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, Dec. 9 - Sun, Dec. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$13,019,180--3,505--$3,714$13,019,1801Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$9,851,435--2,750--$3,582$9,851,4351Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$7,819,402-53%3,604-442$2,170$259,402,6694Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$6,978,870-37%3,328-112$2,097$65,742,1283Disney
5Arthur Christmas$6,510,486-12%3,272-104$1,990$33,400,5983Sony / Columbia
6Hugo$6,050,309-20%2,608768$2,320$33,414,7193Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$3,690,304-38%2,840-696$1,299$56,790,4054Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$3,085,098-42%2,787-262$1,107$68,527,3855Sony / Columbia
9Immortals$2,461,227-45%2,299-328$1,071$79,868,7325Relativity Media
10Tower Heist$2,358,655-40%2,069-335$1,140$74,122,1856Universal
11Puss in Boots (2011)$1,628,199-46%1,843-907$883$141,873,4747Paramount / DreamWorks
12J. Edgar$1,188,413-49%1,555-430$764$34,761,1115Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$4,380,138-9%876302$5,000$23,630,5614Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$780,822-34%2440$3,200$5,118,6613Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$474,749-52%470-240$1,010$33,986,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$347,020-37%354-67$980$36,405,8927Fox
5Dolphin Tale$269,737-14%342-68$789$71,068,65212Warner Bros.
6Melancholia$230,558-15%14516$1,590$1,971,4435Magnolia Pictures
7Courageous$193,760-9%191-74$1,014$33,333,63911Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$178,130-17%148-2$1,204$4,947,0808Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy (2011)$165,779-36%16210$1,023$3,147,0927Paramount Vantage
10Moneyball$150,309-74%208-796$723$74,176,91212Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$142,6529%30247$472$103,629,0048Paramount
12Real Steel$131,872-28%206-47$640$83,611,20010Disney / DreamWorks
13The Way$123,396-31%120-40$1,028$3,836,96710Producers Distribution Agency
14The Ides of March$118,673-77%187-829$635$40,467,88110Sony / Columbia
15Midnight in Paris$115,370-52%195-110$592$56,177,98730Sony Pictures Classics
16The Skin I Live In$110,230-30%109-7$1,011$2,882,0869Sony Pictures Classics
17The Help$106,325-39%212-50$502$169,224,62518Disney / DreamWorks
18The Three Musketeers (2011)$86,234-27%168-40$513$20,227,5178Summit
19The Smurfs$81,564-38%181-146$451$142,614,15820Sony / Columbia
20Footloose (2011)$70,026-51%201-108$348$51,142,4549Paramount
21Abduction$68,213-28%131-20$521$28,064,22612Lionsgate
2250/50$65,038-51%146-50$445$34,887,97811Summit
23Contagion$44,759-37%111-44$403$75,638,74314Warner Bros.
24Desi Boyz$42,917-75%1030$417$1,066,1673Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$310,562--4--$77,641$310,5621Focus
2Young Adult$310,263--8--$38,783$310,2631Paramount
3The Artist$295,36140%1610$18,460$888,7413Weinstein Company
4Shame$283,415-19%2111$13,496$781,5012Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$115,29760%251$4,612$297,1573Warner Bros.
6A Dangerous Method$76,936-36%40$19,234$535,9853Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$62,090-3%490$1,267$14,675,83536Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$51,057-44%72-12$709$2,821,0848Fox Searchlight
9Drive (2011)$48,452-20%70-16$692$34,677,49713FilmDistrict
10Take Shelter$47,72113%639$757$1,573,21511Sony Pictures Classics
11Le Havre$38,21177%237$1,661$317,6388Janus Films
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$35,670-18%61-23$585$176,698,08619Fox
13Hubble 3D$33,9070%203$1,695$30,009,44591Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Anonymous (2011)$31,852-56%82-23$388$4,463,2927Sony / Columbia
15Pastorela$30,870-62%44-11$702$136,5702Lionsgate / Pantelion
16The Rum Diary$29,471-23%630$468$13,070,4627FilmDistrict
17The Lion King 3D$26,683-27%38-15$702$94,163,65413Disney
18We Need to Talk About Kevin$24,587--1--$24,587$24,5871Oscilloscope
19The Women on the 6th Floor$23,38520%132$1,799$397,03610Strand Releasing
20Mozart's Sister$16,738169%166$1,046$646,26817Music Box Films
21Eames: The Architect and the Painter$15,942-23%11-1$1,449$112,3684First Run Features
22Into the Abyss$15,8319%309$528$199,7655IFC Films
23Under the Sea 3D$13,187-7%103$1,319$30,184,803148Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Young Goethe In Love$12,524119%83$1,566$81,4006Music Box Films
25Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,52518%71$1,646$68,7165Variance Films
26Tomboy (2011)$11,517-16%94$1,280$72,8804Dada Films
27Space Station 3D$10,595--2--$5,298$84,596,560504IMAX
28The Guard$10,301-21%15-2$687$5,313,32720Sony Pictures Classics
29The Big Year$8,715-24%250$349$7,192,2389Fox
30Outrage$8,13125%75$1,162$18,2542Magnolia / Magnet
31The Man Nobody Knew$6,170-25%62$1,028$158,72212First Run Features
32Sleeping Beauty (2011)$5,944-35%42$1,486$21,0372IFC Films
33Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,888-34%23-8$256$38,536,37617Weinstein Company
34Khodorkovsky$5,887-4%10$5,887$20,1022Kino Lorber
35Magic to Win$5,125--1--$5,125$5,1251China Lion Film
36Blackthorn$4,245-23%5-1$849$174,92610Magnolia Pictures
37Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$4,233-33%90$470$4,420,291833D Entertainment
38My Piece of the Pie$4,213--2--$2,107$4,2131IFC Films
39Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$3,132-70%5-10$626$192,4158Submarine Deluxe
40Crazy Wisdom$3,109-65%20$1,555$33,0103Alive Mind Cinema
41Circumstance$2,843-28%1-1$2,843$452,60216Roadside Attractions
42Revenge of the Electric Car$2,79110%31$930$149,1368Area23a
43I Melt With You$2,729--2--$1,365$2,7291Magnolia Pictures
44Project Nim$2,657--2--$1,329$410,07723Roadside Attractions
45Knuckle$2,647--3--$882$2,6471Vitagraph
46Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$2,351131%63$392$230,31115Music Box Films
47Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,250-55%2-3$1,125$836,79623International Film Circuit
48House of Tolerance$2,120-23%32$707$14,9043IFC Films
49Cars 2$2,108-73%15-25$141$191,450,87525Disney
50The Other F Word$2,051-43%20$1,026$53,2146Oscilloscope
51The Mill and the Cross$1,937-66%4-2$484$257,20813Kino Lorber
52My Reincarnation$1,851-3%21$926$33,4917Long Shot Factory
53Inni$1,705-70%4-3$426$113,9727Cinema Purgatorio
54Garbo: The Spy$1,580--2--$790$16,0104First Run Features
55The Interrupters$1,316--1--$1,316$260,79920Cinema Guild
56Amigo$1,201--1--$1,201$174,36517Variance Films
57London River$1,044--1--$1,044$1,3141Cinema Libre
58The Whale$99841%10$998$56,22214Paladin
59The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$95614%42$239$32,0604Music Box Films
60Charlotte Rampling: The Look$943--1--$943$11,6736Kino Lorber
61Laugh at My Pain$935-54%3-2$312$7,705,97414CodeBlack Entertainment
62Answers to Nothing$866-94%7-14$124$21,3042Roadside Attractions
63Summer (2011 re-issue)$796--1--$796$37,45527The Film Desk
64Higher Ground$720-43%5-1$144$835,31516Sony Pictures Classics
65El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$690-64%10$690$190,53020Alive Mind Cinema
66Restless (2011)$6853706%32$228$162,75313Sony Pictures Classics
67Paul Goodman Changed My Life$617-44%21$309$24,2668Zeitgeist Films
68Tyrannosaur$526-62%1-2$526$15,0854Strand Releasing
69Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$48876%10$488$18,08921The Film Desk
70The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$471--1--$471$25,26014The Film Desk
71Hell and Back Again$401-69%10$401$34,29210Docurama Films
72The Future$219--1--$219$568,50920Roadside Attractions
73Rapt$85-59%10$85$45,66923Lorber Films