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, Aug. 1 - Sun, Aug. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$94,320,883--4,080--$23,118$94,320,8831Disney
2Lucy$18,252,590-58%3,20229$5,700$79,539,9752Universal
3Get On Up$13,585,915--2,468--$5,505$13,585,9151Universal
4Hercules (2014)$11,010,367-63%3,5950$3,063$52,658,4152Paramount
5Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$8,690,314-48%3,283-385$2,647$189,319,9874Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,044,003-37%3,241-598$1,865$47,216,2093Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$5,853,245-44%2,656-200$2,204$63,264,2203Universal
8Sex Tape$3,522,201-42%2,500-562$1,409$33,880,6653Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$3,261,935-30%1,81654$1,796$10,390,7182Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,241,072-52%1,732-744$1,294$241,206,9876Paramount
11Tammy$1,568,002-55%1,415-1147$1,108$81,530,7075Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$3,242,16221%726365$4,466$6,976,8112Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$2,398,68336%310203$7,738$7,442,0634IFC Films
3Maleficent$1,272,342-31%681-396$1,868$234,740,47310Disney
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,216,629-46%861-497$1,413$168,570,6868Fox / DreamWorks Animation
522 Jump Street$1,180,532-55%828-785$1,426$188,441,6148Sony / Columbia
6Begin Again$668,236-58%727-517$919$13,755,5736Weinstein Company
7Chef$657,530-14%350-55$1,879$28,309,99913Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$629,58620%40249$1,566$98,621,3469Warner Bros.
9Wish I Was Here$610,109-47%753128$810$3,054,0753Focus
10The Fluffy Movie$530,206-60%4320$1,227$2,370,1582Open Road
11Earth to Echo$470,536-66%536-736$878$36,978,2055Relativity Media
12Kick$439,304-59%162-15$2,712$2,100,0412UTV Motion Pictures
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$398,956193%18118$2,204$259,322,89018Disney
14America (2014)$354,731-61%478-282$742$14,074,7746Lionsgate
15The Fault in Our Stars$316,902-34%282-105$1,124$123,403,6409Fox
16Jersey Boys$285,089-43%286-176$997$46,222,8547Warner Bros.
17Godzilla (2014)$241,850-37%277-25$873$200,163,95312Warner Bros.
18X-Men: Days of Future Past$187,084-53%190-99$985$231,696,33711Fox
19Neighbors (2014)$174,295-30%177-31$985$149,771,25513Universal
20Rio 2$171,317-23%212-18$808$131,020,63317Fox
21Blended$149,673-28%187-36$800$45,889,19111Warner Bros.
22The Amazing Spider-Man 2$119,966-32%161-26$745$202,644,00114Sony / Columbia
23Think Like a Man Too$112,399-69%115-202$977$65,028,6877Sony / Screen Gems
24Snowpiercer$110,192-46%100-49$1,102$4,139,1996RADiUS-TWC
25Million Dollar Arm$77,177-26%101-39$764$36,312,73912Disney
26I Origins$67,214-13%12246$551$233,3343Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Magic in the Moonlight$740,75980%6548$11,396$1,323,0952Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$166,674-10%410$4,065$5,436,36618Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$93,920-65%97-224$968$30,523,5685Sony / Screen Gems
4Hubble 3D$75,26328%9-5$8,363$45,473,641229Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Calvary$74,149--4--$18,537$74,1491Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$70,2361%180$3,902$4,147,96136IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Obvious Child$67,467-13%44-19$1,533$2,895,9019A24
8Heaven is for Real$52,621-45%96-33$548$91,386,09716Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$47,725-39%50-24$955$3,204,78410eOne Films US
10Mood Indigo$38,05857%2013$1,903$118,9113Drafthouse Films
11Ida (2014)$35,939-46%33-15$1,089$3,551,00614Music Box Films
12Belle$30,595-44%43-15$712$10,645,03914Fox Searchlight
13A Five Star Life$28,680193%76$4,097$73,3883Music Box Films
14Child of God$27,630--8--$3,454$27,6301Well Go USA
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$25,4044%591$431$111,392,58022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Le Chef$23,197-22%184$1,289$306,7247Cohen Media Group
17Persecuted$21,194-87%32-352$662$1,546,2193Millennium Entertainment
18Land Ho!$19,375-40%195$1,020$173,9104Sony Pictures Classics
19Jerusalem 3D$18,1783%100$1,818$4,837,18846National Geographic
20Life Itself (2014)$16,854-66%44-33$383$712,2435Magnolia Pictures
21The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,008-44%23-14$653$59,034,59922Fox Searchlight
22Under the Sea 3D$14,14827%6-2$2,358$34,219,524286Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Code Black$13,136116%104$1,314$135,6147Long Shot Factory
2450 to 1$12,537-5%103$1,254$842,79420Ten Furlongs
25Words and Pictures$12,289-56%18-10$683$2,140,90611Roadside Attractions
26Venus in Fur$10,398-57%31-14$335$327,8897IFC Films
27The Other Woman (2014)$10,046-51%22-17$457$83,892,21815Fox
28Yves Saint Laurent$9,985-38%80$1,248$262,4076Weinstein Company
29Born to Be Wild 3D$9,898521%7-1$1,414$23,485,722174Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Third Person$9,622-48%9-26$1,069$874,8057Sony Pictures Classics
31Only Lovers Left Alive$8,283-8%7-3$1,183$1,841,12217Sony Pictures Classics
32Happy Christmas$7,016-7%95$780$17,4392Magnolia Pictures
33The LEGO Movie$6,951-81%38-164$183$257,716,50726Warner Bros.
34Under the Skin (2014)$6,454-21%5-3$1,291$2,605,03918A24
35The Rover$5,776-34%6-5$963$1,089,1508A24
36A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$5,524-17%71$789$134,2657Big World Pictures
37Locke$4,212-19%4-1$1,053$1,361,42315A24
38There’s No Place Like Utopia$4,19029%54$838$45,2543Rocky Mountain Pictures
39A Master Builder$4,135-41%10$4,135$21,4872Abramorama
40The Double (2014)$4,05882%92$451$196,63213Magnolia Pictures
41God's Not Dead$3,714-12%7-2$531$60,753,73520Freestyle / Pure Flix
42A Coffee in Berlin$3,675-42%7-2$525$146,1358Music Box Films
43Fed Up$3,086-28%7-6$441$1,533,02513RADiUS-TWC
44The Lunchbox$2,706-63%4-4$677$4,207,84123Sony Pictures Classics
45Siddharth$2,672-23%2-2$1,336$48,6176Zeitgeist Films
46Finding Vivian Maier$2,228-29%95$248$1,503,61619IFC Films
47We Are the Best!$1,099-12%31$366$174,24410Magnolia Pictures
48To the Arctic 3D$1,014-32%41$254$14,159,514120Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,000--1--$1,000$147,41816Rialto Pictures
50The Jewish Cardinal$926--1--$926$133,06630Film Movement
51Moebius$876--1--$876$8761RAM Releasing
52Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$855-13%40$214$210,5299RADiUS-TWC
53The Last Sentence$81957%21$410$48,5947Music Box Films
54For No Good Reason$714151%21$357$66,31115Sony Pictures Classics
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$709-49%2-2$355$73,7116Magnolia Pictures
56Night Moves$4814%20$241$252,90310Cinedigm
57A Long Way Off$403-34%10$403$29,7779Moving Visions Entertainment
58Accident (2014 re-issue)$378--1--$378$17,16111Rialto Pictures
59As It Is in Heaven (2014)$340-87%10$340$9,7854Embark Visuals
60Bicycling with Molière$207--1--$207$59,62415Strand Releasing
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$197--1--$197$63,06225Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62For a Woman$126--1--$126$32,28614Film Movement