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Box Office: Record-Setting Opening For ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’

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Batman V Superman packs a punch at the box office!

Box office tallies are for the week ending 3/27/16. 

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice charged out of the gate on its first weekend of release, taking in record-breaking $170.1 million in domestic theaters and $424.1 million world wide.

The film, despite poor reviews, has blockbuster written all over it from the matching of two popular superheroes to the all-star cast that includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth and Holly Hunter as Senator June Finch.

Given the huge promotion and obvious star power, competition for attendance was light for the film that cost Warner Bros. $250 million to make. The critics may have panned the film, but it’s clearly not going to bother film executives too much. Media source, including Variety, have said it’s the biggest March debut of all time and the sixth largest for any film ever.

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The film was really the only big release of the week and light attendance elsewhere always helps. What did Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice clobber, exactly? In the No. 2 spot for the weekend was Zootopia, with a $23.1 million take in its third weekend out, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding Two, which netted a comparatively wimpy $18.1 million – a tenth of what Batman and the man in the red cape earned.

How long is the honeymoon going to last for the Man of Steel and the Man of Gadgets? Well, it’s two weeks before Captain America: Civil War will throw cold water on the Warner Bros. victory dance.

The new Captain America film re-creates the same dilemma of having two superheroes go head to head. This time the grudge match builds up between Captain America and Ironman. That film has far less star power, but it might have better punches, given the drubbing Batman V. Superman was given by critics.

The upcoming weekend, however, includes a plethora of releases, none of which – except possibly Pandemic – are likely to earn $100 million on their first weekend out of the gate.

Besides the futuristic Pandemic, the next set of releases will include Natural Born Pranksters (Youtube pranksters on the big screen), Meet the Blacks (a sort of Beverly Hillbillies type comedy), God’s Not Dead 2 (Christian) and The Dark Horse (heartwarming film about a chess master battle mental illness).

While none of these have the individual clout to take on two superheroes at the box office, the group will still drain some of the enthusiasm away from Bat V Super: Dawn of Justice, which was given a pathetic 30 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The top 10 on the home front this weekend included Divergent Series: The Allegiant with a take of $9.5 million, Miracles from Heaven with precisely the same $9.5 million, 10 Cloverfield Lane ($6 million), Deadpool ($5 million), London Has Fallen ($2.9 million), Hello, My Name Is Doris ($1.7 million) and Eye In The Sky ($1 million).

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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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