Office: 'Captain America' soars to $73 million, 'Money
Monster' opens with $15 million
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[May 16, 2016]
By Dave McNary
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) -
Disney-Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" remains
dominant at U.S. theaters with $72.6 million at 4,426
U.S. locations -- the eighth-largest second weekend of
George Clooney-Julia Roberts thriller "Money Monster" opened
respectably with $15 million. BH Tilt's low-budget
horror-thriller "The Darkness," starring Kevin Bacon and Radha
Mitchell, scared up $5.2 million at 1,754 sites in a Friday the
13th launch aimed at horror fans.
"Civil War" showed impressive staying power after it launched
with $179.1 million last weekend, the fifth-highest of all time.
The 59% decrease is in the same range as two other Marvel-Disney
tentpoles: last year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and 2013's
"Iron Man 3."
"Civil War" has taken in $295.9 million at the domestic box
office in its first ten days. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media
analyst with ComScore, said "Civil War" is keeping the box
office momentum going for a strong summer season.
"'Captain America: Civil War' continues to benefit from good
old-fashioned word-of-mouth, an irresistible concept and its
delivery of a flat-out perfect summer popcorn movie experience
and that has powered the film to close to $300 million after
just ten days in North American theaters," he added. "The
newcomers did as expected considering the overwhelming strength
of the latest Marvel extravaganza and both 'Money Monster' and
'The Darkness' performed perfectly in line with expectations and
offered something new and different for audiences."
"Captain America: Civil War" will become the 11th title to have
exceeded $70 million in its second weekend. That list is headed
by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with $149 million, "Jurassic
World" with $106.6 million, "Marvel's The Avengers" with $103.1
million, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" with $77.7 million, "Avatar"
with $75.6 million, "The Dark Knight" with $75.2 million and
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at $74.2 million.
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Sony's "Money Monster" was able to provide viable
counter-programming aimed at adults, finishing well above recent
forecasts. Directed by Jodie Foster, "Monster" generated solid buzz
from its world premiere on Thursday night at the Cannes Film
Festival and saw a 22% gain in business from Friday to Saturday.
Disney's fifth weekend of "The Jungle Book" continued to show
remarkable staying power with $17.8 million at 3,970 locations for a
second place finish. The comedy-adventure declined a mere 27% from
the previous frame and will wind up the weekend with more than $311
A24's quirky comedy "The Lobster," starring Colin Farrell, opened
impressively with $188,195 on four screens in Los Angeles and New
York. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions also generated a
strong launch for Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship," a Jane Austen
adaptation starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, with $132,750
at four sites.
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