This weekend the box office will again be dominated by Captain America: Civil War, which should bring in an estimated $75 million to $80 million for Disney and Marvel. The film has grabbed more than $700M worldwide to date — $104.6M of that from China — and it’s not slowing down. Its Monday box office of $13.3M is right in line with the $13.2M grossed by Avengers: Age Of Ultron last year. The movie directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo is (not surprisingly) keeping all of its 380 Imax screens this weekend. The only question is how high can this go?
The only film to draw box office away from it last weekend was Disney’s own The Jungle Book, which grossed $21.9M — at least all of the money is going to the same studio (that’s what is called a high-class problem). The studio needed to place the film before Fox’s tentpole X-Men: Apocalypse which bows on May 27.
This weekend will see two other notable openers: Money Monster and The Darkness. Ten years ago, Money Monster would probably have had moviegoers lining up. It stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts in what is a suspenseful drama from director Jodie Foster. But, this one — which also stars Jack O’Connell as a gunman who takes over a TV news studio — may end up around $10M-$12M this weekend stateside.
It will get a boost overseas as its world premiere will be this Thursday night at Cannes. It marks Roberts’ first time with a film at Cannes and Foster’s second film there as a director. The production budget for the film is said to have been $27M, but we have not confirmed that and it’s likely a bit higher. This is a TriStar Pictures, LStar Capital, Smokehouse/Allegiance Theater production.
Previews for Money Monster begin at 7 PM on Thursday.
Lastly, The Darkness is yet another horror offering from Blumhouse’s label BH Tilt. Starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, the latest is about a family who is terrorized by some kind of supernatural force after they come back from a vacation. They are hoping for $4M-$5M on this one, but estimates have it this morning at around $3M. We will see what this can do on Friday night when the horror crowd comes to light and it’s been some time since there has been a horror movie so it could get in the $4M to $5M range.
The film is being released through Blumhouse’s new label BH Tilt to explore the continuing evolution of distribution and marketing. This is a reduce-spend for Blumhouse, which is debuting it in 1,754 theaters. Universal shoulders the marketing expense, BH Tilt does the marketing, and High Top Releasing (a label of Focus) is distributing.
The Darkness opens for previews at 7 PM on Thursday before going wide on — what else — Friday the 13th.