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, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$36,254,310-50%3,9692$9,134$139,207,1542Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$29,816,675--2,806--$10,626$29,816,6751Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,509,407--3,826--$4,576$17,509,4071Disney
4Sex Tape$14,608,152--3,062--$4,771$14,608,1521Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,845,720-40%3,224-689$3,054$227,002,6084Paramount
6Tammy$7,402,208-41%3,402-63$2,176$71,050,3043Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,703,353-28%2,229-582$2,110$180,512,4646Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,904,709-36%2,169-716$1,800$160,776,6046Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,267,824-40%2,450-780$1,334$31,987,1383Relativity Media
10Maleficent$3,238,213-23%1,541-536$2,101$228,303,4488Disney
11Begin Again$2,639,584-6%1,302363$2,027$9,365,2504Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,677,356-30%1,030-75$1,629$11,421,0524Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,537,715-68%1,491-1558$1,031$29,221,4653Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,201,490-52%1,003-965$1,198$44,435,2105Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,110,317-12%552-149$2,011$25,922,00211Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,103,226-39%602-501$1,833$96,617,8767Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,070,856-55%628-603$1,705$63,935,1835Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$851,391--736--$1,157$851,3911Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$816,412-46%557-445$1,466$121,599,4907Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$710,704-31%387-268$1,836$230,485,3669Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$515,187109%32623$1,580$199,019,97910Warner Bros.
8Snowpiercer$452,825-29%211-145$2,146$3,454,2484RADiUS-TWC
9Rio 2$302,953-23%256-29$1,183$130,238,94115Fox
10Blended$275,771-20%285-50$968$45,212,8219Warner Bros.
11Neighbors (2014)$252,975-29%230-37$1,100$149,093,03011Universal
12The Amazing Spider-Man 2$237,749-31%218-57$1,091$202,084,84312Sony / Columbia
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$181,371-15%191-24$950$258,591,35216Disney
14Million Dollar Arm$169,823-9%175-49$970$35,955,57210Disney
15Life Itself$128,909-9%10034$1,289$538,6553Magnolia Pictures
16Heaven is for Real$128,225-15%149-24$861$91,080,55714Sony / TriStar
17Third Person$111,217-53%154-73$722$785,3515Sony Pictures Classics
18The LEGO Movie$42,286-46%202-148$209$257,484,82724Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,170,217202%3429$34,418$1,785,3842IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$484,401--68--$7,124$484,4011Focus
3Obvious Child$172,584-21%96-38$1,798$2,635,4737A24
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$162,5827%410$3,965$4,621,71016Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ida (2014)$125,530-15%80-8$1,569$3,341,59412Music Box Films
6The Grand Seduction$125,2473%90-2$1,392$2,936,9558eOne Films US
7Belle$111,464-19%92-15$1,212$10,449,14812Fox Searchlight
8Journey to the South Pacific$77,21830%180$4,290$3,833,35834IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Hubble 3D$59,94514%141$4,282$45,188,815227Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$52,376-24%46-17$1,139$58,943,02020Fox Searchlight
11Words and Pictures$41,648-12%33-7$1,262$2,058,7289Roadside Attractions
12The Other Woman (2014)$35,874-45%60-36$598$83,821,08913Fox
13Land Ho!$34,9052%73$4,986$84,7202Sony Pictures Classics
14A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$34,499-47%29-27$1,190$515,0053Janus Films
15Space Station 3D$32,93716%73$4,705$91,187,674640IMAX
16Le Chef$31,8523%153$2,123$219,8025Cohen Media Group
17There’s No Place Like Utopia$30,710--1--$30,710$30,7101Rocky Mountain Pictures
18I Origins$27,652--4--$6,913$27,6521Fox Searchlight
19Mood Indigo$26,511--2--$13,256$26,5111Drafthouse Films
20Yves Saint Laurent$25,572-25%11-3$2,325$210,3184Weinstein Company
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,302-43%63-15$370$111,291,01020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,87058%93$2,430$107,1955Big World Pictures
23Jerusalem 3D$19,994-2%11-3$1,818$4,724,52544National Geographic
24A Five Star Life$15,996--1--$15,996$15,9961Music Box Films
25Only Lovers Left Alive$13,675-21%11-1$1,243$1,814,14015Sony Pictures Classics
26Video Games: The Movie$12,759--25--$510$12,7591Variance Films
27Under the Sea 3D$12,43123%115$1,130$34,158,726284Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Code Black$12,136-38%70$1,734$99,1115Long Shot Factory
29Siddharth$10,942537%54$2,188$25,4834Zeitgeist Films
30Closed Curtain$9,89198%43$2,473$21,4542Variance Films
31The Rover$9,577-6%11-1$871$1,061,2076A24
32A Coffee in Berlin$9,529-38%8-2$1,191$129,6226Music Box Films
33Under the Skin (2014)$8,884-10%90$987$2,581,11216A24
34Coherence$8,812--7--$1,259$68,8775Oscilloscope
35The Breakup Guru$7,573-47%3-3$2,524$201,2144China Lion Film
36Locke$7,325-16%7-3$1,046$1,341,75913A24
37Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$6,788-29%7-2$970$67,2034Magnolia Pictures
38God's Not Dead$6,433-45%11-14$585$60,737,88218Freestyle / Pure Flix
39Fed Up$5,8720%12-8$489$1,515,79811RADiUS-TWC
40A Long Way Down$5,006251%54$1,001$7,4352Magnolia Pictures
41The Lunchbox$4,7663%6-4$794$4,193,34421Sony Pictures Classics
42Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,18668%104$319$206,1197RADiUS-TWC
43The Last Sentence$3,100-48%3-3$1,033$45,4175Music Box Films
44The Double (2014)$2,952-30%4-3$738$185,74111Magnolia Pictures
45We Are the Best!$2,890-1%8-2$361$165,0648Magnolia Pictures
46The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$2,849112%1-1$2,849$48,9114FilmBuff / Participant
4750 to 1$2,261-72%4-3$565$806,94318Ten Furlongs
48To the Arctic 3D$2,18396%31$728$14,153,532118Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Redwood Highway$2,134-16%31$711$123,31115Monterey Media
50The Empty Hours$1,96644%21$983$4,6092Strand Releasing
51Borgman$1,88926%50$378$55,3797Drafthouse Films
52Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,513373%10$1,513$62,86523Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
53Citizen Koch$1,403-77%3-6$468$147,4337Variance Films
54Flamenco, Flamenco$1,259--1--$1,259$1,2591Dada Films
55Bicycling with Molière$1,244137%21$622$58,77213Strand Releasing
56Night Moves$1,024-54%3-3$341$250,4218Cinedigm
57Jodorowsky's Dune$98960%42$247$645,34518Sony Pictures Classics
58Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$875-28%8-2$109$8,458,99411Clarius Entertainment
59Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819--1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
60As It Is in Heaven (2014)$531--1--$531$3,5262Embark Visuals
61The Hornet's Nest$318-39%1-1$318$311,04611Freestyle Releasing
62Filth$277-31%1-1$277$34,3218Magnolia / Magnet
63For No Good Reason$251-59%1-2$251$64,88413Sony Pictures Classics
64Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$228-59%31$76$44,61110International Film Circuit
65Deep Sea 3D$222-47%20$111$46,070,691438Warner Bros. / IMAX
66The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$182--1--$182$10,60710First Run Features
67Born to Be Wild 3D$18174%62$30$23,447,616172Warner Bros. / IMAX