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, Jan. 9 - Sun, Jan. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 3$39,201,657--3,594--$10,908$39,201,6571Fox
2Selma$11,307,3941686%2,1792157$5,189$13,594,3433Paramount
3Into the Woods$9,554,755-49%2,833295$3,373$105,076,6843Disney
4The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$9,377,118-57%3,402-473$2,756$236,459,6054Warner Bros. / New Line
5Unbroken$8,170,305-55%3,301111$2,475$101,404,5753Universal
6The Imitation Game$7,213,862-7%1,566812$4,607$40,430,3017Weinstein Company
7Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$6,718,622-54%3,371-431$1,993$99,542,1104Fox
8Annie (2014)$4,750,304-58%2,856-310$1,663$79,268,3544Sony / Columbia
9The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death$4,648,460-69%2,6020$1,786$22,157,5652Relativity Media
10The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$3,765,893-50%2,063-442$1,825$329,540,4468Lionsgate
11Wild (2014)$2,677,814-41%1,286-75$2,082$30,316,7566Fox Searchlight
12Big Hero 6$2,308,936-51%1,580-333$1,461$214,524,89410Disney
13The Gambler$2,305,574-64%2,121-373$1,087$32,262,8883Paramount
14Big Eyes$1,257,289-52%1,044-364$1,204$12,218,9713Weinstein Company
15Penguins of Madagascar$1,172,380-60%1,057-528$1,109$79,850,0067Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Exodus: Gods and Kings$1,103,400-71%1,142-1118$966$63,655,5055Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inherent Vice$2,773,2601003%645629$4,300$4,352,2255Warner Bros
2Interstellar$1,160,152-53%703-345$1,650$184,809,00110Paramount
3The Theory of Everything$673,509-39%408-243$1,651$25,894,53710Focus
4Birdman$589,859-31%228-54$2,587$26,337,58513Fox Searchlight
5Top Five$545,473-75%636-559$858$24,886,0665Paramount
6The Interview (2014)$409,701-62%492-89$833$5,762,0883Sony / Columbia
7Horrible Bosses 2$352,296-62%375-327$939$53,783,0607Warner Bros. / New Line
8PK (2014)$255,343-66%105-116$2,432$10,330,1094UTV Motion Pictures
9Gone Girl$250,683-37%253-26$991$167,122,87515Fox
10Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$181,991-38%208-21$875$66,286,44014Disney
11Dumb and Dumber To$180,560-42%244-87$740$85,665,6659Universal
12Tevar$171,026--127--$1,347$171,0261Eros International
13The Book of Life (2014)$123,342-29%122-12$1,011$49,735,30713Fox
14Fury (2014)$110,329-43%188-44$587$85,707,11613Sony / Columbia
15St. Vincent$109,166-53%203-199$538$43,671,55114Weinstein Company
16The Equalizer$51,191-57%116-32$441$101,530,73816Sony / Columbia
17Guardians of the Galaxy$50,725-43%125-29$406$333,130,69624Disney
18The Boxtrolls$50,370-40%114-18$442$50,686,80716Focus
19John Wick$36,228-53%106-21$342$42,996,98612Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Sniper$579,518-14%40$144,880$3,174,6693Warner Bros.
2Ode to My Father$305,449559%3836$8,038$483,7343CJ Entertainment
3A Most Violent Year$116,541-33%40$29,135$453,4532A24
4The Taking of Tiger Mountain$77,39853%136$5,954$148,5372Well Go USA
5Nightcrawler$66,561-43%75-30$887$32,098,40111Open Road
6The Maze Runner$60,964-38%95-23$642$102,333,05217Fox
7Force Majeure$44,31912%396$1,136$1,220,24812Magnolia Pictures
8The Babadook$43,330-40%55-4$788$815,3317IFC Midnight
9Citizenfour$42,034-33%501$841$2,342,08012RADiUS-TWC
10Two Days, One Night$40,79631%53$8,159$169,7313IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$38,924-54%14-1$2,780$47,180,380252Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Homesman$37,059-32%50-4$741$2,336,8689Roadside Attractions
13Jerusalem 3D$34,242--11--$3,113$6,711,31069National Geographic
14Journey to the South Pacific$30,683-41%171$1,805$5,421,32859IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
15Song of the Sea$29,011237%30$9,670$97,9614GKIDS
16The Judge (2014)$24,931-44%60-1$416$47,105,08514Warner Bros.
17Boyhood$22,023-47%20-1$1,101$24,339,42327IFC Films
18Beloved Sisters$19,704--9--$2,189$19,7041Music Box Films
19Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$16,964-52%35-5$485$8,508,81341Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The Pyramid$14,86964%225$676$2,724,1496Fox
21The Best of Me$12,843-51%31-11$414$26,761,28313Relativity Media
22The Search for General Tso$9,055-3%1311$697$22,2762IFC Films
23Love on the Cloud$8,013-68%4-8$2,003$263,2963China Lion Film
24My Old Lady$7,38117%5-2$1,476$4,011,53018Cohen Media Group
25Dear White People$6,40934%80$801$4,385,18413Roadside Attractions
26Awake: The Life of Yogananda$5,146-71%3-2$1,715$1,108,12414CounterPoint Films
27Antarctica: A Year on Ice$4,400-77%9-4$489$242,2437Music Box Films
28Diplomacy$4,130973%31$1,377$227,35913Zeitgeist Films
29The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$3,929-60%6-5$655$602,96813GKIDS
30She's Beautiful When She's Angry$3,214-58%4-1$804$53,6826International Film Circuit
31To the Arctic 3D$3,159-60%30$1,053$14,291,937143Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Beyond the Lights$2,877-85%19-4$151$14,572,8919Relativity Media
33The Overnighters$2,23768%75$320$103,07314Drafthouse Films
34A Tale of Winter (2014 re-issue)$2,15611%32$719$17,9214Big World Pictures
35Under the Sea 3D$2,139-64%42$535$34,409,710309Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Goodbye To All That$1,660-71%1-2$1,660$11,4634IFC Films
37Zero Motivation$1,478-61%31$493$79,6656Zeitgeist Films
38Life Partners$1,057249%21$529$7,5636Magnolia Pictures
39Viva la Liberta$1,026-91%2-5$513$48,12510Distrib Films
40Le jour se lève (2014 re-issue)$802--1--$802$34,5709Rialto Pictures
41It's All So Quiet$362--1--$362$3621Big World Pictures
42The King and the Mockingbird$336--1--$336$25,7588Rialto Pictures
43Born to Be Wild 3D$270170%21$135$23,870,482197Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Two-Bit Waltz$185--2--$93$1,98912Monterey Media
45Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$84-80%1-1$84$35,60218First Run Features