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, Jan. 7 - Sun, Jan. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$14,605,135-40%3,12441$4,675$110,035,1573Paramount
2Little Fockers$13,487,245-48%3,675121$3,670$123,687,7603Universal
3Season of the Witch$10,612,375--2,816--$3,769$10,612,3751Relativity Media
4TRON: Legacy$10,090,002-46%3,013-352$3,349$148,212,4204Disney
5Black Swan$8,113,011-9%1,58431$5,122$61,218,5046Fox Searchlight
6Country Strong$7,326,16517551%1,4241422$5,145$7,463,4543Sony / Screen Gems
7The Fighter$7,001,504-30%2,528-6$2,770$57,845,9465Paramount
8Yogi Bear$6,641,250-46%3,288-227$2,020$75,436,7714Warner Bros.
9Tangled$5,111,098-48%2,383-199$2,145$175,779,4967Disney
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,601,403-55%2,814-134$1,635$94,532,1965Fox
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,588,731-51%2,964-125$1,548$34,448,3213Fox
12The Tourist$3,766,574-43%2,442-314$1,542$61,157,9445Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,353,398-49%1,507-225$1,562$287,661,7708Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$1,876,869-59%1,902-581$987$28,833,6574Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$6,414,407-18%75858$8,462$32,896,6657Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$653,20941%603354$1,083$94,077,47015Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$342,784-35%398-52$861$80,023,2479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$290,02841%21237$1,368$31,683,1727Fox
5Megamind$274,872-56%375-389$733$144,674,38410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Burlesque$256,319-42%228-102$1,124$38,239,9177Sony / Screen Gems
7Due Date$255,304-40%244-160$1,046$99,652,53210Warner Bros.
8I Love You Phillip Morris$217,27610%10032$2,173$1,435,4806Roadside Attractions
9Red (2010)$199,992-31%261-42$766$89,842,93713Summit
10Life As We Know It$152,285-26%188-60$810$53,133,72714Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$145,743-34%225-22$648$59,291,17714Disney
12Despicable Me$118,355-31%178-19$665$251,384,62027Universal
13Morning Glory (2010)$96,016106%17852$539$30,883,9799Paramount
14Fair Game (2010)$72,887-25%103-6$708$9,241,95210Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$704,339264%4036$17,608$1,144,5842Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$227,473--48--$4,739$227,4731UTV Communications
3127 Hours$216,964-24%88-15$2,466$10,824,59910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$163,31818%179$9,607$663,9893Focus
5Casino Jack$156,39395%5234$3,008$425,3634IDP/ATO Pictures
6Hubble 3D$137,923-2%547$2,554$20,535,39143Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rabbit Hole$109,944-23%340$3,234$627,9814Lionsgate
8Another Year$87,261-22%71$12,466$303,7152Sony Pictures Classics
9Made in Dagenham$86,685-9%606$1,445$626,6848Sony Pictures Classics
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$56,534-35%95-63$595$55,638,92816Warner Bros.
11Inside Job$55,9492%469$1,216$3,539,37014Sony Pictures Classics
12Faster (2010)$51,630-23%79-40$654$22,941,2317CBS Films
13All Good Things$43,03840%3010$1,435$381,0036Magnolia Pictures
14Jackass 3D$39,030-41%70-67$558$117,190,30013Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$34,132-40%90-55$379$84,723,15612Paramount
16Under the Sea 3D$33,112-13%11-1$3,010$26,688,661100Warner Bros. / IMAX
17The Illusionist (2010)$32,988-29%30$10,996$178,4103Sony Pictures Classics
18The Warrior's Way$29,596120%32-6$925$5,604,9206Relativity Media
19The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$26,004-35%42-5$619$5,072,74411Music Box
20Tiny Furniture$19,49214%194$1,026$317,0909IFC
21White Material$19,202248%2117$914$268,9148IFC
22Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$18,7291056%54$3,746$26,8213Saint Juste International
23Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$18,211--1--$18,211$26,8461First Run Features
24Tees Maar Khan$14,355-87%38-66$378$1,072,6863UTV Communications
25Summer Wars$13,60467%1412$972$35,9543GKIDS
26My Dog Tulip$13,039144%41$3,260$167,93919New Yorker Films
27Bhutto$12,7841822%43$3,196$48,8346First Run Features
28Hereafter$12,779-66%33-95$387$32,741,59613Warner Bros.
29Four Lions$11,9986%11-7$1,091$260,70710Drafthouse Films
30Kings of Pastry$11,20063%40$2,800$286,29717First Run
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,92138%51$1,984$333,48813Zeitgeist Films
32Tamara Drewe$7,721128%195$406$538,02914Sony Pictures Classics
33Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,9661476%21$3,483$81,29329Kino International
34The Time That Remains$6,453--1--$6,453$6,4531IFC
35The Salvation Poem$5,859128%10$5,859$500,06413CanZion Films
36The Strange Case of Angelica$5,594-25%21$2,797$21,6492Cinema Guild
37Deep Sea 3D$5,574-39%31$1,858$43,966,901254Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$5,267-74%12-8$439$231,8356Oscilloscope
39For Colored Girls$5,122-53%21-7$244$37,686,27410Lionsgate
40The Tempest$4,875-55%3-3$1,625$242,1295Disney
41Howl$4,774-29%61$796$602,36016Oscilloscope
42Winter's Bone$4,759131%64$793$6,254,38231Roadside Attractions
43You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,4341%62$739$3,235,09116Sony Pictures Classics
44Feed the Fish$4,41179%43$1,103$90,1868Strand
45Marwencol$3,583--4--$896$68,54114Cinema Guild
46Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,422-15%20$1,711$23,490,133171National Geographic
47Carlos$3,23949%53$648$140,76013IFC
48Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$3,18890%62$531$175,46810Magnolia
49If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$2,999--1--$2,999$5,2281Film Movement
50Night Catches Us$2,808-19%40$702$59,5856Magnolia
51To the Sea$2,610--1--$2,610$58,29326Film Movement
52The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,100-55%30$700$697,70623National Geographic
53Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,772--2--$886$21,32910Variance Films
54Animal Kingdom$1,594-3%42$399$1,018,71822Sony Pictures Classics
55Waste Land$1,38548%21$693$103,83911Arthouse Films
56Red Hill$1,361-11%1-1$1,361$20,21910Strand
57Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$830-43%21$415$34,7019Film Desk
58Get Low$674-49%2-1$337$9,112,53824Sony Pictures Classics
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$545243%21$273$534,72420Music Box
60The Girl Who Played With Fire$41288%1-2$412$7,637,72127Music Box
61The Red Chapel$400-84%21$200$5,0502Lorber Films
62William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$398115%10$398$33,2908Oscilloscope
63The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$376-53%1-1$376$10,094,59743Music Box
64Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$365139%20$183$263,23519Music Box