“Abigail” may in turn be leeching some ticket-buyers away from “Civil War” in its second weekend at the box office, but Garland’s speculative near-future war film is still going strong. It was technically the No. 1 film on Friday, if you discount the Thursday preview numbers for “Abigail,” and it’s expected to gross around $11 million total over Friday-to-Sunday, bringing its 10-day domestic total to $44.2 million. This is indie studio A24’s most expensive movie ever, with a production budget of $50 million, but it looks like that investment is paying off. “Civil War” is even playing well overseas, despite its America-focused premise and marketing, grossing an estimated $30 million in its opening weekend according to numbers from Comscore (via Screen Daily).

With kids currently in schools and studios focusing on adults, there are a few too many R-rated releases being crammed into the post-Easter, pre-summer window. Dev Patel’s outstanding directorial debut “Monkey Man” is my personal favorite film of the year so far, so it was tough to watch it struggling to fend off lingering competition from “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” and direct competition from “The First Omen” in its opening weekend. It then took a hard blow from “Civil War” last weekend, which knocked it down from No. 2 to No. 6 on the box office charts. Deadline estimates “Monkey Man” will fall to No. 9 this weekend as more new releases crowd in. This one will probably disappear from theaters sooner rather than later, so catch it on the big screen while you can.

Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s spy comedy “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” is performing above projections with an estimated opening weekend of $9 million, but that’s small comfort given its $60 million budget. Ritchie’s bad luck streak at the box office continues.



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