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, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$31,616,230-53%3,7420$8,449$134,253,6663Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$26,185,886-65%4,1630$6,290$335,850,8423Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,220,288--2,101--$2,485$5,247,3641Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,811,545-57%3,074-212$1,565$193,711,1875Disney
5Delivery Man$3,742,544-45%2,905-131$1,288$24,767,3263Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,428,440-50%2,5700$1,334$15,328,8302Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,625,623-46%1,31682$1,995$12,000,6785Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,609,890-68%1,577-140$1,655$67,175,5054Universal
9Last Vegas$1,265,334-53%1,539-315$822$60,586,9426CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$1,146,959-50%1,082-83$1,060$35,019,0798Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$1,026,757-72%1,5259$673$6,404,7602Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$820,378-54%1,157-346$709$100,020,9137Paramount
13Free Birds$342,419-81%1,202-1085$285$53,789,3456Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$265,019529%1,007936$263$115,922,17517Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$2,195,341-40%8350$2,629$8,167,9763Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,505,669-40%73438$2,051$12,453,9936Focus
3Gravity$1,211,279-53%900-116$1,346$251,486,53310Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$521,279-29%11311$4,613$2,238,7574Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$510,201-56%640-167$797$103,500,5789Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$483,974-60%608-235$796$60,119,7156Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$301,455-66%5830$517$1,956,6712FilmDistrict
8About Time$220,780-41%266-65$830$15,001,3786Universal
9The Christmas Candle$171,709-56%306-46$561$1,909,6424EchoLight Studios
10Despicable Me 2$171,360-50%252-19$680$367,157,95523Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$163,130-58%312-395$523$115,269,29511Sony / Columbia
12All Is Lost$106,529-45%147-7$725$5,486,1698Roadside Attractions
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$54,795-49%140-23$391$68,316,15818Fox
14Don Jon$51,760134%12599$414$24,360,78911Relativity Media
15Insidious: Chapter 2$49,099-45%122-18$402$83,529,39213FilmDistrict
16Ram-Leela$40,249-76%2040$197$2,674,1344Eros International
17Planes$30,621-63%131-54$234$90,256,45618Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$405,411--4--$101,353$405,4111CBS Films
2R... Rajkumar$124,669--91--$1,370$124,6691Eros International
3The Great Beauty$89,819-32%307$2,994$396,9434Janus Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$75,394-11%40$18,849$181,1102Weinstein Company
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$75,205-34%78-16$964$1,784,6327IFC Films
6Narco Cultura$66,4932846%4645$1,446$81,9003Cinedigm
7Enough Said$64,855-47%94-27$690$17,292,84112Fox Searchlight
8Escape Plan$37,169-22%81-60$459$24,610,1448Lionsgate / Summit
9Kill Your Darlings$36,720-46%72-2$510$827,5518Sony Pictures Classics
10The Armstrong Lie$36,35013%7746$472$243,9875Sony Pictures Classics
11Instructions Not Included$35,285-46%46-22$767$44,456,50915Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Family (2013)$28,369-47%96-34$296$36,858,97813Relativity Media
13Blue Jasmine$27,360-27%352$782$32,785,74720Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$24,896-49%121$2,075$41,483,483195Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Punk Singer$24,566-1%1613$1,535$61,9592IFC Films
16Bettie Page Reveals All$23,631183%2119$1,125$42,1713Music Box Films
17The Counselor$23,251-23%71-7$327$16,894,1277Fox
18Space Station 3D$16,537-39%51$3,307$89,539,722608IMAX
19Monsters University$16,400-57%75-22$219$268,472,40825Disney
20The Saratov Approach$16,046-62%270$594$1,444,9199Purdie Distribution
21Twice Born$14,947--10--$1,495$14,9471eOne Films US
22Inequality for All$12,711456%145$908$1,181,55811RADiUS-TWC
23Baggage Claim$12,574-37%420$299$21,549,73711Fox Searchlight
24Turbo$12,016-49%35-4$343$83,024,90021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,401-34%82$1,425$78,3483IFC Films
26Wadjda$9,859-31%16-5$616$1,355,31713Sony Pictures Classics
27Spinning Plates$8,563--6--$1,427$99,1277The Film Arcade
28Sweet Dreams (2013)$7,975526%75$1,139$17,4726International Film Circuit
29Muscle Shoals$6,562-49%13-7$505$647,19711Magnolia Pictures
30To the Arctic 3D$5,91810%101$592$13,691,49886Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Singh Saab the Great$5,758-81%540$107$223,6603Eros International
32The Heat$5,6350%18-7$313$159,578,35224Fox
33The Last Days on Mars$4,608--3--$1,536$4,6081Magnolia / Magnet
34Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$4,284-17%10$4,284$14,2382Cinema Guild
35Let the Fire Burn$4,2702272%32$1,423$53,39810Zeitgeist Films
36Austenland$3,199-61%11-5$291$2,144,01117Sony Pictures Classics
37Journey to the South Pacific$3,196-61%10$3,196$14,7832IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
38Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,933-94%6-50$489$341,4043Reliance Entertainment
39Paradise: Hope$2,664--1--$2,664$2,6641Strand Releasing
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,592-1%104$259$4,779,60826RADiUS-TWC
41A Touch of Sin$2,53042%32$843$99,66510Kino Lorber
42Born to Be Wild 3D$2,2467%61$374$23,109,181140Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Runner Runner$2,131-55%16-7$133$19,316,64610Fox
44The Ghosts in Our Machine$1,962--1--$1,962$20,3445Ghosts Media Inc.
45Under the Sea 3D$1,881-37%62$314$33,682,283252Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Deep Sea 3D$1,626-70%1-3$1,626$45,994,071406Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Breakfast with Curtis$1,601--1--$1,601$2,3751Abramorama / Bond 360
48I Am Divine$1,396-56%3-2$465$49,3009The Film Collaborative
49When Comedy Went to School$1,089-19%3-1$363$229,00919International Film Circuit
50Faust$1,041-62%32$347$34,3764Leisure Time Features
51The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$948-50%1-1$948$49,8986Zeitgeist Films
52Rising From Ashes$919--1--$919$37,67319First Run Features
53Museum Hours$86117%20$431$548,69924Cinema Guild
54Short Term 12$859-82%4-2$215$1,006,28416Cinedigm
55Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$673--1--$673$42,89236Cinema Guild
56La Maison de la Radio$563--1--$563$8,06014Kino Lorber
57Caught in the Web$313-13%21$157$1,0672levelFILM / Vitagraph