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, Mar. 18 - Sun, Mar. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$18,907,302--2,756--$6,860$18,907,3021Relativity Media
2Rango$15,076,575-33%3,843-80$3,923$92,338,6913Paramount
3Battle: Los Angeles$14,538,429-59%3,4170$4,255$60,540,1352Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$13,206,453--2,707--$4,879$13,206,4531Lionsgate
5Paul$13,043,310--2,802--$4,655$13,043,3101Universal
6Red Riding Hood$7,188,131-49%3,0300$2,372$25,895,5142Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$5,772,510-50%2,660-187$2,170$48,619,5503Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$5,316,620-23%3,1170$1,706$15,400,4342Disney
9Beastly$3,198,478-36%1,810-149$1,767$22,183,9433CBS Films
10Hall Pass$2,568,334-49%1,905-650$1,348$39,557,9404Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gnomeo and Juliet$2,298,908-36%1,748-837$1,315$93,587,2906Disney
12Just Go With It$2,245,115-44%1,708-690$1,314$97,964,3246Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$2,034,151-43%1,249-519$1,629$132,476,38117Weinstein Company
14Unknown (2011)$1,279,351-62%1,401-902$913$61,094,9035Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$1,015,059-55%955-1050$1,063$52,616,8495Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$708,210-46%550-381$1,288$36,407,6785Fox
3Tangled$616,057-4%334-29$1,844$197,714,17817Disney
4Cedar Rapids$521,961-43%46268$1,130$5,475,3166Fox Searchlight
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$470,465-66%480-767$980$72,209,3636Paramount
6Yogi Bear$450,310-5%43834$1,028$99,415,32714Warner Bros.
7The Green Hornet$285,948-25%282-27$1,014$97,952,45410Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$250,011-41%268-133$933$169,780,60813Paramount
9The Fighter$219,526-62%316-147$695$93,367,57515Paramount
10Barney's Version$186,493-43%146-44$1,277$6,780,53010Sony Pictures Classics
11Black Swan$174,210-60%191-146$912$106,303,65716Fox Searchlight
12No Strings Attached$160,905-14%232-22$694$70,257,7679Paramount
13Take Me Home Tonight$137,949-89%281-1722$491$6,704,8503Relativity Media
14The Rite$109,727118%202117$543$32,858,1908Warner Bros. / New Line
15TRON: Legacy$102,234-27%104-65$983$171,777,39814Disney
16The Grace Card$102,000-31%1140$895$2,155,8904IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Roommate$75,222-51%112-101$672$37,300,1077Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$466,409155%2622$17,939$719,5142Focus
2Of Gods and Men$295,1024%9440$3,139$1,616,9164Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$151,9657%45-3$3,377$23,146,68653Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$150,362--5--$30,072$150,3621Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$140,637-3%2116$6,697$332,6382Anchor Bay Films
6Certified Copy$132,73370%2318$5,771$245,8202IFC Films
7Biutiful$92,137-49%89-25$1,035$4,701,24712Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$84,44837%213$4,021$27,664,149110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Music Never Stopped$76,543--32--$2,392$76,5431Roadside Attractions
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$71,791-26%141$5,128$1,689,353453D Entertainment
11The Last Lions$68,225-39%467$1,483$442,4425National Geographic
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$67,135-32%94-28$714$294,825,35018Warner Bros.
13The Mechanic$55,485147%9957$560$28,998,3628CBS Films
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,439-35%82-41$627$104,225,31415Fox
15The Illusionist (2010)$49,677-31%58-18$857$2,063,75513Sony Pictures Classics
16The Eagle$46,080-5%92-7$501$19,365,5526Focus
17I Am (2011)$43,0809%125$3,590$180,5145Paladin
18Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$40,054-40%22-5$1,821$389,9745Vitagraph
19Drive Angry$39,278-87%95-456$413$10,510,8464Summit
20Another Year$37,352-45%48-7$778$3,076,35812Sony Pictures Classics
21Blue Valentine (2010)$34,366-44%43-17$799$9,576,56112Weinstein Company
22Bill Cunningham New York$33,677--1--$33,677$49,0361Zeitgeist Films
23The Company Men$33,132-37%58-5$571$4,210,8529Weinstein Company
24Space Station 3D$29,86131%31$9,954$83,091,832466IMAX
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$26,08967%131$2,007$170,52511First Run Features
26Inside Job$25,173-47%30-11$839$4,237,85224Sony Pictures Classics
27The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$23,425--37--$633$23,4251China Lion Film
28happythankyoumoreplease$18,681-64%12-7$1,557$137,5613Anchor Bay Films
29Poetry$18,519-34%9-2$2,058$184,3096Kino International
30127 Hours$17,397-65%32-47$544$18,282,89820Fox Searchlight
31I Saw the Devil$17,34470%116$1,577$56,3773Magnolia / Magnet
32Gulliver's Travels (2010)$15,478-67%43-56$360$42,705,23513Fox
33Winter in Wartime$14,937--3--$4,979$14,9371Sony Pictures Classics
34Deep Sea 3D$14,88639%2-1$7,443$44,099,006264Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$14,822-33%4-1$3,706$92,5183Strand Releasing
36Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$14,256--3--$4,752$36,20010Kino International
37I Love You Phillip Morris$13,23951%11-1$1,204$1,997,12716Roadside Attractions
38Season of the Witch$12,761-51%31-23$412$24,823,28311Relativity Media
39Made in Dagenham$12,5621122%169$785$1,066,22218Sony Pictures Classics
40Nostalgia for the Light$10,681--1--$10,681$10,6811Icarus Films
41Rabbit Hole$10,614-59%29-9$366$2,185,20614Lionsgate
42Casino Jack$9,80610%194$516$1,018,77314IDP/ATO Pictures
43Cracks$9,467--6--$1,578$9,4671IFC Films
44Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$9,067-69%16-8$567$1,322,7076Shorts International
45The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,27272%123$689$138,5919IFC Films
46From Prada to Nada$8,110-30%27-6$300$2,971,4098Lionsgate / Pantelion
47Desert Flower$7,657--3--$2,552$7,6571National Geographic
48Cold Weather$6,379-54%91$709$109,3557IFC Films
49All Good Things$6,299-13%62$1,050$566,07716Magnolia Pictures
50Clash (Bay Rong)$5,849-52%4-5$1,462$22,8972Variance Films
51Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,278-35%52$1,056$81,2126Phase 4 Films
52Monogamy$5,14615%54$1,029$11,3242Oscilloscope
53Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$4,866-14%30$1,622$12,5972Indican Pictures
54Heartbeats$4,638-48%5-1$928$43,2254IFC Films
55Galapagos$4,190-35%2-1$2,095$17,920,813595IMAX
56The Human Resources Manager$4,104-70%5-4$821$37,8783Film Movement
57Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0051%20$2,003$23,552,772181National Geographic
58Kaboom$3,94271%50$788$100,1318IFC Films
59Public Speaking$3,735--1--$3,735$41,3634Rialto
60Black Death$3,495-48%52$699$13,6772Magnolia / Magnet
61Into Eternity$3,241--6--$540$19,2827International Film Circuit
62Making The Boys$3,235-57%32$1,078$14,8702First Run Features
63My Dog Tulip$3,015-43%3-1$1,005$227,97629New Yorker Films
64Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$2,945-36%2-1$1,473$431,88123Zeitgeist Films
65Putty Hill$2,700-46%20$1,350$34,2275Cinema Guild
66A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,5300%21$1,265$26,73810Strand Releasing
67Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,994-7%42$499$190,0888Variance Films
68The Trouble with Terkel$1,768211%10$1,768$32,87052Indican
69Carancho$1,3860%20$693$44,1756Strand Releasing
70Every Day (2011)$1,024--1--$1,024$45,53710Image Entertainment
71Winter's Bone$975-79%4-5$244$6,530,50641Roadside Attractions
72Marwencol$942-68%1-1$942$109,74724Cinema Guild
73Bhutto$906-56%1-1$906$98,78016First Run Features
74Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$753-22%32$251$32,98720Variance Films
75Elektra Luxx$595-89%1-3$595$9,2612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
76Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$55049%20$275$110,19739Kino International
77Kings of Pastry$518-76%10$518$320,60927First Run
78The Little Traitor$315--1--$315$393,01667Westchester Films
79Orgasm Inc.$295-89%1-2$295$25,7396First Run Features
80Nenette$234--1--$234$16,98213Kino International
81Plastic Planet$140-33%10$140$2,73110First Run Features
82Waste Land$102-96%1-2$102$187,71621Arthouse Films