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, Nov. 16 - Sun, Nov. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$141,067,634--4,070--$34,660$141,067,6341Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$41,104,513-53%3,5050$11,727$160,941,6212Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$21,049,4062129%1,7751764$11,859$22,468,2422Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$18,582,937-44%3,622-130$5,131$121,750,2273Disney
5Flight$8,802,881-40%2,612565$3,370$61,523,6913Paramount
6Argo$4,046,366-39%2,210-553$1,831$91,998,8466Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$2,126,620-47%2,063-424$1,031$134,651,0097Fox
8Pitch Perfect$1,267,855-51%1,122-269$1,130$61,084,2138Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$1,172,656-54%1,350-694$869$40,991,6716Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$942,921-61%1,248-1318$756$142,734,5198Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$1,283,585--160--$8,022$1,941,8051Yash Raj Films
2Cloud Atlas$929,229-65%920-1103$1,010$24,923,1324Warner Bros.
3The Sessions$910,50467%516388$1,765$2,813,9385Fox Searchlight
4The Man With the Iron Fists$718,905-72%910-962$790$14,681,8803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$585,179-48%511-96$1,145$15,572,2839Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$456,027-70%789-765$578$47,451,2776Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$383,755-81%850-1498$451$53,504,5985Paramount
8Son of Sardaar$341,552--109--$3,134$463,1671Eros International
9Alex Cross$280,182-69%535-555$524$25,194,8405Lionsgate / Summit
10Brave$223,608-26%220-19$1,016$236,619,92222Disney
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$213,936-84%456-1446$469$17,127,7764Open Road
12Looper$206,383-65%214-277$964$65,117,0448Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$179,544-60%198-261$907$5,619,0384Fox
14A Late Quartet$158,226-11%10038$1,582$530,8183Entertainment One / RKO
15Seven Psychopaths$157,527-61%171-185$921$14,457,6316CBS Films
16The Odd Life of Timothy Green$152,328-23%209-16$729$51,245,87614Disney
17Fun Size$136,778-82%388-913$353$9,153,5984Paramount
18Trouble with the Curve$127,172-50%272-149$468$35,529,4189Warner Bros.
19ParaNorman$116,291-29%180-18$646$55,633,87214Focus
20Frankenweenie$116,091-56%177-204$656$34,055,3487Disney
21House at the End of the Street$102,276151%17597$584$31,354,6709Relativity Media
22The Dark Knight Rises$93,291-38%160-83$583$447,911,14818Warner Bros.
23Ice Age: Continental Drift$87,149-21%132-15$660$160,692,10919Fox
24The Campaign$29,381-51%101-37$291$86,897,18215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$443,003--16--$27,688$443,0031Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$320,690--16--$20,043$320,6901Focus
3The Other Son$91,888-32%48-5$1,914$678,2794Cohen Media Group
4Chasing Ice$80,649--10--$8,065$106,0482Submarine Deluxe
5A Royal Affair$78,284105%3225$2,446$138,1252Magnolia Pictures
6To the Arctic 3D$74,986-23%520$1,442$9,815,03631Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Searching For Sugar Man$68,832-33%54-40$1,275$2,670,91717Sony Pictures Classics
8Arbitrage$53,924-36%80-7$674$7,761,71210Roadside Attractions
9End of Watch$52,532-52%75-50$700$39,126,4909Open Road
10The Master$50,056-52%52-36$963$15,788,70110Weinstein Company
11Holy Motors$48,250--23--$2,098$192,8035Indomina Releasing
12Hubble 3D$47,886-10%17-1$2,817$35,115,654140Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$41,014-24%72-10$570$48,869,51716Fox
14Born to Be Wild 3D$36,43612%300$1,215$21,317,46485Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Flat$35,434-37%261$1,363$306,4985IFC Films
16The Expendables 2$35,365-44%95-39$372$85,017,40114Lionsgate
17Samsara$31,110-36%31-17$1,004$2,456,55713Oscilloscope
18This Must Be the Place$27,570-12%154$1,838$87,2243Weinstein Company
19The Possession$27,231-57%81-40$336$49,122,31912Lionsgate
20Smashed$25,256-35%39-3$648$296,3426Sony Pictures Classics
21Masquerade (2012)$21,275--7--$3,039$844,8889CJ Entertainment
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$20,959-50%15-9$1,397$859,7809IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Brooklyn Castle$17,4220%9-2$1,936$138,4645Producers Distribution Agency
24The Intouchables$13,267-47%24-10$553$13,003,61326Weinstein Company
25Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$12,978-28%60$2,163$39,5882Well Go USA
26Starlet$9,986-36%93$1,110$33,6402Music Box Films
27Somewhere Between$9,388409%42$2,347$142,62813Long Shot Factory
28Deep Sea 3D$9,2132%40$2,303$45,121,869351Warner Bros. / IMAX
29The Loneliest Planet$7,387-64%7-6$1,055$93,9844IFC Films
30Won't Back Down$6,148-17%24-14$256$5,308,5538Fox
31The Big Picture (2012)$5,833-51%5-3$1,167$125,4006MPI Media
32Lawless$5,486-27%19-1$289$37,389,03412Weinstein Company
33English Vinglish$5,272-68%880$60$1,863,5927Eros International
34Under the Sea 3D$5,164-10%70$738$32,441,296197Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$4,533-19%94$504$84,4397Oscilloscope
36Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,102-71%15-28$273$3,325,9546Atlas Distribution
37Robot & Frank$3,920-52%6-6$653$3,294,83014IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Rialto Pictures
39The Paperboy$3,856-84%10-24$386$692,3377Millennium Entertainment
40Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,837-36%32$1,279$19,8413Zeitgeist Films
41Liberal Arts$3,802-47%10-1$380$317,19010IFC Films
42Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$3,641245%10$3,641$170,20628Rialto Pictures
43Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$3,641--1--$3,641$17,03710Rialto Pictures
44Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,626--2--$1,813$68,3457Rainbow Releasing
4528 Hotel Rooms$3,08065%32$1,027$5,4712Oscilloscope
46Chicken With Plums$3,014-24%11-3$274$243,23314Sony Pictures Classics
47Hitler's Children$2,939--1--$2,939$2,9391Film Movement
48The Queen of Versailles$2,878-48%5-3$576$2,401,65218Magnolia Pictures
49The Law in These Parts$2,814--1--$2,814$4,3771Cinema Guild
50Price Check$2,783--1--$2,783$2,7831IFC Films
51Sleepwalk With Me$2,778-62%11-2$253$2,263,43613IFC Films
52Orchestra of Exiles$2,723148%31$908$20,6554First Run Features
53Tai Chi Zero$2,628-65%3-4$876$210,2885Variance / Well Go USA
54The House I Live In$2,621-83%3-8$874$163,3927Abramorama
55The Waiting Room$2,288-77%1-3$2,288$147,1528International Film Circuit
56Simon and the Oaks$2,146-84%5-12$429$150,1096The Film Arcade
57Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,793151%32$598$40,6677Drafthouse Films
58The Thieves$1,765-81%2-9$883$662,5446Well Go USA
59Citadel$1,738-70%43$435$8,3362Cinedigm
60In Another Country$1,673-48%10$1,673$6,7172Kino Lorber
61Red Hook Summer$1,390--2--$695$338,80315Variance Films
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,318-65%3-2$439$365,17818Kino Lorber
63Photographic Memory$1,245--2--$623$7,7116First Run Features
64You've Been Trumped$1,23469%1-1$1,234$28,45016International Film Circuit
65We Won't Grow Old Together$1,016--1--$1,016$12,28724The Film Desk
66North Sea Texas$818-62%1-1$818$11,6503Strand Releasing
67Keep the Lights On$778-81%3-4$259$236,77911Music Box Films
68Celeste and Jesse Forever$727-41%3-2$242$3,093,09316Sony Pictures Classics
69Nobody Walks$552-81%2-3$276$24,9955Magnolia Pictures
70Head Games$469--1--$469$14,0569Variance Films
71Bestiaire$350--2--$175$1,4285Kimstim Films
72All Together$272-76%1-1$272$35,1255Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
73Girl Model$267--1--$267$21,09211First Run Features
74The Revisionaries$1904%10$190$17,9437Kino Lorber
75Sushi: The Global Catch$140--1--$140$4,58316Alive Mind Cinema
76Breathing$70--1--$70$3,82012Kino Lorber
77Bringing Up Bobby$38--1--$38$4,9758Monterey Media