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. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$53,113,752--3,924--$13,536$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$22,208,389-47%3,022119$7,349$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,424,135-34%3,476-344$4,725$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$13,740,247-36%3,8093$3,607$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,600,811-42%3,258-233$3,561$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$9,337,197-48%3,0160$3,096$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,703,461-52%2,602-683$2,961$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,914,664-26%2,384-305$2,900$141,309,4085Fox
9R.I.P.D.$6,070,525-52%2,850-2$2,130$24,565,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$4,590,219521%1,0641030$4,314$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$2,854,838-44%1,470-716$1,942$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$2,800,685-46%1,440-626$1,945$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$1,684,417-62%1,267-1006$1,329$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$3,445,81457%886582$3,889$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$1,579,402--591--$2,672$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$913,848-62%676-778$1,352$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$749,233-59%501-549$1,495$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$728,502-64%498-250$1,463$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$503,525-57%270-352$1,865$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
720 Feet from Stardom$370,518-7%14712$2,521$3,002,7697RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$313,403-18%289-30$1,084$106,189,99310Fox
9Fast & Furious 6$311,055-3%267-12$1,165$237,614,90510Universal
10Now You See Me$287,148-34%215-118$1,336$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$267,014-20%271-31$985$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
12Star Trek Into Darkness$250,053-35%180-70$1,389$225,602,79611Paramount
13The Internship$201,574-11%197-5$1,023$43,923,1718Fox
14Girl Most Likely$191,352-72%227-124$843$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
15The Croods$178,981-15%194-18$923$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$167,062-15%167-22$1,000$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$117,750-9%1571$750$64,265,6208Universal
18Iron Man 3$116,814-24%124-21$942$407,358,76613Disney
19The Hangover Part III$66,942-41%147-55$455$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$612,064--6--$102,011$612,0641Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$172,954128%2116$8,236$295,6672Magnolia Pictures
3Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$149,373-54%60-36$2,490$1,445,4053Reliance Entertainment
4I'm So Excited$143,892-6%7626$1,893$900,1655Sony Pictures Classics
5Only God Forgives$117,544-63%813$1,451$576,2392RADiUS-TWC
6Unfinished Song$113,667-27%82-6$1,386$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
7Before Midnight$112,615-34%78-29$1,444$7,598,76710Sony Pictures Classics
8The Attack$106,474-16%44-2$2,420$1,069,5576Cohen Media Group
9The Hunt$105,91887%4031$2,648$259,1103Magnolia Pictures
10Still Mine$94,29223%3415$2,773$666,9873IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Hubble 3D$81,698-11%161$5,106$39,774,012176Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Mud$78,081-18%73-4$1,070$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$74,602-49%77-18$969$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
14The Bling Ring$49,872-29%34-4$1,467$5,726,5067A24
15The Act of Killing$41,67152%32$13,890$84,0152Drafthouse Films
16Fill the Void$40,790-51%42-19$971$1,644,66610Sony Pictures Classics
17Bajatey Raho$37,801--44--$859$37,8011Eros International
18Space Station 3D$34,70523%20$17,353$88,633,065589IMAX
19Frances Ha$32,121-36%23-9$1,397$3,931,21811IFC Films
20Crystal Fairy$27,3417%1910$1,439$109,1793IFC Films
21Deep Sea 3D$24,844130%96$2,760$45,727,997387Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hannah Arendt$24,794-10%15-6$1,653$438,0649Zeitgeist Films
23Under the Sea 3D$22,559-9%90$2,507$33,338,551233Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$22,169-14%14-3$1,584$13,282,62067Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The East$20,473-43%20-11$1,024$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
26Computer Chess$18,47091%86$2,309$43,0382Kino Lorber
27A Hijacking$17,809-24%19-2$937$354,1246Magnolia Pictures
28Born to Be Wild 3D$17,618-10%183$979$22,783,538121Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Museum Hours$15,588-31%74$2,227$188,1815Cinema Guild
30Pain and Gain$14,870-49%35-35$425$49,768,38714Paramount
31Kon-Tiki$13,72336%145$980$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
32Renoir$13,422--9--$1,491$2,229,53918IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
33The Rooftop$12,503-74%6-11$2,084$74,3732Well Go USA
34Tiny Times$12,294--3--$4,098$12,2941China Lion Film
35Storm Surfers 3D$8,516-48%4-3$2,129$104,74214XLrator Media
36The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,859--1--$7,859$7,8591Rialto Pictures
37Love Is All You Need$7,626-35%9-9$847$1,557,88813Sony Pictures Classics
38Dirty Wars$6,85310%13-4$527$356,0778IFC Films
39Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$6,841-64%8-1$855$83,8994Magnolia Pictures
40Drug War$5,926--1--$5,926$5,9261Variance Films / Well Go USA
41Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$5,31864%42$1,330$143,78215Kino Lorber
42Stories We Tell$4,714-78%14-8$337$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
43What Maisie Knew$4,618-2%6-2$770$1,065,00013Millenium Entertainment
44Byzantium$3,282-24%5-6$656$81,8885IFC Films
45Free the Mind$3,063--3--$1,021$88,86213International Film Circuit
46The Iceman$2,976-61%8-6$372$1,967,21913Millennium Entertainment
47Copperhead$2,782-88%2-34$1,391$161,5155Brainstorm Media
48More Than Honey$2,772-50%2-1$1,386$56,6767Kino Lorber
49One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,573-53%3-2$858$90,17912Zeitgeist Films
50A Band Called Death$2,25610%62$376$110,2145Drafthouse Films
51No Place on Earth$2,088-15%30$696$197,93817Magnolia Pictures
52Pandora's Promise$2,041-43%21$1,021$65,9197Abramorama
53V/H/S/2$1,942-60%5-6$388$21,3683Magnolia / Magnet
54Shadow Dancer$1,88176%2-1$941$99,1349Magnolia Pictures
55The Look of Love$1,842--6--$307$14,5804IFC Films
56Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,645-57%20$823$15,8343Variance Films
57Stuck in Love$1,557-20%1-2$1,557$72,1584Millennium Entertainment
58At Any Price$1,43145%40$358$379,79114Sony Pictures Classics
59The Company You Keep$1,259-87%6-3$210$5,132,44217Sony Pictures Classics
60Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,112--2--$556$362,08522International Film Circuit
61Augustine$1,080-74%2-2$540$97,45011Music Box Films
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$930-71%1-1$930$65,97514Variance Films
63Viola$924-32%21$462$14,7123Cinema Guild
64The Wall (2013)$798-36%10$798$22,4129Music Box Films
65Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$797-45%20$399$104,80415Kino Lorber
66You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$621--2--$311$15,1708Kino Lorber
67Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$23,73521Rialto Pictures
68Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$42,50315Rialto Pictures
69The Silence$472--2--$236$95,14121Music Box Films
70√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$43458%10$434$14,8108Magnolia Pictures
71Searching For Sugar Man$356-45%21$178$3,692,40253Sony Pictures Classics
72Sound City$270--1--$270$419,36126Variance Films
73The History of Future Folk$176--1--$176$15,9439Variance / FilmBuff