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, Nov. 25 - Sun, Nov. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$41,683,574-70%4,0665$10,252$220,832,0092Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$29,239,026--3,440--$8,500$41,516,6911Disney
3Happy Feet Two$13,397,346-37%3,6115$3,710$43,755,3572Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$12,068,931--3,376--$3,575$16,301,1311Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$11,364,505--1,277--$8,899$15,402,0421Paramount
6Jack and Jill$10,000,142-15%3,029-409$3,301$57,120,1123Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$8,875,905-28%2,677-443$3,316$68,706,9813Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$7,511,036-30%3,005-410$2,500$135,430,0925Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$7,174,6151%2,474-468$2,900$65,198,7804Universal
10J. Edgar$4,975,172-16%1,910-37$2,605$28,837,8433Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$7,345,720517%433404$16,965$10,886,9522Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$1,750,507--244--$7,174$2,062,1501Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,594,054-45%875-933$1,822$31,559,3894Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$775,107-55%457-910$1,696$35,050,9345Fox
5Desi Boyz$702,325--103--$6,819$702,3251Eros International
6Like Crazy (2011)$425,116-19%15041$2,834$2,478,4345Paramount Vantage
7Real Steel$330,377-40%262-440$1,261$83,181,0498Disney / DreamWorks
8The Help$311,0764%283-74$1,099$168,753,48016Disney / DreamWorks
9Margin Call$293,728-31%139-34$2,113$4,367,6856Roadside Attractions
10Footloose (2011)$288,787-66%384-834$752$50,833,8677Paramount
11Moneyball$285,687-44%187-222$1,528$73,155,24810Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 3$275,373-72%355-1047$776$103,245,7706Paramount
13The Ides of March$254,648-45%159-139$1,602$39,543,2468Sony / Columbia
14The Smurfs$239,51112%248-4$966$142,324,12018Sony / Columbia
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$229,8306%22454$1,026$19,908,9286Summit
16Courageous$209,123-51%211-306$991$32,759,7589Sony / TriStar
17The Way$205,441-25%101-36$2,034$3,374,4938Producers Distribution Agency
1850/50$197,651-15%21025$941$34,554,7819Summit
19Dolphin Tale$185,854-29%216-172$860$70,363,25510Warner Bros.
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$176,158-54%113-67$1,559$2,575,7716Fox Searchlight
21Contagion$155,298-22%218-83$712$75,450,54912Warner Bros.
22Abduction$132,2817%163-18$812$27,840,89410Lionsgate
23Rise of the Planet of the Apes$77,065-11%103-28$748$176,585,29717Fox
24Rockstar$35,787-82%1120$320$972,2543Eros International
25RA. One$2,303-93%1890$12$2,509,1505Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Melancholia$329,622-2%9538$3,470$1,200,5993Magnolia Pictures
2The Artist$204,878--4--$51,220$204,8781Weinstein Company
3The Skin I Live In$184,737-34%91-22$2,030$2,420,4027Sony Pictures Classics
4A Dangerous Method$167,953--4--$41,988$226,6851Sony Pictures Classics
5The Lion King 3D$105,747-19%68-14$1,555$94,067,82911Disney
6Drive (2011)$93,34451%9347$1,004$34,500,25411FilmDistrict
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,02212%490$1,817$14,451,65334Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$71,20158%211$3,391$29,860,88789Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Anonymous (2011)$69,211-61%72-107$961$4,301,0185Sony / Columbia
10Midnight in Paris$58,95570%415$1,438$55,684,54128Sony Pictures Classics
11The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$55,299--19--$2,910$74,4701Warner Bros.
12The Rum Diary$54,243-63%54-98$1,005$12,957,0155FilmDistrict
13Take Shelter$50,282-45%49-25$1,026$1,444,3959Sony Pictures Classics
14Cars 2$28,394-20%63-23$451$191,434,78423Disney
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,764-28%48-22$558$38,516,83215Weinstein Company
16Le Havre$26,738-10%12-1$2,228$238,2656Janus Films
17Under the Sea 3D$25,08014%8-3$3,135$30,140,387146Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Big Year$25,014-11%53-6$472$7,160,6497Fox
19The Guard$19,930-24%231$867$5,257,69318Sony Pictures Classics
20Into the Abyss$19,002-55%19-8$1,000$148,9373IFC Films
21Eames: The Architect and the Painter$18,335-25%93$2,037$53,0062First Run Features
22Tomboy (2011)$17,947154%65$2,991$31,7982Dada Films
23Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$17,514-45%11-4$1,592$162,5146Submarine Deluxe
24The Women on the 6th Floor$17,242-27%161$1,078$336,4958Strand Releasing
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$12,60964%90$1,401$4,399,140813D Entertainment
26The Mighty Macs$11,897-39%11-17$1,082$1,889,5226Quaker Media
27Mozart's Sister$10,974-34%13-9$844$619,14215Music Box Films
28Crazy Wisdom$10,304--1--$10,304$10,3041Alive Mind Cinema
29Sarah's Key$10,061-68%27-25$373$7,685,37419Weinstein Company
30Weekend$9,212-1%8-3$1,152$469,94710IFC Films
31Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,118-19%52$1,824$37,2513Variance Films
32Inni$7,00213%5-1$1,400$99,4235Cinema Purgatorio
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,667293%31$2,222$178,91818Alive Mind Cinema
34The Whale$6,604-9%2-3$3,302$53,99112Paladin
35Love Crime$6,4392%8-3$805$538,35613IFC Films
36Another Happy Day$5,537-35%64$923$17,3102Phase 4 Films
37Young Goethe In Love$5,173-41%30$1,724$57,9534Music Box Films
38Garbo: The Spy$5,000-11%21$2,500$12,6772First Run Features
39House of Tolerance$4,766--1--$4,766$4,7661IFC Films
40Revenge of the Electric Car$4,727-14%30$1,576$119,2616Area23a
41Machine Gun Preacher$4,24721%9-10$472$537,58010Relativity Media
42The Other F Word$3,887-43%4-2$972$43,3014Oscilloscope
43The Mill and the Cross$3,762-19%4-5$941$247,17411Kino Lorber
44Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,986-69%7-6$427$825,16421International Film Circuit
45Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,867--1--$2,867$258,22223Abramorama
46Urbanized$2,566-26%10$2,566$36,2085Undefined
47Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$2,498--1--$2,498$15,86419The Film Desk
48London Boulevard$2,2056%21$1,103$10,4843IFC Films
49Blackthorn$2,201-49%3-3$734$162,7488Magnolia Pictures
50My Reincarnation$2,17110%20$1,086$28,0665Long Shot Factory
51Laugh at My Pain$2,167-66%4-7$542$7,701,97412CodeBlack Entertainment
52Senna$1,959-16%20$980$1,612,43016Producers Distribution Agency
53Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,5241781%32$508$34,86011International Film Circuit
54The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$1,360-52%3-1$453$29,5892Music Box Films
55Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$1,269-38%5-2$254$223,6159Magnolia / Magnet
56The Conquest$1,246-87%3-5$415$159,4663Music Box Films
57Amigo$1,193-51%2-2$597$172,09915Variance Films
58Bill Cunningham New York$1,172--1--$1,172$1,510,02637Zeitgeist Films
59Higher Ground$99251%60$165$829,98214Sony Pictures Classics
60Restless (2011)$835252%31$278$161,29911Sony Pictures Classics
61Tyrannosaur$804-89%3-2$268$11,5682Strand Releasing
62Rid of Me$715-65%21$358$3,3492Submarine Entertainment
63The Names of Love$654-45%10$654$513,83623Music Box Films
643 (2010)$599-76%2-3$300$58,91111Strand Releasing
65The Man Nobody Knew$529-90%1-2$529$140,09710First Run Features
66Rapt$495--1--$495$44,45621Lorber Films
67The Interrupters$404--3--$135$254,63118Cinema Guild
68Back Door Channels$346--2--$173$11,99711Fisher Klingenstein Films
69Project Nim$231--1--$231$407,21121Roadside Attractions
70OKA!$168-40%10$168$12,9377Dada Films
71I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$147--1--$147$8,70513Strand Releasing
72Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$143-90%2-6$72$489,95513Indomina Media