Warner Bros. Pictures released “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” this week, scaring most of the competition away this weekend. The action-adventure only opened against one other major release and two limited-releases here in North America, ensuring an easy win for the highly-anticipated installment.
The film’s opening was met with harsh criticism from fans and critics alike, but the somber reviews didn’t deter moviegoers from buying a ticket to the superhero slugfest.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opened across 4,242 locations across the country this weekend, raking-in $170M during its domestic debut. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, working off a script written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer. Among the many stars of the action-film are Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot.
Disney’s “Zootopia” earned an additional $23M this weekend, remaining at 3,670 locations and dropping to number-two this week overall. The animated-comedy has now earned just over $240M at the domestic box-office, a terrific turnout for the film after having been in theaters for four-weeks now. “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 only other major release to debut this weekend was “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” which opened to 3,132 locations and landing in third-place overall on the box-office charts. The Universal sequel earned $18M over its debut weekend. Kirk Jones directed the film, written and directed by Nia Vardalos. John Corbett and Michael Constantine also star in the film.
“Miracles from Heaven” dropped to fourth-place overall this weekend with $9.5M across 3,047 locations. The religious film has now earned $34M in just two weeks. Patricia Riggen directed the faith-based film, which was adapted by Randy Brown from the book written by Christy Beam. Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers and Martin Henderson star in the film.
In fifth-place this weekend was “Allegiant,” directed by Robert Schwentke. The screenplay to the YA drama was written by Noah Oppenheim and Adam Cooper. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels and Naomi Watts.
At the specialty box-office “I Saw the Light” opened in five-theaters this week, for a $50K gain. The biopic was written and directed by Marc Abraham, the film is based on the book written by Colin Escott. Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen and Maddie Hasson star in the film.