By Daniel Garris
Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice grossed $12.18 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. However, the blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill was down a concerning 19 percent from Monday’s performance. Yesterday’s hold could be a sign of poor critical reviews and mixed word of mouth starting to kick in more now. In comparison, last year’s Furious 7 was down just 5 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $13.31 million. Batman v Superman has grossed $193.23 million through five days of release. That represents the tenth largest five-day start of all-time. Batman v Superman is currently running 11 percent ahead of the $174.51 million five-day take of Furious 7 and 11 percent behind the $217.63 million five-day gross of last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Disney’s Zootopia held steady in second place with $3.68 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios decreased 22 percent from Monday and a slim 21 percent from last Tuesday. Zootopia is now on the verge of passing the $250 million domestic mark with a 26-day gross of $249.86 million. That places the film 18 percent ahead of the $211.95 million 26-day take of 2014’s The LEGO Movie and 14 percent behind the $289.89 million 26-day gross of last year’s Inside Out.
Universal’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took in $2.23 million to remain in third. The long-awaited comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos increased 10 percent over Monday. That represented the day’s strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has grossed $22.11 million in five days. The film continues to run on the very high end of expectations and perform nicely with its modest production budget in mind. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is running 2 percent ahead of the $21.65 million five-day start of last year’s The Intern.
Sony’s Miracles from Heaven and Lionsgate’s The Divergent Series: Allegiant claimed fourth and fifth place with respective daily grosses of $1.45 million and $1.15 million. Miracles from Heaven was up 4 percent over Monday and down 27 percent from last Tuesday, while Allegiant declined 7 percent from Monday and a sharp 54 percent from last Tuesday. Respective total grosses stand at $48.92 million for Allegiant in twelve days and at $37.14 million for Miracles from Heaven in two weeks. Given respective costs, expectations and holding power, Miracles from Heaven is obviously having the much more impressive run of the two films.