Weekend Box Office: ‘Allegiant’ Is No Competition For ‘Zootopia’

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03.20.16 10 Comments
Raylene Woodtree and Hansome Smellgort, of the Diverging Saga


Raylene Woodtree and Hansome Smellgort, of the Diverging Saga

The Divergent series is still a thing, but just barely, as this weekend’s release of Allegiant grossed (just) $29.1 million, 46% off Divergent‘s opening in 2014 and 44% down from Insurgent in 2015. Rotten Tomatoes numbers for the franchise are 40%, 29%, and 10% for the latest, respectively. This installment received a lackluster B Cinemascore. Believe it or not, there’s still one more movie in this series, Detergent Allergent Metallurgant Dispersant Allegiant Ascendant, which Lionsgate has scheduled for June 9th, 2017. Really looking forward to that one.

Elsewhere, Disney’s brilliant and delightful talking-animal movie Zootopia dropped just 25.9% from last weekend and added another $38 million, bringing its domestic total to $201.8 million. That’s already the third-highest ever for a Disney animation (not adjusted for inflation). Worldwide, it has brought in $591.8 million.

Other new releases included Miracles From Heaven, the faith-based film starring Jennifer Garner from Affirm pictures (owned by Sony), which did very well, earning $15 million and an A+ Cinemascore, and The Bronze, the long-delayed lady Kenny Powers comedy starring Melissa Rauch, which did not. The Bronze actually made just $421,434 on 1167 screens, well below Kapoor & Sons, which made $965,000 on just 143 screens. Superlatives for The Bronze include:

-The fifth-lowest opening weekend ever on a film opening in more than 1,000 screens

-The fourteenth-lowest opening weekend ever on a film opening in more than 600 screens

Ninth worst per-theater average for a film opening on more than 600 screens

Of course, the tenth worst per-theater average was The D-Train, and The D-Train was great. The Bronze was one of those orphaned movies, which was supposed to open a while ago, until Relativity went bankrupt and it was bought by Sony Classics. Whatever happened with it, the release clearly didn’t go too well.

This weekend brings us Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is going to have to do pretty well if it wants to beat My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the most hotly-awaited sequel of all time.

Film Weekend Per Screen
1 Zootopia $38,042,000 (-25.9) $9,609 $201,807,497
2 Allegiant $29,050,000 $7,767 $29,050,000
3 Miracles From Heaven $15,000,000 $4,923 $18,557,053
4 10 Cloverfield Lane $12,500,000 (-49.4) $3,648 $45,176,639
5 Deadpool $8,000,000 (-26.9)
$2,736 $340,941,383
6 London Has Fallen $6,894,000 (-36.4) $2,290 $50,089,820
7 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot $2,805,000 (-39.9) $1,349 $19,275,840
8 The Perfect Match $1,900,000 (-55.8) $2,054 $7,306,179
9 The Brothers Grimsby $1,400,000 (-57.0) $626 $5,912,670
10 The Revenant $1,225,000 (-40.4) $1,310 $181,161,538

[chart via ScreenCrush]

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