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, Feb. 11 - Sun, Feb. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$30,514,732--3,548--$8,601$30,514,7321Sony / Columbia
2Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$29,514,054--3,105--$9,505$30,256,6011Paramount
3Gnomeo and Juliet$25,356,909--2,994--$8,469$25,356,9091Disney
4The Eagle$8,684,464--2,296--$3,782$8,684,4641Focus
5The Roommate$8,126,025-46%2,5340$3,207$25,778,9262Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$7,230,790-6%2,263-321$3,195$93,675,76112Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$5,810,291-27%2,756-294$2,108$60,031,0784Paramount
8Sanctum$5,661,705-40%2,7892$2,030$18,035,0752Universal
9True Grit (2010)$3,785,344-18%2,072-830$1,827$160,355,0298Paramount
10The Green Hornet$3,673,909-38%2,090-943$1,758$92,405,9615Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$3,252,360-42%2,207-778$1,474$28,858,2973Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$3,202,921-40%1,886-818$1,698$25,418,6533CBS Films
13The Fighter$2,165,480-24%1,049-613$2,064$85,632,02410Paramount
14Black Swan$2,122,555-37%1,069-908$1,986$99,337,22011Fox Searchlight
15The Dilemma$1,031,015-69%1,242-1303$830$47,635,6955Universal
16Yogi Bear$770,038-66%1,111-696$693$96,618,2799Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$813,849-56%784-585$1,038$193,304,69612Disney
2Blue Valentine (2010)$585,508-26%393-57$1,490$8,211,6107Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$580,245-10%19112$3,038$2,263,3417Roadside Attractions
4127 Hours$559,094-59%359-540$1,557$16,845,89615Fox Searchlight
5TRON: Legacy$554,476-59%364-676$1,523$169,753,8329Disney
6The Company Men$518,025-6%27746$1,870$3,032,0704Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$465,15225%40944$1,137$293,355,40813Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$436,4773%110-10$3,968$3,525,8075Sony Pictures Classics
9Little Fockers$345,510-72%424-931$815$147,233,4908Universal
10Another Year$330,719-25%174-62$1,901$2,155,9477Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$324,094-15%252-38$1,286$147,878,98615Paramount / DreamWorks
12From Prada to Nada$311,977-58%252-9$1,238$2,588,9263Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Illusionist (2010)$303,52363%206138$1,473$1,137,5498Sony Pictures Classics
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$287,505-46%293-221$981$102,981,05110Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$213,365-55%308-187$693$41,914,6078Fox
16Country Strong$167,348-73%328-620$510$20,218,9218Sony / Screen Gems
17The Social Network$134,791-45%178-116$757$96,619,12420Sony / Columbia
18Unstoppable (2010)$109,978-14%147-55$748$81,356,49614Fox
19Season of the Witch$94,222-67%176-316$535$24,444,9976Relativity Media
20Rabbit Hole$86,217-30%112-19$770$1,875,9369Lionsgate
21The Tourist$79,740-50%100-131$797$67,000,10210Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$302,968--15--$20,198$302,9681Fox Searchlight
2Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$300,706--95--$3,165$300,7061Shorts International
3Hubble 3D$153,68227%533$2,900$21,656,91448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Under the Sea 3D$56,53929%160$3,534$27,053,597105Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Way Back (2011)$39,078-72%37-108$1,056$2,637,8814Newmarket Films
6Somewhere (2010)$35,931-40%32-14$1,123$1,668,5938Focus
7Inside Job$26,861-31%29-50$926$3,932,97619Sony Pictures Classics
8Fair Game (2010)$24,824-53%78-71$318$9,528,09215Summit
9Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$21,340-32%13-8$1,642$149,6773Variance Films
10Space Station 3D$20,87633%4-1$5,219$82,732,160461IMAX
11What Women Want (2011)$20,833--21--$992$96,2422China Lion Film
12Winter's Bone$19,256-49%26-8$741$6,394,65636Roadside Attractions
13Poetry$18,900--3--$6,300$18,9001Kino International
14Made in Dagenham$18,3084%29-12$631$997,73513Sony Pictures Classics
15Carancho$15,810--5--$3,162$15,8101Strand Releasing
16Casino Jack$15,058-60%15-24$1,004$932,8769IDP/ATO Pictures
17The Salvation Poem$13,742-62%40$3,436$581,60418CanZion Films
18Love and Other Drugs$13,718-48%25-21$549$32,357,53212Fox
19Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$13,053--1--$13,053$13,0531Phase 4 Films
20Cold Weather$13,039-10%21$6,520$32,3732IFC Films
21I Love You Phillip Morris$9,387-49%23-16$408$1,936,21711Roadside Attractions
22Deep Sea 3D$8,80271%41$2,201$44,015,684259Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Orgasm Inc.$8,773--1--$8,773$8,7731First Run Features
24Galapagos$8,67532%31$2,892$17,844,371590IMAX
25Certifiably Jonathan$7,826--1--$7,826$7,8261Area23a
26Waiting for Forever$7,374-17%1411$527$20,9752Freestyle
27Kaboom$6,991-57%53$1,398$47,5553IFC Films
28Get Low$6,469-60%19-41$340$9,171,77729Sony Pictures Classics
29Waste Land$6,466-14%62$1,078$142,98116Arthouse Films
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,980-42%4-1$1,495$404,76618Zeitgeist Films
31Tiny Furniture$4,965-20%8-4$621$383,54914IFC
32The Housemaid (Hanyo)$4,929-70%6-4$822$70,6794IFC Films
33Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,500-47%20$2,250$82,5828Saint Juste International
34All Good Things$4,202-60%4-11$1,051$532,06611Magnolia Pictures
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,1283%20$2,064$23,522,257176National Geographic
36Into Eternity$3,98613%10$3,986$10,8182International Film Circuit
37Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,589-4%52$718$102,58534Kino International
38Rabia$2,761--2--$1,381$4,1973Strand
39Come Undone (2010)$2,664--2--$1,332$8,86711Film Movement
40The Time That Remains$2,593-36%20$1,297$29,0506IFC
41The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$2,503-66%6-7$417$5,186,97416Music Box
42Every Day (2011)$2,477-45%20$1,239$27,5835Image Entertainment
43Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$2,381718%32$794$27,44515Variance Films
44My Dog Tulip$2,189-36%1-2$2,189$204,17024New Yorker Films
45What If...$2,184-72%2-3$1,092$811,65826Five & Two Pictures
46Bhutto$2,119-24%1-2$2,119$83,23111First Run Features
47Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$1,989-93%5-37$398$576,6394UTV Communications
48Marwencol$1,8659%20$933$94,66119Cinema Guild
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,7230%20$862$713,66028National Geographic
50Animal Kingdom$1,706-55%2-2$853$1,040,03227Sony Pictures Classics
51When We Leave (Die Fremde)$1,440-51%1-1$1,440$14,1283Olive Films
52The Strange Case of Angelica$1,35861%10$1,358$34,9327Cinema Guild
53Four Lions$1,301-42%3-3$434$301,52715Drafthouse Films
54The Little Traitor$1,257--1--$1,257$388,43362Westchester Films
55Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,1941709%10$1,194$16,9825Kino International
56The Woodmans$1,06876%21$534$29,5764Lorber Films
57Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$965-83%1-2$965$83,9276First Run Features
58Kings of Pastry$926-42%1-1$926$308,93522First Run
59Enemies of the People$88833%20$444$61,86429International Film Circuit
60Night Catches Us$804-83%2-1$402$73,85711Magnolia
61The Other Woman (2011)$696-89%20$348$9,9072IFC
62The Tempest$613-71%3-2$204$276,20010Disney
63Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$56214%10$562$64,96416Variance Films
64If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$513--1--$513$12,1356Film Movement
65Tamara Drewe$489-78%2-1$245$558,77919Sony Pictures Classics
66How I Ended This Summer$434-91%10$434$8,1092Film Movement
67Mesrine: Killer Instinct$354-61%10$354$550,87025Music Box
68Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$34030%1-1$340$275,12524Music Box
69A Somewhat Gentle Man$196-77%10$196$9,1675Strand Releasing
70Nenette$184-86%1-1$184$14,0628Kino International
71To the Sea$178--1--$178$61,61331Film Movement
72Feed the Fish$125--1--$125$101,16013Strand