Captain America Reigns Again

The superhero pic pulled in $72.6M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 15, 2016 3:05 PM CDT
Captain America Reigns Again
This image released by Sony Pictures shows George Clooney in a scene from "Money Monster," opening in theaters nationwide on May 13.    (Atsushi Nishijima)

It's Captain America's weekend at the box office once again, but even with $72.6 million in earnings, the superhero pic left some room for newcomers like Money Monster, The Darkness, and The Lobster to play, according to comScore estimates Sunday. Captain America: Civil War dropped 59% in its second weekend in theaters, in line with the second weekend showings of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, the AP reports. While it's on the higher end of second weekend falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Disney and Marvel film is still performing phenomenally well. In just two weeks, it has earned $295.9 million in North America, passing the total domestic grosses of Captain America: Winter Soldier by more than $35 million.

Disney's The Jungle Book remained in second place with $17.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $311.8 million. Meanwhile, the R-rated George Clooney and Julia Roberts financial thriller Money Monster got off to a healthy third-place start with $15 million, beating expectations in its first weekend in theaters. The film cost only $27 million to produce. The Blumhouse release label BH Tilt also opened the micro-budget horror film The Darkness for the Friday the 13th weekend. The film, which stars Kevin Bacon, brought in $5.2 million from only 1,755 screens to take fourth place. In limited release, distributor A24 also scored big with The Lobster, a dark comedy starring Colin Farrell from director Yorgos Lanthimos. The film scored the best specialty opening of the year with $188,195 from just four screens in NYC and LA. (More Captain America stories.)

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