Grosses

Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 25 - Sun, Jun. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$59,337,669-46%4,0280$14,731$226,889,3512Disney
2Grown Ups$40,506,562--3,534--$11,462$40,506,5621Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$20,139,985--3,098--$6,501$27,428,5131Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$15,547,421-48%3,74077$4,157$135,788,7213Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$6,204,454-57%3,242-302$1,914$63,047,4323Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$3,140,780-49%2,189-403$1,435$54,616,4954Universal
7Shrek Forever After$3,101,365-45%2,340-867$1,325$229,539,0896Paramount / DreamWorks
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,845,684-49%1,851-754$1,537$86,221,8795Disney
9Killers (2010)$1,938,681-62%2,271-348$854$43,938,7544Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$1,627,442-70%2,8250$576$9,171,0832Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$1,436,378-50%1,169-443$1,229$306,943,6478Paramount
12Marmaduke$977,386-60%1,110-1385$881$30,008,9414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$1,219,345-49%901-779$1,353$93,072,6155Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood (2010)$648,925-54%669-377$970$103,301,7707Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$477,499186%333120$1,434$215,422,52814Paramount / DreamWorks
4Solitary Man$476,43112%17770$2,692$2,070,9156Anchor Bay
5Letters to Juliet$406,548-49%509-297$799$49,537,4297Summit
6Please Give$276,398-42%219-53$1,262$3,134,6889Sony Pictures Classics
7Date Night$241,385-33%286-59$844$97,320,41912Fox
8Splice$240,365-74%340-604$707$16,229,1064Warner Bros
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$222,990-14%134-12$1,664$8,680,92215Music Box
10The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$217,193-23%143-23$1,519$5,301,16811Sony Pictures Classics
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$164,383-34%226-41$727$162,697,60813Warner Bros.
12Death at a Funeral (2010)$141,926-5%156-5$910$42,594,45311Sony / Screen Gems
13City Island$131,342-28%105-28$1,251$6,156,28715Anchor Bay
14The Back-up Plan$124,57934%147-19$847$37,243,20210CBS Films
15Furry Vengeance$123,35210%157-78$786$17,286,2759Summit
16The Bounty Hunter$99,460-53%104-70$956$66,944,67815Sony / Columbia
17Mother and Child$94,75173%11966$796$790,4328Sony Pictures Classics
18Raavan$89,972-81%115-4$782$663,2862Reliance Big Pictures
19The Last Song$85,334-38%123-76$694$62,787,21913Disney
20A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$80,064-33%172-56$465$62,902,1679Warner Bros. / New Line
21Oceans$77,336157%12768$609$19,249,65010Disneynature
22Just Wright$74,184-56%111-47$668$21,219,0927Fox Searchlight
23Diary of a Wimpy Kid$61,842-18%105-41$589$63,694,61815Fox
24Kick-Ass$34,926-54%102-55$342$48,043,50511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$437,35524%7031$6,248$1,064,3083Roadside Attractions
2Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$362,55360%8658$4,216$954,2323IFC
3Cyrus$301,22766%1713$17,719$566,2592Fox Searchlight
4I Am Love$248,120104%2719$9,190$439,4512Magnolia
5Hubble 3D$231,858-13%500$4,637$9,161,46415Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Micmacs$79,381-20%521$1,527$715,1405Sony Classics
7Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$78,28117%208$3,914$356,8863Sony Pictures Classics
8Exit Through the Gift Shop$74,791-11%36-5$2,078$2,658,82911Producers Distribution Agency
9Harry Brown$65,150-25%56-8$1,163$1,604,8999Samuel Goldwyn
10Ondine$63,6068%3916$1,631$256,17117Magnolia
11Babies$45,041-51%64-33$704$7,198,2848Focus
12Avatar$44,572-1%15-2$2,971$749,535,57428Fox
13Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$39,162--5--$7,832$39,1621Sony Pictures Classics
14Restrepo$35,581--2--$17,791$35,5811National Geographic
15Under the Sea 3D$33,931-3%13-2$2,610$22,587,88772Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Alice in Wonderland (2010)$27,399-67%65-75$422$334,162,18217Disney
17Magnificent Desolation$25,0905%1-4$25,090$33,192,421249IMAX
18South of the Border$21,545--1--$21,545$21,5451Cinema Libre
19The City of Your Final Destination$20,15134%150$1,343$409,90211Screen Media Films
20Mademoiselle Chambon$19,48642%92$2,165$144,6905Lorber
21The Killer Inside Me$19,24874%43$4,812$37,5102IFC Films
22The Square (2010)$17,804-4%8-4$2,226$379,69712Apparition
23Stonewall Uprising$16,2383%62$2,706$50,3012First Run Features
24Let It Rain$15,660-4%53$3,132$41,0562IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,785-37%13-2$1,137$572,79715Zeitgeist
26Deep Sea 3D$14,516-11%30$4,839$43,410,628226Warner Bros. / IMAX
278: The Mormon Proposition$14,093-67%12-4$1,174$77,6722Red Flag Releasing
28Holy Rollers$12,956-19%130$997$262,62822First Independent Pictures
29Agora$12,565-39%3-2$4,188$194,3085Newmarket
30The Secret of Kells$10,438-6%150$696$637,99517GKIDS
31The Lottery$10,064174%30$3,355$34,8853Variance Films
32La Mission$9,066-61%11-6$824$997,22512Screen Media
33Kings of the Evening$8,936-44%4-1$2,234$72,57920Indican Pictures
34Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$8,883-26%19-7$468$88,761,72020Fox
35Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,935-43%3-1$2,645$158,0295Rialto
36Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,686--2--$3,343$6,6861Kino International
37Princess Kaiulani$6,253-65%8-8$782$826,6247Roadside Attractions
38Only the Brave (2010)$6,232-28%2-1$3,116$132,4595Indican Pictures
39Ajami$5,179122%52$1,036$608,33041Kino International
40OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,595-9%3-1$1,532$76,62163Music Box
41The Little Traitor$4,4444%10$4,444$354,99629Westchester Films
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,395-2%30$1,465$23,233,180143National Geographic
43Survival of the Dead$3,98842%102$399$93,6365Magnolia / Magnet
44The Joneses$3,799-63%3-4$1,266$1,465,19111Roadside Attractions
45The Father of My Children$3,723-3%3-1$1,241$144,0226IFC Films
46A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$3,202139%20$1,601$2,084,63718Sony Classics
47John Rabe$2,998-33%3-1$999$43,3516Strand
48Looking for Eric$2,935-27%9-1$326$55,8047IFC
49Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,899-77%1-5$2,899$258,2108Kino International
50The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,857-30%82$357$128,48612IFC
51Best Worst Movie$2,6103%10$2,610$58,57010Area23a
52The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,335--1--$2,335$79,77812International Film Circuit
53The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$2,307-40%7-3$330$181,4679IFC
54The Oath (2010)$2,154-31%20$1,077$32,4358Zeitgeist
55Casino Jack and the United States of Money$1,888-49%4-3$472$172,7398Magnolia
56Cropsey$1,680-7%20$840$25,1244Cinema Purgatorio
57Chloe$1,631-89%3-24$544$3,070,99214Sony Pictures Classics
58Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,414--1--$1,414$21,8957Cinema Purgatorio
59Racing Dreams$1,190-49%31$397$44,7236Hanover House
60Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,132-62%10$1,132$34,8374Indican Pictures
61Space Station 3D$934-45%10$934$81,958,961428IMAX
62Everyone Else$535-50%1-1$535$69,00454Cinema Guild
63Letters to God$461--2--$231$2,848,58712Vivendi
64Whiz Kids$300--1--$300$5,0164Shadow Distribution
65Dream Boy$173--1--$173$6,31914Regent