Batman V Superman lays waste to all comers while The Daughter holds strongly

28 March, 2016 by Harry Windsor

Ben Affleck as Batman.


Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck as the caped crusader, Batman V Superman opened around the country on 293 screens last week, ringing up just over $13 million including 3D and IMAX showings.

The opening volley in WB's bid for a 'cinematic universe' of their own to compete with the Avengers, Batman V Superman also scored the highest per-cinema average of the weekend, with a whopping $44,843 per location, besting last week's per-location champ, Universal's The Witch (a $15,060 average). 

Per screen, The Witch narrowly pipped the number two film at the local BO overall, Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which opened on 284 screens for a total take of $3.9 million – $14,309 per-cinema.

On 292 screens in its second week, Disney's Zootopia dropped a trifling twenty-six percent to pull in $3.1 million over the long weekend, bringing its cume to $8.6 million and well and truly trouncing Fox's Kung Fu Panda 3, which opened on 273 screens and raked in $2.5 million in its first week.

Coming in fifth was London Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, which dropped fifty-six percent in week two of release to bring its pot to $3.7 million overall.

Maggie Smith chugged along persistently, with The Lady in the Van dropping forty-nine percent in its fourth week, bringing its overall tally to $7.9 million.

Also sticking around is Fox's Deadpool, still on 166 screens in its seventh week. The Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero-comedy has now made $42 million at the Australian BO.

Paramount's 10 Cloverfield Lane, directed by Dan Trachtenberg and produced by J.J. Abrams, brought its total to $3.4 million, while eOne's Helen Mirren-starring drone thriller Eye in the Sky opened on 46 screens and took $362,783.

Rounding out the top ten was Ambarsariya, the Indian comedy directed by Mandeep Kumar, which debuted on 23 screens and rang up $249,785.

Simon Stone's The Daughter dropped only twenty-one percent in its second week, making $228,623 over the weekend; an average of $4,157 at each of its 55 locations. The film produced by Jan Chapman and Nicole O'Donohue has now made $778,453 overall.

The Australian drama beat out Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, which debuted on 46 screens and has taken $203,794 so far.