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

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.

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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