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, Jul. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$160,887,295--4,404--$36,532$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$20,416,978-56%3,8865$5,254$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$10,887,111-69%3,753-565$2,901$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$10,011,610-55%3,214-89$3,115$180,431,4254Universal
5Brave$6,024,987-46%2,899-493$2,078$208,774,1735Disney
6Magic Mike$4,291,432-52%2,606-484$1,647$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
7Savages$3,398,880-64%2,336-299$1,455$40,055,0753Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,253,074-60%1,540-464$1,463$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,350,946-63%1,261-1024$1,071$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,148,494-70%1,123-1609$1,023$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,831,471-51%895-29$2,046$36,087,9599Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,420,891-42%552-192$2,574$11,107,9935Sony Pictures Classics
3Dark Shadows$1,209,814433%412173$2,936$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$763,443-3%12948$5,918$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
5Marvel's The Avengers$620,411-56%495-252$1,253$615,058,42512Disney
6Snow White and the Huntsman$427,405-58%409-268$1,045$152,589,3158Universal
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$416,791-36%288-54$1,447$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
8Prometheus$310,395-68%312-247$995$125,113,4897Fox
9Rock of Ages$282,9454%32267$879$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Men in Black 3$260,264-70%266-231$978$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$184,370-76%266-389$693$36,485,3915Fox
12The Hunger Games$182,237-35%190-22$959$405,227,71118Lionsgate
13People Like Us$164,645-79%227-734$725$11,814,2854Disney / DreamWorks
14Bernie$161,686-25%1041$1,555$8,368,79413Millennium Entertainment
15Safety Not Guaranteed$157,160-54%124-58$1,267$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
16Battleship$125,565-48%172-56$730$64,996,17510Universal
17The Pirates! Band of Misfits$114,019-35%189-43$603$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
18What to Expect When You're Expecting$113,425-36%192-29$591$40,954,15810Lionsgate
19Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$86,005-40%167-1$515$213,949,50521Universal
20The Dictator$47,796-54%105-56$455$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$313,547-12%918$3,446$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$187,486-10%520$3,606$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cocktail (2012)$172,174-73%960$1,793$1,027,1212Eros International
4Take This Waltz$131,654-11%6921$1,908$833,6344Magnolia Pictures
5That's My Boy$71,942-77%84-88$856$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
6Bol Bachchan$70,192-69%46-52$1,526$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
7Your Sister's Sister$66,690-57%65-36$1,026$1,356,6646IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$61,3433%330$1,859$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$53,445-49%53-19$1,008$44,160,31215Fox
10The Queen of Versailles$51,326--3--$17,109$51,3261Magnolia Pictures
11Hubble 3D$49,604-22%13-1$3,816$33,726,544123Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Trishna$42,03344%1613$2,627$84,6672IFC Films
13Chimpanzee$41,816-28%80-39$523$28,898,72014Disneynature
142016: Obama's America$33,1825%43$8,296$80,1342Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Mirror Mirror$28,945-43%59-32$491$64,829,63717Relativity Media
16Under the Sea 3D$23,681-15%8-2$2,960$31,933,976180Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Hysteria$22,94675%357$656$1,698,19310Sony Pictures Classics
18For Greater Glory$22,423-59%33-9$679$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
19Damsels in Distress$20,980261%5950$356$970,11516Sony Pictures Classics
20Headhunters$17,209-3%17-3$1,012$1,152,23013Magnolia Pictures
21Neil Young Journeys$17,2014%112$1,564$84,0954Sony Pictures Classics
22Deep Sea 3D$16,32623%20$8,163$44,795,640334Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$15,939-37%100$1,594$5,833,5011153D Entertainment
24The Magic of Belle Isle$15,58569%7-1$2,226$46,4883Magnolia Pictures
25Easy Money (2012)$14,665-41%20$7,333$52,0512Weinstein Company
26A Cat In Paris$13,514-22%180$751$231,2818GKIDS
27Dark Horse (2012)$12,818106%104$1,282$101,4887Vitagraph
28Elena (2012)$11,999-6%71$1,714$175,23310Zeitgeist Films
29Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$10,920--1--$10,920$10,9201Tribeca Film
30The Well-Digger's Daughter$10,273--3--$3,424$10,2731Kino Lorber
31The Imposter$10,202-54%10$10,202$41,7432Indomina Releasing
32Where Do We Go Now?$9,160-33%12-1$763$491,62511Sony Pictures Classics
33Unforgivable$9,05844%3-1$3,019$90,4474Strand Releasing
3430 Beats$8,624--15--$575$8,6241Roadside Attractions
35Monsieur Lazhar$8,569-47%8-2$1,071$1,935,45239Music Box Films
36The Obama Effect$7,122-92%21-4$339$103,9612ARC Entertainment
37Ballplayer: Pelotero$5,784-72%5-5$1,157$35,8652Strand Releasing
38The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,514182%1-2$5,514$1,110,67718Music Box Films
39Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,967-51%5-3$993$2,527,41920Magnolia Pictures
40The Invisible War$4,950198%43$1,238$47,9125Cinedigm
41Crazy Wisdom$3,64524%21$1,823$78,31035Alive Mind Cinema
42Red Lights (2012)$2,648-74%20$1,324$17,1562Millennium Entertainment
43Union Square (2012)$2,527-82%2-2$1,264$26,8902Dada Films
44Darling Companion$2,460513%62$410$776,97914Sony Pictures Classics
45Oslo, August 31st$2,341--1--$2,341$65,5529Strand Releasing
46I Wish$2,285-46%52$457$124,76711Magnolia Pictures
47Kumare$2,234-57%20$1,117$59,6705Kino Lorber
48Bel Ami$2,08447%1-1$2,084$117,2107Magnolia Pictures
49Marley$1,971-45%2-4$986$1,393,49014Magnolia Pictures
50Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,76914%21$885$114,87317New Yorker Films
51Gerhard Richter Painting$1,557-29%10$1,557$237,49119Kino Lorber
52Paul Williams Still Alive$1,187221%10$1,187$35,1907Abramorama
53Elles$1,151-78%3-2$384$153,86013Kino Lorber
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,114-33%40$279$54,26910Magnolia / Magnet
55Hide Away$1,044--1--$1,044$29,6049Joule Films
56China Heavyweight$1,007-14%43$252$8,0793Zeitgeist Films
57Pink Ribbons, Inc.$815320%20$408$19,7048First Run Features
58The Salt of Life$781-53%10$781$315,30721Zeitgeist Films
59Alps$780-70%1-1$780$4,9922Kino Lorber
60Runaway Slave$745-85%10$745$11,5933Rocky Mountain Pictures
61Payback (2012)$730--1--$730$17,28913Zeitgeist Films
62The Color Wheel$525-20%21$263$15,67210Cinema Conservancy
63Nobody Else But You$350-80%1-2$350$24,62511First Run Features
64FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$231-52%20$116$109,76212International Film Circuit
65Crazy Eyes$84-93%1-1$84$6,1063Strand Releasing