“Civil War” fights off “Abigail” to land a 2nd week atop the box office with $11 million

“Civil War” fights off “Abigail” to land a 2nd week atop the box office with $11 million

The Alex Garland film about a dystopian, not-so-future America has earned nearly $45 million since opening last weekend.

Civil War waged a strong battle against newcomer Abigail at this weekend's box office, slightly besting the ballerina vampire film with $11.1 million, as per Comscore.

After last week's record opening for an A24 picture, this brings Alex Garland's dystopian American fable's two-week domestic total to $44.9 million. Adding in its international cume of $16.8 million, Civil War now has a worldwide total of $61.7 million.

<p>Universal Studios; A24</p> 'Abigail,' 'Civil War'

Universal Studios; A24

'Abigail,' 'Civil War'

Directed by the filmmaking collective known as Radio Silence — directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and producer Chad Villella — Abigail follows a group of would-be criminals who kidnap the titular 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, in hopes of collecting a $50 million ransom. However, her captors soon relaize that they've locked themselves in with no ordinary little girl.

"Abigail is a bloody vampire wearing a tutu. We work with an idea until we arrive at that thing that makes us all go, 'Oh s---! That's great,'" Gillett told Entertainment Weekly. "Whenever that appears on screen, you're just aware of the tone; you're aware of exactly what this film wants to be and what it's trying to do."

<p>Daniel Smith/Lionsgate</p> 'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

Daniel Smith/Lionsgate

'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

Godzilla x King Kong: The New Empire took third place this weekend, earning $9.5 million in its fourth week of release, for a domestic total of $171.6 million ($485.2 million worldwide). Guy Ritchie's WWII action comedy The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare opened domestically in fourth with $9 million.

Starring Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Cary Elwes, Henry Golding, and Eiza González, the film is based on recently declassified files of the British War Department and inspired by true events, It tells the story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials, including author Ian Fleming.

Ritchson described to EW how he successfully argued with Ritchie to make a particular scene more violent with the help of his stunt double.

"We got all the kills that we wanted, it was super stylish and cool, and we even got to ax a couple Nazis," Ritchson said. "That was a proud day where we just dreamed that up on the fly and it worked."

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