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, Aug. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$16,968,032-51%3,2700$5,189$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$12,202,831--3,233--$3,774$18,566,7331Fox
3Eat Pray Love$12,111,162-48%3,0820$3,930$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$10,652,297--1,973--$5,399$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$10,163,337-42%3,472-179$2,927$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$10,106,872--2,470--$4,092$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$8,436,713--2,012--$4,193$8,436,7131Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$8,407,685--2,784--$3,020$8,407,6851Universal
9Inception$7,838,179-31%2,401-719$3,265$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$5,201,970-51%2,8202$1,845$20,898,2552Universal
11Despicable Me$4,662,065-33%2,236-687$2,085$231,056,9907Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$3,520,805-44%2,149-897$1,638$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$3,150,401-54%1,592-847$1,979$36,868,9513Disney
14Salt$2,510,012-60%1,794-1040$1,399$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,701,134-59%1,580-1148$1,077$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$1,523,124-31%730-489$2,086$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$818,213-40%404-426$2,025$18,239,7257Focus
3Get Low$713,79489%14693$4,889$1,697,8774Sony Pictures Classics
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$566,864-56%557-655$1,018$297,216,7988Summit
5The Sorcerer's Apprentice$476,035-58%472-517$1,009$60,605,5266Disney
6Charlie St. Cloud$475,545-78%647-1436$735$30,346,1404Universal
7Grown Ups$427,136-63%424-544$1,007$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
8Ramona and Beezus$402,882-52%388-244$1,038$24,288,6525Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$378,103-27%314-58$1,204$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$375,8053%1715$2,198$5,769,9137Music Box
11Hubble 3D$350,02026%15197$2,318$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Shrek Forever After$277,464-23%232-22$1,196$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$260,3720%277-33$940$75,679,5299Fox
14Winter's Bone$211,965-2%130-6$1,631$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
15Predators$200,414-41%234-109$856$51,397,6577Fox
16The Last Airbender$188,596-47%223-141$846$130,085,6438Paramount
17Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$174,365-24%186-16$937$90,402,16213Disney
18The A-Team$108,366-26%151-53$718$76,980,76111Fox
19Marmaduke$80,561-18%122-29$660$33,492,95012Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$199,657--33--$6,050$777,6571Samuel Goldwyn
2Peepli Live$162,914-53%706$2,327$600,6272UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$131,77967%3115$4,251$357,5713IFC
4I Am Love$112,373-20%83-19$1,354$4,398,58510Magnolia
5Animal Kingdom$101,440--22--$4,611$198,4822Sony Pictures Classics
6Under the Sea 3D$73,985-9%160$4,624$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Extra Man$60,025-17%332$1,819$277,4954Magnolia
8Restrepo$59,249-19%44-8$1,347$1,049,7979National Geographic
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$56,32410%273$2,086$390,4805NeoClassics
10The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$55,0467%173$3,238$268,3773National Geographic
11The Concert$53,235-6%201$2,662$288,5075Weinstein Company
12The Tillman Story$52,185--4--$13,046$52,1851Weinstein Company
13What If...$49,770--23--$2,164$49,7701Five & Two Pictures
14Flipped$49,709-58%29-15$1,714$570,5773Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$41,87717%411$1,021$9,937,66223Music Box
16Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$41,017-37%47-19$873$1,558,33411Sony Pictures Classics
17La Soga$36,330-31%209$1,817$110,96827-57 Releasing
18A Film Unfinished$34,060--4--$8,515$47,7801Oscilloscope
19Lebanon$33,95996%1512$2,264$95,97345Sony Pictures Classics
20Cyrus$33,715-34%56-28$602$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
21Agora$24,368-28%11-2$2,215$527,25813Newmarket
22Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$23,927186%42$5,982$140,2805Arthouse Films
23Soul Kitchen$20,916--2--$10,458$20,9161IFC
24Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$20,201-35%30-13$673$2,871,56711IFC
25Solitary Man$19,562-12%19-9$1,030$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
26Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,342-11%10-3$1,934$3,180,53119Producers Distribution Agency
27Life During Wartime$18,993-28%15-5$1,266$216,9515IFC
28Patrik, Age 1.5$17,751109%94$1,972$38,5353Here Films
29Letters to Juliet$17,208-47%35-26$492$53,021,56015Summit
30The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,439-40%8-4$1,930$110,3083Anchor Bay
31Middle Men$15,068-84%16-236$942$723,7143Paramount
32Date Night$15,026-38%23-10$653$98,684,12320Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$13,65795%125$1,138$293,56413Lorber
34Deep Sea 3D$13,363-18%30$4,454$43,695,646234Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Please Give$12,380-33%18-5$688$3,973,40617Sony Pictures Classics
36Winnebago Man$11,536135%70$1,648$117,4817Kino International
37Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,484155%64$1,747$274,70213Rialto
38Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$10,05427%19-2$529$339,7519Sony Pictures Classics
39Tales From Earthsea$9,940-52%50$1,988$41,0292Disney
40Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$9,710--1--$9,710$36,39110The Film Desk
41The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$9,416-39%9-6$1,046$6,318,05919Sony Pictures Classics
42Micmacs$8,490-41%240$354$1,170,02513Sony Classics
43Army of Crime$8,102--3--$2,701$8,1021Lorber
44Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,129-9%51$1,226$662,30423Zeitgeist
45Countdown to Zero$5,902-2%6-4$984$248,2735Magnolia
46Kisses$4,540127%63$757$77,8196Oscilloscope
47Spoken Word$2,691-54%3-1$897$22,5925Variance
48Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$2,616-44%21$1,308$9,8382First Run Features
49Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,375-12%30$792$23,284,314151National Geographic
50Ondine$2,297-35%5-2$459$522,96525Magnolia
51Mother and Child$2,110-76%13-2$162$1,095,68616Sony Pictures Classics
52U2 3D$1,98226%10$1,982$10,362,088135National Geographic
53Everyone Else$1,855-37%1-1$1,855$91,85362Cinema Guild
54City Island$1,732-28%4-4$433$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
55Brotherhood (2009)$1,71179%10$1,711$7,6733Olive Films
56Salt of This Sea$1,543-69%10$1,543$9,4932
57Altiplano$1,269--1--$1,269$1,2691First Run
58To the Sea$1,23173%21$616$31,6496Film Movement
59Ajami$1,205153%21$603$621,24049Kino International
60Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,204-93%1-5$1,204$346,56116Kino International
61Sweetgrass$1,199--1--$1,199$203,85448Cinema Guild
62Princess Kaiulani$1,167-64%1-2$1,167$869,84215Roadside Attractions
63The Sicilian Girl$1,164-74%21$582$19,6283Music Box
64The Law$1,1000%10$1,100$15,9379Oscilloscope
65Small Change (2009 re-issue)$927--1--$927$32,66039The Film Desk
66Only When I Dance$835-11%10$835$7,1508Film Movement
67Orlando (2010 re-issue)$779-88%51$156$53,7735Sony Pictures Classics
68Behind the Burly Q$760--1--$760$21,28618First Run Features
69The Beaches of Agnes$733--1--$733$239,71160Cinema Guild
70Kings of the Evening$535-11%10$535$98,03528Indican Pictures
71Videocracy$363--1--$363$23,56728Lorber Films
72Holy Rollers$345-51%10$345$302,88630First Independent Pictures
73Spring Fever$273-84%10$273$10,47812Strand
74The Nature of Existence$228-80%10$228$37,55410Walking Shadows
75Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$158-80%1-1$158$45,8519Kino International
76Stonewall Uprising$100-86%1-1$100$118,67510First Run Features