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. 18 - Sun, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$21,856,389--3,043--$7,183$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$19,449,893--3,154--$6,167$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
3Gnomeo and Juliet$19,154,010-24%3,01420$6,355$50,174,5422Disney
4Just Go With It$18,478,226-39%3,5480$5,208$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$16,300,803--2,821--$5,778$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,307,933-55%3,11813$4,268$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$6,529,530-10%2,086-177$3,130$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$3,909,742-52%2,160-374$1,810$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$3,645,485-58%2,2960$1,588$15,152,6832Focus
10No Strings Attached$3,080,033-47%1,966-790$1,567$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$2,410,521-36%1,465-607$1,645$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$1,638,615-71%1,377-1412$1,190$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$1,524,622-59%1,265-825$1,205$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$1,130,106-65%1,048-1159$1,078$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,567,302-28%759-290$2,065$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,788-37%656-413$2,024$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$1,003,330-69%952-934$1,054$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$910,448201%10287$8,926$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Barney's Version$746,69971%322212$2,319$4,465,1366Sony Pictures Classics
6Tangled$534,351-34%389-395$1,374$194,306,67713Disney
7Biutiful$521,607-10%156-35$3,344$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
8Yogi Bear$464,644-40%725-386$641$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
9TRON: Legacy$452,223-18%312-52$1,449$170,441,51110Disney
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$359,045-23%321-88$1,119$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
11Blue Valentine (2010)$330,177-44%235-158$1,405$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$319,559-43%240-119$1,331$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$298,984-42%242-35$1,235$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,1180%264-29$1,084$103,373,05111Fox
15Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$284,284-5%10813$2,632$722,4942Shorts International
16Megamind$272,032-16%214-38$1,271$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
17Little Fockers$266,470-23%285-139$935$147,635,6609Universal
18Another Year$206,934-37%121-53$1,710$2,487,9128Sony Pictures Classics
19The Tourist$202,309154%224124$903$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$190,367-11%235-73$810$42,174,2759Fox
21The Illusionist (2010)$188,494-38%106-100$1,778$1,467,7899Sony Pictures Classics
22The Dilemma$176,660-83%293-949$603$48,221,7406Universal
23From Prada to Nada$93,155-70%128-124$728$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
24The Social Network$88,432-34%113-65$783$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
25Unstoppable (2010)$68,105-38%105-42$649$81,468,67015Fox
26Season of the Witch$33,293-65%132-44$252$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$187,41022%52-1$3,604$21,972,94749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$164,153--65--$2,525$164,1531UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$74,07131%182$4,115$27,157,983106Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$56,680-34%78-34$727$1,974,84210Lionsgate
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$53,730--8--$6,716$53,7301Vitagraph
6The Last Lions$53,344--4--$13,336$53,3441National Geographic
7Space Station 3D$39,30488%51$7,861$82,809,201462IMAX
8Somewhere (2010)$33,566-7%29-3$1,157$1,723,5229Focus
9Inside Job$23,523-12%24-5$980$3,969,89120Sony Pictures Classics
10Poetry$17,832-6%30$5,944$46,2152Kino International
11Winter's Bone$17,713-8%20-6$886$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
12Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$16,12324%21$8,062$34,1942Phase 4 Films
13The Way Back$14,912-62%15-22$994$2,673,8545Newmarket Films
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$14,704198%60$2,451$87,4255IFC Films
15Immigration Tango$14,432--30--$481$14,4321Roadside Attractions
16Galapagos$14,04062%30$4,680$17,864,405591IMAX
17Kaboom$11,53565%61$1,923$64,0214IFC Films
18Casino Jack$10,460-31%12-3$872$949,38410IDP/ATO Pictures
19Deep Sea 3D$10,02614%40$2,507$44,030,490260Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Made in Dagenham$8,906-51%15-14$594$1,017,24614Sony Pictures Classics
21Cold Weather$8,548-34%31$2,849$46,1993IFC Films
22Brotherhood (2010)$7,873--1--$7,873$7,8731Phase 4 Films
23Carancho$7,296-54%4-1$1,824$30,3782Strand Releasing
24Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$7,187-66%7-6$1,027$167,7384Variance Films
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,857611%32$2,286$90,7847First Run Features
26What Women Want (2011)$5,523-73%3-18$1,841$117,8933China Lion Film
27Waste Land$5,351-17%4-2$1,338$154,23517Arthouse Films
28I Love You Phillip Morris$5,101-46%9-14$567$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions
29Putty Hill$4,868--1--$4,868$4,8681Cinema Guild
30The Salvation Poem$4,757-65%40$1,189$593,15719CanZion Films
31Orgasm Inc.$4,399-50%32$1,466$18,5012First Run Features
32When We Leave (Die Fremde)$4,028180%10$4,028$18,9184Olive Films
33All Good Things$3,662-13%40$916$537,34212Magnolia Pictures
34Zero Bridge$3,304--1--$3,304$4,6211The Film Desk
35The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,011--1--$3,011$146,01946International Film Circuit
36The Other Woman (2011)$2,982328%53$596$14,0893IFC
37Vanishing on 7th Street$2,898--1--$2,898$2,8981Magnolia / Magnet
38Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$2,605-42%1-1$2,605$87,1549Saint Juste International
39Tiny Furniture$2,513-49%6-2$419$389,33415IFC
40Enemies of the People$2,400170%42$600$65,26330International Film Circuit
41Bhutto$1,941-8%32$647$86,49112First Run Features
42Four Lions$1,90947%63$318$303,82416Drafthouse Films
43Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$1,667-72%2-2$834$408,13319Zeitgeist Films
44Every Day (2011)$1,566-37%20$783$30,6486Image Entertainment
45My Dog Tulip$1,550-29%10$1,550$208,96525New Yorker Films
46Now & Later$1,516--1--$1,516$1,5161Cinema Libre
47Marwencol$1,516-19%31$505$97,23720Cinema Guild
48The Time That Remains$1,362-47%20$681$31,7887IFC
49What If...$1,272-42%1-1$1,272$814,34827Five & Two Pictures
50Kings of Pastry$1,25736%10$1,257$311,95323First Run
51The Strange Case of Angelica$1,134-16%10$1,134$36,7308Cinema Guild
52Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,048-12%10$1,048$18,0306Kino International
53The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$844-66%2-4$422$5,188,92417Music Box
54The Tempest$84438%30$281$277,51511Disney
55Get Low$793-88%4-15$198$9,176,46930Sony Pictures Classics
56Night Catches Us$724-10%42$181$75,34312Magnolia
57Tamara Drewe$71246%42$178$559,55620Sony Pictures Classics
58Animal Kingdom$450-74%20$225$1,041,08228Sony Pictures Classics
59Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$339-91%1-4$339$105,16835Kino International
60Mesrine: Killer Instinct$322-9%10$322$551,53126Music Box
61Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$252-55%21$126$66,04317Variance Films
62The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$137--1--$137$10,095,17049Music Box
63Nenette$120-35%10$120$14,2279Kino International
64Rabia$59-98%1-1$59$5,4144Strand