MOVIE BOX OFFICE
Summer blockbuster season gets underway next weekend with the arrival of Captain America: Civil War, but in the final April weekend things were less than exciting. Three new movies arrived in theaters this weekend, but none were able to do better than $10 million, much less unseat last weekend's top movies.
With no new significant competition at the box office this weekend, The Jungle Book held the number one spot for a second weekend in a row.
The Jungle Book delivered the third opening of 2016 above $100 million this weekend, and it's only mid-April! Is that important? Yeah, it is.
They write, he directs, she stars. It was a model that worked pretty well for spouse collaborators Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy when they partnered up for Tammy. Their second project, The Boss, which debuted this weekend, managed to do a little bit better at the box office.
With no major new competition Batman v Superman was pretty much a lock for number one again this weekend, not that it didn't do its best to try and dethrone itself through sheer audience attrition.
Easter weekend was one for celebration for folks over at Warner Brothers. Their launch pad for a Justice League franchise, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been a critical dud (29% at Rotten Tomatoes) but fans turned out to show super hero level support.
Zootopia enjoyed a roaringly strong third weekend, dropping just 25% from last week. That helped it add $38 million this weekend, narrowly cruising past $200 million.
Zootopia cruised past the $100 million mark this weekend while holding on to the number one spot, leaving newcomers scattered and limping all over the top ten.
After three weeks at number one Deadpool finally ran out of steam, making way for another movie to have an exceptional opening weekend.
Despite dropping an expected 45% from last weekend, Deadpool's $31 million weekend held strong against weak new competition and maintained the number one spot for a third weekend on a row.
After a substantial opening weekend, Deadpool dropped almost 60% going into its second week, but still managed to hold on the number one spot. It added $55 million this weekend to reach an impressive $235 million total.
Nothing gets America's pop culture in a romantic mood like a rated-R movie full of nudity, violence and gratuitous, well, anything. Fifty Shades of Grey proved it with a record breaking Valentines weekend opening last year...
Coen brothers, Nicholas Sparks and zombies couldn't stand up to the Dragon Warrior and his panda compatriots this weekend as Kung Fu Panda 3 held the top spot for a second weekend in a row.
The box office closed out one of its strongest Januarys ever with another sequel in the number one spot, only the second new release this month managing to take top honors.
The Revenant finally had its day in the sun (or at least out of the cold) this weekend, holding out a little stronger than its major competition to land a weekend at number one.
When someone makes a comedy that makes money, no matter how boring that comedy might have been, a sequel is almost guaranteed. That was the case for Ride Along 2 this weekend which didn't quite hold up to its predecessor at the box office but still did its studio proud.
The Revenant made a strong showing on Friday, topping Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as the weekend contintued Star Wars pulled ahead to top the box office for a fourth weekend in a row.
Most movies with massive openings tend to drop off more quickly than others, but the seventh Star Wars film continues to buck that trend, slipping just 40% each weekend, retaining a death grip on the number one spot and securing a truly significant place in box office history: biggest domestic total of all time.
What do you get when you mix one of the world's most popular sci-fi fantasy franchises with the world's most effective corporate marketing machine? Audiences willing to turn over ridiculous amounts of money in painfully short amounts of time to create a record breaking box office monster?
Weekend Box Office: In The Heart of the Sea Flounders As Mockingjay - Part 2 Fishes Up A Fourth Number One
Mockingjay - Part 2 has struggled to make the kinds of money the three previous Hunger Games franchise entries have made, but this weekend it got a small badge of honor of its own to wear as the only new comer handed it an early Christmas gift.