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, Oct. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$55,785,112--3,575--$15,604$55,785,1121Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$20,950,192-38%4,0010$5,236$60,006,9182Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$7,706,712--3,026--$2,547$7,706,7121Fox
4Prisoners$5,748,464-47%3,236-54$1,776$47,928,4323Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$4,477,525-55%2,30811$1,940$18,163,8443Universal
6Don Jon$4,155,261-52%2,4220$1,716$16,072,5782Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$4,075,011-55%2,0303$2,007$15,135,0922Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$3,899,566-40%2,607-513$1,496$74,773,1534FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$1,605,475-43%1,606-799$1,000$144,895,4889Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$1,531,825-59%2,023-871$757$34,637,7284Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,227,395-49%1,563-499$785$112,405,1358Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$2,467,168--387--$6,375$2,467,1681Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,192,6424%437210$5,017$5,429,2383Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$1,842,297-47%858-90$2,147$41,258,3936Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$998,145--511--$1,953$998,1451Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$697,763-56%589284$1,185$2,738,9782Picturehouse
6Riddick$540,650-66%795-1031$680$41,199,5705Universal
7Battle of the Year$540,397-73%907-1101$596$8,486,8933Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$485,010-39%485-263$1,000$362,435,61014Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$430,081-46%513-494$838$65,985,4719Fox
10Monsters University$421,057166%25072$1,684$266,530,36616Disney
11Grown Ups 2$384,105-30%335-55$1,147$132,454,09213Sony / Columbia
12Besharam$364,962--217--$1,682$482,1821Reliance Entertainment
13Blue Jasmine$348,197-44%289-239$1,205$31,284,98211Sony Pictures Classics
14Parkland$310,246--257--$1,207$310,2461Exclusive Media
15Planes$258,155-66%376-1050$687$88,135,4709Disney
16Turbo$205,233-18%222-60$924$82,220,20012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$181,559-33%241-88$753$131,590,01711Fox
18Elysium$168,663-66%222-340$760$92,212,2979Sony / TriStar
19The Wizard of Oz 3D$159,246-71%246-59$647$5,404,2123Warner Bros.
20Red 2$148,922131%20393$734$53,043,40412Lionsgate / Summit
212 Guns$130,050-55%200-203$650$75,247,56510Universal
22The Heat$121,818-33%182-69$669$159,137,89415Fox
23The Conjuring$118,885-41%202-136$589$137,163,05112Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Smurfs 2$111,402-56%156-197$714$70,061,06310Sony / Columbia
25The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$67,633-65%146-183$463$31,165,4217Sony / Screen Gems
26The World's End$63,197-67%131-150$482$25,838,5787Focus
27The Way, Way Back$33,540-63%131-27$256$21,387,27014Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Face Reader$159,720--19--$8,406$159,7201Pan Media & Entertainment
2Inequality for All$139,351-1%4113$3,399$339,0762RADiUS-TWC
3Generation Iron$133,750-11%70-14$1,911$540,9003The Vladar Company
4Wadjda$120,07863%4428$2,729$460,5444Sony Pictures Classics
5Linsanity$99,462--9--$11,051$99,4621Ketchup Entertainment
6Pacific Rim$63,440-43%92-48$690$101,728,53513Warner Bros.
7In a World...$57,663-49%78-43$739$2,705,0959Roadside Attractions
8Austenland$54,228-43%65-42$834$1,833,6698Sony Pictures Classics
9This Is The End$48,496-60%97-108$500$101,470,20217Sony / Columbia
10The Spectacular Now$43,425-62%58-84$749$6,741,31210A24
11World War Z$43,271-51%75-85$577$202,351,61116Paramount
12On the Job$35,308-37%22-7$1,605$133,9072Well Go USA
13Haute Cuisine$33,5184%6046$559$107,3873Weinstein Company
14One Direction: This Is Us$33,232-76%60-168$554$28,873,3746Sony / TriStar
15Short Term 12$32,436-44%36-19$901$871,7977Cinedigm
16Thanks for Sharing$31,767-80%65-186$489$1,010,8093Roadside Attractions
17The Grandmaster$30,334-71%35-108$867$6,566,8407Weinstein Company
18The Lone Ranger$30,163-50%48-41$628$89,289,91014Disney
19Fruitvale Station$23,466-3%7634$309$16,049,37713Weinstein Company
20The Summit$20,904--8--$2,613$20,9041IFC Films
21A Touch of Sin$19,867--2--$9,934$19,8671Kino Lorber
22A.C.O.D.$19,001--3--$6,334$19,0011The Film Arcade
23You Will Be My Son$17,18542%14-3$1,228$203,6368Cohen Media Group
24Muscle Shoals$16,72320%43$4,181$34,1902Magnolia Pictures
25Hubble 3D$15,595-48%11-4$1,418$40,832,623186Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Populaire$14,98915%5834$258$152,3455Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$14,172-24%3-2$4,724$89,078,311599IMAX
28Salinger$14,090-78%21-113$671$557,1745Weinstein Company
29Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$13,528-59%12-23$1,127$69,4662AMC Entertainment
30Blue Caprice$10,332-48%3611$287$76,9344IFC Films
31Zaytoun$9,00279%94$1,000$22,8413Strand Releasing
32You're Next$8,389-73%45-67$186$18,426,9377Lionsgate
33Concussion (2013)$8,313--2--$4,157$8,3131RADiUS-TWC
34We Are What We Are (2013)$8,278-40%86$1,035$25,6672eOne Films US
35Murder 11$8,106--2--$4,053$15,9951Indican Pictures
36Nothing Left to Fear$7,886--5--$1,577$7,8861Anchor Bay Films
37When Comedy Went to School$7,495141%103$750$177,05610International Film Circuit
38The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$6,70922%21$3,355$16,3162Rialto Pictures
39Museum Hours$6,629-55%12-4$552$508,97115Cinema Guild
40Still Mine$6,543-39%160$409$1,142,55013IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Born to Be Wild 3D$6,170-36%5-4$1,234$22,994,208131Warner Bros. / IMAX
42To the Arctic 3D$5,798-39%9-1$644$13,563,07277Warner Bros. / IMAX
43I Used to Be Darker$5,69561%21$2,848$9,9852Strand Releasing
44Deep Sea 3D$5,53762%20$2,769$45,891,690397Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Phata Poster Nikla Hero$5,503-93%940$59$408,9943Eros International
46The Patience Stone$5,42053%167$339$122,9058Sony Pictures Classics
47Under the Sea 3D$5,269-43%6-1$878$33,627,423243Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Let the Fire Burn$5,226--1--$5,226$7,7351Zeitgeist Films
49The Citizen (2013)$5,007-57%63$835$19,2885Monterey Media
50Good Ol' Freda$4,787-69%14-3$342$94,0315Magnolia Pictures
51All Is Bright$4,556--10--$456$4,5561Anchor Bay Films
52The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,517-33%90$502$27,9907Kino Lorber
53Bad Milo!$4,503--11--$409$4,5031Magnolia / Magnet
54CBGB$3,909--1--$3,909$3,9091XLrator Media
55Prince Avalanche$3,58836%123$299$191,5459Magnolia Pictures
56The Ultimate Life$3,097-82%9-38$344$1,326,0595High Top Releasing
57Argento's Dracula 3D$3,085--6--$514$3,0851IFC Midnight
58The Institute$3,017--2--$1,509$3,0171Argot Pictures
59Blackfish$2,959-78%11-11$269$2,056,44512Magnolia Pictures
60Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,908-35%6-2$485$4,327,76418Roadside Attractions
61Hannah Arendt$2,734-17%30$911$696,09319Zeitgeist Films
62Grand Masti$2,546-86%640$40$413,0754Eros International
63Drinking Buddies$2,358-76%6-16$393$325,5567Magnolia Pictures
64Dislecksia: The Movie$2,213--1--$2,213$2,2131Area23a
65Touchy Feely$2,154-7%41$539$33,5195Magnolia Pictures
66C.O.G.$2,099-61%4-5$525$53,4753Screen Media / Focus World
67Free the Mind$1,787-44%40$447$135,05523International Film Circuit
68The Last Day of August$1,693--1--$1,693$1,6931Striped Entertainment
69Drug War$1,641--3--$547$124,89811Variance Films / Well Go USA
70Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,578-78%1-5$1,578$33,1213Well Go USA
71Europa Report$1,505236%42$376$125,47510Magnolia / Magnet
72Before Midnight$1,356-60%5-1$271$8,108,52720Sony Pictures Classics
73Jewtopia$1,118-83%2-6$559$45,6603Le Petit Canyon Productions
74Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,093--3--$364$48,38813Variance Films
75Stories We Tell$81181%2-2$406$1,599,03822Roadside Attractions
76The Silence (2010)$592--2--$296$99,65431Music Box Films
77The Act of Killing$443-80%4-6$111$441,20512Drafthouse Films
78Informant$374-69%30$125$8,3454Music Box Films
79I'm So Excited$360-36%53$72$1,357,97115Sony Pictures Classics
80Computer Chess$237-94%1-2$237$100,59512Kino Lorber
81Men at Lunch$232--1--$232$2,3293First Run Features
82Shepard & Dark$207-83%10$207$4,4172Music Box Films
83Our Nixon$128-65%10$128$19,2496Cinedigm
84I Declare War$113304%21$57$14,9286Drafthouse Films
85Fire in the Blood$112--1--$112$9,5255International Film Circuit
86You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$18-94%1-1$18$18,50718Kino Lorber