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, Jan. 11 - Sun, Jan. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$24,438,936806%2,9372877$8,321$29,919,7434Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$18,101,682--2,160--$8,380$18,101,6821Open Road
3Gangster Squad$17,070,347--3,103--$5,501$17,070,3471Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$11,040,485-45%3,0122$3,665$125,374,6073Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$9,644,465-40%2,92723$3,295$118,723,1853Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,168,431-48%3,012-743$3,044$278,212,6185Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$6,335,19317%2,027126$3,125$152,600,25310Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$6,088,838-37%2,957-411$2,059$60,639,1423Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,279,245-76%2,6595$1,985$30,880,9852Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$4,820,255-48%2,707-581$1,781$72,628,5854Paramount
11This is 40$4,373,225-48%2,320-611$1,885$61,442,1804Universal
12The Guilt Trip$1,901,160-57%1,606-706$1,184$34,464,0574Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,717,305-57%1,127-976$1,524$30,586,7914Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$1,274,909-69%1,647-29$774$6,879,6103Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$5,018,52739%81065$6,196$41,324,2329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,704,574-4%757-208$3,573$94,800,7268Fox
3The Impossible$2,531,117-8%808236$3,133$6,845,2064Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$1,555,802-49%823-484$1,890$299,349,01510Sony / Columbia
5Argo$1,255,25959%621319$2,021$111,660,24314Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$1,065,307-60%905-602$1,177$98,750,4008Paramount / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$657,842-44%476-233$1,382$179,379,61511Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$648,131-53%542-283$1,196$290,177,7099Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$602,532-42%24624$2,449$4,192,3366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$461,069-64%430-387$1,072$11,771,9874Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$355,041-24%252-15$1,409$146,638,11516Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$230,537-37%144-19$1,601$11,948,6999Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$212,226-25%228-15$931$44,391,37314Sony / Columbia
14Flight$148,057-42%150-100$987$92,741,71811Paramount
15Taken 2$146,398-30%190-23$771$139,499,96315Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$108,033-40%225-27$480$44,035,8398FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$101,665-21%154-11$660$64,799,60816Universal
18Hitchcock$94,331-38%1279$743$5,653,8278Fox Searchlight
19Frankenweenie$85,534-25%127-17$673$35,053,12415Disney
20Cloud Atlas$73,416-28%1627$453$27,027,46112Warner Bros.
21The Perks of Being A Wallflower$66,712-17%1002$667$17,581,48117Lionsgate / Summit
22End of Watch$61,545-8%111-29$554$40,983,00117Open Road
23Not Fade Away$40,721-85%177-388$230$574,5084Paramount Vantage
24Playing For Keeps (2012)$32,467-39%107-32$303$12,904,1126FilmDistrict
25Dabangg 2$3,916-95%1660$24$2,503,1744Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$257,072330%1512$17,138$638,3484Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$187,13814%7940$2,369$1,144,3068Sony Pictures Classics
3To the Arctic 3D$69,280-8%520$1,332$10,758,55639Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$57,5561%5413$1,066$5,721,19413Fox Searchlight
5Quartet$47,122--2--$23,561$47,1221Weinstein Company
6Hubble 3D$37,8671%163$2,367$35,899,432148Warner Bros. / IMAX
7A Late Quartet$30,517-23%17-6$1,795$1,408,64211Entertainment One / RKO
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$28,572-19%48-5$595$161,239,97127Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$26,121-2%22-4$1,187$3,095,07525Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$24,015-24%300$801$21,728,88493Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Master$22,141113%164$1,384$16,008,86718Weinstein Company
12Finding Nemo 3D$19,209-32%22-8$873$41,123,89218Disney
13Killing Them Softly$18,529-55%31-20$598$14,938,5707Weinstein Company
1456 Up$17,659-20%21$8,830$52,0752First Run Features
15Space Station 3D$13,230-45%20$6,615$86,967,315561IMAX
16Chasing Mavericks$13,150-34%23-9$572$6,002,75612Fox
17Robot & Frank$13,048--26--$502$3,317,46822IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Struck By Lightning$12,940--6--$2,157$22,9301Tribeca Film
19A Royal Affair$12,606-9%297$435$684,87710Magnolia Pictures
20The Other Son$11,111-36%8-5$1,389$1,222,77812Cohen Media Group
21Deep Sea 3D$11,039-28%3-1$3,680$45,288,072359Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Any Day Now$8,906-26%156$594$146,7155Music Box Films
23The Intouchables$8,045-49%121$670$13,179,83734Weinstein Company
24Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,338--4--$1,585$11,301,53829Fox Searchlight
25Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$6,1915%70$884$972,29117IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
26Somewhere Between$6,162246%10$6,162$193,08221Long Shot Factory
27The Odd Life of Timothy Green$5,992-46%26-11$230$51,853,45022Disney
28Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$4,44640%20$2,223$39,50811Zeitgeist Films
29Under the Sea 3D$3,788-30%3-1$1,263$32,507,196205Warner Bros. / IMAX
30In Another Country$3,524123%5-1$705$15,04210Kino Lorber
31Brave$3,050-61%14-12$218$237,282,18230Disney
32West of Memphis$2,828-63%2-2$1,414$46,3073Sony Pictures Classics
33The House I Live In$2,346--2--$1,173$186,05915Abramorama
34Let My People Go!$2,236--1--$2,236$2,2361Zeitgeist Films
35Brooklyn Castle$2,18376%20$1,092$203,02313Producers Distribution Agency
36A Dark Truth$1,897201%32$632$2,5272Magnolia Pictures
37Table No. 21$1,854-94%230$81$45,9592Eros International
38High Tech, Low Life$1,718--1--$1,718$3,0321Argot Pictures
39Wagner & Me$1,640--2--$820$30,8276First Run Features
40California Solo$1,566--1--$1,566$14,5187Strand Releasing
41A Werewolf Boy$1,526-38%1-1$1,526$342,9227CJ Entertainment
42Arbitrage$1,389-42%40$347$7,918,28318Roadside Attractions
43Starlet$889-65%3-1$296$84,42610Music Box Films
44My Worst Nightmare$828-77%1-3$828$18,24913Strand Releasing
45Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$579--1--$579$7,17410APD/Cinema Conservancy
46The Waiting Room$52882%10$528$176,94316International Film Circuit
47Django (2012 re-issue)$367-87%2-3$184$19,1354Rialto Pictures
48The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$255--1--$255$6,2496Indican Pictures
49Deadfall (2012)$145-88%1-4$145$64,3866Magnolia Pictures
50Citadel$110-47%10$110$13,31110Cinedigm