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, Sep. 14 - Sun, Sep. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$21,052,227--3,012--$6,989$21,052,2271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$16,687,773--2,904--$5,746$16,687,7731Disney
3The Possession$5,766,378-38%2,86026$2,016$41,133,4903Lionsgate
4Lawless$4,348,377-28%3,063-75$1,420$30,270,1313Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$3,146,001-36%2,896-364$1,086$80,405,9805Lionsgate
6ParaNorman$3,092,941-26%2,326-530$1,330$49,389,1875Focus
7The Words$2,861,273-40%2,8010$1,022$9,141,1582CBS Films
8The Bourne Legacy$2,852,475-28%2,170-596$1,315$107,794,1356Universal
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,598,636-29%2,415-302$1,076$46,372,2845Disney
10The Campaign$2,418,163-28%2,002-540$1,208$82,870,3196Warner Bros.
11The Dark Knight Rises$2,182,449-32%1,581-406$1,380$441,053,0789Warner Bros.
122016: Obama's America$1,988,294-40%1,876-141$1,060$30,037,36110Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Hope Springs (2012)$1,825,180-35%1,946-491$938$60,475,2816Sony / Columbia
14Last Ounce of Courage$1,585,994--1,407--$1,127$1,585,9941Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Premium Rush$1,270,910-45%1,339-843$949$18,834,7824Sony / Columbia
16The Cold Light of Day$847,366-54%1,5110$561$3,279,5502Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$2,002,165--197--$10,163$2,002,1651Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$1,061,713--132--$8,043$1,061,7131UTV Communications
3Marvel's The Avengers$593,991-24%442-767$1,344$622,217,21020Disney
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$581,581-30%541-222$1,075$157,893,66310Fox
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$509,343-38%591-340$862$47,342,1307Fox
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$390,093-77%32255$1,211$2,825,4622Paramount
7Sparkle (2012)$381,863-51%494-379$773$24,008,9575Sony / TriStar
8Ted (2012)$378,120-31%411-104$920$217,431,88012Universal
9Robot & Frank$378,101-25%2086$1,818$2,573,0065IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Hit and Run$365,135-66%651-1159$561$13,321,8164Open Road
11The Amazing Spider-Man$355,140-37%328-88$1,083$261,102,26011Sony / Columbia
12Sleepwalk With Me$345,71323%11845$2,930$1,265,0564IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$289,015-24%306-39$944$215,604,24315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Total Recall (2012)$276,506-41%303-199$913$58,074,6257Sony / Columbia
15For A Good Time, Call...$270,44125%10751$2,527$815,4733Focus
16The Intouchables$254,347-16%180-14$1,413$11,940,92217Weinstein Company
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$243,551-32%212-57$1,149$10,660,98412Fox Searchlight
18Step Up Revolution$220,52816%26870$823$34,753,5888Lionsgate / Summit
19Moonrise Kingdom$189,986-17%157-43$1,210$44,931,56917Focus
20Stolen (2012)$183,125--141--$1,299$183,1251Millennium Entertainment
21Celeste and Jesse Forever$145,796-59%152-289$959$2,903,5417Sony Pictures Classics
22Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$103,331-28%160-7$646$65,623,12812Lionsgate
23The Watch$87,693-41%1383$635$34,140,1158Fox
24Magic Mike$49,163-47%115-87$428$113,665,03112Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$736,311--5--$147,262$736,3111Weinstein Company
2Samsara$241,20524%6237$3,890$825,6514Oscilloscope
3Searching For Sugar Man$101,263-12%341$2,978$1,042,9708Sony Pictures Classics
4Bachelorette$96,778-47%6013$1,613$349,6312RADiUS-TWC
5To the Arctic 3D$87,18011%520$1,677$8,526,62822Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Queen of Versailles$80,205-23%61-12$1,315$2,135,1619Magnolia Pictures
7To Rome with Love$69,634-35%85-12$819$16,430,98913Sony Pictures Classics
8The Imposter$61,426-10%303$2,048$679,13010Indomina Releasing
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$60,844-26%80-34$761$46,185,49820Fox Searchlight
10Slaughter Creek$49,392--16--$3,087$49,3921Nocturnal Features
11The Apparition$46,248-73%68-208$680$4,836,4144Warner Bros.
12Detropia$42,054141%54$8,411$68,1792Loki Films
13Ruby Sparks$41,713-24%70-6$596$2,435,7658Fox Searchlight
14Keep the Lights On$31,978-42%50$6,396$112,0242Music Box Films
15Wild Horse, Wild Ride$31,500177%2116$1,500$52,2004Screen Media Films
16Safety Not Guaranteed$30,417-13%46-8$661$3,921,38815FilmDistrict
17Hubble 3D$29,62135%16-1$1,851$34,435,550131Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Liberal Arts$27,435--4--$6,859$27,4351IFC Films
192 Days In New York$26,886-47%23-11$1,169$559,5296Magnolia Pictures
20Farewell, My Queen$26,822-28%28-8$958$1,297,05710Cohen Media Group
2110 Years$22,707--3--$7,569$22,7071Anchor Bay Films
22Bangkok Revenge$22,116--22--$1,005$22,1161China Lion Film
23Chicken With Plums$21,855127%1712$1,286$141,8265Sony Pictures Classics
24Cosmopolis$21,829-50%31-14$704$743,6365Entertainment One Films
25Prometheus$21,188-25%34-14$623$126,464,90415Fox
26Little White Lies$20,728-37%140$1,481$172,1194MPI Media
27Born to Be Wild 3D$20,242-18%330$613$20,853,20076Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Compliance$20,075-41%17-4$1,181$268,3485Magnolia Pictures
29Branded$18,159-92%80-227$227$343,0692Roadside Attractions
30Beloved (2012)$13,348-6%60$2,225$119,6085IFC Films
31The Eye of the Storm$12,082-53%92$1,342$49,6572Sycamore Entertainment
32Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$11,751-24%16-8$734$473,1048IFC Films
33Toys in the Attic$11,615-42%14-13$830$38,0332Hannover House
34Bernie$11,175-15%10-8$1,118$9,203,19221Millennium Entertainment
35Red Hook Summer$9,953-64%13-16$766$318,1736Variance Films
36Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,078-51%22-17$413$37,516,01313Fox
37Hello I Must Be Going$8,570-64%20$4,285$40,1092Oscilloscope
38Take This Waltz$7,7805%12-1$648$1,228,36112Magnolia Pictures
39Somewhere Between$7,500--1--$7,500$24,3554Long Shot Factory
40Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$6,598--1--$6,598$6,5981Rialto Pictures
41Deep Sea 3D$6,55312%31$2,184$44,988,172342Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Bullet Vanishes$6,539-71%4-9$1,635$109,2113China Lion Film
43Girl Model$5,849-15%54$1,170$14,9432First Run Features
44Step Up to the Plate$5,643--2--$2,822$5,6431Cinema Guild
45The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,150-69%8-5$644$286,8359Kino Lorber
46Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$4,722229%10$4,722$154,02519Rialto Pictures
47Neil Young Journeys$4,66911%111$424$199,71112Sony Pictures Classics
48Under the Sea 3D$4,45513%5-3$891$32,342,268188Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Little Birds$4,027230%21$2,014$16,5903Millenium Entertainment
50360$3,39269%3-2$1,131$97,7797Magnolia Pictures
51Mugamoodi$3,369-75%3-14$1,123$98,1103UTV Communications
52Death by China$3,292--3--$1,097$19,8795Area23a
53Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,252--4--$813$151,39937Cinema Guild
54Unforgivable$3,173-76%4-2$793$141,80912Strand Releasing
55Hysteria$3,109-38%5-2$622$1,787,13318Sony Pictures Classics
56Elena (2012)$3,102205%21$1,551$219,06118Zeitgeist Films
57Painted Skin: The Resurrection$2,965-24%30$988$49,7995Well Go USA
58The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$2,705-94%8-273$338$1,064,2773Kenn Viselman Presents
59Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,044-79%7-15$292$3,367,8886ARC Entertainment
60Planet of Snail$1,563194%21$782$10,6948Cinema Guild
61Oslo, August 31st$1,560-30%1-1$1,560$100,71317Strand Releasing
62[REC] 3: Genesis$1,444-52%4-4$361$5,1862Magnolia / Magnet
635 Broken Cameras$1,280--2--$640$68,33216Kino Lorber
64Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,250182%31$417$83,76514Music Box Films
65The Ambassador$1,244-67%3-5$415$27,5033Drafthouse Films
66OC87$1,14480%1-1$1,144$43,10817Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Neighboring Sounds$1,130-59%21$565$40,3774Cinema Guild
68China Heavyweight$1,086--3--$362$10,48111Zeitgeist Films
69Kumare$1,023-80%2-3$512$123,28613Kino Lorber
70Monsieur Lazhar$875--2--$438$2,002,95847Music Box Films
71We Won't Grow Old Together$837--1--$837$9,39515The Film Desk
72Turn Me On, Dammit!$698249%21$349$124,44325New Yorker Films
73Snowman's Land$656--1--$656$6561Music Box Films
74Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$621--1--$621$31,45220New Yorker Films
75Klown$545-5%10$545$68,5598Drafthouse Films
76Joker$386-98%3-40$129$169,1373UTV Communications
77You've Been Trumped$385--2--$193$16,3427International Film Circuit
78Hermano$230-43%3-1$77$29,8584Music Box Films
79The Invisible War$190-73%1-1$190$59,39213Cinedigm