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, Sep. 6 - Sun, Sep. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$19,030,375--3,107--$6,125$19,030,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,401,729-44%3,3300$2,523$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$7,695,027-39%3,4450$2,234$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$4,120,811-47%3,033-226$1,359$79,124,9955Disney
5One Direction: This Is Us$4,046,455-74%2,7350$1,480$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$3,141,332-51%2,241-298$1,402$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,425,539-46%2,045-348$1,186$59,773,3055Fox
8Blue Jasmine$2,347,694-41%1,069-110$2,196$25,108,5807Sony Pictures Classics
9The World's End$2,314,494-54%1,520-33$1,523$21,784,1113Focus
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,207,000-60%2,519-599$876$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
11Getaway$2,191,484-51%2,1355$1,026$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
12This Is The End$1,901,8251753%2,1612127$880$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
13You're Next$1,584,541-61%1,902-535$833$16,907,0323Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$1,459,505-47%1,050-234$1,390$357,558,31510Universal
152 Guns$1,409,635-47%1,165-246$1,210$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$8,149,2894%717369$11,366$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$1,030,576-58%80455$1,282$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$938,153-62%8700$1,078$5,023,6672Focus
4The Smurfs 2$902,227-54%949-417$951$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
5The Wolverine$748,594-56%698-290$1,072$129,411,1337Fox
6The Conjuring$722,327-49%716-187$1,009$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$682,221-39%41530$1,644$4,775,7366A24
8The Ultimate Life$659,912--412--$1,602$659,9121High Top Releasing
9Kick-Ass 2$635,525-67%662-984$960$28,094,5604Universal
10The Way, Way Back$459,205-38%550-104$835$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
11Monsters University$452,119-71%596-1293$759$264,989,13612Disney
12World War Z$438,482-65%374-873$1,172$201,359,01912Paramount
13Turbo$429,027-43%358-80$1,198$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Jobs$409,016-66%502-800$815$15,524,1284Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$374,699-53%355-116$1,055$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$364,680-46%350-43$1,042$157,896,66611Fox
17Pacific Rim$345,796-56%307-94$1,126$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
18In a World...$280,775-16%10211$2,753$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$194,032-49%205-34$946$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20The Lone Ranger$193,857-52%231-23$839$88,818,15810Disney
21Red 2$163,584-55%250-11$654$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
22R.I.P.D.$160,185-30%1810$885$33,284,6308Universal
23Man of Steel$120,814-58%201-83$601$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
24White House Down$116,547-52%168-38$694$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
25Fruitvale Station$107,444-44%188-106$572$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
26Iron Man 3$79,236-58%124-36$639$408,992,27219Disney
27Star Trek Into Darkness$59,751-92%106-852$564$228,756,23217Paramount
28Paranoia$57,603-67%178-214$324$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Austenland$168,091-12%586$2,898$732,2784Sony Pictures Classics
2Adore$119,806--57--$2,102$119,8061Exclusive Media
3Satyagraha$102,986-75%79-4$1,304$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
4Short Term 12$93,5322%2610$3,597$319,2083Cinedigm
5Salinger$86,956--4--$21,739$86,9561Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$66,095-72%53-40$1,247$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
7Winnie Mandela$61,847--32--$1,933$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
8Afternoon Delight$56,377106%2523$2,255$94,9582The Film Arcade
920 Feet from Stardom$52,293-37%53-5$987$4,488,66513RADiUS-TWC
10Blackfish$42,808-53%60-22$713$1,929,7618Magnolia Pictures
11Drinking Buddies$42,110-7%186$2,339$143,8343Magnolia Pictures
12Ain't Them Bodies Saints$39,119-41%443$889$289,2544IFC Films
13The Attack$35,591-38%16-1$2,224$1,625,70712Cohen Media Group
14Epic$34,144-28%56-24$610$107,492,28416Fox
15Hubble 3D$29,302-57%132$2,254$40,620,839182Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Still Mine$20,86539%205$1,043$1,042,4149IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Internship$16,59317%17-3$976$44,665,96314Fox
18Passion$16,226-52%13-1$1,248$71,8462eOne Films US
19Populaire$15,690--3--$5,230$15,6901Weinstein Company
20The Croods$14,363-70%26-19$552$187,150,63825Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Space Station 3D$13,122-28%30$4,374$88,958,458595IMAX
22Museum Hours$11,899-45%13-1$915$392,14711Cinema Guild
23Therese (2013)$11,521-45%5-3$2,304$101,9443MPI Pictures
24Unfinished Song$11,23578%214$535$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
25The Hunt$11,2272%110$1,021$585,3669Magnolia Pictures
26Una Noche$10,554-33%61$1,759$65,2333IFC Films
27Before Midnight$10,450-35%16-2$653$8,067,72516Sony Pictures Classics
28When Comedy Went to School$10,137-37%9-3$1,126$148,4176International Film Circuit
29Hannah Arendt$9,9055%80$1,238$650,32915Zeitgeist Films
30The Patience Stone$8,80968%116$801$77,7264Sony Pictures Classics
31I'm So Excited$8,3485%8-3$1,044$1,337,54411Sony Pictures Classics
32Contempt (2013 re-issue)$8,322--1--$8,322$8,3221Rialto Pictures
33Prince Avalanche$8,198-46%14-9$586$163,7275Magnolia Pictures
34To the Arctic 3D$7,832-53%11-2$712$13,512,42373Warner Bros. / IMAX
35You Will Be My Son$7,406-74%4-2$1,852$96,2074Cohen Media Group
36Born to Be Wild 3D$7,295-59%101$730$22,953,198127Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,254126%196$382$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,244-39%8-1$906$45,861,867393Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Under the Sea 3D$7,188-59%103$719$33,590,407239Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Good Ol' Freda$6,798--1--$6,798$6,7981Magnolia Pictures
41Love Is All You Need$6,34443%63$1,057$1,622,26619Sony Pictures Classics
42Cutie and the Boxer$6,268-73%7-5$895$124,3874RADiUS-TWC
43Stories We Tell$5,271457%95$586$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
44Red Obsession$5,060--2--$2,530$5,0601Area23a / FilmBuff
45Hell Baby$4,980--10--$498$4,9801Millennium Entertainment
46The Act of Killing$4,894-50%13-2$376$391,5328Drafthouse Films
47Fire in the Blood$4,856--1--$4,856$4,8561International Film Circuit
48Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$4,230--3--$1,410$40,21023Cinema Guild
49Frances Ha$4,067-50%51$813$4,063,23817IFC Films
50Europa Report$3,473143%63$579$118,6006Magnolia / Magnet
51Touchy Feely$3,447--2--$1,724$3,4471Magnolia Pictures
52I Give It a Year$3,30175%40$825$27,9205Magnolia Pictures
53Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,98329%31$994$33,42813First Run Features
54Savannah$2,9462%50$589$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
55Fill the Void$2,754-11%6-1$459$1,764,29616Sony Pictures Classics
56The Bling Ring$2,72446%60$454$5,841,04613A24
57Il Futuro$2,583--1--$2,583$2,5831Strand Releasing
58Our Nixon$2,566-58%2-1$1,283$11,8422Cinedigm
59Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,344--1--$2,344$2,3441Area23a
60A Hijacking$1,980-43%3-2$660$404,40912Magnolia Pictures
61La Maison de la Radio$1,410--1--$1,410$2,4481Kino Lorber
62Crystal Fairy$1,324-51%7-2$189$190,7049IFC Films
63The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,322-82%1-1$1,322$36,6687Rialto Pictures
64Rising From Ashes$1,033--2--$517$21,9466First Run Features
65Leviathan (2013)$976--2--$488$73,79228Cinema Guild
66Mud$931-57%4-2$233$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$828-8%31$276$5,9593Strand Releasing
68Girl Most Likely$79652%21$398$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
69√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$674296%54$135$20,41414Magnolia Pictures
70I Declare War$646-93%3-11$215$13,5802Drafthouse Films
71More Than Honey$614169%21$307$69,14313Kino Lorber
72Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$570--2--$285$2,2294First Run Features
73Underdogs (2013)$503-78%10$503$34,8104Freestyle Releasing
74Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4561371%32$152$102,18210Magnolia Pictures
75The Citizen (2013)$368--1--$368$3681Monterey Media
76You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$355--1--$355$17,05814Kino Lorber
77Computer Chess$295-47%10$295$93,0288Kino Lorber
78Free the Mind$279-94%2-2$140$119,66019International Film Circuit
79Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$226--1--$226$111,79421Kino Lorber
80The Trials of Muhammad Ali$136-93%10$136$8,8983Kino Lorber
81Approaching Midnight$91-92%1-5$91$1,8682Monterey Media
82A Band Called Death$65-87%1-1$65$123,98511Drafthouse Films