‘Civil War’ wins a quiet box office battle

In a weak weekend, Alex Garland’s latest holds off ‘Abigail,’ ‘Godzilla x Kong’ and ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.’

‘Civil War’ wins a quiet box office battle
Kirsten Dunst and Cailee Spaeny in Civil War. / A24

Hello! Welcome to The Box Office Report for the weekend of April 19-21, 2024.

1. Civil War

Weekend gross: $11.1M
Total domestic gross: $44.9M
Last weekend: 1st
Percent drop: 56

Despite a slew of new releases, it was a quiet weekend at the box office. Civil War squeaked by for the No. 1 spot, barely outgrossing Abigail. (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare weren’t far behind either.)

Civil War is now Alex Garland’s biggest box office hit, both in North America and worldwide. The film’s $44.9 million domestic haul tops the $32.7 million that Annihilation grossed in 2018, with its worldwide haul of $48.4 million topping Annihilation’s $43.1 million too.

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2. Abigail

Weekend gross: $10.2M
Total domestic gross: $10.2M
Last weekend: New release
Percent drop: NA

While Abigail appears to be a critical hit (it has an 83 percent critical score and an 88 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes), directors Matt Bettinelli-Opin and Tyler Gillet didn’t match the lofty opening weekends of their last two films — 2022’s Scream ($30 million debut) and Scream VI ($44.4 million debut).