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, Aug. 23 - Sun, Aug. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,503,812-33%3,110177$5,307$51,760,6252Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$13,047,119-27%3,445120$3,787$91,287,3183Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$9,336,957--3,118--$2,995$14,088,3591Sony / Screen Gems
4The World's End$8,811,790--1,551--$5,681$8,811,7901Focus
5Planes$8,575,214-36%3,378-338$2,539$59,599,9093Disney
6You're Next$7,020,196--2,437--$2,881$7,020,1961Lionsgate
7Elysium$6,926,280-49%2,913-371$2,378$68,880,2183Sony / TriStar
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,274,716-40%2,730-350$1,932$48,421,1693Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$4,373,310-67%2,9455$1,485$22,526,4452Universal
10Blue Jasmine$3,972,68773%1,2831054$3,096$14,471,4895Sony Pictures Classics
112 Guns$3,359,825-42%1,841-630$1,825$65,353,9954Universal
12Jobs$2,866,014-57%2,3810$1,204$12,009,3012Open Road
13The Smurfs 2$2,764,252-42%1,852-497$1,493$62,580,3704Sony / Columbia
14Despicable Me 2$2,600,715-33%1,402-416$1,855$350,701,1358Universal
15The Wolverine$2,483,787-45%1,449-609$1,714$125,079,4635Fox
16The Conjuring$2,058,284-47%1,355-646$1,519$131,668,9926Warner Bros. / New Line
17Paranoia$1,313,251-63%2,4590$534$6,250,2932Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$900,617-47%620-621$1,453$128,945,2487Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$643,442-40%470-289$1,369$78,785,4456Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Spectacular Now$619,23450%15499$4,021$1,904,4124A24
4The Heat$544,888-38%409-282$1,332$156,392,7669Fox
5The Way, Way Back$407,154-45%302-155$1,348$18,628,0978Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$402,621-44%260-184$1,549$99,174,9807Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$391,041-15%243-38$1,609$261,811,23210Disney
8Chennai Express$387,902-57%144-46$2,694$4,687,7523UTV Motion Pictures
9Man of Steel$353,846-31%303-62$1,168$290,229,82211Warner Bros.
10Red 2$346,236-50%389-326$890$51,605,1256Lionsgate / Summit
11Now You See Me$336,923121%246112$1,370$116,433,75013Lionsgate / Summit
12World War Z$314,920-28%239-68$1,318$198,854,94110Paramount
13Fruitvale Station$276,172-47%392-85$705$15,185,2497Weinstein Company
14White House Down$265,751169%229122$1,160$72,425,6929Sony / Columbia
15Iron Man 3$217,321-31%173-17$1,256$408,569,26317Disney
16R.I.P.D.$206,745-6%179-24$1,155$32,731,4956Universal
17The Lone Ranger$187,784-16%141-43$1,332$87,989,6928Disney
18Star Trek Into Darkness$106,356-45%144-66$739$227,377,84415Paramount
19Epic$77,264-36%115-53$672$107,356,60514Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$283,99424%7538$3,787$732,7793Roadside Attractions
2Blackfish$134,209-30%992$1,356$1,638,4116Magnolia Pictures
3The Grandmaster$132,617--7--$18,945$132,6171Weinstein Company
4Austenland$111,322174%2218$5,060$170,8152Sony Pictures Classics
520 Feet from Stardom$85,998-29%70-25$1,229$4,245,28611RADiUS-TWC
6Ain't Them Bodies Saints$65,175147%2825$2,328$106,0962IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$59,167-18%131$4,551$40,428,995180Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Short Term 12$56,206--4--$14,052$56,2061Cinedigm
9Fast & Furious 6$52,435-45%98-43$535$238,550,31014Universal
10This Is The End$45,696-49%38-20$1,203$96,771,09311Sony / Columbia
11The Croods$40,130-46%69-45$582$187,073,69723Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Attack$29,509-34%17-13$1,736$1,504,48710Cohen Media Group
13Cutie and the Boxer$28,65836%129$2,388$61,0562RADiUS-TWC
14The Internship$25,887-62%47-53$551$44,615,73212Fox
15The Hunt$22,334-20%30-1$744$540,9307Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$22,139-28%10$22,139$88,916,587593IMAX
17Museum Hours$21,646-34%11-5$1,968$325,7919Cinema Guild
18Therese (2013)$20,050--6--$3,342$20,0501MPI Pictures
19Drinking Buddies$19,505--2--$9,753$19,5051Magnolia Pictures
20Hannah Arendt$19,237-28%14-3$1,374$613,31013Zeitgeist Films
21You Will Be My Son$18,97324%65$3,162$44,6572Cohen Media Group
22Before Midnight$18,453-4%4926$377$8,016,06414Sony Pictures Classics
23Unfinished Song$17,461-44%27-16$647$1,611,25010Weinstein Company
24Una Noche$17,194--3--$5,731$17,1941IFC Films
25Prince Avalanche$16,558-38%181$920$118,2783Magnolia Pictures
26Under the Sea 3D$15,939-39%6-2$2,657$33,532,113237Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Savannah$15,599--14--$1,114$15,5991Ketchup Entertainment
28When Comedy Went to School$14,524-48%130$1,117$108,4244International Film Circuit
29I'm So Excited$13,060-48%22-9$594$1,306,3929Sony Pictures Classics
30The Act of Killing$12,787-71%15-14$852$354,2426Drafthouse Films
31Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,724-46%27-9$471$4,252,25812Roadside Attractions
32To the Arctic 3D$11,393-31%11-2$1,036$13,447,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Born to Be Wild 3D$10,144-18%110$922$22,911,465125Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Drug War$10,094-54%11-2$918$93,2465Variance Films / Well Go USA
35Still Mine$8,774-70%14-12$627$988,8267IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36Europa Report$8,587-42%10-2$859$108,9814Magnolia / Magnet
37Mud$7,896-43%16-12$494$21,581,88618Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,151-39%9-4$795$45,830,718391Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Frances Ha$6,377-30%8-4$797$4,037,62715IFC Films
40The Patience Stone$6,232-11%42$1,558$19,8622Sony Pictures Classics
41Underdogs (2013)$5,371-71%2-2$2,686$28,5292Freestyle Releasing
42Tiny Times 2$5,259-75%5-1$1,052$36,7592China Lion Film
43Lovelace$4,234-89%6-42$706$344,7033RADiUS-TWC
44Free the Mind$4,214143%41$1,054$107,26317International Film Circuit
45A Hijacking$4,133-63%6-7$689$395,57210Magnolia Pictures
46Rising From Ashes$4,084290%32$1,361$18,3014First Run Features
47Stories We Tell$3,482101%6-2$580$1,583,03316Roadside Attractions
48Girl Rising$3,460196%1-6$3,460$1,526,48825Gathr Films
49The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,426--1--$3,426$21,3665Rialto Pictures
50I Give It a Year$3,129-39%4-2$782$19,8103Magnolia Pictures
51The Trials of Muhammad Ali$2,980--1--$2,980$2,9801Kino Lorber
52Crystal Fairy$2,807-48%13-4$216$179,9647IFC Films
53The Artist and the Model$2,764-73%3-2$921$78,1744Cohen Media Group
54Only God Forgives$2,647-72%3-13$882$775,3286RADiUS-TWC
55The Bling Ring$2,519-56%7-11$360$5,831,56511A24
56Fill the Void$2,392-78%10-10$239$1,752,83814Sony Pictures Classics
57Pain and Gain$2,202-94%22-64$100$49,874,93318Paramount
58Paradise: Faith$2,179--3--$726$2,1791Strand Releasing
59Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$2,067--3--$689$16,9564Doppelgänger Releasing
60Computer Chess$2,065-31%2-1$1,033$90,6196Kino Lorber
61Storm Surfers 3D$1,84243%20$921$117,09018XLrator Media
62Love Is All You Need$1,664-78%3-5$555$1,608,56217Sony Pictures Classics
63Inch'Allah$1,632-52%21$816$457,8852eOne Films US
64The Canyons$1,581-70%3-6$527$49,4944IFC Films
65Stuck in Love$1,473-47%3-2$491$78,9508Millennium Entertainment
66The Wall (2013)$1,245-45%2-1$623$33,45413Music Box Films
67Downloaded$1,144--1--$1,144$8,27810Abramorama
68Girl Most Likely$93435%1-1$934$1,376,1266Roadside Attractions
69A Band Called Death$899-73%1-1$899$122,4109Drafthouse Films
70Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$86448%30$288$101,1818Magnolia Pictures
71The Happy Sad$779-83%20$390$7,7422Miasma Films
72√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$625618%53$125$17,46312Magnolia Pictures
73Augustine$615-72%20$308$105,68915Music Box Films
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$567129%21$284$147,98619Kino Lorber
75More Than Honey$296-70%1-3$296$66,72811Kino Lorber
76Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$201-89%10$201$3,0782Kino Lorber