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. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$42,522,194--3,349--$12,697$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$20,801,552--2,992--$6,952$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$7,812,077-41%2,78050$2,810$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,277,385-40%3,2120$2,266$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,122,347-42%3,0830$2,310$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,035,826-58%2,639-265$1,529$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$2,986,356-55%2,381-635$1,254$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,603,370--2,515--$1,035$2,603,3701Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,363,956-62%2,55751$925$10,948,5632Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,362,404-48%1,618-980$842$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11Lawless$867,807-62%1,503-1111$577$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$780,975-67%1,209-408$646$53,934,9447Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$648,195-58%1,187-565$546$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,149,433--335--$15,371$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$2,680,554-39%85668$3,131$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,103,946383%10298$10,823$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$869,407-27%25511$3,409$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$789,429-38%655-293$1,205$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$782,800-51%824-607$950$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$524,199-64%815-1005$643$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8The Campaign$488,008-60%630-620$775$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$425,491-50%691-456$616$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
102016: Obama's America$411,929-56%575-641$716$32,946,36512Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$384,421-29%387-33$993$159,080,86612Fox
12Barfi!$321,034-50%127-3$2,528$2,462,0083UTV Communications
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,275-42%241-49$1,121$623,279,54722Disney
14The Amazing Spider-Man$221,547-10%204-49$1,086$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Unconditional$212,881-59%231-81$922$879,6052Veracity Moving Pictures
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$190,722-42%332-42$574$48,034,7119Fox
17Ted (2012)$175,485-28%225-68$780$218,118,55014Universal
18Total Recall (2012)$160,066-43%239-83$670$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
19Last Ounce of Courage$158,494-72%297-767$534$3,202,5813Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Sleepwalk With Me$151,074-35%120-15$1,259$1,876,8496IFC Films
21Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$149,170-33%203-37$735$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Words$147,977-80%278-969$532$11,434,8674CBS Films
23Brave$139,008--114--$1,219$233,697,25515Disney
24The Intouchables$136,300-25%121-35$1,126$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
25Premium Rush$132,031-64%208-359$635$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
26Robot & Frank$99,702-45%116-40$860$3,064,3887IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Sparkle (2012)$97,475-23%22014$443$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
28Step Up Revolution$63,509-55%110-72$577$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
29Hit and Run$41,176-70%132-159$312$13,714,1376Open Road
30The Cold Light of Day$33,795-43%104-51$325$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$150,209-22%590$2,546$1,396,8316Oscilloscope
2Thaandavam$123,753--45--$2,750$129,0441UTV Communications
3Searching For Sugar Man$95,3452%37-1$2,577$1,318,74510Sony Pictures Classics
4Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$90,69942%1411$6,479$193,5432IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Arctic 3D$90,5278%520$1,741$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Heroine$75,725-81%97-17$781$560,2852UTV Communications
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$69,563-44%69-63$1,008$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$65,845-49%82-38$803$45,294,88819Focus
9For A Good Time, Call...$53,459-64%84-21$636$1,205,0455Focus
10Liberal Arts$49,11827%3212$1,535$150,2103IFC Films
11My Uncle Rafael$45,038-59%5-9$9,008$182,0842Rocky Mountain Pictures
1210 Years$39,721-46%6320$630$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
13The Apparition (2012)$38,104235%6530$586$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
14The Queen of Versailles$37,526-25%38-2$988$2,284,88611Magnolia Pictures
15To Rome with Love$35,620-35%23-27$1,549$16,592,13815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Watch$32,946-38%46-31$716$34,287,28410Fox
17Vulgaria$31,097--16--$1,944$31,0971China Lion Film
18Detropia$27,315-17%110$2,483$177,8784Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$27,013-11%14-1$1,930$34,546,616133Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Born to Be Wild 3D$26,80627%330$812$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$26,522-65%40-45$663$3,115,1154Paramount
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$25,661-38%32-15$802$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
23The Other Dream Team$19,821--2--$9,911$19,8211The Film Arcade
24Celeste and Jesse Forever$18,826-60%34-20$554$3,053,9959Sony Pictures Classics
25Backwards$17,050-26%94$1,894$50,8852Dada Films
26How To Survive A Plague$16,145-43%73$2,306$57,1252IFC Films
27Safety Not Guaranteed$12,675-37%34-6$373$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
28Ruby Sparks$9,363-53%17-26$551$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
29Keep the Lights On$9,354-59%5-3$1,871$172,0374Music Box Films
30Hello I Must Be Going$8,769-58%11-4$797$83,8144Oscilloscope
31Toys in the Attic$7,87024%60$1,312$59,7774Hannover House
32The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,648300%116$695$303,73711Kino Lorber
33Wild Horse, Wild Ride$7,648-51%8-6$956$94,6216Screen Media Films
34Chicken With Plums$7,590-54%9-8$843$181,9737Sony Pictures Classics
35Occupy Unmasked$7,521-82%40$1,880$51,7872Magnolia / Magnet
362 Days In New York$7,440-48%9-9$827$601,4178Magnolia Pictures
37Deep Sea 3D$7,18719%20$3,594$45,007,155344Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Tales of the Night$7,154--1--$7,154$10,9751GKIDS
39The Waiting Room$7,086--4--$1,772$15,9981International Film Circuit
40Compliance$6,146-52%15-1$410$302,4167Magnolia Pictures
41Somewhere Between$5,831-49%31$1,944$50,1136Long Shot Factory
42Farewell, My Queen$5,590-44%12-8$466$1,329,66012Cohen Media Group
43Elena (2012)$4,725137%31$1,575$228,23920Zeitgeist Films
44Hellbound?$4,32210%51$864$11,7502Area23a
45The Eye of the Storm$4,160--2--$2,080$67,0414Sycamore Entertainment
46Under the Sea 3D$3,873-75%70$553$32,371,867190Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Radio Unnameable$3,695-37%10$3,695$15,8262Kino Lorber
48Red Hook Summer$3,592--6--$599$331,0258Variance Films
4917 Girls$3,499-21%5-5$700$10,7002Strand Releasing
50Head Games$3,270--3--$1,090$4,8542Variance Films
51The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,022-22%32$1,007$7,4662Oscilloscope
52Death by China$2,887596%21$1,444$25,5207Area23a
53Cosmopolis$2,348-10%5-4$470$761,5527Entertainment One Films
54Step Up to the Plate$2,066-79%1-5$2,066$26,8173Cinema Guild
55Husbands In Goa$1,991-56%4-3$498$7,4552UTV Communications
56Neil Young Journeys$1,910149%9-2$212$208,34014Sony Pictures Classics
57Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,714-23%70$245$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment
58Unforgivable$1,687427%10$1,687$145,39314Strand Releasing
59How To Grow A Band$1,623331%20$812$19,23725International Film Circuit
60Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,591-66%20$796$160,85821Rialto Pictures
61[REC] 3: Genesis$1,2583%2-1$629$8,9734Magnolia / Magnet
62Bringing Up Bobby$1,005--1--$1,005$1,0051Monterey Media
63You've Been Trumped$9217%2-1$461$19,3979International Film Circuit
64Headshot (2012)$532--2--$266$5321Kino Lorber
65Neighboring Sounds$416-73%20$208$42,5366Cinema Guild
66We Won't Grow Old Together$374--1--$374$10,31717The Film Desk
67Three Stars$369-63%10$369$8,6922First Run Features
685 Broken Cameras$292--1--$292$70,41118Kino Lorber
69Planet of Snail$274--1--$274$11,96710Cinema Guild
70Branded$24-93%1-1$24$353,4684Roadside Attractions