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, Sep. 23 - Sun, Sep. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$21,929,332-27%2,3300$9,412$61,475,4022Disney
2Moneyball$19,501,302--2,993--$6,516$19,501,3021Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$19,152,401--3,507--$5,461$19,152,4011Warner Bros.
4Abduction$10,925,253--3,118--$3,504$10,925,2531Lionsgate
5Killer Elite$9,352,008--2,986--$3,132$9,352,0081Open Road
6Contagion$8,451,226-42%3,136-86$2,695$57,007,8983Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$5,763,998-49%2,90418$1,985$21,417,3732FilmDistrict
8The Help$4,370,051-33%2,695-319$1,622$154,414,1537Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$2,051,333-60%2,4080$852$8,835,1872Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$2,002,040-55%2,49014$804$7,968,4652Weinstein Company
11The Debt$1,260,611-57%1,067-764$1,181$28,967,0744Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,162,288-56%1,178-1162$987$173,600,8118Fox
13Warrior (2011)$1,119,835-61%1,411-472$794$12,210,1263Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$718,442-55%1,207-443$595$37,026,8806Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,135,157-5%28757$3,955$5,165,6403CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$934,728-60%847-1086$1,104$35,120,1715Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$783,376-50%675-470$1,161$82,068,9269Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$541,836-56%669-750$810$138,353,8929Sony / Columbia
5Shark Night 3D$466,801-74%637-1445$733$18,223,2384Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$401,086-15%251-55$1,598$351,902,62513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$387,448-45%320-281$1,211$378,824,31611Warner Bros.
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$353,762-69%424-910$834$23,477,2835FilmDistrict
9Zookeeper$310,790-17%294-54$1,057$79,630,11212Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$302,029-46%334-206$904$174,792,96210Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$277,750-48%345-269$805$99,276,2669Universal
12Horrible Bosses$266,884-40%313-131$853$116,943,65512Warner Bros. / New Line
13Our Idiot Brother$252,998-80%411-1336$616$24,438,3845Weinstein Company
14The Guard$249,325-27%167-35$1,493$4,165,1549Sony Pictures Classics
15Seven Days in Utopia$236,004-58%272-165$868$4,019,8194Visio Entertainment
16Midnight in Paris$222,430-35%165-136$1,348$54,432,21119Sony Pictures Classics
17Apollo 18$187,526-83%339-1456$553$17,384,9064Weinstein Company
18Final Destination 5$169,647-20%254-48$668$42,380,5577Warner Bros. / New Line
19Bad Teacher$160,977-51%232-242$694$99,685,14314Sony / Columbia
20Sarah's Key$132,564-50%151-115$878$6,592,74710Weinstein Company
21Mr. Popper's Penguins$109,085-33%153-60$713$68,038,54015Fox
22The Change-Up$105,610-54%169-138$625$37,035,8458Universal
23Kung Fu Panda 2$78,563-19%113-29$695$165,230,26118Paramount / DreamWorks
24Bridesmaids$78,255-38%111-59$705$169,076,74520Universal
25Super 8$73,350-21%117-42$627$126,975,16916Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mausam$459,024--96--$4,782$459,0241Eros International
2Born to Be Wild 3D$115,78310%490$2,363$13,006,06425Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pearl Jam Twenty$102,448--10--$10,245$382,7911Abramorama
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$82,58658%4829$1,721$266,8944Indomina Media
530 Minutes or Less$72,977-67%95-196$768$37,053,9247Sony / Columbia
6Higher Ground$70,134-37%64-17$1,096$577,2215Sony Pictures Classics
7Hubble 3D$62,97926%26-2$2,422$28,931,48680Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Thunder Soul$51,260--35--$1,465$51,2601Roadside Attractions
9Love Crime$48,49812%203$2,425$227,3604IFC Films
10Machine Gun Preacher$45,130--4--$11,283$45,1301Relativity Media
11Senna$42,228-35%31-6$1,362$1,190,6687Producers Distribution Agency
12Mozart's Sister$36,730-6%225$1,670$235,0036Music Box Films
13Monte Carlo$34,988-41%34-12$1,029$23,179,30313Fox
14Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$33,973-45%38-60$894$241,063,87519Disney
15Circumstance$32,802-33%29-2$1,131$310,2515Roadside Attractions
16The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$32,336178%64$5,389$76,4433IFC Films
17The Tree of Life$31,743-10%39-2$814$13,205,30618Fox Searchlight
18Saving Private Perez$31,195-64%44-72$709$1,391,7704Lionsgate / Pantelion
19The Whistleblower$29,506-40%50-8$590$1,015,9258IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Puncture$29,175--4--$7,294$29,1751Millennium Entertainment
21Weekend$27,245--1--$27,245$27,2451IFC Films
22Green Lantern (2011)$24,830-55%49-54$507$116,593,19115Warner Bros.
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$24,12125%120$2,010$4,238,943723D Entertainment
24The Mill and the Cross$21,87793%54$4,375$44,0352Kino Lorber
25Conan the Barbarian (2011)$20,491-77%56-98$366$21,211,0166Lionsgate
26Point Blank$20,008-43%26-11$770$617,0609Magnolia / Magnet
27Fright Night (2011)$19,346-70%44-104$440$18,060,0956Disney / DreamWorks
28Under the Sea 3D$17,0505%8-1$2,131$29,831,163137Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Restless (2011)$15,5280%1712$913$39,5092Sony Pictures Classics
30The Man Nobody Knew$15,411--1--$15,411$15,4111First Run Features
31Brighton Rock (2011)$14,8402%182$824$164,5015IFC Films
32Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$14,12137%10-1$1,412$562,51112International Film Circuit
33Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$10,201-22%7-1$1,457$116,7304Music Box Films
34Limelight (2011)$9,529--1--$9,529$9,5291Magnolia Pictures
35The Future$9,310-43%27-2$345$521,0899Roadside Attractions
363 (2010)$8,662-12%62$1,444$24,3262Strand Releasing
37X-Men: First Class$8,567-51%22-14$389$146,405,37117Fox
38Attack the Block$8,482-65%17-18$499$1,024,1759Sony / Screen Gems
39Space Station 3D$8,283-23%31$2,761$84,295,161493IMAX
40The Interrupters$8,124-61%7-3$1,161$187,6779Cinema Guild
41Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$7,630211%5-3$1,526$11,860,8397Fox
42The Devil's Double$7,577-19%4823$158$1,357,0429Lionsgate
43Shaolin$7,567-48%6-5$1,261$55,7823Variance Films
44Incendiary: The Willingham Case$7,308--1--$7,308$7,3081Truly Indie
45Mysteries of Lisbon$6,95277%41$1,738$78,2698Music Box Films
46The Names of Love$6,883-16%10-5$688$475,88614Music Box Films
47Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$6,825-40%3-2$2,275$22,8202Nocturnal Features
48The Trip (2011)$6,758-59%12-10$563$2,014,92216IFC Films
49Where Soldiers Come From$5,750640%32$1,917$10,2293International Film Circuit
50Another Earth$5,590-23%14-3$399$1,303,30010Fox Searchlight
51Farmageddon$5,325-13%5-2$1,065$42,21415Undefined
52Jane's Journey$5,073-18%10$5,073$12,4842First Run Features
53Marriage Italian Style (2011 re-issue)$4,967--1--$4,967$4,9671Kino Classics
54Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$4,646-52%12-8$387$1,182,33512Sony Pictures Classics
55Project Nim$4,487-31%181$249$391,55512Roadside Attractions
56People v. The State of Illusion$4,420-29%10$4,420$28,1863IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
57The Last Circus$4,406-9%5-1$881$31,9986Magnolia / Magnet
58The Whale$4,314209%1-1$4,314$13,4163Paladin
59Bellflower$4,267-44%12-1$356$149,6918Oscilloscope
60Happy, Happy$4,213-41%3-1$1,404$14,5772Magnolia Pictures
61Buck$4,074-86%14-49$291$4,023,12315IFC Films
62A Bird of the Air$3,819--1--$3,819$3,8191Paladin
63Life, Above All$3,760-46%16-2$235$111,83211Sony Pictures Classics
64Amigo$3,506-55%4-2$877$132,6646Variance Films
65El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,49330%40$873$116,5569Alive Mind Cinema
66Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$3,434131%72$491$1,346,50311Fox Searchlight
67Bol$3,069-79%380$81$186,4104Eros International
68Life in a Day$2,628-54%5-2$526$247,2159National Geographic
69City of Life and Death$2,424239%20$1,212$108,61220Kino International
70Love in Space$2,358-72%3-10$786$33,9763China Lion Film
71Tabloid$2,293-75%9-7$255$680,46811IFC Films
72Magic Trip$2,192-69%7-3$313$138,0438Magnolia Pictures
73Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,14041%62$357$1,055,84315Magnolia Pictures
74Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,793-59%20$897$14,0672International Film Circuit
75WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,762--2--$881$48,57517Zeitgeist Films
76Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,642--1--$1,642$50,52637Kino International
77Gun Hill Road$1,494--2--$747$139,0138Motion Film Group
78Bride Flight$1,335-63%50$267$492,87616Music Box Films
79Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,286-56%1-1$1,286$202,85614Abramorama
80My Kingdom (2011)$1,192-85%1-17$1,192$35,9863China Lion Film
81The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,130135%2-1$565$83,54714Rialto Pictures
82The Tree$841-76%2-3$421$51,54511Zeitgeist Films
83Incendies$769-47%5-1$154$6,857,09623Sony Pictures Classics
84Pianomania$756--2--$378$27,40718First Run Features
853D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$740-74%2-1$370$152,3647China Lion Film
86Bill Cunningham New York$705-39%10$705$1,500,11328Zeitgeist Films
87Turtle: The Incredible Journey$691-68%2-1$346$375,09014Hannover House
88Special Treatment$479-78%10$479$6,5665First Run Features
89Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$459--1--$459$20,2484Argot Pictures
90The Weird World of Blowfly$402-61%10$402$1,7212Variance Films
91Rapt$372-65%1-1$372$40,64212Lorber Films
92Film Socialisme$201310%10$201$31,54517Lorber Films