Disney’s animated animal adventure Zootopia continued to dominate the box office over the weekend, but 10 Cloverfield Lane also won over audiences in a big way.
In its second week in theaters, Zootopia managed to outperform expectations once again, and is currently on pace to beat the studio’s recent Academy Award winners, Big Hero 6 and Frozen. At this point, the film seems to be set up for a long stay in theaters, especially with the next few months of school vacations and holidays on the calendar.
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Continuing the positive trend, 10 Cloverfield Lane rode high praise from critics and audiences alike to a $25.2 million opening weekend, which is a pretty impressive debut for a film that reportedly cost less than $15 million to make. The Cloverfield spinoff is expected to benefit from word-of-mouth buzz for at least another week or two, thanks to all of the rave reviews.
Slipping to third place for the week was Deadpool, but the “R”-rated superhero movie isn’t showing any signs of slowing down yet. Its $10.8 million weekend moved it past both Shrek the Third and Transformers on the all-time U.S. box-office rankings, and it should move past Forrest Gump and Guardians of the Galaxy next week. That’s not too shabby for a movie that almost never got made.
|#||Title||Weekend||U.S. Total||Worldwide Total|
|2.||10 Cloverfield Lane||$25.2M||$25.2M||$26.7M|
|4.||London Has Fallen||$10.7M||$38.8M||$38.8M|
|5.||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||$4.6M||$14.5M||$14.5M|
|6.||The Perfect Match||$4.1M||$4.1M||$4.1M|
|7.||The Young Messiah||$3.4M||$3.4M||$3.4M|
|8.||The Brothers Grimsby||$3.1M||$3.1M||$14.3M|
|9.||Gods of Egypt||$2.5M||$27.3M||$76.4M|
Things weren’t so positive for the weekend’s other new arrivals, with romantic comedy The Perfect Match, faith-based film The Young Messiah, and raunchy comedy The Brothers Grimsby all earning less than $5 million in their opening weekends.
Grimsby was by far the biggest flop of the films opening this weekend, falling far short of its $35 million budget and generating the worst premiere for any of star Sacha Baron Cohen’s films. The movie’s performance suggests that there’s only room for one raunchy, “R”-rated comedy in theaters right now, and Deadpool is that movie.
Not much is expected to change next week, as the biggest movie opening this upcoming weekend is young-adult adventure The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which will likely do well without unseating Zootopia or upsetting the current hierarchy much. Basically, the box office is in a holding pattern until the arrival of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice a few weeks from now.