Usually, when a film plunges nearly 60% in its second week at the box office, it means other newcomers have a fighting chance at the top slot. Except, of course, when the movie in question has Captain America in its title. ‘Cause even a drop that big wasn’t enough to slow down the Star-Spangled Soldier and his warring Avengers compatriots in comparison to the rest of the competition. In fact, it wasn’t even close.
Captain America: Civil War annexed an estimated $72.6 million in its second weekend frame. That pushes Marvel’s latest superhero epic to $295.9 million in just 10 days in theaters (plus another $645 million overseas). Cap’s adrenaline-pumping feud with Iron Man should easily cross the $1 billion total global cume mark in the next few days.
Meanwhile, another Disney holdover, The Jungle Book, managed $17.8 million in its fifth weekend, pushing its domestic gross over the $300 million mark. Not bad for an orphaned youngster and his animal friends.
If it seems as if the Mouse House is on quite a tear lately, well, it is. Domestic revenue for Disney hit the $1 billion mark in just 128 days this year, shaving a whopping 37 days off Universal Pictures’ previous 2015 record run to that benchmark.
And, finally, in non-Disney news, the top newcomer in the Top Five at the box office this week was Money Monster, the dramatic thriller pairing George Clooney and Julia Roberts. It earned an estimated $15 million, topping early predictions indicating that it might come in significantly lower. The film’s $27 million budget means it will be profitable for Sony-owned TriStar Pictures. Still, some industry insiders believe that the film’s still-modest debut offers more evidence of the fading draw of former megawatt superstars such as Roberts and Clooney.
Along those lines, Kevin Bacon’s horror flick The Darkness proved once again that it’s best to leave rune-scrawled rocks in the creepy caves where you found them. The horror flick drummed up about $5.2 million, good enough for the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the Top Five was another holdover (and, interestingly, another Julia Roberts movie), Mother’s Day. It took in $3.3 million in its third frame.
Next week, the video game phenomenon Angry Birds graduates from smartphones and tablets to the big screen in its bid to feather the nest of creator company Rovio even more.
Final figures update: 1. Captain America: Civil War, $72.6 million; 2. The Jungle Book, $17.1 million; 3. Money Monster, $14.9 million; 4. The Darkness, $5.0 million; 5. Mother’s Day, $3.3 million.