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