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, Jun. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$56,217,700--3,773--$14,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$28,075,210-49%4,2480$6,609$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$20,486,418-44%3,670-248$5,582$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$5,092,295-54%3,144-558$1,620$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$4,702,004-49%2,649-365$1,775$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,483,083-30%1,29461$3,465$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$4,408,741-38%2,907-114$1,517$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$3,703,205-51%3,002-402$1,234$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,127,107-61%2,4330$1,285$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$1,567,186-32%1,099-322$1,426$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$1,885,608--757--$2,491$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2Bernie$897,7173%302108$2,973$3,611,1176Millennium Entertainment
3Think Like a Man$671,479-54%509-277$1,319$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$632,423360%327260$1,934$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$630,622-42%585-299$1,078$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
6Rowdy Rathore$381,784--120--$3,182$381,7841UTV Communications
721 Jump Street$376,391-43%330-34$1,141$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
8Mirror Mirror$368,669-24%357-65$1,033$62,911,80810Relativity Media
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$340,200-28%315-75$1,080$211,485,86014Universal
10The Lucky One (2012)$323,193-43%404-211$800$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$269,381-16%285-40$945$42,746,8128Fox
12The Five-Year Engagement$179,845-39%218-56$825$28,284,6006Universal
13Chimpanzee$159,852-49%269-99$594$28,116,6767Disneynature
14Wrath of the Titans$156,016-33%205-50$761$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
15John Carter$136,834-45%153-22$894$72,724,71513Disney
16Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$126,779-28%155-20$818$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
17Battlefield America$113,882--188--$606$113,8821Cinedigm Entertainment
18The Cabin in the Woods$111,925-36%136-67$823$41,164,3408Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$104,08067%17563$595$16,940,7926Lionsgate
20High School$82,740--200--$414$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$876,88168%1612$54,805$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$321,951211%5046$6,439$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$210,470-7%500$4,209$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$182,237--86--$2,119$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Hysteria$171,19824%6533$2,634$454,8953Sony Pictures Classics
6Headhunters$105,249-16%516$2,064$749,7576Magnolia Pictures
7First Position$87,002-42%582$1,500$685,1715IFC Films
8Where Do We Go Now?$79,65937%3712$2,153$246,0744Sony Pictures Classics
9Monsieur Lazhar$78,375-31%59-6$1,328$1,596,21832Music Box Films
10Darling Companion$60,535-6%632$961$619,7307Sony Pictures Classics
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,081-9%33-1$1,790$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Hardflip$49,879--22--$2,267$49,8791Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,884-43%60-27$815$9,025,10713CBS Films
14A Cat In Paris$34,554--6--$5,759$34,5541GKIDS
15Titanic 3D$34,0682%5210$655$57,859,4199Paramount
16Hubble 3D$32,873-48%191$1,730$32,911,654116Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Jiro Dreams of Sushi$32,811-26%29-6$1,131$2,337,69613Magnolia Pictures
18Girl in Progress$32,436-75%50-93$649$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Marley$31,662-55%35-18$905$1,249,5587Magnolia Pictures
20The Artist$30,063159%8767$346$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
21Polisse$29,034-37%217$1,383$131,8633IFC Films
22Sound of My Voice$28,187-25%486$587$361,5376Fox Searchlight
23Bully (2012)$22,347-47%88-16$254$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
24Under the Sea 3D$22,283-30%15-5$1,486$31,571,597173Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$20,611-7%100$2,061$5,595,1351083D Entertainment
26The Raven$19,167-68%61-50$314$15,791,1066Relativity Media
27Damsels in Distress$16,76541%209$838$847,8879Sony Pictures Classics
28We Have a Pope$16,709-42%16-6$1,044$461,3139IFC Films
29Cowgirls n' Angels$15,757-71%32-18$492$107,0262IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
30Footnote$15,304-23%23-8$665$1,915,56313Sony Pictures Classics
31Hide Away$15,208--5--$3,042$16,5222Joule Films
32The Kid With A Bike$15,050-9%222$684$1,371,30112IFC Films
33Oslo, August 31st$13,25239%53$2,650$29,8522Strand Releasing
34Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$13,214-10%2-1$6,607$90,5854Rialto Pictures
35This Means War$11,987-56%25-19$479$54,746,72516Fox
36I Wish$11,2276%83$1,403$50,2364Magnolia Pictures
37Elena (2012)$10,745-27%64$1,791$52,8233Zeitgeist Films
38God Bless America$9,547-13%11-4$868$91,6844Magnolia / Magnet
39The Secret World of Arrietty$8,943-51%16-10$559$19,192,51016Disney
405 Broken Cameras$6,674--1--$6,674$8,5861Kino Lorber
41Deep Sea 3D$5,9154%21$2,958$44,639,997327Warner Bros. / IMAX
42A Separation$5,834-34%9-1$648$7,088,89823Sony Pictures Classics
43Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,75254%31$1,917$79,22010New Yorker Films
44The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,697-46%10-9$570$1,070,34711Music Box Films
45FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$5,501-38%6-3$917$76,9455International Film Circuit
46Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$5,026--3--$1,675$5,0261First Run Features
47Act of Valor$4,993-39%19-20$263$70,011,07315Relativity Media
48October Baby$4,685-15%9-7$521$5,343,99632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
49Chronicle$3,984-60%10-10$398$64,572,49618Fox
50Found Memories$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Film Movement
51Surviving Progress$3,38972%42$847$40,5469First Run Features
52The Raid: Redemption$3,336-57%7-5$477$4,089,94311Sony Pictures Classics
53The Women on the 6th Floor$3,18397%31$1,061$715,12635Strand Releasing
54Elles$3,170-67%4-4$793$128,8356Kino Lorber
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,1058%42$776$17,2673Magnolia / Magnet
56Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,013-50%14-8$215$133,103,92925Fox
57Friends With Kids$2,862-54%8-1$358$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
58The Fairy$2,8321715%32$944$27,14015Kino Lorber
59Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,721--3--$907$2,7211First Run Features
60The Hunter (2012)$2,654147%74$379$173,6239Magnolia Pictures
61Undefeated$2,548-36%60$425$561,05416Weinstein Company
62The Perfect Family$2,472-60%3-3$824$98,2655Variance Films
63OC87$2,419-58%10$2,419$12,1642Fisher Klingenstein Films
64Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,3134%21$1,157$5,4782Music Box Films
65Red Tails$2,07333%5-2$415$49,875,58920Fox
666 Month Rule$1,963--1--$1,963$1,9631Secret Identity Productions
67This Is Not A Film$1,929--4--$482$66,72614Palisades Tartan
68Whores' Glory$1,498-54%1-1$1,498$19,3536Kino Lorber
69Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,376-63%20$688$138,73022Cinema Guild
70Keyhole$1,210-34%2-3$605$21,4909Monterey Media
71Gerhard Richter Painting$1,133-43%30$378$188,17112Kino Lorber
72Attenberg$1,098--1--$1,098$22,74113Strand Releasing
73Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,066-54%41$267$7,2603Music Box Films
74The Beat Hotel$1,049--1--$1,049$5,43010First Run Features
75Sing Your Song$1,003--1--$1,003$47,71821S2BN Films
76Virginia$960-37%20$480$12,7283Entertainment One Films
77The Turin Horse$922-2%10$922$48,86017Cinema Guild
78Jesus Henry Christ$869-31%20$435$20,1847Entertainment One Films
79Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$745-36%10$745$6,3024Long Shot Factory
80The Whale$659--1--$659$81,21239Paladin
81Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$501-45%2-5$251$98,7934Magnolia Pictures
82How To Grow A Band$342--1--$342$10,3768International Film Circuit
83The Salt of Life$284-95%1-3$284$304,93814Zeitgeist Films
84Apartment 143$256--1--$256$2561Magnolia / Magnet
85Nobody Else But You$178-54%10$178$7,2524First Run Features
86Blue Like Jazz$168-66%1-2$168$594,9048Roadside Attractions
87Payback (2012)$166-54%10$166$12,4646Zeitgeist Films