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, May. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$35,164,440-64%3,68628$9,540$171,003,9652Universal
2Now You See Me$29,350,389--2,925--$10,034$29,350,3891Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$27,520,040--3,401--$8,092$27,520,0401Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$16,780,895-55%3,585-322$4,681$181,537,3813Paramount
5Epic$16,616,310-50%3,89412$4,267$65,377,4912Fox
6The Hangover Part III$16,385,254-61%3,56510$4,596$88,540,9082Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$8,442,451-56%2,895-529$2,916$385,187,7365Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,517,317-52%2,635-455$2,473$128,508,2094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$1,568,677--161--$9,743$1,568,6771Eros International
2Mud$1,225,199-37%579-133$2,116$16,884,9906Roadside Attractions
3The Croods$665,624-45%506-502$1,315$180,588,68511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$530,493-4%13272$4,019$1,556,3253IFC Films
542 (2013)$512,231-59%501-414$1,022$92,331,6858Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$419,116-36%330-71$1,270$233,032,31113Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$394,705-55%357-215$1,106$88,067,6707Universal
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$276,841-37%286-60$968$121,588,60310Paramount
9Escape From Planet Earth$195,323-23%268-78$729$56,322,42716Weinstein Company
10What Maisie Knew$191,16935%10174$1,893$528,6355Millenium Entertainment
11Pain and Gain$160,875-75%207-796$777$49,055,6286Paramount
12Identity Thief$129,000-38%150-37$860$134,455,17517Universal
13The Iceman$124,208-66%123-135$1,010$1,716,6615Millennium Entertainment
14The Call$113,262-27%138-28$821$51,752,09012Sony / TriStar
15Olympus Has Fallen$90,467-44%149-60$607$97,867,13911FilmDistrict
16The Place Beyond the Pines$84,670-47%103-25$822$21,135,65910Focus
17The Big Wedding$74,786-67%126-139$594$21,285,9806Lionsgate
18Jack the Giant Slayer$71,836-33%143-42$502$65,111,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
19Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$67,799-78%121-364$560$9,040,6634Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$404,31164%3126$13,042$774,0832Sony Pictures Classics
2Love Is All You Need$167,820-23%718$2,364$706,3325Sony Pictures Classics
3Kon-Tiki$140,512-14%7410$1,899$897,1376Weinstein Company
4Stories We Tell$114,445-11%3913$2,934$901,4244Roadside Attractions
5Renoir$96,649-34%65-10$1,487$1,884,96710IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The East$77,031--4--$19,258$77,0311Fox Searchlight
7The Company You Keep$64,974-52%73-23$890$4,881,1859Sony Pictures Classics
8The Kings of Summer$58,962--4--$14,741$58,9621CBS Films
9The Sapphires$56,201-19%58-3$969$2,208,57911Weinstein Company
10Fill the Void$49,416-16%63$8,236$150,0552Sony Pictures Classics
11Hubble 3D$49,332-35%191$2,596$38,508,873168Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$43,783-36%381$1,152$388,3345eOne Films US
13Not Today$43,524344%1813$2,418$242,5968Freestyle Releasing
14To the Arctic 3D$33,861-33%520$651$12,693,77559Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Hannah Arendt$31,270--1--$31,270$45,8721Zeitgeist Films
16We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$30,75511%117$2,796$73,5662Focus World
17Ginger & Rosa$23,096-50%461$502$1,005,70012A24
18At Any Price$22,905-68%45-36$509$326,2966Sony Pictures Classics
19The Reluctant Fundamentalist$22,522-63%29-22$777$497,9166IFC Films
20Life of Pi$21,999117%17-9$1,294$124,914,17328Fox
21Scary Movie 5$17,584-74%51-120$345$31,411,3548Weinstein / Dimension
22Space Station 3D$16,484-12%5-8$3,297$87,980,638581IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$14,377-38%300$479$22,724,241113Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Lore (2013)$13,41997%4-2$3,355$936,74017Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$13,31210%130$1,024$33,002,016225Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Evil Dead$12,411-42%40-18$310$54,136,8559Sony / TriStar
27No (2013)$11,622-16%17-6$684$2,325,21016Sony Pictures Classics
28Spring Breakers$11,241-55%40-30$281$14,113,34212A24
29In the House$11,056-54%13-8$850$380,0717Cohen Media Group
30Shadow Dancer$10,672--2--$5,336$10,6721Magnolia Pictures
31From Up on Poppy Hill$10,382-43%12-12$865$982,95112GKIDS
32No Place on Earth$10,154440%52$2,031$160,9609Magnolia Pictures
33The Angels' Share$10,102-58%18-5$561$304,3578IFC Films
34Quartet$10,080-60%17-13$593$18,262,05921Weinstein Company
35Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,30638%52$1,861$96,5137Kino Lorber
36Sightseers$8,377261%108$838$35,7224IFC Films
37Silver Linings Playbook$8,132-54%23-12$354$132,088,91029Weinstein Company
38Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,740291%30$2,247$328,91114International Film Circuit
39Trance$6,44021%110$585$2,319,1879Fox Searchlight
40To the Wonder$5,812-18%13-3$447$558,4778Magnolia Pictures
41The History of Future Folk$5,775--1--$5,775$5,7751Variance / FilmBuff
42The English Teacher$5,671-60%5-2$1,134$32,9333Cinedigm
43Admission$5,617-53%12-14$468$18,004,22511Focus
44Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$5,57324%80$697$49,6457Kino Lorber
45One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,40725%2-1$2,704$35,4574Zeitgeist Films
46A Wedding Invitation$5,34568%31$1,782$11,0412CJ Entertainment
47Nostalghia (2013 re-issue)$5,233--1--$5,233$5,2331Kino Lorber
48Deep Sea 3D$5,171-34%4-1$1,293$45,574,230379Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Augustine$4,311-59%40$1,078$41,5793Music Box Films
50Girl Rising$4,12093%30-33$137$1,344,34713Gathr Films
51Emperor$4,025-39%6-2$671$3,342,07013Roadside Attractions
52Home Run$3,641-33%6-4$607$2,851,0587IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53Venus and Serena$3,622-54%6-2$604$43,3534Magnolia Pictures
54Searching For Sugar Man$3,593-1%60$599$3,678,00445Sony Pictures Classics
55Free the Mind$3,410-47%5-1$682$55,1535International Film Circuit
56Pieta$3,28440%4-1$821$17,3143Drafthouse Films
57Something in the Air$3,105-48%9-1$345$71,9215IFC Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,091-17%6-4$515$2,405,74218Sony Pictures Classics
59Dead Man's Burden$2,814-75%30$938$27,4365Cinedigm
60The Wall (2013)$2,188--1--$2,188$2,1881Music Box Films
61A Green Story$1,216-78%1-3$1,216$12,5192Indican Pictures
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,088-79%2-2$544$36,8326Variance Films
63Kiss of the Damned$1,011121%31$337$14,3255Magnolia / Magnet
64A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$878-91%10$878$17,8242Rialto Pictures
65Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$775--2--$388$7751Cinema Purgatorio
66The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$648-54%10$648$9,89026Indican Pictures
67M (2013 re-issue)$618--1--$618$28,87712Kino Lorber
68Paradise: Love$5551%1-2$555$21,3946Strand Releasing
69Post Tenebras Lux$506-50%21$253$22,3245Strand Releasing
70The Silence (2010)$479-81%2-2$240$90,70613Music Box Films
71Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$477--2--$239$23,12620Kino Lorber
72King's Faith$432-70%1-1$432$75,1966Waking Giants Entertainment
73Triumph of the Wall$430--1--$430$4301First Run Features
74Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$356--1--$356$337,49719Music Box Films
7556 Up$23417%10$234$695,91122First Run Features
76Arthur Newman$169-88%2-1$85$207,7086Cinedigm
77The Painting (2013)$149-98%1-5$149$20,8354GKIDS
78The Condemned (2013)$90--1--$90$3,71814Strand Releasing
79White Elephant$70--1--$70$8,80010Strand Releasing