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, Jun. 6 - Sun, Jun. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$48,002,523--3,173--$15,128$48,002,5231Fox
2Maleficent$34,328,264-51%3,9480$8,695$128,175,2322Disney
3Edge of Tomorrow$28,760,246--3,490--$8,241$28,760,2461Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$15,154,814-53%3,639-362$4,165$189,556,0803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$7,348,495-56%3,1602$2,325$30,338,4652Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$6,121,179-49%3,110-391$1,968$185,214,1854Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$5,325,155-34%2,674-265$1,991$137,925,6505Universal
8Blended$4,122,403-49%2,928-627$1,408$36,581,3473Warner Bros.
9Chef$2,621,82937%1,298674$2,020$10,383,5245Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$2,025,950-44%1,643-686$1,233$31,550,9804Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,961,843-48%1,481-671$1,325$196,350,2396Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$778,232-38%476-49$1,635$7,592,4996Fox Searchlight
2Rio 2$772,827-31%702-281$1,101$125,682,3929Fox
3The Other Woman (2014)$496,111-64%489-625$1,015$82,221,9307Fox
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$416,892-34%317-222$1,315$255,863,99610Disney
5Heaven is for Real$394,878-51%446-276$885$88,807,5238Sony / TriStar
6Holiday (2014)$394,715--144--$2,741$394,7971Reliance Entertainment
7The LEGO Movie$288,0524%274-28$1,051$255,878,39218Warner Bros.
8The Grand Seduction$285,187-12%10713$2,665$822,8012eOne Films US
9Divergent$251,735-23%298-75$845$149,063,25912Lionsgate / Summit
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$243,079-35%185-64$1,314$57,777,52214Fox Searchlight
11The Immigrant$192,230-38%145-5$1,326$1,421,8594Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$178,143-11%224-30$795$110,340,22414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13God's Not Dead$172,28045%20045$861$60,044,96012Freestyle / Pure Flix
14Moms' Night Out$156,759-47%292-91$537$9,915,4055Sony / TriStar
15Muppets Most Wanted$99,874-26%197-36$507$50,825,81212Disney
16Noah$93,834-38%136-46$690$101,044,09211Paramount
17The Railway Man$54,091-75%177-319$306$4,232,8989Weinstein Company
18Draft Day$42,844-50%113-60$379$28,786,1439Lionsgate / Summit
19Transcendence$24,963-48%105-23$238$22,982,0578Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$282,648261%9885$2,884$536,7123Roadside Attractions
2Ida (2014)$225,130-5%8729$2,588$1,284,7146Music Box Films
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$114,658-1%390$2,940$2,650,46610Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Fed Up$90,354-45%88-16$1,027$1,215,7345RADiUS-TWC
5Obvious Child$77,315--3--$25,772$77,3151A24
6Brick Mansions$77,040270%9954$778$20,120,0297Relativity Media
7Cold in July$67,927-41%733$931$292,9863IFC Films
8Fading Gigolo$59,918-56%54-38$1,110$3,523,5908Millennium Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$48,8198%21-1$2,325$44,493,074221Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Night Moves$48,655126%3129$1,570$79,4412Cinedigm
11Palo Alto$47,282-47%54-3$876$612,5485Tribeca Film
12Journey to the South Pacific$45,611-19%193$2,401$3,069,06728IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
13The Lunchbox$41,352-25%46-8$899$4,041,38015Sony Pictures Classics
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,973-62%84-96$440$8,279,2355Clarius Entertainment
15Bears$33,845-60%75-35$451$17,492,4708Disneynature
16Chinese Puzzle$31,136-52%27-2$1,153$229,6084Cohen Media Group
17Filmistaan$31,113--24--$1,296$31,1131UTV Motion Pictures
18Locke$26,928-57%44-25$612$1,225,9487A24
19Frozen (2013)$26,90217%43-14$626$400,654,22729Disney
20Need For Speed$26,741-14%58-16$461$43,537,78813Disney / DreamWorks
21A Haunted House 2$25,946-46%44-30$590$17,314,4848Open Road
22Only Lovers Left Alive$25,332-48%30-22$844$1,622,8079Sony Pictures Classics
23We Are the Best!$23,58634%129$1,966$52,5782Magnolia Pictures
24Jerusalem 3D$23,264-35%216$1,108$4,374,35738National Geographic
25Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$23,017--4--$5,754$23,0171RADiUS-TWC
26Oculus$22,645-41%47-36$482$27,647,8099Relativity Media
27Under the Skin (2014)$22,092-23%280$789$2,440,78110A24
28Space Station 3D$21,049-37%70$3,007$90,802,815634IMAX
29Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$16,01193%86$2,001$55,7593IFC Films
30The German Doctor$14,210-22%12-5$1,184$401,0407IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31Finding Vivian Maier$13,707-26%21-8$653$1,393,07511IFC Films
32The Hornet's Nest$12,363-76%16-26$773$288,2145Freestyle Releasing
33Redwood Highway$9,9909%169$624$76,5599Monterey Media
34Rigor Mortis$7,865--10--$787$7,8651Well Go USA
35Jodorowsky's Dune$6,662-25%162$416$611,79612Sony Pictures Classics
36The Raid 2$6,5311735%3836$172$2,618,87011Sony Pictures Classics
37To the Arctic 3D$6,445174%4-2$1,611$14,082,528112Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Double (2014)$6,2581%11-3$569$128,0035Magnolia Pictures
39For No Good Reason$5,98668%2114$285$47,6137Sony Pictures Classics
40Under the Sea 3D$5,809-14%164$363$34,017,102278Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Filth$5,545-26%52$1,109$17,5742Magnolia / Magnet
42The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,23561%3-2$1,745$233,51110Zeitgeist Films
43For a Woman$4,964282%43$1,241$22,8006Film Movement
44Big Men$4,862--1--$4,862$48,57313Abramorama
45Bicycling with Molière$4,259224%53$852$43,1527Strand Releasing
46Walking with the Enemy$4,177-27%101$418$846,1397Liberty Studios
47Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$3,555250%84$444$26,1404International Film Circuit
48Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,67937%2-2$1,340$138,4998Rialto Pictures
49Lucky Them$2,630-29%21$1,315$7,9642IFC Films
50Blue Ruin$2,49529%3-3$832$253,8057RADiUS-TWC
51Deep Sea 3D$2,388306%64$398$46,059,339432Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Nymphomaniac: Volume I$2,309-38%42$577$782,87412Magnolia Pictures
532 Autumns, 3 Winters$2,163--1--$2,163$2,1631Film Movement
54Born to Be Wild 3D$1,856-43%150$124$23,383,604166Warner Bros. / IMAX
55Le Week-End$1,829-46%8-1$229$2,205,74713Music Box Films
56Particle Fever$1,270-77%3-1$423$859,89714Abramorama / Bond 360
57The Unknown Known$1,269617%32$423$271,17510RADiUS-TWC
58Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,052-50%30$351$325,64910Magnolia Pictures
59Tasting Menu$802293%21$401$16,6778Magnolia Pictures
60Just a Sigh$666-46%1-2$666$68,29212Distrib Films
61The Sacrament$583--1--$583$5831Magnolia / Magnet
62Manakamana$357-58%1-1$357$21,9338Cinema Guild
6320 Feet from Stardom$250100%10$250$4,946,16052RADiUS-TWC
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$244-89%2-1$122$58,34432International Film Circuit
65Ilo Ilo$227--1--$227$40,86910Film Movement
66Heropanti$211-98%3-8$70$62,1573UTV Motion Pictures
67The Jewish Cardinal$200-60%20$100$129,68522Film Movement
68Half of a Yellow Sun$200-94%2-4$100$25,6664Monterey Media
69Next Year Jerusalem$150-93%1-1$150$7,9854First Run Features