Last month, Deadpool set the pace for all superhero movies this year, setting box office records with a $132.4 million opening weekend, en route to becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Last weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice surpassed its own expectations, taking in $166 million domestically and $424 million worldwide, the best global debut for any superhero movie in history. With the superhero movie's second weekend approaching, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have no trouble staying in the top spot, since the only two newcomers God's Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks don't stand a chance at unseating this superhero movie, according to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com.
It's always tricky trying to predict the second weekend of a blockbuster like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, especially since it didn't fare well with critics. The superhero movie continues to drop on Rotten Tomatoes, currently standing at a 28% Rotten rating, but the audience score is still overwhelmingly positive, with 72% of the RT users favoring the movie. With all that being said, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should still easily take the top spot with $80 million in its second frame in theaters, though other anylasts place it at a low $56 million. God's Not Dead 2 is expected to take in $15 million, just behind Zootopia with $16 million, although Pro.BoxOffice.com didn't post any projections for Meet the Blacks.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has now become the highest-grossing movie to ever debut in March, breaking The Hunger Games' record of $152.5 million set in 2012. We reported last week that advanced ticket sales for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were out-pacing Deadpool, which took in a record-breaking $132.4 million over its opening weekend, the highest debut ever for an R-rated movie. The movie has gone on to earn $340.9 million domestically and $390 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $731 million, with many wondering if it can surpass the $1 billion worldwide plateau. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice easily surpassed the Merc With the Mouth's debut, but, unlike Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has not won the critics over.
Early fan reactions from the New York premiere last week were exceedingly positive, but after the first reviews started coming in a few days later, the response quickly turned negative. The initial wave of reviews put Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at 40% rotten on the TomatoMeter, a number which has now slipped to 29% over the weekend. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted in 4,242 theaters, which is a huge release but comes nowhere close to the widest release of all time. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has held that record for nearly six years, opening in 4,468 theaters in the summer of 2010. The superhero adventure pulled in an impressive $40,099 per-screen average in its opening weekend.
God's Not Dead 2 is opening in approximately 2,200 theaters this weekend, with Meet the Blacks debuting in approximately 1,000 theaters. God's Not Dead 2 follows a high school teacher who is asked a question in class about Jesus. Her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all. David A.R. White, Ray Wise, Robin Givens, Ernie Hudson, Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, Hayley Orrantia and Pat Boone lead the ensemble cast.
Meet the Blacks follows the patriarch (Mike Epps) of a an African-American family that decides they should move from Chicago to a posh neighborhood in Beverly Hills, after obtaining a great deal of money. However, they are soon terrorized by home intruders who want them out of the affluent community in this comedic spoof of The Purge films. The cast is rounded out by Zulay Henao, Mike Tyson, Andrew Bachelor, Charles Q. Murphy, Bresha Webb, Lavell Crawford, DeRay Davis, Gary Owen and Perez Hilton. No Rotten Tomatoes scores have been posted yet for God's Not Dead 2 or Meet the Blacks, with the top 5 rounded out by My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($9.3 million) and The Divergent Series: Allegiant ($6.5 million).
The top 10 will be rounded out by Miracles from Heaven ($4.2 million), 10 Cloverfield Lane ($3.8 million), Deadpool ($3.5 million), London Has Fallen ($1.8 million) and Meet the Blacks $1.1 million. Also opening in limited release are Paramount's Everybody Wants Some, the latest from director Richard Linklater, Broad Green Pictures' The Dark Horse, Sony Pictures Classics' Miles Ahead, Lionsgate's Natural Born Pranksters and Distrib Films' Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart. Warner Bros.' Midnight Special is also getting a slight theatrical expansion, debuting in more than 55 theaters, but that shouldn't be enough to bump it into the top 10. It isn't known if there are expansion plans for any of this week's limited releases.
Looking forward to next weekend, three new movies are slated to debut in wide release, the thriller Before I Wake, Relativity's first movie to come out following their bankruptcy proceedings, Universal's new comedy movie The Boss and STX Entertainment's Hardcore Henry. Also debuting in limited release is Fox Searchlight's Demolition, Drafthouse Films' The Invitation, The Orchard's Louder Than Bombs, Focus World's Mr. Right, and Starz Media's One More Time. Take a look at our projections for this week's top 10 below, and check back on Sunday for the box office estimates.
PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:
|1||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice|
|3||God's Not Dead 2|
|4||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|
|5||The Divergent Series: Allegiant|
|6||Miracles from Heaven|
|7||10 Cloverfield Lane|
|9||London Has Fallen|
|10||Meet the Blacks|