'Batman v Superman' flies high at top of box office
LOS ANGELES - Agence France-Presse"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the blockbuster superhero flick, leapt for a second straight week to the heights of the box office -- although with greatly diminished ticket sales, industry estimates showed on April 3.
The movie, which pits two iconic superheroes against one other, earned $52.4 million in its second weekend, according to estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
In its debut weekend, it raked in a whopping $166 million despite a number of negative reviews.
Starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill in the role of Superman, the characters' first big-screen pairing sets up the coming "Justice League" and "Wonder Woman" movies.
A stellar cast for the Warner Bros blockbuster also features former Miss Israel Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as the eccentric villain Lex Luthor and Amy Adams as Superman's love interest Lois Lane.
Animated Disney film "Zootopia" about an intrepid rabbit police officer who works with a fox to solve a crime in the Zootopia animal kingdom was in second place for a second week, earning $20.0 million.
Comedy sequel "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" which reunites the main cast from the 2002 sleeper hit of the same name, earned $11.1 million, landing in third.
Debuting in fourth was another sequel "God's Not Dead 2," about a public school teacher who answers a student's question about Jesus and finds herself in hot water with the law. It raked in $8.1 million.
Landing in fifth was "Miracles from Heaven," a drama about a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder who finds herself miraculously cured. The movie took in $7.6 million.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were: -- "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" ($5.7 million) -- "10 Cloverfield Lane" ($4.8 million) -- "Meet the Blacks" ($4.09 million) -- "Eye in the Sky" (4.06 million) -- "Deadpool" ($3.5 million)