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, Jan. 17 - Sun, Jan. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$41,516,170--2,663--$15,590$41,516,1701Universal
2Lone Survivor$22,058,815-42%2,989114$7,380$72,868,9364Universal
3The Nut Job$19,423,000--3,427--$5,668$19,423,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$15,451,981--3,387--$4,562$15,451,9811Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$11,771,854-20%2,979-260$3,952$332,403,2159Disney
6American Hustle$9,866,36319%2,204-425$4,477$115,697,5546Sony / Columbia
7Devil's Due$8,308,220--2,544--$3,266$8,308,2201Fox
8August: Osage County$7,364,7213%2,0511146$3,591$17,953,9914Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$7,069,383-20%1,930-591$3,663$89,845,9814Paramount
10Her (2013)$4,034,417-25%1,7290$2,333$15,033,8445Warner Bros.
11Saving Mr. Banks$3,915,229-40%2,449-222$1,599$75,159,5266Disney
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,704,957-54%1,815-1260$2,041$248,524,8026Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$3,397,143-62%2,1040$1,615$14,372,7942Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,451,181-44%1,328-434$1,846$417,450,9739Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,167,773-63%1,731-1281$1,252$122,099,1225Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,400,117-78%1,569-1314$892$31,333,2253Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,300,023-70%1,037-1547$1,254$55,095,8414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$1,867,037345%944789$1,978$258,277,70616Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,539,838469%761647$2,023$40,644,13614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$1,261,381-9%505-102$2,498$24,023,8659Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$1,006,164-47%585-144$1,720$11,044,4257CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$941,207292%419294$2,246$17,813,22012Focus
6Nebraska$883,2080%408-113$2,165$9,657,92510Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$523,771449%903789$580$105,641,43315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$449,345-73%343-1016$1,310$37,598,2204Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$319,608-77%454-885$704$34,296,2545Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$292,644-11%256-8$1,143$118,427,18617Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$226,893-42%190-113$1,194$20,157,29311Fox
12Thor: The Dark World$191,424-39%185-72$1,035$204,233,18611Disney
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$170,371-84%391-649$436$52,222,0896Lionsgate
14Grudge Match$155,183-92%408-1597$380$29,059,2874Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$124,946-30%194-46$644$63,603,32112CBS Films
16Free Birds$118,975-25%199-33$598$55,274,79512Relativity Media
17Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$86,265-36%154-38$560$101,963,47413Paramount
18Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$80,491-71%122-241$660$7,976,8778Weinstein Company
19Lee Daniels' The Butler$64,566-29%119-17$543$116,529,31723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$136,98491%5416$2,537$1,271,22210Janus Films
2The Past$97,24024%3013$3,241$376,6235Sony Pictures Classics
3The Invisible Woman$87,09297%2617$3,350$279,4964Sony Pictures Classics
4Delivery Man$52,265-34%79-54$662$30,069,1309Disney / DreamWorks
5Hubble 3D$47,68278%155$3,179$42,185,784201Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Blue Jasmine$45,056154%2812$1,609$33,145,52026Sony Pictures Classics
7Out of the Furnace$42,031206%9760$433$11,264,4877Relativity Media
8All Is Lost$40,34410%62-7$651$6,177,18914Roadside Attractions
9The Saratov Approach$20,373-37%22-3$926$1,663,26715Purdie Distribution
10Space Station 3D$17,437-10%31$5,812$89,867,124614IMAX
11Like Father, Like Son (2014)$16,044--2--$8,022$16,0441IFC Films
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$15,020-37%12-4$1,252$2,143,42513IFC Films
13The Best Offer$12,874454%65$2,146$19,5603IFC Films
14Journey to the South Pacific$10,79933%40$2,700$104,3358IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
15Maidentrip$9,068--1--$9,068$16,3265First Run Features
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,607-39%24-9$359$68,549,22624Fox
17American Mustang$7,906--1--$7,906$7,9061Vitagraph / Just Media
18Generation War$7,386--1--$7,386$10,0701Music Box Films
19Big Bad Wolves$6,342--6--$1,057$6,3421Magnolia / Magnet
20To the Arctic 3D$6,235-15%81$779$13,765,58592Warner Bros. / IMAX
21In Bloom$5,208-44%20$2,604$19,1882Big World Pictures
22Under the Sea 3D$5,16465%40$1,291$33,724,531258Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Contempt (2013 re-issue)$5,013--2--$2,507$39,19920Rialto Pictures
24Kill Your Darlings$4,794-42%122$400$1,014,11314Sony Pictures Classics
25Life of a King$4,231--16--$264$4,2311Millennium Entertainment
26The Rocket (2013)$3,775-18%53$755$11,1802Kino Lorber
27Fire in the Blood$3,494--3--$1,165$22,39020International Film Circuit
28The Armstrong Lie$3,474-66%9-3$386$367,50711Sony Pictures Classics
29Bettie Page Reveals All$3,160-6%5-1$632$95,8239Music Box Films
30A Touch of Sin$3,023-22%71$432$139,72816Kino Lorber
31Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?$2,969--3--$990$2,9691Film Movement
32Born to Be Wild 3D$2,820-34%71$403$23,136,467146Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Wadjda$2,433-25%8-1$304$1,422,17619Sony Pictures Classics
34Muscle Shoals$2,336-35%116$212$681,61317Magnolia Pictures
35Indigo Children$1,829--1--$1,829$1,8291Striped Entertainment
36More Than Honey$1,368--1--$1,368$77,37332Kino Lorber
37Personal Tailor$1,088-88%1-3$1,088$374,2855China Lion Film
38The Act of Killing$9456%2-2$473$465,68227Drafthouse Films
39Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$678-79%10$678$4,7352Anchor Bay Films
40Here Comes the Devil$5673%1-1$567$4,5346Magnolia / Magnet
41Sweet Dreams (2013)$482-16%32$161$27,78612International Film Circuit
42Computer Chess$98--1--$98$101,61727Kino Lorber