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, Jun. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$66,135,507--4,115--$16,072$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$31,603,106--3,049--$10,365$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$18,028,056-66%3,8160$4,724$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$12,028,092-44%3,42416$3,513$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$10,145,662-45%3,3423$3,036$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$6,680,480-44%2,633-742$2,537$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$5,574,179-45%2,755-705$2,023$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$5,260,290-26%2,031-542$2,590$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,928,925-26%2,244-498$2,196$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$4,173,144-54%2,527-942$1,651$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$4,171,047-15%951-87$4,386$28,270,6376Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,328,02614%215100$6,177$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
3Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$617,578-71%891-1633$693$13,447,5483Relativity Media
4Rio (2011)$532,1803%344-64$1,547$139,633,16311Fox
5Thor$511,300-55%404-471$1,266$177,223,3648Paramount
6Fast Five$508,335-42%458-271$1,110$207,752,2109Universal
7Water for Elephants$255,630-16%292-59$875$57,689,23210Fox
8Something Borrowed$226,13512%30391$746$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
9Soul Surfer$208,866-14%240-24$870$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$199,479242%1221$1,635$15,240,45610Disneynature
11The Lincoln Lawyer$137,259-31%189-31$726$57,626,05615Lionsgate
12The Art of Getting By$135,232-80%307-303$440$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
13Rango$116,786-21%156-32$749$123,010,65517Paramount
14Jumping the Broom$99,866-53%117-94$854$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
15Source Code$68,638-43%106-55$648$54,532,07313Summit
16Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$55,158-42%114-48$484$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$543,74748%950$5,724$1,256,1902Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$470,98133%7228$6,541$1,550,0554Focus
3Double Dhamaal$301,831--54--$5,589$301,8311Reliance Big Pictures
4Buck$291,503332%5450$5,398$386,7492IFC Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$225,9423%470$4,807$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Trip (2011)$155,327-12%388$4,088$530,1953IFC Films
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$142,275-41%75-41$1,897$4,423,2779IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$112,500-3%34-2$3,309$26,455,41967Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$97,043--24--$4,043$97,0431Abramorama
10Insidious$72,569-20%74-24$981$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
11Incendies$69,996-21%62-4$1,129$1,658,63410Sony Pictures Classics
12Turtle: The Incredible Journey$69,389--24--$2,891$69,3891Hannover House
13Beginning of the Great Revival$65,866--29--$2,271$65,8661China Lion Film
14A Better Life$62,087--4--$15,522$62,0871Summit
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$59,32113%110$5,393$3,236,297593D Entertainment
16The Double Hour$49,5145%30-9$1,650$1,238,72811IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Limitless$46,409-37%85-32$546$79,174,22415Relativity Media
18Page One: Inside the New York Times$45,24957%1715$2,662$87,3302Magnolia Pictures
19Submarine$42,103-28%26-2$1,619$288,9424Weinstein Company
20Hanna$40,222-31%59-32$682$40,201,35812Focus
21Under the Sea 3D$39,5200%15-1$2,635$28,912,741124Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Bride Flight$33,647-25%19-5$1,771$187,3433Music Box Films
23Jane Eyre (2011)$32,002-30%51-17$627$11,172,83116Focus
24The Names of Love$30,372--5--$6,074$30,3721Music Box Films
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$28,131-44%58-32$485$52,639,18014Fox
26Space Station 3D$25,61963948%20$12,810$83,811,972480IMAX
27Win Win$22,155-50%32-35$692$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
28Bill Cunningham New York$22,043-10%12-7$1,837$1,339,65015Zeitgeist Films
29Trollhunter$20,12551%94$2,236$52,5933Magnolia / Magnet
30Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$19,492-56%46-25$424$52,889,16310Lionsgate
31In a Better World$18,87181%21-3$899$882,00113Sony Pictures Classics
3213 Assassins$18,181-53%21-10$866$712,5179Magnolia / Magnet
33The Beaver$17,12838%6643$260$958,3198Summit
34Everything Must Go$15,636-46%33-22$474$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$15,377--1--$15,377$22,6981Abramorama
36Meek's Cutoff$15,236-44%17-13$896$876,30212Oscilloscope
37The Conspirator$13,426-44%25-19$537$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
38City of Life and Death$13,2930%94$1,477$73,0907Kino International
39The Last Mountain$13,008-36%6-1$2,168$83,1154Dada Films
40I Am (2011)$11,090-37%13-23$853$1,554,57119Paladin
41Rejoice and Shout$11,025251%53$2,205$41,5264Magnolia Pictures
42Viva Riva!$9,326154%52$1,865$31,5983Music Box Films
43Hobo with a Shotgun$9,25528%12-2$771$672,6488Magnolia / Magnet
44The First Grader$8,434-31%11-4$767$316,8197National Geographic
45L'Amour fou$8,320-16%13-1$640$298,7817IFC Films
46Queen to Play$7,290-24%4-5$1,823$344,81113Zeitgeist Films
47Winter in Wartime$7,101-31%10-4$710$517,03615Sony Pictures Classics
48Last Night (2010)$6,682113%51$1,336$108,7998Miramax / Tribeca
49Scream 4$6,406-55%18-21$356$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
50Deep Sea 3D$6,130-25%20$3,065$44,326,089278Warner Bros. / IMAX
51The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,922--1--$5,922$5,9221Rialto Pictures
52Of Gods and Men$5,827-17%7-10$832$3,954,65118Sony Pictures Classics
53If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$5,634--2--$2,817$13,7081Oscilloscope
54Beautiful Boy (2011)$5,609-64%4-4$1,402$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
55The Princess of Montpensier$5,30238%115$482$340,91711IFC Films
56Potiche$5,065-39%7-1$724$1,600,65814Music Box Films
57Pianomania$4,819--2--$2,410$8,3935First Run Features
58Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,620-41%6-4$770$212,64141Collective Eye
59My Perestroika$4,533-38%5-3$907$231,43414International Film Circuit
60How To Live Forever$4,351138%43$1,088$35,0607Variance Films
61Road to Nowhere$3,936-35%4-3$984$20,5983Monterey Media
62Small Town Murder Songs$3,74354%63$624$19,2595Monterey Media
63Farmageddon$3,013--1--$3,013$7,7122Undefined
64Leap Year (2011)$2,727--1--$2,727$2,7271Strand Releasing
65WAR: Women Art Revolution$2,554-36%40$639$29,9134Zeitgeist Films
66Battle for Brooklyn$2,253--1--$2,253$15,3032Rumur
67Poetry$1,856--2--$928$349,48320Kino International
68The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,850-50%6-3$308$621,95110Sony Pictures Classics
6935 and Ticking$1,831-45%10$1,831$75,5396Image Entertainment
70Kill the Irishman$1,73010%20$865$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
71Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,722-26%1-1$1,722$26,4887First Run Features
72Raw Faith$1,486--1--$1,486$1,4861Alive Mind Cinema
73Hesher$1,298-53%2-1$649$369,4437Wrekin Hill Entertainment
74Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,062-16%20$531$176,09117Strand Releasing
75The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$833-81%2-1$417$135,50513Lorber Films
76Blank City$792-68%1-1$792$106,82712Insurgent Releasing
77Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$761--2--$381$10,6637Strand Releasing
78Circo$749-56%20$375$67,82113First Run Features
79Film Socialisme$689-37%10$689$22,5214Lorber Films
80Into Eternity$640-68%1-1$640$52,05721International Film Circuit
81The Music Never Stopped$596119%2-1$298$250,00015Roadside Attractions
82Putty Hill$500--1--$500$48,13219Cinema Guild
83Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$251,56125First Run Features
84Octubre$284--1--$284$17,6988New Yorker Films
85Making The Boys$267-57%21$134$32,53716First Run Features
86Korkoro$240-74%1-1$240$7,81014Lorber Films
87The Robber$196-75%1-1$196$69,4899Kino International