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, Sep. 17 - Sun, Sep. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$23,808,032--2,861--$8,322$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$17,734,040--2,856--$6,209$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$12,289,375--2,809--$4,375$12,289,3751Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,002,592-62%3,2096$3,117$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$9,106,906--2,625--$3,469$9,106,9061Lionsgate
6Takers$3,026,285-47%2,139-52$1,415$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$2,672,521-53%2,457-376$1,088$32,772,4753Focus
8The Other Guys$1,972,046-41%1,827-419$1,079$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,967,137-30%1,305-278$1,507$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
10Machete$1,755,550-59%1,704-974$1,030$24,391,3543Fox
11Eat Pray Love$1,614,431-45%1,668-671$968$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$1,373,298-57%1,854-1204$741$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$1,355,246-64%2,007-1023$675$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$1,211,349-64%2,013-718$602$40,113,3704Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$969,345-53%1,578-786$614$27,617,9405Universal
16The Switch (2010)$930,037-54%1,158-437$803$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$910,965-45%939-436$970$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$625,812-48%677-228$924$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$568,012-62%964-706$589$35,865,4455Fox
4Get Low$551,494-36%467-62$1,181$7,785,0908Sony Pictures Classics
5Toy Story 3$469,638-38%475-237$989$410,640,66514Disney
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$355,225-57%383-236$927$31,075,1256Universal
7Salt$310,966-51%335-149$928$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$303,582-20%304-35$999$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$272,219-33%360-65$756$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
10The Sorcerer's Apprentice$238,786-22%275-37$868$62,492,81810Disney
11Avatar$238,180-67%129-307$1,846$760,083,04140Fox
12Dinner for Schmucks$220,019-54%313-223$703$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$208,477-72%339-848$615$300,103,07212Summit
14Flipped$179,172-63%375-67$478$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
15Ramona and Beezus$165,613-10%260-15$637$25,717,9739Fox
16The Kids Are All Right$159,353-39%169-49$943$20,507,87611Focus
17Piranha 3D$150,466-79%264-561$570$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
18Step Up 3D$149,096-57%134-126$1,113$42,054,0367Disney
19The Girl Who Played With Fire$133,941-27%137-11$978$7,142,08011Music Box
20The Last Airbender$118,105-35%174-46$679$131,564,73112Paramount
21I'm Still Here$113,33317%120101$944$259,2902Magnolia
22The Karate Kid (2010)$95,819-24%147-21$652$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
23Winter's Bone$90,052-34%101-9$892$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions
24Legendary$29,306-77%103-74$285$191,8752IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dabangg$297,229-53%686$4,371$1,068,5892Eros
2Catfish$257,285--12--$21,440$257,2851Universal / Rogue
3Mao's Last Dancer$238,007-30%98-4$2,429$2,617,2905Samuel Goldwyn
4Hubble 3D$153,705-15%633$2,440$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Never Let Me Go$111,734--4--$27,934$156,7331Fox Searchlight
6Cairo Time$107,873-31%758$1,438$1,277,8157IFC
7The Tillman Story$60,680-28%283$2,167$519,3715Weinstein Company
8Animal Kingdom$53,720-51%57-4$942$817,1346Sony Pictures Classics
9What If...$48,428-43%50-32$969$517,5535Five & Two Pictures
10Heartbreaker$44,512-15%85$5,564$118,3672IFC
11I Am Love$42,633-24%35-5$1,218$4,838,30114Magnolia
12Under the Sea 3D$41,54741%161$2,597$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
13We Are Family$39,950-65%780$512$597,9723UTV Communications
14Knight and Day$36,742-33%64-29$574$76,364,87113Fox
15Predators$33,561-35%55-31$610$51,908,58011Fox
16Mademoiselle Chambon$32,62720%110$2,966$385,11817Lorber
17Jack Goes Boating$28,916--4--$7,229$28,9161Relativity / Overture
18The Romantics$26,155-43%1412$1,868$81,5032Four of a Kind
19A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$24,624-14%2310$1,071$105,7393Sony Pictures Classics
20Soul Kitchen$24,596-5%225$1,118$196,5015IFC
21Mesrine: Killer Instinct$24,310-51%22-7$1,105$461,7304Music Box
22Last Train Home$23,78373%86$2,973$71,8433Zeitgeist Films
23The Concert$23,440-40%201$1,172$542,1769Weinstein Company
24Fool for Love (2010)$22,840-54%80$2,855$87,1692Variance Films
25Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$21,34421%282$762$1,679,98615Sony Pictures Classics
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$21,344-8%13-6$1,642$487,1617National Geographic
27Leaves of Grass$20,987--3--$6,996$20,9871First Look
28Lovely, Still$20,538348%119$1,867$39,9212Monterey Media
29Lebanon$18,923-52%232$823$286,57349Sony Pictures Classics
30Restrepo$18,296-38%370$494$1,254,30613National Geographic
31Bran Nue Dae$18,062-23%171$1,062$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$17,679-55%20-8$884$207,9673Music Box
33Kings of Pastry$15,162--2--$7,581$22,4281First Run
34Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$13,686-20%41$3,422$39,1982Lorber
35The Extra Man$12,333-15%13-4$949$416,2098Magnolia
36Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$12,197-47%28-17$436$90,755,64317Disney
37Deep Sea 3D$10,62438%30$3,541$43,769,668238Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Other City$10,396--2--$5,198$10,3961Cabin Films
39Cyrus$9,740-38%19-7$513$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
40Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,069--1--$9,069$9,0691Collective Eye
41The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$8,012-42%19-9$422$10,056,67527Music Box
42Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$7,56324%21$3,782$17,1382Lorber
43Winnebago Man$7,05111%112$641$156,79411Kino International
44Undertow (2009)$7,051--1--$7,051$7,0511Wolfe Releasing
45Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$6,772-8%50$1,354$221,7599Arthouse Films
46Picture Me$6,718--1--$6,718$6,7181Strand
47La Soga$6,446-77%4-3$1,612$206,72767-57 Releasing
48The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$6,279-13%11-7$571$6,374,78923Sony Pictures Classics
49My Dog Tulip$6,276-50%10$6,276$49,4303New Yorker Films
50The Sicilian Girl$6,245-32%52$1,249$43,4757Music Box
51Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,101-56%5-1$1,220$3,250,66423Producers Distribution Agency
52Agora$6,088-17%4-2$1,522$599,90317Newmarket
53Hideaway (2009)$5,550-50%40$1,388$20,7032Strand
54Life During Wartime$5,419-37%14-2$387$278,8219IFC
55Micmacs$4,937-56%15-1$329$1,237,26917Sony Classics
56Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,585-58%40$1,146$309,21017Rialto
57A Film Unfinished$4,483-37%30$1,494$147,2555Oscilloscope
58Ahead of Time$4,464-65%21$2,232$22,7742Vitagraph
59The Freebie$4,309--1--$4,309$4,3091Phase 4 Films
60John Rabe$3,774--1--$3,774$61,06818Strand
61Please Give$2,84239%40$711$4,028,33921Sony Pictures Classics
62GasLand$2,641--1--$2,641$9,1691International WOW
63Solitary Man$2,641-39%7-2$377$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
64The Trial (2010)$2,491-72%10$2,491$14,1422Whitlow Films
65Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,45040%31$817$386,53220Kino International
66Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,390-64%11-9$217$377,55613Sony Pictures Classics
67El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances$2,330--1--$2,330$2,3301Cinema Libre
68Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$2,198--2--$1,099$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
69Ondine$1,87955%21$940$547,21829Magnolia
70Centurion$1,871-61%3-3$624$119,6214Magnolia
71Spoken Word$1,811-20%20$906$32,7289Variance
72The Nature of Existence$1,714--1--$1,714$49,76714Walking Shadows
73Princess Kaiulani$1,210-49%2-1$605$883,45419Roadside Attractions
74Everyone Else$1,128-46%20$564$98,19766Cinema Guild
75Enemies of the People$1,092--2--$546$13,8228International Film Circuit
76Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,07271%10$1,072$48,83014The Film Desk
77Mother and Child$1,048-58%5-1$210$1,105,26620Sony Pictures Classics
78The Milk of Sorrow$986-31%10$986$9,8494Olive Films
79Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$985-14%10$985$23,298,251155National Geographic
80The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$949--2--$475$108,97924International Film Circuit
81Circle$87635%10$876$9,7304Indican Pictures
82Around a Small Mountain$86743%20$434$27,20111Cinema Guild
83Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$847-75%21$424$17,4296First Run Features
84Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$843--1--$843$15,20810Flicker Alley
85The Disappearance of Alice Creed$800-82%3-1$267$156,4727Anchor Bay
86The Temptation of St. Tony$747--1--$747$7471Olive Films
87Countdown to Zero$716-89%60$119$264,4159Magnolia
88The Girl (2009)$712--1--$712$7121
89The Little Traitor$514-65%10$514$377,20141Westchester Films
90Orlando (2010 re-issue)$358--1--$358$56,3729Sony Pictures Classics
91Sweetgrass$1457%10$145$204,25952Cinema Guild