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, May. 2 - Sun, May. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,608,337--4,324--$21,186$91,608,3371Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$14,407,264-42%3,23833$4,449$47,552,7362Fox
3Heaven is for Real$8,601,509-40%2,930225$2,936$65,503,9183Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$7,774,269-52%3,179-441$2,446$237,155,4805Disney
5Rio 2$7,711,952-44%3,314-389$2,327$106,582,2284Fox
6Brick Mansions$3,691,672-61%2,6470$1,395$15,628,9882Relativity Media
7Divergent$2,182,283-40%1,639-427$1,331$142,669,0097Lionsgate / Summit
8The Quiet Ones$1,994,670-49%2,0270$984$6,755,7022Lionsgate
9God's Not Dead$1,765,906-37%1,330-270$1,328$55,561,3087Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Bears$1,710,162-54%1,79070$955$14,366,2163Disneynature
11Draft Day$1,382,280-50%1,354-726$1,021$26,426,0474Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$1,173,020-72%1,775-1680$661$21,366,2303Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$1,075,668-66%1,328-982$810$16,124,4633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,777,513-28%884-137$2,011$51,548,9459Fox Searchlight
2Noah$900,538-61%929-675$969$99,025,2876Paramount
3Oculus$761,099-65%884-997$861$26,702,3654Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$502,556-13%1648$3,064$1,629,3544Weinstein Company
5Fading Gigolo$482,84761%11073$4,390$1,124,9223Millennium Entertainment
6RoboCop (2014)$404,440329%23184$1,751$58,317,50412Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$402,961-27%410-58$983$108,548,0629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Lunchbox$262,841-18%149-16$1,764$3,081,44710Sony Pictures Classics
9Muppets Most Wanted$260,271-54%376-189$692$49,779,2167Disney
10The LEGO Movie$228,911-36%220-83$1,041$253,106,87513Warner Bros.
11Under the Skin (2014)$169,412-38%125-33$1,355$1,838,4195A24
12Non-Stop (2014)$152,530-25%218-34$700$90,716,20010Universal
13Walking with the Enemy$126,735-62%127-131$998$615,6782Liberty Studios
14300: Rise of an Empire$121,045-48%235-90$515$106,036,1809Warner Bros.
15Frozen (2013)$116,922-38%179-48$653$400,344,85824Disney
16The Monuments Men$109,930-5%145-21$758$77,842,89713Sony / Columbia
17Need For Speed$96,849-43%133-54$728$43,045,2798Disney / DreamWorks
18The Nut Job$49,745-51%101-59$493$64,238,76716Open Road
19Son of God$31,692-55%126-85$252$59,631,57510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Only Lovers Left Alive$192,320-4%6714$2,870$786,3614Sony Pictures Classics
22 States$180,100-59%96-41$1,876$2,023,3863UTV Motion Pictures
3Finding Vivian Maier$151,2723%9030$1,681$926,0096IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$134,838-5%370$3,644$1,326,5355Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Locke$133,85465%2521$5,354$246,6392A24
6Belle$106,578--4--$26,645$106,5781Fox Searchlight
7Le Week-End$96,415-36%90-39$1,071$2,003,0088Music Box Films
8Blue Ruin$73,628126%6053$1,227$121,4862RADiUS-TWC
9Journey to the South Pacific$65,519-23%14-2$4,680$2,424,70223IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Ida (2014)$55,438--3--$18,479$55,4381Music Box Films
11Hubble 3D$49,844-7%191$2,623$43,888,213216Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Jodorowsky's Dune$45,260-7%6120$742$459,9717Sony Pictures Classics
13The German Doctor$44,08329%149$3,149$94,0972IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Cesar Chavez$42,084-2%9752$434$5,550,8666Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Jerusalem 3D$41,406--18--$2,300$3,990,88333National Geographic
16Walk of Shame$39,751--51--$779$39,7511Focus World
17The Raid 2$29,270-64%38-33$770$2,552,7516Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$27,368-37%19-3$1,440$765,9719Abramorama / Bond 360
193 Days to Kill$27,228-35%64-21$425$30,655,53811Relativity Media
20Joe (2014)$26,846-30%39-2$688$341,3334Roadside Attractions
21The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$26,364-9%13-1$2,028$149,1595Zeitgeist Films
22Dancing in Jaffa$25,2498%2310$1,098$101,2574IFC Films
23Dom Hemingway$24,804-62%47-72$528$496,3025Fox Searchlight
24Sabotage (2014)$23,824-34%60-15$397$10,471,6886Open Road
25Space Station 3D$21,4913%1-2$21,491$90,539,429629IMAX
26Gravity$19,331-51%65-40$297$274,084,95131Warner Bros.
27Bad Words$18,292-62%40-74$457$7,719,1578Focus
28Godzilla: The Japanese Original$17,7471796%98$1,972$40,8873Rialto Pictures
29Decoding Annie Parker$16,781--13--$1,291$16,7811eOne Films US
30The Wind Rises$14,282-10%260$549$5,177,16811Disney
31Alan Partridge$11,418-60%18-4$634$140,4825Magnolia Pictures
3250 to 1$10,729-49%16-7$671$664,5897Ten Furlongs
33On My Way$10,668-2%94$1,185$295,6788Cohen Media Group
34Philomena$10,661-27%22-11$485$37,692,01324Weinstein Company
35The M Word$10,458--10--$1,046$10,4581Rainbow Releasing
36Bicycling with Molière$10,262163%43$2,566$17,7152Strand Releasing
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$9,401-34%15-1$627$740,4717Magnolia Pictures
38Tim's Vermeer$9,147-30%11-12$832$1,644,05314Sony Pictures Classics
3912 Years a Slave$8,337-51%20-12$417$56,667,87029Fox Searchlight
40Rob the Mob$8,122142%84$1,015$192,0027Millennium Entertainment
41Under the Sea 3D$7,4363%124$620$33,911,950273Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Hateship Loveship$7,408-27%15-1$494$39,8194IFC Films
43To the Arctic 3D$7,11610%93$791$14,021,570107Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Beneath the Harvest Sky$6,988-58%80$874$28,1162Tribeca Film
45That Demon Within$6,783-76%5-7$1,357$161,6253China Lion Film
46Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,758-61%15-16$451$298,3065Magnolia Pictures
47For a Woman$6,530--2--$3,265$6,5301Film Movement
48For No Good Reason$5,96232%64$994$12,9282Sony Pictures Classics
49Watermark$5,449-52%11-5$495$76,7985eOne Films US
50Documented$5,422--1--$5,422$5,4221CNN Films
51Enemy$4,784-32%8-7$598$1,003,2778A24
52Gloria (2014)$4,670-24%90$519$2,099,69215Roadside Attractions
53Just a Sigh$3,65281%31$1,217$59,4617Distrib Films
54Young and Beautiful$3,214-30%10$3,214$11,6042IFC Films
55The Jewish Cardinal$2,662--3--$887$121,93117Film Movement
56Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,639-38%1-1$2,639$40,50413Rialto Pictures
57Born to Be Wild 3D$2,328-44%8-3$291$23,304,433161Warner Bros. / IMAX
58The Unknown Known$2,125-75%15-7$142$262,6135RADiUS-TWC
59Ilo Ilo$2,108--1--$2,108$33,7375Film Movement
6020 Feet from Stardom$1,75698%21$878$4,944,88947RADiUS-TWC
61The Invisible Woman$1,4389%42$360$1,231,29119Sony Pictures Classics
62Manakamana$1,423-9%10$1,423$10,5993Cinema Guild
63No God, No Master$1,305109%31$435$4,9886Monterey Media
64Redwood Highway$1,216835%32$405$1,6934Monterey Media
65More Than the Rainbow$1,082--1--$1,082$1,0821First Run Features
66August: Osage County$1,051-81%3-4$350$37,738,40019Weinstein Company
67Bright Days Ahead$916-81%1-3$916$9,0592Tribeca Film
68Mistaken for Strangers$78522%1-1$785$137,4606Abramorama
69Sweet Dreams (2013)$750--1--$750$51,59927International Film Circuit
70Gabrielle (2014)$634-29%10$634$5,5343eOne Films US
71Big Men$589--1--$589$43,1918Abramorama
72American Mustang$482-68%10$482$48,70016Vitagraph / Just Media
73Stranger By the Lake$461-33%2-2$231$324,89115Strand Releasing
74Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$417--1--$417$012Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
75Cheap Thrills$293--1--$293$59,1147Drafthouse Films
76The Protector 2$270--1--$270$2701Magnolia / Magnet
77Tasting Menu$206-13%10$206$9,4593Magnolia Pictures
78The Missing Picture$156-97%1-4$156$49,0347Strand Releasing
79The Final Member$36-99%1-9$36$10,9493Drafthouse Films