189,853||73.4||128||3||2,572||778,983||Fox Searchlight|
|Top 5||$ 115,002,941||$ 112,779,208||2.0|
|Top 10 vs. 2015||133,646,566||151,159,581||-11.6|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: May 24, 2016 at 10:20AM ET
©1997 - 2016 Box Office Guru