Two major block-busters hit theaters this weekend, both hoping to put a stop to Disney’s “Zootopia” domination at the domestic box-office.
Despite their best marketing efforts, neither of the two major releases were able to top “Zootopia” this week. The Disney animated-feature remained at number-one for the second week in a row with a $50M gross over the weekend. “Zootopia” was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, working from a screenplay written by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston. The film features the voice-talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons and Shakira. The film has now earned just under $143M domestically in two-weeks.
Landing in a distant second was “10 Cloverfield Lane” with $25.2M across an estimated 3,391 locations. “10 Cloverfield Lane” was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and stars John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
“Deadpool” from FOX remained in the top-three this week with $10.8M, the film remained in an estimated 3,331 locations. The film has now grossed over $328M domestically, the superhero film was released in theaters five weeks ago. “Deadpool” was directed by Tim Miller with character writers Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza attached to the project. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller.
Fourth-place went to “London Has Fallen” from Focus Features, the film managed to pull-in another $10.7M this week. The film screened across 3,492 locations over the weekend but has only made $39M since it was released two-weeks ago. “London Has Fallen” was directed by Babak Najafi, working from a screenplay written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. The film stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” rounded-out this week’s top-five with $4.6M. The film remained in 2,413 theaters over the weekend, but has only made $14.6 in the two weeks that it has been in theaters.
Missing the top-five but worth mentioning this week are a trio of new releases that missed the mark. “The Perfect Match” from Lionsgate proved to be the most successful of the limited-releases with $4.2M across 925 locations. The film was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The film was based on the original novel written by Kim Barker called “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan“. Baker co-wrote the screenplay with Robert Carlock. Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman star in the film.
“The Young Messiah,” also from Focus Features, managed to bring in $3.4M across 1,761 locations this weekend. The film was directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and is based on the Anne Rice novel. The screenplay was written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. The film stars Adam Greaves-Neal, Vincent Walsh and Sara Lazzaro.
Sony Pictures’ “The Brothers Grimsby” only managed to land in eighth-place overall with a $3.1M domestic opening, this despite opening across 2,235 locations over the weekend. The comedy was directed by Louis Leterrier, the screenplay was written by Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston. Starring in the film alongside Sacha Baron Cohen are Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher.