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, Feb. 17 - Sun, Feb. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$23,641,575-41%3,1212$7,575$77,911,1902Universal
2The Vow$23,065,077-44%2,9580$7,798$84,991,9142Sony / Screen Gems
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$22,115,334--3,174--$6,968$22,115,3341Sony / Columbia
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,845,282-27%3,50030$5,670$52,961,6242Warner Bros. / New Line
5This Means War$17,405,930--3,189--$5,458$19,015,7351Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,966,431-65%2,6550$3,001$33,839,6662Fox
7Chronicle$7,619,383-37%2,556-352$2,981$51,098,8093Fox
8The Woman in Black$6,679,196-34%2,559-297$2,610$45,289,8143CBS Films
9The Secret World of Arrietty$6,446,395--1,522--$4,235$6,446,3951Disney
10The Grey$3,142,111-38%2,107-694$1,491$48,035,1704Open Road
11The Descendants$2,932,824-15%1,243-338$2,359$75,015,59414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$2,263,515-43%1,634-499$1,385$16,707,0103Universal
13Red Tails$1,442,093-40%1,009-571$1,429$47,558,6295Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,430,3608%8080$3,008$27,529,31913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,655,684-6%558-144$2,967$66,741,80813Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,136,686-54%826-831$1,376$61,380,4875Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,063,704-8%623111$1,707$24,423,4908Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$784,938-66%933-1123$841$25,461,1474Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$627,618-57%577-798$1,088$30,630,5959Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$553,80268%403138$1,374$185,271,15610Warner Bros.
8Contraband$539,685-57%420-661$1,285$65,765,7056Universal
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$494,723-8%400-102$1,237$129,683,21810Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$492,491-10%184-48$2,677$22,695,33811Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$486,056-31%275-194$1,767$207,299,47910Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$389,85415%30346$1,287$76,391,1709Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$372,042-10%13818$2,696$987,4852Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$345,043-30%189-80$1,826$101,364,9149Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$331,508-75%401-1022$827$18,377,4564Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$300,033-17%287-133$1,045$73,656,6549Fox
17War Horse$298,332-34%394-108$757$78,706,2989Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$251,292-70%214-464$1,174$46,999,1186Disney
19Joyful Noise$219,935-55%340-346$647$30,307,8946Warner Bros.
20The Muppets$207,263-24%269-22$770$88,067,26013Disney
21My Week with Marilyn$197,841-5%120-5$1,649$13,642,95813Weinstein Company
22Albert Nobbs$193,041-30%119-32$1,622$2,360,2314Roadside Attractions
23Puss in Boots (2011)$187,050-14%163-46$1,148$148,998,02617Paramount / DreamWorks
24Jack and Jill$121,297-26%134-53$905$74,020,22315Sony / Columbia
25The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
26Happy Feet Two$97,176-48%135-67$720$63,826,40014Warner Bros.
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$62,646-63%148-82$423$281,267,66314Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$34,828-58%1320$264$1,973,5744Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$309,08516%549$5,724$2,025,8378Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$297,66616%7810$3,816$2,174,4949IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$230,770-64%98-13$2,355$1,026,3032UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$183,527--53--$3,463$183,5271IDP/ATO Pictures
5A Dangerous Method$152,441-26%96-11$1,588$5,171,94413Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$149,56546%451$3,324$16,373,13046Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rampart$125,997108%2823$4,500$210,4172Millennium Entertainment
8Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
9In Darkness$82,551201%1411$5,897$142,5142Sony Pictures Classics
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$71,232-15%160$4,452$604,82111Oscilloscope
11Haywire$69,716-66%79-184$882$18,751,4605Relativity Media
12Shame$66,547-21%44-8$1,512$3,720,16712Fox Searchlight
13Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14W.E.$53,016-11%203$2,651$206,9463Weinstein Company
15Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Coriolanus$39,21525%132$3,017$321,9655Weinstein Company
17Carnage (2011)$33,441-18%35-1$955$2,420,30010Sony Pictures Classics
18Undefeated$33,165--5--$6,633$33,1651Weinstein Company
19Bullhead$32,267--7--$4,610$32,2671Drafthouse Films
20Chico & Rita$30,79649%54$6,159$60,3632GKIDS
21The Sitter$29,883-47%43-56$695$30,471,20911Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$20,657-12%130$1,589$687,9228Focus
24On the Ice$17,901--4--$4,475$17,9011PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$14,341-59%34-61$422$53,180,7847Paramount
26New Year's Eve$12,730-80%33-122$386$54,538,01311Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Women on the 6th Floor$10,829-3%62$1,805$603,48220Strand Releasing
28Midnight in Paris$9,791-44%16-8$612$56,553,41640Sony Pictures Classics
29The Help$9,359-11%130$720$169,668,58628Disney / DreamWorks
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31Deep Sea 3D$7,836205%20$3,918$44,490,042312Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
33In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,122-36%8-2$890$284,9919FilmDistrict
34An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
35The Flowers of War$5,04053%3-3$1,680$218,8325Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36Immortals$4,967-74%29-4$171$83,502,40315Relativity Media
37Death of the Virgin$4,826-44%2-1$2,413$16,8262Indican Pictures
38Declaration of War$4,727--7--$675$34,1814IFC Films
39The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
40J. Edgar$3,979-71%11-31$362$37,304,45115Warner Bros.
41The Innkeepers$3,436-52%7-6$491$74,9063Magnolia / Magnet
42The Turin Horse$3,383-63%21$1,692$17,7632Cinema Guild
43The Way$3,374-54%5-2$675$4,421,90520Producers Distribution Agency
44Michael (2012)$3,366--1--$3,366$4,5461Strand Releasing
45The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
46Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
47Khodorkovsky$2,9003437%10$2,900$33,05412Kino Lorber
48Kung Fu Joe$2,796-11%1-1$2,796$7,0822Indican Pictures
49Melancholia$2,770-70%5-3$554$3,023,19615Magnolia Pictures
50Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
51Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,270-46%20$1,135$62,7337Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,242-54%2-1$1,121$862,90133International Film Circuit
53How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$1,698--4--$425$12,4304First Run Features
54Putin's Kiss$1,525--1--$1,525$1,5251Kino Lorber
55Kill List$1,463-29%40$366$19,4013IFC Films
56Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,433--1--$1,433$48,33128Lorber Films
57Circus Columbia$1,284--1--$1,284$1,2841Strand Releasing
58The Skin I Live In$1,149-7%4-2$287$3,167,95819Sony Pictures Classics
59Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
60Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
61Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
62The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
63Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
64Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
65The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
66Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
67Take Shelter$322-38%40$81$1,724,46121Sony Pictures Classics
68My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
69The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
70Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema