Batman v Superman takes massive drop, but still tops box office

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was expected to take a significant drop in its second week. That’s actually pretty common with a lot of highly anticipated blockbusters with the exception of phenomenons like Star Wars: Force Awakens, Jurassic World and The Avengers. And while some box office experts were predicted a historical second week drop, BvS easily managed a consecutive weekend atop the box office with $52.4 million. It’s tally now stands at $261.4 million

At this rate, BvS is just slightly behind Iron Man 3, which earned $8 million more in a comparable time frame.

Warner Bros. would be happy if it holds up that well as the final (so far) installment of the Iron Man series brought in a total of $409.3 domestically. Considering the very different reactions the films have received from critics and fans, I’d be surprised at this rate if BvS catches up to Deadpool’s $352 million. Warner Bros. can also take comfort in the fact the film has already met its major goals of firmly establishing a shared DC Cinematic Universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Guardians in prison garbAnd it’s already beat out the theatrical runs of Ant-Man, Captain America and Thor with its $588 global haul. Still, you’d think the three biggest icons in all of comic book-dom would at least be able to take down Rocket Raccoon and Groot while they’re at it and the nearly $100 million gap between Guardians of the Galaxy might be too much for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to overcome.

In second place, Zootopia continues its run of the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s looking at a $20 million fifth weekend to take its domestic total to $275.9 million. That’s good enough for second place on the all-time Walt Disney Animation Studios list and like most of that genre it’s looking up at Frozen with $400 million.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took the third spot with $11 million raising its total to $28 million.  God’s Not Dead 2 came in fourth with $8.4 million. As the norm, most critics hated it as it stands at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s not shocking considering critics typically have little tolerance for Christian movies and go in expecting to hate them for their uplifting message.
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  • Pierre Mooney

    Well I guess all the kids seen it by now.

  • keith

    Im just waiting on the redbox. One of my friends loved it.. one hated it .

  • Fred

    Jeff what’s happening man? Yeah it looks like BvS will end up grossing 350-360 million tops domestic. I thought it would be well over 700 million worldwide by today but it’s around 680 million I believe, so reaching 1 billion is going to be a really tall order since the film has already opened in virtually every territory. 900 million might still be attainable but 1 billion is starting to look more out of reach each passing day. Are you going to do a review for it, I thought BvS was pretty good but not great.

  • Fred

    Sorry about that Jeff, I just found your review of BvS.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    I’m also wondering if March is a bad release month since kids essentially have one week off for Spring Break and are back to the normal grind while May is probably closer to seniors getting done with school and can check it out at their leisure.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    Oh come on Keith man. You know I was looking forward to hearing your take on it!

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    Hey hey Fred. Hope all is good on your end. People expecting this to be on The Avengers level weren’t being realistic. This is the start of a new franchise like Iron Man and Thor, not the culmination of five picture set up like The Avengers.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    No worries man. What’d you think?

  • Fred

    I thought it was pretty good, better than the reviews it’s been getting. But I do understand some of the complaints about it, i’m just amazed it’s reviews are far worse than MOS. I would give it 7-7.5 out of 10. I thought it would have a pretty good shot at reaching 1 billion, but after this weekend that seems less likely. It should reach 350-360 domestic and 850-950 worldwide, will that be enough for WB to go through with their planned DECU, hopefully.

  • Fred

    I agree man, these fanboys that kept yelling about this posting Avengers level money was not being realistic at all, more like delusional haha. I said going into it’s release that 850 million to 1.1 best case scenario is how I seen it. I’ve even heard a few of those simpletons say “Force Awakens” level money, come on no now man haha. Just ridiculous, you can tell that these fanboys don’t know anything about the box office or how it works. It took Marvel years and movie audiences trust to get to the level they got with Avengers, it took years of anticipation for “Force Awakens” to get to the level it did. So what do “The Avengers” and “Force Awakens” have in common, both are films loved by movie audiences as well as movie critics, both are over 90% on RT and that’s no coincidence my friend. I think “Civil War” has the potential to be super huge, the only film that had more youtube/facebook views on it’s trailer over 24 hours was “Force Awakens” and that was only by about 2 million. If reviews are great on “Civil War” Jeff I think it can have possibly the second biggest opening weekend of all time. What do you think?

  • Fred

    I’m not sure about that Keith, “The Hunger Games” released in March and showed that a film could make a killing at the box office released during that time. I think the bad word of mouth is really starting to hurt BvS, if it had better word of mouth the film would be displaying stronger legs and staying power than what it’s currently showing.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    Agreed. I’d honestly be shocked if it didn’t come out guns blazing and break every non Force-Awakens record out there. Too much excitement for it, the introductions of Black Panther and Ant-Man to the Avengers fold and the first MCU appearance of Spider-Man? That’s just a license to print money. It’s gonna be huge and from all indications there’s no reason to think I won’t love it.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    I really don’t get what folks were expecting from the movie to be so disappointed. It was the logical progression of the story started in Man of Steel. Oh they’ve got no plans to delay it. They’re pretty much all in at this point. If Justice League flops, that will cause a major DC film shake-up. There’s just too much comic book money out there to let Marvel, Sony and Fox have free rein.

  • Fred

    Yeah I Think Force Awakens 248 million opening weekend is safe and it’s monstrous 930 plus domestic gross is well out of reach right now. But I can see Civil War making a fairly strong opening weekend run at it if it hits all demographics. If Civil War is well received like Force Awakens was which I think is possible, I could see 215-230 million it’s opening weekend. If that happens a 600 plus million domestic finish is not out the question. In short if this film is loved by fans and critics I could see it posting up box office numbers that rivals the first Avengers film. Now if that happens the ‘Infinity War’ films could be the movies that could potentially challenge Force Awakens and Avatar’s numbers, but Civil War has to be truly great and suck movie audiences in to set that possibility up. Will you be seeing “Civil War” early?

  • Fred

    And yeah the introductions of Black Panther, Spider-Man and certain massive sized hero in “Civil War” is going to be insane.I haven’t seen excitement and anticipation like this since “Force Awakens” and like that film last year I wouldn’t be surprised if “Civil War” is this year’s biggest hit.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    I’m really thinking Civil War takes down Avengers and Jurassic World. And it’s really on this and maybe Black Panther and Guardians 2 to keep the momentum hyped for Infinity War, which I think you’re right — it could be an all-time contender.

    Yes, but not soon enough 😉

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    I’d be Jurassic World style shocked if Civil War isn’t the biggest film this year.

  • Fred

    Jeff it’s possible. If Civil War knocks it out the park it’s capable of reaching and surpassing “The Avengers” 623 million domestic and 1.52 billion worldwide grosses, the anticipation of this films seems to be much stronger than it was for AOU. Plus I like the fact that they are not showing too much from the film and film and keeping it a mystery to us, like “Force Awakens” and “Jurassic World” did and unlike AOU where I felt they gave away way too much of the movie before I seen it. Plus adding Black Panther and Spider-Man is going to be insane, and word has that both of them are absolutely great in the film. I’m not going to throw around numbers predictions with this one, but I believe this film could post up massive numbers at the box office.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    C’mon Fred, your number predictions make for half the fun with the box office posts!