'10 Cloverfield Lane' opens strong as 'The Brothers Grimsby' bombs
Once again, the top of the box office belonged to Zootopia, as Disney’s animated adventure pulled in a whopping $50 million in its second weekend.
After its massive $75 million opening (the biggest ever for a non-Pixar Disney animated movie), Zootopia held up even better than expected, falling only 33 percent in its second weekend and bringing its domestic total to an estimated $142.6 million — after only 10 days in theaters.
Internationally, Zootopia added another $83.1 million for a global total of $431.3 million. An estimated $56.5 million of that came from China this weekend, where Zootopia surpassed Big Hero 6 to become the highest-grossing animated Disney film of all time, as well as the third-biggest animated movie ever.
But while Zootopia maintained its claim to first place, four new wide releases also hit theaters, to mixed results.
The thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane had the best opening, posting an estimated $25.2 million in 3,391 theaters, easily earning back its mid-teens budget in just one weekend. Although producer J.J. Abrams has billed the top secret thriller as a “blood relative” to the original Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane didn’t reach as high as the first movie, which opened to $40.1 million. 10 Cloverfield Lane stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr., and it earned a B- CinemaScore.
As for the three other new releases? They didn’t even manage to crack the top five. Even though the rom-com The Perfect Match opened in the fewest theaters (925), it fared the best among the new releases, earning $4.2 million for sixth place. Executive produced by Queen Latifah and starring Terrence J and Cassie Ventura, The Perfect Match follows a sworn bachelor who reconsiders his ways when he meets a mysterious woman.
The Young Messiah only pulled in $3.4 million in 1,761 theaters. The faith-based film, which follows the life of Jesus as a young boy, earned seventh place with an A- CinemaScore.
And even though The Brothers Grimsby opened in 2,235 theaters and earned a B+ CinemaScore, it only managed to scrape together a dismal $3.2 million for the weekend, making it Sacha Baron Cohen’s lowest opening ever and a far cry from other R-rated Cohen openings like 2012’s The Dictator ($17.4 million), 2009’s Bruno ($30.6 million), and 2006’s Borat ($26.5 million). Cohen stars in Grimsby as a football hooligan who teams up with his brother on a spy mission.
Instead, holdovers Deadpool, London Has Fallen, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five. Now in its fifth weekend, Deadpool added another $10.8 million to its box office haul, bringing its domestic total to a whopping $328.1 million. The Gerard Butler-starring action flick London Has Fallen also brought in $10.7 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $38.85 million. And fifth place went to Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which added $4.6 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $14.6 million.
At the specialty box office, Eye in the Sky had a solid opening in five theaters, earning $117,050 for a per-theater average of $23,410. Gavin Hood’s war drama stars Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman, in his last film.
Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:
1. Zootopia — $50 million
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane — $25.2 million
3. Deadpool — $10.8 million
4. London Has Fallen — $10.7 million
5. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot — $4.6 million