Sarturday estimates showed Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” dominating with a Friday gross of about $19.5 million. The tentpole opened with $179.1 million last weekend (the fifth-highest of all time) and looks likely to decline about 60% — a slightly steeper decline than what “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in a year ago during the same weekend.
Early estimates had pegged “Civil War” at over $75 million for the frame. If the updated estimates hold, “Civil War” will become the 11th film of all time to top the $70 million mark in its second weekend. That list is headed by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $149 million and “Jurassic World” with $106.6 million; Sony’s 2002 “Spider-Man” is 10th at $71.4 million.
“Civil War,” with Chris Evans returning as Captain America in a face-off against Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, should wind up the weekend with $294 million in its first 10 days.
Sony’s opening of “Money Monster” was performing much better than recent estimates, which had pegged it at as low as $10 million at 3,104 sites. The film, directed by Jodie Foster, banked $5 million on Friday as a counter-programming play in the wake of the film’s out-of-competition world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, pointed to the B+ Cinemascore as an indication that the $27 million thriller should see significant business in coming weeks. “It’s a smart adult film made for a very reasonable price,” he added.
BH Tilt’s horror-thriller “The Darkness,” starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, also scared up a respectable $2.1 million at 1,754 sites in a Friday the 13th launch aimed at horror fans. The weekend should see a $5 million-plus gross, placing it above its $4 million budget and move it in the direction financial success for Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.
Disney’s fifth weekend of “The Jungle Book” looks likely to edge out “Money Monster” for second place with about $16 million. The family adventure took in $4.1 million on Friday, its 29th day of release.
“The Jungle Book” should wind up the weekend with more than $310 million domestically.