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. 8 - Sun, Oct. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$15,451,991-31%2,7710$5,576$46,021,1612Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$14,506,464--3,150--$4,605$14,506,4641Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$12,694,770--3,072--$4,132$12,694,7701Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,888,019-37%3,225-350$2,136$39,273,9843Warner Bros.
5My Soul to Take$6,842,220--2,572--$2,660$6,842,2201Universal / Rogue
6The Town$6,411,008-34%2,720-215$2,357$73,847,5274Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,603,123-54%2,829-768$1,627$43,644,7013Fox
8Easy A$4,289,418-36%2,847-127$1,507$48,228,2014Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$2,680,305-50%2,2121$1,212$9,650,0052Paramount Vantage
10You Again$2,512,782-56%2,332-216$1,078$20,769,9953Disney
11Let Me In$2,447,618-52%2,04221$1,199$9,171,4192Relativity / Overture
12Devil$1,809,695-49%1,442-950$1,255$30,046,5304Universal
13Alpha and Omega$1,500,390-49%1,616-687$928$21,018,0644Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,255,120-55%1,012-895$1,240$58,866,8465Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$2,013,406--742--$2,713$2,013,4061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$642,30557%10369$6,236$1,417,2563Paramount Vantage
3Toy Story 3$555,096142%393158$1,412$412,031,73317Disney
4Inception$492,311-46%403-222$1,222$289,183,60713Warner Bros.
5Catfish$393,359-33%1437$2,751$2,236,1104Universal / Rogue
6Takers$388,422-50%412-361$943$56,773,2037Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me$347,705-21%353-110$985$246,557,45514Universal
8Never Let Me Go$345,74185%167124$2,070$1,149,7044Fox Searchlight
9Salt$236,285-18%266-22$888$117,923,11112Sony / Columbia
10The Other Guys$194,727-56%289-277$674$118,020,51610Sony / Columbia
11Mao's Last Dancer$183,230-30%121-16$1,514$3,737,3488Samuel Goldwyn
12Nanny McPhee Returns$149,415-32%318-163$470$28,725,4508Universal
13Lottery Ticket$144,773-40%194-108$746$24,452,6618Warner Bros.
14Eat Pray Love$140,050-56%215-183$651$80,006,9969Sony / Columbia
15The Expendables$124,292-46%225-185$552$102,734,8939Lionsgate
16Grown Ups$106,910-34%159-71$672$161,801,26816Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$103,638-29%190-71$545$36,515,1888Fox
18Machete$100,877-53%167-147$604$26,389,8676Fox
19Dinner for Schmucks$100,482-39%159-102$632$72,980,10811Paramount / DreamWorks
20The American$85,672-59%174-200$492$35,375,7686Focus
21Get Low$85,354-53%143-128$597$8,800,25111Sony Pictures Classics
22The Sorcerer's Apprentice$68,421-41%109-61$628$63,017,28813Disney
23Going the Distance (2010)$65,47867%19675$334$17,748,0276Warner Bros. / New Line
24Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$54,545-55%119-69$458$43,516,17711Warner Bros.
25Ramona and Beezus$48,672-40%106-55$459$26,039,04812Fox
26The Switch (2010)$36,446-63%103-139$354$27,505,6938Miramax

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$270,17526%7445$3,651$860,8483Sony Pictures Classics
2Buried$221,694128%9259$2,410$511,0383Lionsgate
3Hubble 3D$167,85635%602$2,798$16,449,78630Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anjaana Anjaani$117,733-77%910$1,294$726,2712Eros
5Stone$75,766--6--$12,628$75,7661Relativity / Overture
6Jack Goes Boating$56,215-44%9011$625$372,3054Relativity / Overture
7Nowhere Boy$52,749--4--$13,187$52,7491Weinstein Company
8Under the Sea 3D$50,84674%180$2,825$24,410,19987Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Howl$48,306-10%181$2,684$207,4373Oscilloscope
10Inside Job$39,649--2--$19,825$39,6491Sony Pictures Classics
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$39,353-28%56-22$703$7,476,30114Music Box
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$38,013-45%83-58$458$300,476,77915Summit
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$32,064--12--$2,672$32,0641Anchor Bay
14Piranha 3D$29,303-55%54-41$543$24,950,3098Weinstein Company
15Heartbreaker$23,227-58%33-10$704$371,5405IFC
16Cairo Time$23,040-48%49-22$470$1,535,86410IFC
17Winter's Bone$21,989-51%52-20$423$6,166,88318Roadside Attractions
18Enter the Void$21,260-15%93$2,362$137,0443IFC Films
19What If...$20,674-17%326$646$623,6748Five & Two Pictures
20Last Train Home$20,19123%123$1,683$154,7946Zeitgeist Films
21The Kids Are All Right$19,973-54%31-33$644$20,775,49414Focus
22Tamara Drewe$18,604--1--$18,604$18,6041Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tillman Story$17,508-28%24-3$730$666,8228Weinstein Company
24Avatar$17,304-24%14-5$1,236$760,307,59443Fox
25Leaving$16,32529%86$2,041$36,9492IFC
26Step Up 3D$15,361-28%17-9$904$42,240,87010Disney
27Predators$12,851-39%32-14$402$52,000,68814Fox
28I Am Love$12,669-29%14-4$905$4,939,30817Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$12,554-15%61$2,092$101,0524First Run
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,1635%10-4$1,216$545,88810National Geographic
31Deep Sea 3D$11,24148%30$3,747$43,811,430241Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Fool for Love (2010)$10,358-37%6-2$1,726$149,6975Variance Films
33GhettoPhysics$10,087--9--$1,121$10,0871IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
34Animal Kingdom$9,746-31%26-6$375$918,0909Sony Pictures Classics
35The Concert$8,306-60%10-11$831$631,95412Weinstein Company
36Jim$7,809--1--$7,809$7,8091Area23a
37Mademoiselle Chambon$7,803-53%7-8$1,115$466,40520Lorber
38Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,17562%103$718$499,5717Music Box
39Flipped$6,940-55%18-17$386$1,752,21410Warner Bros.
40A Film Unfinished$6,233-71%4-12$1,558$235,0668Oscilloscope
41Freakonomics$6,146-81%8-12$768$52,6982Magnolia
42Soul Kitchen$6,013-56%20-3$301$250,0598IFC
43Douchebag$5,40382%10$5,403$8,9982Paladin
44Lebanon$5,199-42%232$226$339,82752Sony Pictures Classics
45Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,142542%2-2$2,571$34,6084Collective Eye
46Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,05017%20$2,525$23,320,794158National Geographic
47I'm Still Here$4,808-58%11-8$437$399,1835Magnolia
48Cyrus$4,23142%115$385$7,455,44717Fox Searchlight
49Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$4,104-64%7-1$586$103,5045Lorber
50Leaves of Grass$3,801-51%3-3$1,267$68,0094First Look
51A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,526-62%11-8$321$159,2456Sony Pictures Classics
52Lovely, Still$3,024-75%6-5$504$95,6735Monterey Media
53Stonewall Uprising$2,901657%21$1,451$126,46917First Run Features
54Micmacs$2,86824%7-2$410$1,254,92720Sony Classics
55Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,729-15%6-1$455$235,1846Music Box
56Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,60351%50$521$393,18316Sony Pictures Classics
57Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$2,520-63%8-6$315$1,722,25818Sony Pictures Classics
58The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,28276%10$2,282$122,59027International Film Circuit
59Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,977-75%2-5$989$439,90823Kino International
60Winnebago Man$1,91644%50$383$174,80214Kino International
61My Dog Tulip$1,652-54%1-1$1,652$70,4346New Yorker Films
62The Extra Man$1,580-71%6-3$263$442,71811Magnolia
63As Good As Dead$1,494--1--$1,494$1,4941First Look
64Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,471-57%20$736$3,278,51426Producers Distribution Agency
65The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,320-49%2-1$660$164,09310Anchor Bay
66Agora$1,261-57%1-1$1,261$615,60320Newmarket
67Behind the Burly Q$1,240--1--$1,240$23,78725First Run Features
68Hideaway (2009)$1,049341%1--$1,049$25,8155Strand
69The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,03891%40$260$10,072,23330Music Box
70Around a Small Mountain$765--1--$765$28,13914Cinema Guild
71The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$719-71%2-4$360$6,389,02026Sony Pictures Classics
72Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$714549%10$714$57,65216Kino International
73Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$694-69%2-1$347$29,8045Lorber
74Please Give$560-42%1-7$560$4,031,46724Sony Pictures Classics
75Mother and Child$49447%21$247$1,109,78023Sony Pictures Classics
76John Rabe$402-50%10$402$67,25521Strand
77Everyone Else$393--1--$393$99,80069Cinema Guild
78GasLand$273-92%10$273$27,8194International WOW
79Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$227-58%10$227$18,9549First Run Features