Yeah, so I'm a day late. Well, it will make box-office predictions easier as I have already gotten to see how much the movies pulled in on Friday. Obviously, the only movie that really matters this weekend is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is a summer time movie coming out in March and it is going to have summer time box-office numbers. A couple interesting notes regarding this movie: First, the reviews are pretty bad. The movie has pulled in a poor 30% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes which makes it the poorest reviewed Batman related film since 1997 and the poorest reviewed Superman related film since 1987. Second, the word-of-mouth from the fans is average. The fans have given BvS a grade of a B at Cinemascore which is considered a very average grade in their rating system. Of course, that isn't keeping the fans away. The movie pulled in a huge 82 million on Friday alone (including Thursday previews). That would be the fourth biggest opening day of all time. At this point, expect the movie to dominate Easter weekend and to pull in 165+ million in its first three days. That would give Batman v Superman the biggest March opening of all time and the biggest DC Comics opening of all time.
The second major new movie of the weekend is the sequel to the sleeper hit of 2002, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. The first film came out of nowhere to pull in a huge 241 million at the box-office, so it is no surprise they are hoping to capitalize again. Why it took 14 years to get around to it is a mystery to me, but they finally did. Critics don't like the movie as it has only pulled in a 25% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but fans seem to like it as it has pulled in an A- from Cinemascore. I figured the movie would pull in around 15 million this weekend, but it did pretty well on Friday and pulled in 7.2 million. Look for the movie to end the weekend with around 20 million and while it won't live up to the original's success, it should have pretty nice legs thanks to the good word-of-mouth.