Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ to Tower Over ‘God’s Not Dead 2’

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will have no trouble holding on to its box office crown this weekend.

The comic-book movie is looking at a 60% drop from its $166 million debut, which would mean that it will pull in roughly $66 million. The critical reaction to “Batman v Superman” was frosty, and though kinder, audiences still gave the picture a mediocre B CinemaScore. Despite those obstacles, word of mouth around the film appears to be healthy, and the picture has held up well on Monday and Tuesday. There’s also signs that fans are going back for a second helping of Caped Crusader on Kal-El action. Fandango reports that its repeat ticket sales are above average for a blockbuster release.

It’s also benefiting from a dearth of competition. There’s not another major studio tentpole film until Disney fields its live-action version of “The Jungle Book” on April 15, and with many schools out on vacation, that’s left “Batman v Superman,” and its warring heroes, the default entertainment option. Through Wednesday, the film has racked up more than $500 million globally.

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Despite the presence of the comic-book juggernaut, there are a few smaller releases hoping to make a mark. Pure Flix will target Christian crowds with “God’s Not Dead 2,” a follow-up to its 2014 low-budget hit. The studio did not give a budget other than to say it trumps the previous film’s $2 million price tag. The picture centers on a school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) who gets embroiled in a legal controversy for referring to Jesus in class. “God’s Not Dead 2” should pull in $11 million when it debuts in 2,318 theaters. That outpaces the $9.2 million launch of the first film, although that picture opened on just 780 locations.

Freestyle Releasing will offer up “Meet the Blacks,” a parody of the film “The Purge,” that finds a family moving to Los Angeles on the same day crime becomes legal. The film should do $4 million worth of business and will debut on 1,011 screens.

In limited release, Paramount will open “Everybody Wants Some!!” in eight markets beginning on Wednesday. The $10 million production is directed by Richard Linklater and follows a group of college baseball players in the 1980s.

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  1. I have seen this film, and im really love about it.
    Do you think, what the best since in?

  2. hafidz says:

    its really good film…

  3. Amalgamate says:

    expect only a 40- to 50 million haul this weekend

  4. Bat-theist says:

    Batman is about as real as “God” and yet much more popular and entertaining!

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      You obviously know nothing about what you’re talking about. Some of the Batman stories have biblical values in them, and even mention Godly virtues. In THE DARK KNIGHT, Batman faces a dilemma on who to save. He has to make a moral choice, and he makes the wrong one, which results in the girl’s death. Biblical Value: always save women and children first, not the men. God is the source of logic, which science depends upon. He’s also the source of our basic rights, as delineated by the Declaration of Independence. The Old Testament predicted what Jesus, the Messiah, would accomplish, and what He was sent on Earth to do, etc., etc.

  5. So, from your article, am I to assume that the only Cinemascore rating that is considered acceptable is an A or an A-? That would mean that anything else from B-F is considered bad from your standpoint. That is an incredibly small margin with which to measure an audiences’ view of a film as good or bad. I really don’t think that most moviegoers, especially those that don’t follow entertainment reporting, think that by giving a movie a B versus and A means that the film is mediocre, as you state in the article above and in most of your other articles about Batman v Superman. If most people are thinking in terms of grades as it pertained to their school days, I don’t know anyone who would not be okay with receiving a B. Sure, you would want to always strive for the A, but a C was considered average and a D or F considered even worse. The fact that repeat business is higher for the film than most others, as reported by Fandango and as you acknowledge, word of mouth is healthy around the film, seems to contradict your stance that a B Cinemascore is a bad thing, or as you state, an obstacle to overcome. In fact, it seems just the opposite. With the film over $500 million worldwide and a lock to push past the $300 million mark in the U.S., it doesn’t seem logical to say that this is mediocre.

  6. hijackthemic says:

    There’s a huge hole at the box office this weekend and nobody was smart enough to fill it. The people who put Linklater’s film out in limited this weekend should be kicking themselves over all the money they’re going to miss out on.

  7. mas gobed says:

    awesome, great one

  8. Hamacaan says:

    awesome movie, i thought it’s too hard for batman

  9. Greg says:

    I challenge the world. Put God before Badman.

  10. Long live DC. This movie was brilliant

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      It was a bit too humorless for me. The ending improved things (Bruce Wayne admitted he failed Supe and promised not to fail him again), but I would have liked to have seen a Superman resurrection scene in this movie instead of wait until the next one.

    • Amalgamate says:

      five people agree

  11. Ben says:

    Variety: it would be delightful if you would not headline Batman EVERY SINGLE DAY

  12. crossie says:

    Personally, I’m rooting for a fifth week “Zootopia” surge; I really thought “Everybody Wants Some” was the one to beat, but apparently I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize it was limited.

  13. jimmy says:

    Great movie. Looking forward to Suicide Squad. Long live DC

  14. Jacques Strappe says:

    Funny how the media is playing up any hint of life for BvS at the box office with these hyperbolic heandlines, as if tying to appease the film’s fans after the worst critical drubbing from critics across the globe, not to mention the subpar fan score

  15. So then the headline will be “God Is Dead” Batman killed him too……..

  16. EricJ says:

    I looked at the BvS BO headline and immediately thought….”Let me guess: Brent Lang, right?”
    My psychic powers are unfathomable.

    And…they’re the same powers that predict a #2 weekend next week. I don’t know who’s in first, but I wouldn’t bet that $87 an hour your best friend’s step-aunt made on it.
    It’s going to be a question of who ELSE feels it’s their “duty” to fill the theaters at “their” movie next weekend, so, could be the Christian-paranoid sequel, or could be the Mike Tyson black comedy, but the sane white people are going to be staying home and saving their ten bucks for the Good Superhero Movie that’s just around the next block. They don’t -have- to see something every week just to give Variety something to write about.

  17. Xmasevebaby says:

    Warner Bros. should seriously consider bringing in Joss Whedon as a hired gun to fix Justice League before they start filming. Word of mouth for BvS is going to hurt JL’s box office if folks think that Zack Snyder is simply allowed to do what he wants once again.

    • Gog says:

      Sorry Marvel fanboy, but word of mouth for BvS is helping BvS this week.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        The script definitely needed to be streamlined. A non-sentient DOOMSDAY is not an interesting villain.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        Zack is not MY favorite director. I liked MAN OF STEEL but didn’t love it, but otherwise, he’s an unimpressive director.

      • therealeverton says:

        Just allow the guy to make a comment without resorting to unnecessary, and unproven, accusation..

      • Amalgamate says:

        nope-its going to fail overall-top off at 850 to 900 million max which means it makes 50 million-its no Avengers

      • Kevin says:

        Lots of people apparently dislike Zack Synder for whatever reason but I think when you get right down to it the screenwriter determines what goes on the screen more so than the director of a movie.

        Most of the people who disliked “Man of Steel” and “BvS” for some reason tend to blame the director rather than the plot and dialogue of the script.

        From a “production value” point of view meaning direction, cinematography, and editing I believe the work done in BvS was on par with most “super hero” movies.

        For those people who say the movie sucks maybe they should blame writers David Goyer and Chris Terrio. The director didn’t write the movie. He only shot what was on the page.

        I’ve yet to hear of anyone say a movie had a “great script” but was badly directed.

      • Jacques Strappe says:

        I’m pretty sure you meant to write “Turd from mouth”

  18. Brock says:

    I plan on seeing GOD, the ORIGINAL Superhero this weekend!!!!! I’ll Netflix the Batman crap.

  19. WAM says:

    you wrote: “word of mouth around the film appears to be healthy….” I don’t know who you’re listening to but where I come from and from what I have heard and read the “Word of mouth is NOT healthy”.
    I hope BVS drops 80% and then maybe they’ll dump Hack Snyder.

    • JR says:

      Guess you don’t get out much. Most I’ve spoken to have enjoyed the movie and some have said they’re going to see it again. Pretty much matches what the article states. Of course, some I’ve talked to have not been over-the-moon but I have yet to meet even one person who said “It sucks.” Just people on-line who are hateful about it. Personally, I liked it…and loved the Flash’s appearance and words indicating what is yet to come (and gives some insight into the nightmare sequences)…

      • JR says:

        Actually, my job allows me to meet dozens of different people per week. And whenever the subject of movies (in this case, BvS) comes up, no one is slamming it the way people I read on-line are. It’s a good movie, with a lot (maybe too much) to digest. My sole complaint was the editing as the studio-mandated cuts are obvious. The theatrical release of WATCHMEN was “meh”…but the 3 1/2 hour Ultimate Cut is a costumed-hero masterpiece. The upcoming R-Rated version of BvS will most likely also be superior to what is in theaters right now.

      • me says:

        Guess neither one of you get out much and neither one of you realize that your small circle of contacts is a sample of….5. Try gathering word of mouth from, you know, something like hundreds of people – such as Cinemascore.

        P.S. It sucks. There, now you’ve heard it.

    • Howardo says:

      but Superman is a more believable

  20. I says:

    The headline is so bizarre. You seem to be implying that’s a shocking thing and it’s striking me the wrong way, like you’re trying to use the mundane to attack faith-based films?

    • Don't Mind Me Now says:

      Someone’s a little paranoid. This kind of headline is pretty standard procedure for situations where the #1 film will make over $50 million more than the #2 film, and I don’t think Variety is trying to make you insecure about your religion. When BvS is expected to make over $60 million and God’s Not Dead 2 is expected to only reach $11 million (which, keep in mind, is way above the norm for faith-based movies), I don’t think it’s overly aggressive to say BvS will “tower” over GND2.

  21. Lance says:

    No shit, sherlock!

  22. tlsnyder42 says:

    Time Warner is led by Anti-Christian bigots who support fascist, counterfeit, misogynist LGBT lunacy and sin. Skip BATMAN V SUPERMAN and see GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 this weekend instead!

    • Amalgamate says:

      STFU, god-boy

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        Not so smart, A-boy. If that’s the level of your intelligence, you need to sue your parents or your teachers for not training you correctly. Or, sue yourself for not getting an education in wisdom and tact.

    • Kevin says:

      That movie and it’s predecessor are pathetic, hollow, christian-supremacist propaganda films built on nonsense arguments against absurd, cartoonish Strawman characters that don’t remotely reflect the reality of anything the films claim to argue against. Utter trash.

    • Don't Mind Me Now says:

      Pure Flix is led by Christian bigots who support indoctrination, intolerance, cruelty and defiance of their own commandments (Remember “Love thy neighbor?” The one JESUS in Matthew 22:39 said was the second most important commandment behind only “Love the Lord thy God”? Good luck finding any acknowledgment of that in God’s Not Dead 2!). Skip GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 and see… well, don’t see BvS either because it sucks… see 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE this weekend instead!

      (P.S. I am not insulting all Christians, just bigoted Christians.)

      • Don't Mind Me Now says:

        Religion is not outlawed on college campuses. Most athiests could not care less about “suppressing” Christianity, and the ones who do are just trolls. I’ve seen GOD’S NOT DEAD (the 1st one, obviously). It is nothing but hateful, disgusting propaganda that asserts that atheists are just loudmouth babies who deserve to be taught a lesson (primarily via getting hit by a car or getting cancer), that Muslims are monsters, and that you cannot be secure about your faith unless you are actively trying to indoctrinate others. It is not representative of Christ or His teachings and deserves no support from Christian moviegoers. If you really need to see a faith-based film, watch RISEN, which is actually a film about belief and spirituality rather than a sadistic persecution fantasy. Oh, and there are at least two faith-based movies out right now from one of those “evil” studios (RISEN and MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN) so I really don’t get where your “intimidation” theory is coming from. I think Disney and Time Warner have better things to do than needlessly attack religions that are practiced by many of their own employees.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        Some Bible Quotes for You: “To fear the LORD is to hate evil. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. The only thing that counts is faith in Jesus Christ expressing itself through love. Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 shows that the intolerant, hateful, tyrannical ones are really atheists and leftists who hate freedom of speech and freedom of religion and on college campuses have outlawed ideas which disagree with them. In MAN OF STEEL, Clark Kent goes to a priest in a Chirstian church for advice. But, apparently, Time Warner, Disney, et al., are trying to intimidate the politicians and businessmen to deprive Christians of their rights. Hence, I urge people to boycott the Hollywood movies this weekend and go see Pure Flix’s GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 instead.

    • Gog says:

      If BATMAN V SUPERMAN tops the box-office this week-end, it means that God is actually dead!

    • Thomas Marx says:

      Wow, if that’s how you see the world, 42, then God isn’t dead, he’s just hiding from his “followers”. For good reason.

    • Howardo says:

      i think your tin foil hat fell off, Adolph

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        The Hitlerians are Time Warner, Disney, et al., who want to stifle freedom of religion and freedom of speech in Georgia, and persecute Bible-believing Christians like the Nazis persecuted the Jews. They remind me of the racist guy who shot up that black church.

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