'Allegiant' Opens Short of $30M, 'Zootopia' Tops $200M and 'Bronze' Bombs
by Brad Brevet
March 20, 2016
It's another #1 finish for Disney's Zootopia as the animated hit crossed $200 million this weekend, topping all newcomers. Coming in second was The Divergent Series: Allegiant, with an opening that was down over 44% from its predecessor, and in third was Sony's latest faith-based feature, Miracles from Heaven, which over-performed the studio's conservative expectations. In all, the top twelve was down just a hair compared to the same weekend last year with a combined gross of $119 million, of which Zootopia accounted for nearly 32%.
Dropping only 25.9%, Zootopia took in an estimated $38 million this weekend, bringing its overall cume to $201.8 million domestically, the third highest domestic total for a Walt Disney Animation Studios title (not adjusted for inflation). Additionally, it brought in another $64.8 million internationally, bringing its worldwide cume to $591.7 million, which places it just behind the $591.8 million Tangled brought in globally over the course of its entire run back in 2010.
In second, with an estimated $29 million, is Allegiant, the third and penultimate film in the Divergent franchise. This is a troubling drop when compared to the franchise's first two releases, both of which opened with over $52 million on the same weekend in 2014 and 2015. Allegiant's opening marks a 46.8% drop when compared to the $54.6 million Divergent brought in back in 2014 as the franchise finds itself gasping for air ahead of the release of the franchise finale, Ascendant, in June 2017.
Lionsgate will have to hope Allegiant follows in the footsteps of Insurgent, which brought in $130 million domestically last year (down $20 million from Divergent), but out-performed the original release by $30 million internationally for a $297.3 million global haul. Allegiant got a jump start internationally last weekend with $25.2 million and added to that total this weekend with another $22 million from 77 markets, bringing its current international total to $53.4 million.
Landing in third with an estimated $15 million is Sony and Affirm Films' Miracles from Heaven. The film opened on Wednesday and scored an impressive "A+" CinemaScore and has now tallied $18.5 million in its first five days. The studio has high hopes, as it should, that strong word of mouth and the upcoming Easter weekend will serve the film well.
10 Cloverfield Lane performed as expected in its second weekend, dropping just under 50% with an estimated $12.5 million, and Deadpool rounded out the top five with an estimated $8 million as its cume has now climbed to over $340 million. As a result, Deadpool is now the eighth highest grossing superhero movie domestically (not adjusted for inflation), passing both Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.1m) and Spider-Man 3 ($336.5m) this weekend.
Well outside the top ten, and outside the top twenty in fact, is where we find Sony Classics' R-rated comedy The Bronze. The studio released the film in 1,167 theaters in which it could only manage $421,434 for a paltry $361 per theater average. This ranks as the fourteenth worst opening for a wide release and ninth worst per theater average for a wide release of all-time.
From a per theater perspective, it was Warner Bros' limited release of Jeff Nichols' new film Midnight Special that took the weekend crown. Opening in only five theaters the film brought in an estimated $184,000 for a $36,800 per theater average.
Also opening in limited release, Magnolia's My Golden Days brought in $27,000 from three theaters and A24's Krisha brought in $10,250 from two theaters. Fox International released two new features starting with Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921 which brought in $965,000 from 143 theaters and El Clan, which opened in three theaters with an estimated $12,500.
Elsewhere, The Revenant crossed $180 million domestically, London Has Fallen is now over $50 million, Daddy's Home is inching toward $150 million, The Big Short passed $70 million and Spectre finally reached $200 million as it has worked the drive-in circuit the last couple of weeks.
Finally, on the worldwide stage, The Revenant opened in China with an estimated $33 million as its international cume has now climbed to over $300 million and Kung Fu Panda 3 expanded to an additional 40 international territories where it grossed an estimated $31.7 million for an international cume that now tops $257 million.
Next weekend we have the superhero battle many have been waiting for as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to release in over 4,100 theaters with an eye on topping The Hunger Games' $152.5 million March opening weekend record. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will release next weekend, opening in 3,000+ theaters.
For a complete look at this weekend's estimates click here and we'll have weekend actuals Monday afternoon.
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