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. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$28,875,635--3,090--$9,345$28,875,6351Universal
2Son of God$25,601,865--3,260--$7,853$25,601,8651Fox
3The LEGO Movie$20,828,356-33%3,770-120$5,525$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$4,950,813-60%2,8720$1,724$20,751,6962Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$4,940,198-38%3,002-62$1,646$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
6RoboCop (2014)$4,508,609-54%2,885-487$1,563$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$4,331,431-58%2,6580$1,630$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$3,631,640-18%1,746-145$2,080$388,756,78315Disney
9About Last Night$3,383,253-55%1,804-449$1,875$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$3,037,680-34%1,869-317$1,625$127,161,0807Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$1,526,780-62%1,874-1022$815$22,189,6103Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,358,833--1,317--$1,032$126,527,20111Paramount
13Philomena$1,206,8411%1,09793$1,100$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$1,026,650-48%1,017-499$1,009$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,921,94511%94542$2,034$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$1,517,404384%496475$3,059$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,221,240-6%505-122$2,418$114,570,29210Paramount
412 Years a Slave$975,93187%41162$2,375$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$889,3005%340-8$2,616$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$661,537-38%752-483$880$60,792,1817Open Road
7Shaadi Ke Side Effects$582,672--108--$5,395$582,6721Eros International
8That Awkward Moment$558,391-60%608-600$918$25,081,2645Focus
9Stalingrad (2014)$510,846--308--$1,659$510,8461Sony / Columbia
10Repentance$501,290--152--$3,298$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11Dallas Buyers Club$434,16146%21641$2,010$25,325,09418Focus
12Her (2013)$421,0493%2500$1,684$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
13Nebraska$390,539-9%28979$1,351$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$272,025-67%367-440$741$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$244,092-89%705-2260$346$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$239,360-40%346-179$692$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$238,1110%143-5$1,665$2,171,8495ShortsHD
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$213,073-27%215-51$991$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$186,042-42%198-42$940$423,905,46615Lionsgate
20Gloria (2014)$146,319-37%102-8$1,435$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21Saving Mr. Banks$145,567-36%207-39$703$82,834,33212Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$144,465-36%174-25$830$206,012,42317Disney
23I, Frankenstein$132,223-14%169-48$782$18,850,4256Lionsgate
24The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$119,337-31%163-45$732$57,901,56310Fox
25Walking With Dinosaurs$118,140-15%195-19$606$35,783,99611Fox
26Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$74,479-13%163-18$457$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
27Labor Day (2013)$47,776-79%107-311$447$13,250,5225Paramount
28In Secret$42,755-84%109-157$392$420,3092Roadside Attractions
29Vampire Academy$39,359-85%111-425$355$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tim's Vermeer$129,00849%5331$2,434$491,0385Sony Pictures Classics
2Captain Phillips$109,93671%96-93$1,145$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
3Journey to the South Pacific$101,519-20%160$6,345$880,64614IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Highway$94,754-71%80-17$1,184$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
5The Great Beauty$84,2993%48-2$1,756$2,218,79416Janus Films
6Jerusalem 3D$78,667-4%281$2,810$2,678,79424National Geographic
7The Legend Of Hercules$70,176-31%89-21$788$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
8The Book Thief$52,054-19%73-11$713$21,277,41717Fox
9The Past$47,789-41%66-9$724$1,222,03311Sony Pictures Classics
10Hubble 3D$44,740-16%181$2,486$42,705,099207Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Lunchbox$44,542--3--$14,847$44,5421Sony Pictures Classics
12Beijing Love Story$41,217-56%11-1$3,747$386,8393China Lion Film
13Inside Llewyn Davis$39,951-45%65-42$615$13,159,11413CBS Films
14Delivery Man$34,133-30%78-20$438$30,600,56715Disney / DreamWorks
15Devil's Due$29,658-55%48-36$618$15,773,3997Fox
16The Bag Man$29,231--2--$14,616$29,2311Cinedigm
17Free Birds$25,576-2%48-8$533$55,682,51818Relativity Media
18Space Station 3D$23,715-25%63$3,953$89,961,160620IMAX
19Grudge Match$21,225-55%75-33$283$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
20Like Father, Like Son (2014)$20,282-35%264$780$220,7237IFC Films
21Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$18,365-34%64$3,061$57,8272IFC Films
22Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$18,094100%9158$199$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
23Ernest & Celestine$13,078--1--$13,078$13,0781GKIDS
24The Invisible Woman$12,631-45%320$395$1,132,26210Sony Pictures Classics
25Stranger By the Lake$12,338-41%11-1$1,122$224,0926Strand Releasing
26The Attorney$11,824-74%10-8$1,182$557,2364Well Go USA
27Blue Jasmine$11,775-36%24-33$491$33,315,73832Sony Pictures Classics
28When Comedy Went to School$9,307-50%7-1$1,330$322,22231International Film Circuit
29Child's Pose$8,793-32%31$2,931$29,2112Zeitgeist Films
30The Saratov Approach$8,491-26%12-4$708$2,137,70521Purdie Distribution
31Generation War$8,457--2--$4,229$45,3717Music Box Films
32Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,652-21%63$1,275$71,6324Kino Lorber
3320 Feet from Stardom$7,599-6%11-1$691$4,881,47438RADiUS-TWC
34To the Arctic 3D$7,179-30%91$798$13,845,75598Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Under the Sea 3D$6,07723%61$1,013$33,762,645264Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Visitors$5,85774%70$837$58,6186Cinedigm
37Born to Be Wild 3D$5,264-1%125$439$23,195,174152Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Maidentrip$5,190668%54$1,038$41,95711First Run Features
39Hasee Toh Phasee$3,985-89%9-24$443$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
40The Best Offer$3,64915%5-1$730$82,0169IFC Films
41Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$3,528-51%10$3,528$37,5243Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
42The Rocket (2013)$3,076-10%71$439$31,5918Kino Lorber
43American Mustang$2,656-49%21$1,328$28,0197Vitagraph / Just Media
44Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$2,308--1--$2,308$16,38621First Run Features
45Girl on a Bicycle$2,289-62%6-9$382$66,3803Monterey Media
46Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,256-4%30$752$2,198,26019IFC Films
47Free the Mind$1,977--1--$1,977$153,99844International Film Circuit
48Jimmy P$1,659-55%41$415$19,8163IFC Films
49Cutie and the Boxer$1,361154%2-3$681$198,58729RADiUS-TWC
50Two Lives$1,303--1--$1,303$1,3031IFC Films
51Museum Hours$1,145--1--$1,145$559,73836Cinema Guild
52Big Bad Wolves$1,008-46%3-3$336$28,0197Magnolia / Magnet
53In Bloom$992-49%21$496$32,3498Big World Pictures
54Almost Human$862-68%53$172$4,8392IFC Midnight
55Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$575-62%10$575$21,5604Rialto Pictures
56A Field in England$516-76%1-5$516$25,3274Drafthouse Films
57The Last Time I Saw Macao$454--1--$454$6,09525Cinema Guild
58Viola$452--1--$452$21,22834Cinema Guild
59Fire in the Blood$245-60%1-1$245$26,92026International Film Circuit
60Muscle Shoals$227-57%2-2$114$691,78923Magnolia Pictures
61The Act of Killing$57-93%1-2$57$484,22133Drafthouse Films