The blistering opening weekend of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" seemed to silence critics who had given Warner Bros.' Ben Affleck-anchored Batman film overwhelmingly negative reviews. A week later, the box office seems to be better reflect that more mediocre response. "Batman v Superman" pulled in 52.4 million over the weekend, according to Deadline Hollywood, bringing its total domestic gross to almost 262 million. That total is nothing to sneeze at, but the film's lackluster weekend marks one of the largest second-weekend drop-offs for a superhero movie in history. Its 68 percent fall from its opening-weekend gross is a much steeper decline than many of its recent competitors in the genre.
While "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" looks to be leading the weekend box office from Friday returns, the sequel to the 2014 hit also seems to be following in the footsteps of other recent films that have lagged behind their predecessors. The movie brought in an estimated 12.5 million Friday, pointing toward a projected weekend total of more than 33 million. Produced again by Michael Bay and starring Megan Fox alongside the pizza-eating, crime-fighting creatures of the title, the new film lagged behind the more than 65-million opening of the first "Ninja Turtles" movie in August 2014. Looking at second place for the weekend will be "X-Men: Apocalypse," with a Friday estimate of 6.6 million on its way to a weekend projection just above 22 million. It opened last weekend to 80 million, a disappointment for the now long-running franchise that was 27% lower than the debut of the previous installment, 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
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About 5.1 million people will be heading off on holiday within the UK over the bank holiday weekend, the tourism agency VisitEngland has said. This is expected to generate about 1.3bn for the UK economy. And travel organisation Abta estimates that two million Britons will head abroad from Friday to Monday. Heathrow is expecting more than 440,000 passengers to depart over the long weekend, while Gatwick is preparing for 311,000 outgoing passengers. Stansted is due to see 103,000 people fly over the next three days.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. With at least nine people shot dead and 27 others wounded, Chicago faced its bloodiest Memorial Day weekend since 2015 by Monday morning. Despite the state's coronavirus stay-at-home order, as of early Monday the weekend's death toll had already surpassed last Memorial Day weekend when seven people were killed and 34 others injured.