With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice entering its third week at the box office, most expected the superhero adventure to defend its title for the third weekend in a row. The movie faced three newcomers this weekend, Universal's The Boss, STX Entertainment's Hardcore Henry and Relativity's Before I Wake, none of which were expected to give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a run for its money. However, while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did manage to slightly overperform in its third weekend, it still couldn't take down The Boss, which just barely won with $23.48 million.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice managed to defend its box office crown last weekend by taking in $51.3 million, although it suffered a massive drop of 69.1% from its record-breaking debut of $166 million. This weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped just 54.3%, but it finished $23.43 million, just $500,000 below The Boss. It's possible that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could very well end up on top when the actual figures are released on Monday, since today's estimates are so close to one another. Hardcore Henry debuted in fifth place with $5.09 million, behind Zootopia in third place with $14.3 million and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 rounding out the top 5 with $6.4 million.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice surpassed most expectations during its debut, taking in $166 million domestically and $424 million worldwide, the best global debut for any superhero movie in history. Still, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't fare well with critics. The superhero movie currently has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but the audience score is still overwhelmingly positive, with 70% of the RT users favoring the movie. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has currently made $260.4 million domestically and $442.5 million internationally for a global tally of $682.9 million from a $250 million budget.
Academy Award-nominated star Melissa McCarthy headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. McCarthy is joined in The Boss by an all-star cast led by Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone, the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory. The film is produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez Productions.
Surprisingly, no box office data was released for the new thriller Before I Wake. The story centers on Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody's dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody's imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody's nightmares.
Hardcore Henry centers on the title character, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, AKAN, and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy, who is Henry's only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore Henry takes place over the course of one day, in Moscow, Russia, with a cast that includes Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovskiy, Haley Bennett and Tim Roth. Hardcore Henry is currently at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, but none of the other newcomers have RT scores just yet.
The top 10 is rounded out by Miracles from Heaven ($4.8 million), God's Not Dead 2 ($4.3 million), The Divergent Series: Allegiant ($3.6 million), 10 Cloverfield Lane ($3 million) and Eye in the Sky ($2.8 million._ Also debuting in limited release is Fox Searchlight's Demolition, which earned $1.1 million from 854 theaters for a meager $1,317 per-screen average. Drafthouse Films' The Invitation earned $67,739 from 10 theaters for a $6,774 per-screen average, while The Orchard's Louder Than Bombs earned $24,341 from four theaters for a $6,085 per-screen average. Focus World's Mr. Right didn't fare quite so well, earning $25,000 from 35 theaters for a $714 per-screen average.
Looking forward to next weekend, three new movies are slated to debut in wide release, Disney's highly-anticipated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Warner Bros.' comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut and Lionsgate's Criminal. Also opening in limited release is A24's new thriller Green Room, The Weinstein Company's musical Sing Street, Screen Media's Rio, I Love You, Yash Raj's Fan and Screen Media's Colonia. Take a look at the box office estimates below, and check back on Tuesday for next week's predictions.
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