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, Dec. 17 - Sun, Dec. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$44,026,211--3,451--$12,758$44,026,2111Disney
2Yogi Bear$16,411,322--3,515--$4,669$16,411,3221Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$12,388,662-48%3,5550$3,485$42,752,2372Fox
4The Fighter$12,135,4683945%2,5032499$4,848$12,569,4032Paramount
5Tangled$8,775,344-39%3,201-364$2,741$127,918,2764Disney
6The Tourist$8,522,287-48%2,7560$3,092$30,613,5202Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$7,484,696--2,483--$3,014$7,484,6961Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$5,022,361-41%2,860-717$1,756$265,723,6185Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$1,843,696-50%1,874-1093$984$77,386,3046Fox
10Burlesque$1,425,855-55%1,510-1366$944$35,537,7654Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$1,262,257-51%1,157-833$1,091$97,327,1797Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$1,111,878-63%1,093-1147$1,017$30,201,1414Fox
13Megamind$690,573-73%1,025-1400$674$141,641,5357Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$8,383,479154%959869$8,742$15,791,7533Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$556,044-45%307-109$1,811$9,321,5717Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$433,950-75%660-1446$658$22,500,4984CBS Films
4Red (2010)$336,572-22%439-125$767$88,429,99310Summit
5The Social Network$282,025-1%2281$1,237$91,840,92612Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$219,973-60%268-168$821$8,650,3887Summit
7The Next Three Days$183,486-82%361-1065$508$20,946,5365Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$171,325-10%233-25$735$250,493,64024Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$117,651-77%263-741$447$30,568,9896Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$107,164-32%210-78$510$55,194,66613Warner Bros.
11The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$92,964-40%114-55$815$4,855,6298Music Box
12The Warrior's Way$84,571-91%217-1405$390$5,504,3883Relativity Media
13Paranormal Activity 2$82,53882%17449$474$84,436,9789Paramount
14Secretariat$76,032-41%155-108$491$58,325,41011Disney
15Easy A$73,468-27%161-42$456$58,401,46414Sony / Screen Gems
16Hereafter$71,078126%232145$306$32,576,84110Warner Bros.
17The Town$57,591-56%144-111$400$92,074,85714Warner Bros.
18Skyline$55,965-63%123-154$455$21,371,4256Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,097,13185%4324$25,515$2,936,9594Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$148,301-3%4914$3,027$522,8123Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$101,1664%56-1$1,807$19,351,72340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$96,049-18%150$6,403$478,6467Warner Bros.
5Inside Job$70,055-44%75-41$934$3,266,35711Sony Pictures Classics
6The Tempest$58,13637%2116$2,768$121,5262Disney
7Rabbit Hole$53,778--5--$10,756$53,7781Lionsgate
8All Good Things$51,365-18%3515$1,468$194,2083Magnolia Pictures
9Made in Dagenham$41,53495%3116$1,340$268,6095Sony Pictures Classics
10Life As We Know It$40,499-31%75-45$540$52,275,97311Warner Bros.
11For Colored Girls$37,322-75%79-164$472$37,626,0457Lionsgate
12Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$35,68044%169$2,230$87,9113Oscilloscope
13Casino Jack$34,528--7--$4,933$34,5281IDP/ATO Pictures
14Under the Sea 3D$28,76413%110$2,615$25,084,93297Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Inception$25,929-48%62-46$418$292,511,47323Warner Bros.
16Tiny Furniture$20,385-48%20-1$1,019$228,8116IFC
17Jackass 3D$17,885-60%50-58$358$116,875,62110Paramount
18White Material$16,072-2%141$1,148$220,0465IFC
19Tamara Drewe$14,952-59%29-30$516$509,22111Sony Pictures Classics
20Stone$13,93763%6445$218$1,796,02411Relativity / Overture
21Conviction$11,968-65%33-42$363$6,768,06310Fox Searchlight
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,960-34%6-4$1,660$290,87610Zeitgeist Films
23Bhutto$9,919228%42$2,480$26,1353First Run Features
24You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$9,297-53%18-46$517$3,208,29613Sony Pictures Classics
25Waiting for 'Superman'$8,083-61%33-22$245$6,410,25713Paramount Vantage
26Howl$6,461-34%102$646$570,41113Oscilloscope
27Night Catches Us$6,147-45%5-4$1,229$41,3293Magnolia
28Enter the Void$5,59816%4-6$1,400$332,01913IFC Films
29Kings of Pastry$5,379-49%7-3$768$249,10014First Run
30Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5,096-64%14-24$364$52,474,61613Fox
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$5,094-39%9-5$566$162,8787Magnolia
32Deep Sea 3D$5,063-3%30$1,688$43,922,570251Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Budrus$4,61688%30$1,539$65,53311Balcony Releasing
34And Everything is Going Fine$4,131-41%10$4,131$16,8362IFC
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,725-27%30$1,242$23,468,520168National Geographic
36Monsters (2010)$3,688-19%6-5$615$235,1998Magnolia
37Winter's Bone$3,54231%41$886$6,237,37128Roadside Attractions
38The Salvation Poem$3,464-46%1-9$3,464$487,00410CanZion Films
39Inspector Bellamy$3,458-50%2-2$1,729$105,8938IFC Films
40Carlos$2,601118%52$520$126,55110IFC
41Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$2,495100%20$1,248$17,6847Variance Films
42Breathless (2010 re-issue)$2,42055%31$807$363,03030Rialto
43Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,3081090%21$1,154$159,76315Lorber
44Mademoiselle Chambon$2,255123%42$564$529,51130Lorber
45Marwencol$2,190-61%3-3$730$63,29211Cinema Guild
46Leaving$2,185-61%3-8$728$174,69412IFC
47Shoah$1,740-39%10$1,740$6,9962IFC
48Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$1,710--1--$1,710$256,24222Arthouse Films
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,677-75%2-2$839$681,23020National Geographic
50Undertow (2009)$1,639-5%32$546$53,77514Wolfe Releasing
51Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,550-53%2-3$775$53,5798Variance Films
52The Legend of Pale Male$1,444-73%3-1$481$30,5734Balcony
53Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,404-89%5-9$281$20,9522Roadside Attractions
54Last Train Home$1,348-80%3-3$449$285,84816Zeitgeist Films
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,229158%21$615$30,2485Oscilloscope
56My Dog Tulip$1,081-66%2-1$541$142,53816New Yorker Films
57Get Low$1,031-62%4-6$258$9,106,80221Sony Pictures Classics
58Waste Land$865-74%1-2$865$99,8478Arthouse Films
59Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$786--2--$393$23,95523Flicker Alley
60Mesrine: Killer Instinct$746-20%30$249$533,05617Music Box
61Feed the Fish$684-62%1-3$684$80,7725Strand
62Lebanon$577122%10$577$367,79862Sony Pictures Classics
63A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$487-63%2-1$244$190,66616Sony Pictures Classics
64Animal Kingdom$389--1--$389$1,011,75619Sony Pictures Classics
65Hideaway (2009)$207--1--$207$34,42215Strand
66What If...$203-81%1-3$203$767,54518Five & Two Pictures
67Cool It$146-86%2-8$73$62,5666Roadside Attractions
68Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$135--1--$135$529,60333Kino International
69Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$40-98%1-2$40$262,17616Music Box
70To the Sea$26--1--$26$55,70923Film Movement
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$20-96%10$20$10,091,30840Music Box
72The Girl Who Played With Fire$20-98%1-2$20$7,634,78024Music Box