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, Feb. 14 - Sun, Feb. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$49,846,430-28%3,7750$13,204$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2About Last Night$25,649,011--2,253--$11,384$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
3RoboCop (2014)$21,681,430--3,372--$6,430$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
4The Monuments Men$15,475,490-30%3,0830$5,020$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$13,307,125--2,896--$4,595$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$8,708,820-9%2,517-283$3,460$116,082,6155Universal
7Winter's Tale$7,297,694--2,965--$2,461$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
8Frozen (2013)$6,226,580-9%2,101-359$2,964$376,417,79413Disney
9Lone Survivor$4,086,435-27%2,013-856$2,030$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$3,480,453-34%1,922-887$1,811$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$2,433,738-21%1,072-568$2,270$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,232,275-37%1,278-861$1,747$47,679,1365Paramount
13Vampire Academy$1,911,651-51%2,6760$714$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,838,887-51%1,918-1086$959$57,589,5435Open Road
15Philomena$1,524,44391%1,225721$1,244$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$1,250,675-61%1,664-920$752$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$883,300-40%1,010-317$875$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,929,392-25%751-416$2,569$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$1,036,659-38%355-346$2,920$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$601,955-18%255-202$2,361$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$562,764-31%386-292$1,458$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
5Nebraska$540,664-23%324-201$1,669$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$535,612-19%326-203$1,643$423,111,43113Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$497,509-28%285-252$1,746$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$474,108-68%468-959$1,013$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$373,849-38%223-265$1,676$24,274,17016Focus
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$360,223-8%16725$2,157$1,380,6683ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$313,436-6%212-21$1,478$205,459,22515Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$234,444-45%212-273$1,106$82,246,82510Disney
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$196,5434%201-41$978$57,456,5488Fox
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$192,421-26%261-85$737$125,086,8519Paramount
15Walking With Dinosaurs$166,671-3%248-3$672$35,409,7309Fox
16Devil's Due$126,125-61%123-262$1,025$15,617,8545Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,118-18%181-16$564$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
18Grudge Match$92,054-36%291-50$316$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
19Captain Phillips$80,650-27%135-47$597$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia
20Delivery Man$70,444-9%114-28$618$30,475,30413Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$310,39226%9833$3,167$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$153,047-55%77-11$1,988$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Beijing Love Story$140,106--9--$15,567$140,1061China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$121,321-24%86-43$1,411$12,940,12211CBS Films
5Journey to the South Pacific$121,059134%152$8,071$496,34712IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6The Attorney$119,825-45%26-1$4,609$425,0202Well Go USA
7The Great Beauty$102,702-6%52-1$1,975$1,949,40914Janus Films
8The Past$99,796-4%7710$1,296$996,4759Sony Pictures Classics
9The Book Thief$82,022-20%94-41$873$21,078,31815Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,562-68%90-158$817$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
11Tim's Vermeer$57,75648%125$4,813$202,7463Sony Pictures Classics
12Hubble 3D$43,9079%16-1$2,744$42,480,336205Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$40,740-41%62-41$657$32,447,6507Paramount
14Girl on a Bicycle$37,610--52--$723$38,1301Monterey Media
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$33,517245%158$2,234$133,5755IFC Films
16Free Birds$33,411-3%75-34$445$55,608,78116Relativity Media
17The Invisible Woman$32,744-45%44-30$744$1,040,9908Sony Pictures Classics
18Space Station 3D$25,48772%20$12,744$89,840,049618IMAX
19When Comedy Went to School$25,008620%72$3,573$269,38629International Film Circuit
20Stranger By the Lake$21,153-44%9-3$2,350$169,4784Strand Releasing
21Last Vegas$17,708-21%41-19$432$63,908,21716CBS Films
22Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,584-16%34-12$488$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
23Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$12,869--1--$12,869$12,8691Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
2420 Feet from Stardom$12,606229%169$788$4,856,68536RADiUS-TWC
25The Saratov Approach$12,048-71%22-34$548$2,085,09719Purdie Distribution
26Blue Jasmine$9,252-15%16-6$578$33,265,91230Sony Pictures Classics
27Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,052-41%1-1$9,052$39,2352Kino Lorber
28To the Arctic 3D$8,443205%90$938$13,809,03996Warner Bros. / IMAX
29The Last of the Unjust$7,760-46%4-4$1,940$28,5712Cohen Media Group
30Visitors$7,457-4%103$746$42,3954Cinedigm
31Under the Sea 3D$7,385138%41$1,846$33,743,487262Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Jimmy P$7,191--1--$7,191$7,1911IFC Films
33Gimme Shelter (2014)$5,091-91%15-61$339$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
34Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35319%6-2$726$23,171,468150Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,237-10%93$471$2,189,15817IFC Films
36Adult World$3,783--2--$1,892$3,7831IFC Films
37All Is Lost$3,49810%9-3$389$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
38Knights of Badassdom$3,496-32%2-7$1,748$100,7044eOne Films US
39Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,866-61%10$2,866$15,1332Rialto Pictures
40A Field in England$2,831-70%8-5$354$19,5892Drafthouse Films
41Kill Your Darlings$2,0251%40$506$1,028,18118Sony Pictures Classics
42The Pretty One$1,98033%10$1,980$4,3342Dada Films
43Generation War$1,936--3--$645$36,1185Music Box Films
44Camille Claudel 1915$1,770--1--$1,770$33,51218Kino Lorber
45At Middleton$1,708-51%1-7$1,708$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle
46The Act of Killing$1,657-54%2-18$829$482,71331Drafthouse Films
47The Best Offer$1,418-70%8-4$177$72,2797IFC Films
48Museum Hours$1,24288%20$621$557,98034Cinema Guild
49Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$1,219382%10$1,219$19,18812Cinema Guild
50Muscle Shoals$1,164338%31$388$690,19921Magnolia Pictures
51Cutie and the Boxer$85348%64$142$194,22727RADiUS-TWC
52Maidentrip$775781%21$388$34,3419First Run Features
53Big Bad Wolves$707-38%3-2$236$23,4565Magnolia / Magnet
54Sweet Dreams (2013)$612-36%20$306$33,79116International Film Circuit
55The Armstrong Lie$525-70%1-2$525$381,67315Sony Pictures Classics
56Peter Brook: The Tightrope$502-71%21$251$17,3053First Run Features
57The Rocket (2013)$497-73%2-2$249$22,7166Kino Lorber
58In Bloom$443-84%20$222$28,1596Big World Pictures
59The End of Time$354-28%10$354$4,37512First Run Features
60Inequality for All$286-65%2-1$143$1,204,87321RADiUS-TWC