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Captain America dominates US box office

Associated Press Associated Press 15/05/2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's Captain America's weekend at the box office once again by a large margin.

The superhero smash pulled in another $72.6 million in earnings, but still left some room for other newcomers like Money Monster, The Darkness and The Lobster to play.

Captain America: Civil War dropped 59 per cent in its second weekend in theaters, in line with the second weekend showings of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3.

While it's on the higher end of second weekend falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Disney and Marvel film is still performing phenomenally well. In just two weeks, it has earned $US295.9 million ($A407.2 million) in North America, passing the total domestic grosses of Captain America: Winter Soldier film by over $US35 million ($A48.2 million).

Disney's The Jungle Book remained in second place with $US17.8 million ($A24.5 million), bringing its domestic total to $311.8 million after five weekends in theaters.

Meanwhile, the R-rated George Clooney and Julia Roberts financial thriller Money Monster got off to a healthy third-place start with $US15 million ($A20.6 million), beating expectations in its first weekend in theaters after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. The film cost only $US27 million ($A37.1 million) to produce.

"We felt like in the wake of 'Captain America,' we could open to $10 million. To open to $15 million in that time frame is really a great number for us and it bodes well for the playability of the movie," Rory Bruer, Sony's president of worldwide distribution, said. "We're very proud to be part of this genre. The adult thriller is not an easy code to crack."

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 $US5.2 million ($A7.2 million) from only 1,755 screens to take fourth place.

In limited release, distributor A24 also scored big with The Lobster, a dark comedy about relationships starring Colin Farrell from director Yorgos Lanthimos.

The top films at US and Canadian cinemas.

1. Captain America: Civil War, $72.6 million

2. The Jungle Book, $17.8 million

3. Money Monster, $15 million

4. The Darkness, $5.2 million.

5. Mother's Day, $3.3 million

6. Zootopia," $2.8 million

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

8. Keanu, $1.9 million.

9. Barbershop: The Next Cut, $1.7 million.

10. The Boss, $1.2 million.

*All figures in US dollars. Estimated sales for Friday - Sunday at according to comScore.

The top films world wide (excluding US and Canada)

1. Captain America: Civil War, $84.2 million.

2. The Angry Birds Movie, $43 million.

3. The Wailing, $16.8 million.

4. The Jungle Book, $15.2 million.

5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, $8.8 million.

6. Criminal, $7.5 million.

7. Finding Mr. Right 2, $5.5 million.

8. Money Monster and Zootopia, $4.7 million.

9. Que culpa Tiene el Nino, $3 million.

10. The Huntsman: Winter's War, $2 million.

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