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Weak Competition Gives ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Another #1 Weekend

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he one-two punch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was given little competition this week at U.S. theaters, leaving the poorly-reviewed superhero blockbuster safely and predictably on top of the Rentrak revenue list.

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Still most adored: Batman v Superman remains #1 at the box office.

In its first weekend out of the box, the star-studded feature took in more than $400 million. By the end of its second weekend, numbers were slower, giving the film a total of $683 million in sales around the world – slowing, perhaps, but not too shabby for a film that cost $250 million to make.

At home, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took in $52.3 million over the weekend, while Zootopia took in another $20 million. No. 3 on the top 10 list was My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 with $11.1 million, God’s Not Dead 2 ($8.1 million), Miracles from Heaven ($7.5 million), Divergent Series: Allegiant ($5.7 million), 10 Cloverfield Lane ($4.7 million), Meet the Blacks ($4 million), Eye in the Sky ($4 million) and Deadpool, which slipped down to a $3.5 million weekend.

Many pundits are now squaring up to the fact that Christian films are interrupting the normal pattern at the box office with two currently in the top 5. Miracles from Heaven is the story of a mysterious cure of a young girl with a rare illness, while God’s Not Dead 2 is the story of a high school teacher who faces a court trial after answering a student’s questions about Jesus.

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Miracles From Heaven is one of two Christian movies topping the box office charts.

Neither of the two religious films has fared well with critics, although Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner, earned a rating of 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the Web site that assembles reviews and rates a movie’s overall score. God’s Not Dead 2 earned a dismal 14 percent score from Rotten Tomatoes, although it should be noted that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is raking in the cash, was only given a rating of 29 percent.

This gives the weekend’s five top-grossing films a weak 36.4 percent Rotten Tomatoes average. For the two Christian films, the Rotten Tomatoes average score was 31.5 percent. For the top 10, the average score for the week on Rotten Tomatoes was 45.5 percent with the highest rated film 10 Cloverfield Lane given an 89 percent score and the lowest, Divergent Series: Allegiant, receiving a nearly blasphemous score of 12 percent.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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