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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,809,249-32%3,95117$5,520$63,789,1652Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,201,345-57%3,49020$5,502$78,406,8982Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,844,939--3,115--$5,729$17,844,9391Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,615,305-33%3,18370$3,335$68,805,1153Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,075,111--1,896--$4,259$8,075,1111Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,701,309-29%3,040-250$2,533$236,928,2376Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,528,497-47%2,990-281$1,849$51,003,2053Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,147,743-27%1,466-194$1,465$396,386,59317Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,062,783-33%1,594-407$1,294$73,881,4756Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,730,343-43%1,566-782$1,105$28,462,7114Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,377,295-32%1,024-299$1,345$132,098,7609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,988,351--291--$6,833$1,988,3511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,222,892-42%925-140$1,322$55,090,88422Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$854,351-58%965-749$885$56,524,8825Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$670,063-59%624-450$1,074$47,815,9635Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$608,422-42%503-102$1,210$149,351,70314Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$588,026-63%671-987$876$22,416,0354Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$547,289-39%320-64$1,710$272,672,18124Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$482,32048%405-85$1,191$62,090,8759Open Road
9The Wind Rises$431,508-52%305-191$1,415$4,280,4294Disney
10Philomena$420,936-38%502-168$839$36,651,09817Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$413,159-40%286-73$1,445$116,345,07312Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$369,034-40%281-31$1,313$26,772,38620Focus
13Lone Survivor$268,585-36%316-156$850$124,572,47612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$248,215-28%277-56$896$257,805,64014Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,25073%268135$766$424,339,13117Lionsgate
16Tim's Vermeer$201,89419%10944$1,852$994,2587Sony Pictures Classics
17Endless Love (2014)$152,885-62%278-258$550$23,393,7655Universal
18Her (2013)$150,628-43%121-34$1,245$25,240,09513Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$133,17020%15245$876$50,280,8149Paramount
20That Awkward Moment$129,506-41%122-66$1,062$25,844,2277Focus
21August: Osage County$105,089-16%2037$518$37,473,84612Weinstein Company
22Repentance$103,721-65%126-31$823$1,117,3463Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
23Saving Mr. Banks$76,484-18%107-21$715$83,112,86214Disney
24Nebraska$75,224-59%120-60$627$17,613,46018Paramount Vantage
25Thor: The Dark World$50,751-45%100-48$508$206,246,28719Disney
26Shaadi Ke Side Effects$11,592-93%1080$107$911,8533Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,638,041348%6662$55,122$4,776,9812Fox Searchlight
2Journey to the South Pacific$123,49620%170$7,264$1,227,81016IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Bad Words$113,301--6--$18,884$113,3011Focus
4Jerusalem 3D$111,25313%291$3,836$3,016,17826National Geographic
5The Great Beauty$98,254-37%74-3$1,328$2,608,78018Janus Films
6Particle Fever$89,633109%1411$6,402$178,8872Abramorama / Bond 360
7The Lunchbox$88,921-23%185$4,940$306,3473Sony Pictures Classics
8Gloria (2014)$82,865-29%75-1$1,105$1,904,8698Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$56,18326%16-2$3,511$42,919,547209Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,974-32%88-45$636$58,114,69112Fox
11The Face of Love$51,872110%2017$2,594$85,1712IFC Films
12I, Frankenstein$48,140-31%76-16$633$19,059,0188Lionsgate
13Better Living Through Chemistry$46,435--61--$761$46,4351IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$46,233-6%3714$1,250$187,4874IFC Films
15Le Week-End$43,608--3--$14,536$43,6081Music Box Films
16The Art of the Steal (2014)$40,003--60--$667$40,0031RADiUS-TWC
17Ernest & Celestine$39,556261%93$4,395$71,4423GKIDS
18Walking With Dinosaurs$38,031-50%98-66$388$35,981,74913Fox
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,761-20%74-37$510$119,793,56725Sony / Columbia
20Stalingrad (2014)$32,788-71%70-73$468$960,2303Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$29,506-19%47-2$628$21,401,37419Fox
22Space Station 3D$25,48217%52$5,096$90,084,660622IMAX
23The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$23,202-60%16-42$1,450$2,338,7027ShortsHD
24Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,235-86%50-254$425$127,343,68013Paramount
25Winter's Tale$19,997-40%50-32$400$12,506,3155Warner Bros.
26Stranger By the Lake$19,768-14%164$1,236$285,1738Strand Releasing
27Blue Jasmine$17,515-42%27-9$649$33,386,09834Sony Pictures Classics
28Enemy$16,161--1--$16,161$16,1611A24
29Labor Day (2013)$14,971-66%42-42$356$13,362,3087Paramount
30To the Arctic 3D$13,49820%8-2$1,687$13,884,319100Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Generation War$12,014106%60$2,002$74,0599Music Box Films
32Delivery Man$11,926-53%28-26$426$30,659,81717Disney / DreamWorks
33Like Father, Like Son (2014)$11,463-46%23-12$498$278,4429IFC Films
34The Past$11,418-47%23-9$496$1,293,16813Sony Pictures Classics
35The Invisible Woman$11,127-36%18-1$618$1,176,73112Sony Pictures Classics
36On My Way$10,536--1--$10,536$10,5361Cohen Media Group
3720 Feet from Stardom$9,853-61%18-37$547$4,929,60940RADiUS-TWC
38Devil's Due$8,653-47%15-11$577$15,818,9679Fox
39Child's Pose$8,62847%84$1,079$50,6544Zeitgeist Films
40Free Birds$8,340-75%32-42$261$55,747,72420Relativity Media
41Under the Sea 3D$8,07815%50$1,616$33,791,554266Warner Bros. / IMAX
42When Comedy Went to School$7,9851%6-1$1,331$348,74333International Film Circuit
43Big Men$7,539--1--$7,539$7,5391Abramorama
44Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,256-16%23-19$315$8,307,23116Weinstein Company
45The Retrieval$7,232--1--$7,232$7,2321Variance Films
46Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,7961%114$618$95,0906Kino Lorber
47Born to Be Wild 3D$5,42986%70$776$23,211,742154Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Grand Piano$4,99468%75$713$9,8922Magnolia / Magnet
49Beijing Love Story$4,858-61%4-2$1,215$423,9565China Lion Film
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$4,749--1--$4,749$47,4765Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Interior. Leather Bar.$3,848-65%10$3,848$34,26811Strand Releasing
52The Word$3,648--1--$3,648$3,6481Scarlet Sky Productions
53Vampire Academy$3,508-67%12-20$292$7,759,0606Weinstein Company
54The Rocket (2013)$2,065-77%60$344$48,23610Kino Lorber
55American Mustang$1,935-70%10$1,935$38,7269Vitagraph / Just Media
56Special ID$1,929-69%8-2$241$1,9292Well Go USA
57Highway$1,511-86%1-8$1,511$529,1364UTV Motion Pictures
58A Field in England$1,489--5--$298$30,7166Drafthouse Films
59Journey to the West$1,392-81%3-4$464$11,6952Magnolia / Magnet
60Girl on a Bicycle$1,332-85%1-3$1,332$80,6025Monterey Media
61Visitors$1,328-84%3-10$443$76,6818Cinedigm
62Maidentrip$1,208-69%2-3$604$55,13913First Run Features
63Big Bad Wolves$805-44%2-2$403$31,3919Magnolia / Magnet
64The Right Kind of Wrong$593--1--$593$5931Magnolia Pictures
65In Bloom$584-74%1-3$584$37,22110Big World Pictures
66Cutie and the Boxer$229-27%20$115$199,27431RADiUS-TWC