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, Oct. 1 - Sun, Oct. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$22,445,653--2,771--$8,100$22,445,6531Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10,887,429-32%3,5750$3,045$30,079,2982Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10,002,578-47%3,59732$2,781$35,778,4292Fox
4The Town$9,749,332-38%2,93550$3,322$64,056,7523Warner Bros.
5Easy A$6,748,777-36%2,974118$2,269$42,176,9673Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$5,722,566-32%2,5480$2,246$16,607,6332Disney
7Case 39$5,350,570--2,211--$2,420$5,350,5701Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$5,147,479--2,021--$2,547$5,147,4791Relativity / Overture
9Devil$3,564,055-46%2,392-419$1,490$27,291,4603Universal
10Alpha and Omega$2,924,868-38%2,303-322$1,270$18,949,4373Lionsgate
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,784,775-44%1,907-735$1,460$56,615,1004Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Endhiran$2,166,178--139--$15,584$2,166,1781Ficus
2Inception$904,208-27%625-282$1,447$288,405,37612Warner Bros.
3Takers$784,529-52%773-640$1,015$56,161,3476Sony / Screen Gems
4Catfish$590,17730%13679$4,340$1,621,3493Universal / Rogue
5Despicable Me$439,850-25%463-147$950$246,091,77013Universal
6The Other Guys$439,411-56%566-481$776$117,697,1209Sony / Columbia
7Eat Pray Love$319,970-55%398-457$804$79,710,0838Sony / Columbia
8Salt$288,116101%288102$1,000$117,562,73311Sony / Columbia
9Mao's Last Dancer$263,534-4%13715$1,924$3,420,3677Samuel Goldwyn
10Lottery Ticket$241,265-21%302-68$799$24,245,4057Warner Bros.
11The Expendables$231,662-59%410-442$565$102,516,7208Lionsgate
12Toy Story 3$229,502-27%235-67$977$411,412,42716Disney
13Nanny McPhee Returns$218,855-44%481-284$455$28,520,9607Universal
14Machete$213,721-67%314-368$681$26,205,1405Fox
15The American$210,428-77%374-941$563$35,202,4715Focus
16Get Low$180,798-43%271-83$667$8,630,58610Sony Pictures Classics
17Dinner for Schmucks$165,760-36%261-62$635$72,810,23410Paramount / DreamWorks
18Grown Ups$162,326-31%230-35$706$161,645,86115Sony / Columbia
19Vampires Suck$146,818-31%261-154$563$36,365,3617Fox
20Chain Letter$138,788--406--$342$138,7881New Films International
21The Last Exorcism$124,000-64%307-400$404$40,990,0556Lionsgate
22Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$120,278-39%188-79$640$43,432,94510Warner Bros.
23The Sorcerer's Apprentice$116,727-36%170-57$687$62,910,31912Disney
24The Switch (2010)$98,190-67%242-269$406$27,422,3577Miramax
25Ramona and Beezus$81,331-27%161-30$505$25,972,32911Fox
26The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$69,272-44%141-83$491$300,412,21614Summit
27Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$69,015-56%120-113$575$31,494,2708Universal
28The Virginity Hit$48,623-84%434-266$112$535,2494Sony / Columbia
29Going the Distance (2010)$39,284-84%121-354$325$17,666,4235Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anjaana Anjaani$517,608--91--$5,688$517,6081Eros
2Waiting for 'Superman'$408,873194%3430$12,026$601,6072Paramount Vantage
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$215,13134%2923$7,418$501,6162Sony Pictures Classics
4Never Let Me Go$186,554-23%4317$4,338$723,8733Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$124,087-22%58-3$2,139$16,160,40429Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Jack Goes Boating$99,62026%7942$1,261$271,2013Relativity / Overture
7Buried$97,364-3%3322$2,950$236,4472Lionsgate
8Like Dandelion Dust$77,325-1%5328$1,459$171,8082Blue Collar Releasing
9Piranha 3D$65,84587%9529$693$24,899,7757Weinstein Company
10Heartbreaker$54,919-41%432$1,277$325,7104IFC
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$54,559-36%78-33$699$7,408,46913Music Box
12Howl$53,5345%1711$3,149$125,2812Oscilloscope
13Hatchet II$52,604--68--$774$52,6041Vitagraph
14Winter's Bone$44,851-21%72-7$623$6,122,29117Roadside Attractions
15Cairo Time$44,507-43%71-5$627$1,492,8089IFC
16The Kids Are All Right$43,714-48%64-43$683$20,731,80213Focus
17Freakonomics$31,893--20--$1,595$31,8931Magnolia
18Under the Sea 3D$29,152-20%180$1,620$24,335,25786Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Enter the Void$25,144-42%63$4,191$96,5802IFC Films
20What If...$24,854-19%26-9$956$596,2287Five & Two Pictures
21The Tillman Story$24,338-40%270$901$633,3777Weinstein Company
22Avatar$22,738-33%19-10$1,197$760,277,66542Fox
23A Film Unfinished$21,777-23%160$1,361$212,7047Oscilloscope
24Step Up 3D$21,382-68%26-34$822$42,218,0919Disney
25Predators$20,998-8%4610$456$51,982,03813Fox
26The Concert$20,522-13%213$977$612,36511Weinstein Company
27I Am Love$17,808-32%18-7$989$4,918,23816Magnolia
28Mademoiselle Chambon$16,749-19%153$1,117$450,80919Lorber
29Last Train Home$16,379-19%90$1,820$126,5185Zeitgeist Films
30Fool for Love (2010)$16,368-10%81$2,046$134,4014Variance Films
31Flipped$15,517-79%35-71$443$1,739,1409Warner Bros.
32Kings of Pastry$14,790-25%51$2,958$75,3323First Run
33Animal Kingdom$14,117-50%32-13$441$899,4558Sony Pictures Classics
34Soul Kitchen$13,81831%239$601$237,2367IFC
35Leaving$12,697--2--$6,349$12,6971IFC
36Lovely, Still$12,219-42%11-6$1,111$89,1274Monterey Media
37The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$11,534-16%14-1$824$527,5979National Geographic
38I'm Still Here$11,508-64%19-20$606$386,5754Magnolia
39Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$11,407-43%80$1,426$91,2474Lorber
40Knight and Day$10,287-60%17-28$605$76,418,65415Fox
41A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$9,160-41%191$482$150,1845Sony Pictures Classics
42Lebanon$8,915-34%215$425$330,34251Sony Pictures Classics
43Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$7,91634%73$1,131$430,40122Kino International
44Leaves of Grass$7,750-48%60$1,292$56,7563First Look
45Deep Sea 3D$7,609-28%30$2,536$43,796,396240Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$6,842-47%140$489$1,714,12817Sony Pictures Classics
47Restrepo$6,017-39%13-11$463$1,295,36915National Geographic
48The Extra Man$5,388-44%9-5$599$440,42710Magnolia
49Bran Nue Dae$5,255-82%13-42$404$110,0294Freestyle Releasing
50Mesrine: Killer Instinct$4,440-41%7-3$634$489,5936Music Box
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,32139%20$2,161$23,311,750157National Geographic
52The Sicilian Girl$3,659-35%2-4$1,830$63,1179Music Box
53My Dog Tulip$3,570-52%2-1$1,785$67,2825New Yorker Films
54Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,421-49%2-2$1,711$3,270,17525Producers Distribution Agency
55GasLand$3,231-42%1-1$3,231$26,5083International WOW
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,206-42%70$458$230,0795Music Box
57The Freebie$3,015--1--$3,015$8,3003Phase 4 Films
58Cyrus$2,989-63%6-8$498$7,445,63016Fox Searchlight
59Douchebag$2,966--1--$2,966$2,9661Paladin
60Agora$2,95157%20$1,476$611,74719Newmarket
61The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,57596%31$858$161,3919Anchor Bay
62The Nature of Existence$2,542--1--$2,542$52,79916Walking Shadows
63The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$2,497-41%6-3$416$6,387,37225Sony Pictures Classics
64Micmacs$2,306-43%9-4$256$1,248,46219Sony Classics
65Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$2,26448%32$755$28,2004Lorber
66To the Sea$1,896--1--$1,896$41,06012Film Movement
67Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,722-61%5-5$344$388,88215Sony Pictures Classics
68Countdown to Zero$1,6956%6-2$283$271,32311Magnolia
69Winnebago Man$1,334-75%5-2$267$171,86013Kino International
70Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,298-64%1-4$1,298$319,02919Rialto
71The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,295-63%1-1$1,295$120,30826International Film Circuit
72Ahead of Time$1,113-70%30$371$33,0244Vitagraph
73Please Give$958296%85$120$4,030,50423Sony Pictures Classics
74John Rabe$807-57%10$807$66,38720Strand
75Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$801-87%43$200$23,6893Collective Eye
76Solitary Man$611-72%1-5$611$4,360,54820Anchor Bay
77The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$544-82%4-6$136$10,068,26929Music Box
78Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$53654%10$536$18,7278First Run Features
79Army of Crime$532--1--$532$28,6227Lorber
80Altiplano$515171%10$515$2,7547First Run
81The Girl (2009)$486--1--$486$1,6843
82Enemies of the People$432-89%1-4$432$19,27510International Film Circuit
83The Temptation of St. Tony$421--1--$421$1,7273Olive Films
84Stonewall Uprising$383-57%1-1$383$123,15116First Run Features
85Mother and Child$337-66%1-1$337$1,108,93822Sony Pictures Classics
86Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$333-83%10$333$19,47612Flicker Alley
87Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$264-42%10$264$68,74818Indican Pictures
88Hideaway (2009)$238-64%0-2--$24,5924Strand
89Orlando (2010 re-issue)$16599%21$83$57,30511Sony Pictures Classics
90Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$110-52%10$110$56,76115Kino International
91A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$84-90%1-1$84$1,4902First Run
92Two in the Wave$50--1--$50$28,80820Lorber Films