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. 16 - Sun, Dec. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$39,637,079--3,703--$10,704$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,244,744--3,723--$6,244$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$7,310,413-44%3,5050$2,086$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$4,608,681-53%2,7522$1,675$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$4,197,893-46%2,958-646$1,419$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$3,707,848-39%2,532-76$1,464$39,155,7094Paramount
7Arthur Christmas$3,554,286-45%2,929-343$1,213$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$3,520,926-50%2,808-520$1,254$70,994,5714Disney
9Jack and Jill$1,228,843-60%1,910-877$643$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
10Happy Feet Two$1,077,329-71%1,780-1060$605$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
11Tower Heist$901,025-62%1,315-754$685$75,788,7407Universal
12Immortals$851,371-65%1,216-1083$700$81,889,3766Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,785,204--425--$30,083$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$3,403,159997%986978$3,451$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$3,268,357-25%8782$3,723$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$591,385-24%2440$2,424$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$465,209-71%757-1086$615$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$386,494-67%703-852$550$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$193,092-28%281-61$687$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$175,064-63%202-268$867$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$163,354-53%273-81$598$36,732,6948Fox
10Melancholia$133,914-42%131-14$1,022$2,243,2066Magnolia Pictures
11Footloose (2011)$123,74677%25352$489$51,292,77610Paramount
12Courageous$102,879-47%101-90$1,019$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
13Margin Call$98,178-45%121-27$811$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Paranormal Activity 3$91,616-36%206-96$445$103,783,4789Paramount
15Real Steel$80,352-39%155-51$518$83,737,28211Disney / DreamWorks
16The Help$72,053-32%156-56$462$169,345,70519Disney / DreamWorks
17Like Crazy (2011)$57,513-65%100-62$575$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
18Midnight in Paris$53,678-53%116-79$463$56,293,47431Sony Pictures Classics
19The Three Musketeers (2011)$50,210-42%123-45$408$20,315,3249Summit
2050/50$37,370-43%111-35$337$34,963,96712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$456,77747%1612$28,549$879,5482Focus
2Shame$307,2548%5130$6,025$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$287,367-3%171$16,904$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4A Dangerous Method$150,85596%1713$8,874$719,8574Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$108,303-6%250$4,332$460,0484Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$79,795--5--$15,959$79,7951Sony Pictures Classics
7The Way$79,295-36%93-27$853$3,988,53311Producers Distribution Agency
8Moneyball$75,535-50%98-110$771$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
9Born to Be Wild 3D$57,088-8%490$1,165$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Skin I Live In$51,798-53%71-38$730$2,942,23010Sony Pictures Classics
11The Ides of March$45,589-62%72-115$633$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
12Drive (2011)$41,947-13%56-14$749$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
13Hubble 3D$36,4477%200$1,822$30,081,07492Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$28,828-19%54-7$534$176,740,65020Fox
15Take Shelter$27,608-42%58-5$476$1,627,47012Sony Pictures Classics
16Le Havre$24,258-37%21-2$1,155$358,7069Janus Films
17The Lion King 3D$23,694-11%32-6$740$94,197,68914Disney
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$21,602-58%39-33$554$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
19The Women on the 6th Floor$18,684-20%12-1$1,557$428,09711Strand Releasing
20Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$13,903344%83$1,738$208,2769Submarine Deluxe
21The Rum Diary$12,429-58%30-33$414$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
22Pastorela$10,616-66%19-25$559$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Tomboy (2011)$9,881-14%90$1,098$89,7535Dada Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,800132%90$1,089$4,433,633843D Entertainment
25Mozart's Sister$9,421-44%10-6$942$669,08118Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$9,190-30%8-2$1,149$30,204,281149Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Cook County$7,579--5--$1,516$7,5791Hanover House
28The Big Year$7,546-13%250$302$7,204,13810Fox
29Young Goethe In Love$7,298-42%80$912$93,2117Music Box Films
30Into the Abyss$6,389-60%17-13$376$216,2626IFC Films
31Crazy Wisdom$6,381105%42$1,595$43,1064Alive Mind Cinema
32The Guard$6,341-38%12-3$528$5,325,09021Sony Pictures Classics
33The Interrupters$6,282377%32$2,094$267,76321Cinema Guild
34Eames: The Architect and the Painter$5,614-65%6-5$936$123,3695First Run Features
35Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$5,014-56%70$716$80,4876Variance Films
36Blackthorn$4,5357%94$504$182,09711Magnolia Pictures
37Sleeping Beauty (2011)$4,529-24%40$1,132$29,0043IFC Films
38Amigo$3,489191%32$1,163$178,28518Variance Films
39The Man Nobody Knew$3,410-45%3-3$1,137$166,27713First Run Features
40My Reincarnation$3,12169%31$1,040$38,0118Long Shot Factory
41Outrage$3,082-62%70$440$26,1593Magnolia / Magnet
42House of Tolerance$2,91237%30$971$19,3274IFC Films
43London River$2,145105%21$1,073$3,7192Cinema Libre
44Khodorkovsky$1,759-70%10$1,759$25,4803Kino Lorber
45Rid of Me$1,660--1--$1,660$5,3825Submarine Entertainment
46Addiction Incorporated$1,629--1--$1,629$3,6831Variance Films
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,628136%21$814$193,61321Alive Mind Cinema
48The Conquest$1,276--1--$1,276$161,4456Music Box Films
49The Mill and the Cross$1,045-46%3-1$348$259,72114Kino Lorber
50The Whale$1,0283%10$1,028$57,98615Paladin
51American Teacher$994--2--$497$32,28012First Run Features
52Jane's Journey$982--1--$982$19,55714First Run Features
53Higher Ground$84718%3-2$282$836,50317Sony Pictures Classics
54Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$789-65%1-1$789$838,23524International Film Circuit
55I Melt With You$670-75%20$335$4,7952Magnolia Pictures
56Charlotte Rampling: The Look$645-32%10$645$12,6647Kino Lorber
57Littlerock$581--1--$581$17,07919Variance Films
58Inni$572-66%1-3$572$116,3988Cinema Purgatorio
59Revenge of the Electric Car$470-83%1-2$470$150,3079Area23a
60Summer (2011 re-issue)$349-56%10$349$37,80428The Film Desk
61Hell and Back Again$346-14%10$346$34,63711Docurama Films
623 (2010)$288--2--$144$59,77414Strand Releasing
63Answers to Nothing$157-82%1-6$157$22,0293Roadside Attractions
64Restless (2011)$141-79%1-2$141$163,14114Sony Pictures Classics
65Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$80-84%10$80$18,16922The Film Desk
66Paul Goodman Changed My Life$17-97%1-1$17$24,3339Zeitgeist Films