A24's CIVIL WAR Was The #1 Movie In America For The Second Week In A Row

A24's CIVIL WAR Was The #1 Movie In America For The Second Week In A Row A24's CIVIL WAR Was The #1 Movie In America For The Second Week In A Row

Some box office analysts predicted a huge second-week drop for A24 and director Alex Garland's Civil War, given its B- cinema score.

By MarkJulian - Apr 22, 2024 06:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Movies

Civil War was the #1 movie in America once again, as it closed out its first full week in theaters and its second weekend.

The film grossed another $11.13M domestically to bring its domestic gross to $44.88M. Finding information on how the film performed overseas has proved to be a difficult task but according to Entertainment Weekly, the film's international gross now stands at $16.8M, giving the Alex Garland-directed pic a worldwide gross of $61.7M.

Civil War has been marketed as A24's most expensive film to date as it carries a $50M production budget. When accounting for P&A costs and revenue splits with theater owners, the film would need to make between $130-$150M to break even.

With Abigail and The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare taking a big chunk out of the box office this past weekend and Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt's The Fall Guy set to debut this upcoming weekend, A24's Civil War has an uphill battle to reach profitability.

Of course, the film might be released back in theaters once award season rolls around if the film collective decides that Garland or some of the film's cast has a shot at picking up a few trophies.

Civil War is set in a near-future America that has broken apart into several groups which are engaged in a civil war. 

Days from now, the capital of the Western Forces, an armed coalition of states that are  insurgent against the federal authority, will be forced to submit. 

With a small group of journalists, including a young, aspiring photographer named Jessie (Cailee Spaeny), whom she reluctantly takes on the role of mentor, Lee (Kirsten Dunst), a hardened combat photographer who has documented atrocities and destabilization around the world, travels to the White House in the hopes of securing a final interview with the president (Nick Offerman).

This movie feels like a fable to me — like a cautionary fable of what happens when people don’t communicate with each other,” Dunst shared. “When nobody listens to each other, when you silence journalists, when we lose a shared truth."

Garland also added, "The famous phrase, if you forget history, you're doomed to repeat it — it's important to understand that nobody is immune. No country is immune from that. Because it's nothing to do with countries, it's to do with people.

Garland continued by saying that he intended Civil War to be a resolutely anti-war movie, one in which the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat but is ultimately driven by raw horror as opposed to sensationalized thrills.

The film currently has a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 85 reviews, with an average score of 7.8 out of 10. 

ABOUT CIVIL WAR: From filmmaker Alex Garland comes a journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

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