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Captain America tops newcomers

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Team Iron Man and Team Captain America face off in 'Captain America: Civil War'.
George Clooney stars in 'Money Monster'.
Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, in 'The Jungle Book'.
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LOS ANGELES (AP):

It's Captain America's weekend at the box office once again by a large margin. But even with US$72.6 million in earnings, the superhero pic left some room for other newcomers like Money Monster, The Darkness and The Lobster to play, according to comScore estimates yesterday.

Captain America: Civil War dropped 59 per cent in its second weekend in cinemas, in line with the second weekend showings of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3. In just two weeks, it has earned US$295.9 million in North America, passing the total domestic grosses of Captain America: The Winter Soldier film by over US$35 million.

Disney's The Jungle Book remained in second place with US$17.8 million, bringing its domestic total to US$311.8 million after five weekends in cinemas.

Meanwhile, the R-rated George Clooney and Julia Roberts financial thriller Money Monster got off to a healthy third-place start with US$15 million, beating expectations in its first weekend in cinemas after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. The film cost only US$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 US$5.2 million from only 1,755 screens to take fourth place.

In limited release, distributor A24 also scored big with The Lobster, a comedy about relationships starring Colin Farrell from director Yorgos Lanthimos. The film scored the best speciality opening of the year with US$188,195 from just four screens in New York and Los Angeles, before its expands nationwide over the next two weekends.

Next weekend sees the opening of The Angry Birds Movie, The Nice Guys and Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising. This is before the big Memorial Day release of Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.

1. Captain America: Civil War, US$72.6m

2. The Jungle Book, US$17.8m

3. Money Monster, US$15m

4. The Darkness, US$5.2m

5. Mother's Day, US$3.3m

6. Zootopia, US$2.8m

7. The Huntsman: Winter's War, US$2.6m

8. Keanu, US$1.9m

9. Barbershop: The Next Cut, US$1.7m

10. The Boss, US$1.2m