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, Jul. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$41,855,326--2,903--$14,418$41,855,3261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$24,906,360-43%3,820-183$6,520$276,006,3953Universal
3Turbo$21,312,625--3,806--$5,600$31,015,3841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$19,872,150-52%3,4910$5,692$79,388,0262Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,048,422--3,016--$5,984$18,048,4221Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$16,002,231-57%3,28510$4,871$68,282,5232Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$12,691,415--2,852--$4,450$12,691,4151Universal
8The Heat$9,303,788-34%2,689-439$3,460$129,271,2244Fox
9World War Z$5,191,541-44%2,066-937$2,513$186,932,6085Paramount
10Monsters University$5,121,878-52%2,186-956$2,343$249,114,1325Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,380,047-62%2,273-1631$1,927$81,291,2903Disney
12White House Down$2,400,246-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,8754Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,819,387-61%1,050-1100$1,733$285,000,4746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$2,200,62296%304225$7,239$4,592,8923Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,034,217-57%748-144$2,720$29,947,0173Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,179,821-59%622-772$1,897$94,429,9136Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$694,477--351--$1,979$694,4771Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$436,092-67%333-517$1,310$114,410,7088Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$397,335-20%1354$2,943$2,425,3216RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$387,263-44%250-153$1,549$225,120,96610Paramount
8Epic$380,629-21%319-33$1,193$105,595,2019Fox
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$334,07499%302177$1,106$143,664,02811Warner Bros.
10Fast & Furious 6$322,250-41%279-113$1,155$237,121,2259Universal
11The Internship$225,3223%202-31$1,115$43,582,1227Fox
12The Croods$209,673-18%212-31$989$186,039,19618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13After Earth$196,383-28%189-49$1,039$59,755,0508Sony / Columbia
14Before Midnight$169,531-42%107-47$1,584$7,392,4909Sony Pictures Classics
15Iron Man 3$154,608-36%145-54$1,066$407,144,47212Disney
16The Purge$129,475-20%156-23$830$64,064,4107Universal
17The Hangover Part III$113,212-43%202-63$560$111,883,4479Warner Bros.
18Lootera$6,070-92%1000$61$581,8133Eros International
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$3,302-57%1610$21$3,827,4668Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$739,48491%3427$21,750$1,331,6972Weinstein Company
2Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$328,174-49%96-43$3,418$1,189,9612Reliance Entertainment
3Only God Forgives$313,958--78--$4,025$313,9581RADiUS-TWC
4Unfinished Song$156,307-35%88-3$1,776$1,070,5465Weinstein Company
5I'm So Excited$152,84745%5028$3,057$674,0894Sony Pictures Classics
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$145,305-43%95-43$1,530$3,832,5097Roadside Attractions
7The Attack$127,379--46--$2,769$910,9405Cohen Media Group
8Mud$94,980-30%77-36$1,234$21,240,34213Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$91,88939%155$6,126$39,598,638175Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fill the Void$83,990-36%61-3$1,377$1,552,5779Sony Pictures Classics
11Still Mine$76,807286%1915$4,042$536,0472IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Blackfish$75,962--5--$15,192$75,9621Magnolia Pictures
13The Bling Ring$70,020-56%38-59$1,843$5,628,6116A24
14The Hunt$56,60832%95$6,290$123,9372Magnolia Pictures
15Ramaiya Vastavaiya$52,514--67--$784$52,5141Reliance Entertainment
16Frances Ha$50,321-25%32-25$1,573$3,869,79710IFC Films
17The Rooftop$47,259--17--$2,780$47,2591Well Go USA
18The Kings of Summer$39,204-46%35-21$1,120$1,290,2228CBS Films
19The East$35,655-62%31-40$1,150$2,209,5238Fox Searchlight
2042 (2013)$33,316-45%85-20$392$95,001,34315Warner Bros.
21Pain and Gain$29,282-61%70-80$418$49,735,74013Paramount
22Space Station 3D$28,2009%20$14,100$88,557,282588IMAX
23The Act of Killing$27,450--1--$27,450$27,4501Drafthouse Films
24Hannah Arendt$27,438-23%215$1,307$399,6928Zeitgeist Films
25To the Arctic 3D$25,88327%17-1$1,523$13,233,28266Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Crystal Fairy$25,6472%97$2,850$66,9802IFC Films
27Under the Sea 3D$24,78222%93$2,754$33,288,108232Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Copperhead$23,847486%3631$662$145,2794Brainstorm Media
29A Hijacking$23,459-55%21-11$1,117$327,7755Magnolia Pictures
30Museum Hours$22,4501%30$7,483$157,0464Cinema Guild
31Stories We Tell$21,198-17%22-6$964$1,516,40511Roadside Attractions
32Born to Be Wild 3D$19,49748%152$1,300$22,745,662120Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$18,81356%92$2,090$68,5613Magnolia Pictures
34Storm Surfers 3D$16,2749%71$2,325$90,20913XLrator Media
35Love Is All You Need$11,766-69%18-17$654$1,537,96212Sony Pictures Classics
36Deep Sea 3D$10,8109%30$3,603$45,693,868386Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Kon-Tiki$10,058-54%9-12$1,118$1,467,13813Weinstein Company
38Computer Chess$9,683--2--$4,842$17,0041Kino Lorber
39The Company You Keep$9,433104%90$1,048$5,120,03016Sony Pictures Classics
40Life of Pi$8,367--18--$465$124,985,00235Fox
41The Iceman$7,59662%149$543$1,959,17512Millennium Entertainment
42Dirty Wars$6,246-23%174$367$344,4177IFC Films
43More Than Honey$5,568-26%3-1$1,856$47,5666Kino Lorber
44One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,476-30%51$1,095$83,28611Zeitgeist Films
45V/H/S/2$4,868-51%11-1$443$17,6682Magnolia / Magnet
46What Maisie Knew$4,731-57%8-5$591$1,058,02112Millenium Entertainment
47Byzantium$4,334-64%11-2$394$75,5664IFC Films
48Augustine$4,088-48%4-4$1,022$95,10210Music Box Films
49Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,804-14%21$1,902$9,9102Variance Films
50Pandora's Promise$3,598-48%1-3$3,598$62,5586Abramorama
51Dealin' with Idiots$3,592-58%21$1,796$15,3082IFC Films
52Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,365-21%41$841$516,71912eOne Films US
53Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$3,24349%21$1,622$134,59314Kino Lorber
54An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,238--2--$1,619$63,31413Variance Films
55Scary Movie 5$2,565-97%8-25$321$32,014,28915Weinstein / Dimension
56No Place on Earth$2,448141%31$816$195,28816Magnolia Pictures
57The Sapphires$2,298-76%10-5$230$2,448,45518Weinstein Company
58Leviathan (2013)$2,231--3--$744$71,31621Cinema Guild
59A Band Called Death$2,045-73%4-6$511$103,9134Drafthouse Films
60Stuck in Love$1,956-85%3-12$652$69,4753Millennium Entertainment
61Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$39,00214Rialto Pictures
62Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$21,97320Rialto Pictures
63Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$1,751-68%2-2$876$25,5676First Run Features
64Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,4371139%21$719$102,05714Kino Lorber
65Three Worlds$1,384--1--$1,384$3,9525Film Movement
66Viola$1,364-78%10$1,364$13,1082Cinema Guild
67Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,322--2--$661$32,34316Cinema Guild
68The Wall (2013)$1,252--1--$1,252$21,1008Music Box Films
69Shadow Dancer$1,068-64%3-1$356$96,5418Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Planet Earth$1,005-98%7-48$144$57,011,84723Weinstein Company
71At Any Price$984-74%4-2$246$374,71813Sony Pictures Classics
72Night Across the Street$653-41%10$653$16,36524Cinema Guild
73Searching For Sugar Man$64842%10$648$3,691,66852Sony Pictures Classics
74√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$27444%1-1$274$13,8537Magnolia Pictures
75In the Fog$235-84%30$78$10,7196Strand Releasing
76Not Today$206-95%10$206$317,90315Freestyle Releasing