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, Nov. 29 - Sun, Dec. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$74,179,601-53%4,1630$17,819$296,295,6572Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$67,391,32627589%3,7423741$18,009$93,933,2262Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$11,085,296-22%3,286-427$3,373$186,705,0864Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$8,172,920-35%1,717-324$4,760$63,088,4753Universal
5Homefront$6,915,241--2,570--$2,691$9,740,4191Open Road
6Delivery Man$6,835,841-14%3,0360$2,252$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$4,864,861698%1,2341164$3,942$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$3,669,530--1,516--$2,421$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$2,692,525-38%1,854-1072$1,452$58,598,6725CBS Films
10Gravity$2,556,188-20%1,016-829$2,516$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$2,305,038-19%1,165-309$1,979$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$1,835,178-66%2,287-784$802$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,766,420-49%1,503-1122$1,175$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$3,676,0012762%835831$4,402$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$2,517,176-6%69630$3,617$10,215,7045Focus
3Ender's Game$1,214,778-39%843-1192$1,441$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$1,148,004-37%807-849$1,423$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$885,382--583--$1,519$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$730,965124%10274$7,166$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7The Christmas Candle$387,457-53%352-40$1,101$1,613,3223EchoLight Studios
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$386,941-55%707-414$547$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
9About Time$374,035-70%331-719$1,130$14,663,6585Universal
10Despicable Me 2$340,160-1%271-24$1,255$366,932,48022Universal
11All Is Lost$193,252-47%154-193$1,255$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
12Ram-Leela$170,771-63%2040$837$2,633,8853Eros International
13Enough Said$121,341-50%121-112$1,003$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$106,7410%163-22$655$68,239,40117Fox
15We're the Millers$97,036-15%164-31$592$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
16Prisoners$92,698-28%203-52$457$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
17Insidious: Chapter 2$89,377-15%140-45$638$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
18Planes$83,604-35%185-31$452$90,211,06617Disney
19The Family (2013)$54,009-14%1304$415$36,809,72612Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$47,761-64%141-126$339$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit
21Krrish3$2,856-89%2080$14$2,191,3435Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$133,051154%2320$5,785$255,1643Janus Films
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$114,506-37%94-48$1,218$1,650,5946IFC Films
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$84,283--4--$21,071$84,2831Weinstein Company
4Kill Your Darlings$68,043-32%74-4$920$760,5067Sony Pictures Classics
5Instructions Not Included$65,92012%68-12$969$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$48,992-75%56-56$875$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
7Hubble 3D$48,51833%110$4,411$41,430,031194Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Saratov Approach$42,4889%27-7$1,574$1,411,4328Purdie Distribution
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$42,114-25%71-53$593$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
10Monsters University$38,130-24%97-20$393$268,449,86124Disney
11Blue Jasmine$37,602-22%33-10$1,139$32,744,63419Sony Pictures Classics
12The Armstrong Lie$32,092-25%31-6$1,035$194,8574Sony Pictures Classics
13The Counselor$30,260-52%78-51$388$16,856,8986Fox
14Singh Saab the Great$30,134-78%540$558$210,9402Eros International
15Space Station 3D$27,18378%41$6,796$89,506,007607IMAX
16The Punk Singer$24,729--3--$8,243$24,7291IFC Films
17Turbo$23,407-23%39-7$600$83,009,20220Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Don Jon$22,141-29%26-10$852$24,297,89310Relativity Media
19The Wolverine$20,757-13%35-8$593$132,550,96019Fox
20Baggage Claim$20,079-10%42-4$478$21,532,50010Fox Searchlight
21Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$17,286-40%63$2,881$57,4542IFC Films
22Wadjda$14,374-27%21-3$684$1,342,45512Sony Pictures Classics
23Muscle Shoals$12,847-7%20-5$642$634,87610Magnolia Pictures
24Bettie Page Reveals All$8,34472%21$4,172$14,8662Music Box Films
25Journey to the South Pacific$8,137--1--$8,137$9,3901IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Austenland$8,121-4%16-3$508$2,137,57316Sony Pictures Classics
27Go for Sisters$6,41821%63$1,070$31,3294Variance Films
28The Heat$5,662-35%250$226$159,568,80123Fox
29Deep Sea 3D$5,400-29%40$1,350$45,991,509405Warner Bros. / IMAX
30To the Arctic 3D$5,394-24%90$599$13,681,36785Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$5,135--1--$5,135$5,1351Cinema Guild
32In a World...$5,042-20%5-4$1,008$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
33Short Term 12$4,848-32%6-7$808$1,000,70715Cinedigm
34Reaching for the Moon$4,748164%43$1,187$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
35Runner Runner$4,708-26%23-15$205$19,312,4809Fox
36The World's End$4,054-8%60$676$26,003,14915Focus
37I Am Divine$3,16258%50$632$46,6498The Film Collaborative
38Under the Sea 3D$2,98977%4-1$747$33,678,353251Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Faust$2,762-65%1-3$2,762$30,8623Leisure Time Features
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,608-51%6-1$435$4,774,37125RADiUS-TWC
41Inequality for All$2,286-55%9-4$254$1,162,78310RADiUS-TWC
42Narco Cultura$2,257-63%10$2,257$10,6102Cinedigm
43Born to Be Wild 3D$2,10120%5-3$420$23,101,355139Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,882-67%2-1$941$48,0985Zeitgeist Films
45A Touch of Sin$1,786-51%10$1,786$96,3719Kino Lorber
46Good Ol' Freda$1,667141%3-1$556$136,74213Magnolia Pictures
47The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,666-4%10$1,666$60,89110Rialto Pictures
48The End of Time$1,468--1--$1,468$1,4681First Run Features
49When Comedy Went to School$1,339259%43$335$227,73918International Film Circuit
50Fire in the Blood$1,286--4--$322$17,62813International Film Circuit
51Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,27328%20$637$9,1745International Film Circuit
52Contempt (2013 re-issue)$928--1--$928$33,23313Rialto Pictures
53Linsanity$757-22%32$252$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
54Museum Hours$738--2--$369$547,04623Cinema Guild
55The Fifth Estate$698-78%6-10$116$3,254,1727Disney / DreamWorks
56Grace Unplugged$638-87%4-6$160$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
57How I Live Now$630-62%3-4$210$60,2134Magnolia Pictures
58People of a Feather$517--1--$517$4,1714First Run Features
59Romeo and Juliet (2013)$428-87%120$36$1,161,0898Relativity Media
60Caught in the Web$361--1--$361$5791levelFILM / Vitagraph
61The Act of Killing$324-49%1-1$324$451,15720Drafthouse Films
62Camille Claudel 1915$311-54%1-1$311$22,5407Kino Lorber
63Big Sur$181-40%21$91$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
64Let the Fire Burn$180-73%1-2$180$48,8519Zeitgeist Films
65Mr. Nobody$151-52%10$151$3,6005Magnolia Pictures
66Computer Chess$147--1--$147$101,66620Kino Lorber
67The Trials of Muhammad Ali$28-93%10$28$57,60715Kino Lorber