This weekend marked the end of “Zootopia’s” three-week streak at the top of the box office, as moviegoers flocked to theaters over the Easter holiday to see “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The follow-up to 2013’s “Man of Steel” introduces new incarnations of Batman, Wonder Woman, and other iconic DC heroes. Overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics didn’t deter fans from heading out to the theater to check it out, and the film set many box office records. With a $170.1 million opening weekend, “Batman V. Superman” beat the previous record for largest March opening weekend ever held by the first “Hunger Games.” That also makes it the largest opening weekend for a Warner Brothers film, as well as for a film based on a DC comic. It also had one of the biggest global opening weekends ever, taking in an estimated $424.1 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, previous box office champ “Zootopia” came in a strong second with $23.1 million—only a 37% drop-off from last weekend. The new romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” also had a solid opening, coming in third with $18.1 million. The long-awaited sequel to the 2002 hit proved to be a good alternative for those not interested in a blockbuster action movie.
“Hello, My Name is Doris” and “Eye in the Sky” also both performed well in their third weekend in limited release. The former, a quirky comedy starring Sally Field, jumped to ninth with $1.7 million after expanding to more theaters nationwide, while the latter, a drama starring Helen Mirren as a colonel in charge of a drone operation, followed in tenth with a little over $1 million. “Eye in the Sky” is playing in significantly less theaters than “Hello, My Name is Doris,” and likely is getting a boost in interest as it features one of Alan Rickman’s last on screen performances.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”: $170.1 million
2. “Zootopia”: $23.1 million
3. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”: $18.1 million
4. “Miracles from Heaven”: $9.5 million
5. “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”: $9.5 million
6. “10 Cloverfield Lane”: $6 million
7. “Deadpool”: $5 million
8. “London Has Fallen”: $2.9 million
9. “Hello, My Name is Doris”: $1.7 million
10. “Eye in the Sky”: $1 million
11. “Risen”: $900,000
12. “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”: $860,000
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.