Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took in $15.04 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill was down 55.5 percent from Easter Sunday. It should be noted that Monday’s grosses in general were aided by the post-Easter frame. Batman v Superman had a slightly stronger first-Monday hold than that of last year’s Furious 7, which declined 58 percent on the Monday after Easter to gross $14.02 million. Batman v Superman has grossed $181.05 million through four days of release. That represents the eighth largest four-day start of all-time. Batman v Superman is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $161.20 million four-day take of Furious 7 and 11.5 percent behind the $204.50 million four-day gross of last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Just how big of an impact negative critical reviews will have on the holding power of Batman v Superman going forward remains to be seen.
Disney’s Zootopia remained very strong on Monday with a second place take of $4.74 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios decreased just 20 percent from Sunday and increased a healthy 27 percent over last Monday. Zootopia is quickly approaching the $250 million domestic mark with a 25-day gross of $246.17 million. That places the film 17 percent ahead of the $210.41 million 25-day take of 2014’s The LEGO Movie and 14 percent behind the $286.59 million 25-day gross of last year’s Inside Out.
Universal’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took third with $2.02 million. The long-awaited comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos declined 51 percent from Sunday. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has grossed $19.88 million in four 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 3 percent ahead of the $19.24 million four-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 $1.39 million and $1.23 million. Miracles from Heaven was down 51 percent from Sunday and up 3 percent from last Monday, while Allegiant declined 42 percent from Sunday and 39 percent from last Monday. Respective total grosses stand at $47.77 million for Allegiant in eleven days and at $35.69 million for Miracles from Heaven in thirteen days. Given respective costs, expectations and holding power, Miracles from Heaven is obviously having the much more impressive run of the two films.