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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jul. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$18,805,05142%4,468--$4,209$176,382,2201Summit
2Toy Story 3$12,777,10554%4,0280$3,172$301,883,2983Disney
3The Last Airbender$11,479,21323%3,169--$3,622$69,315,3291Paramount
4Grown Ups$7,003,19037%3,5340$1,982$84,634,3072Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,708,50119%3,1046$1,195$49,460,3482Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$3,031,26336%3,109-631$975$154,554,7804Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,213,03334%2,153-1089$563$70,494,0074Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$490,62048%884-1305$555$57,965,4355Universal
2Shrek Forever After$385,79143%957-1383$403$232,664,4327Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$237,52032%522-647$455$308,530,2979Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$194,31511%600-1251$324$88,338,9866Disney
5Solitary Man$160,1441%176-1$910$2,917,8077Anchor Bay
6Killers (2010)$152,95427%727-1544$210$45,323,5905Lionsgate
7Letters to Juliet$149,405-8%340-169$439$51,094,6798Summit
8Sex and the City 2$146,15754%355-546$412$94,223,0996Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$139,74571%303-30$461$216,296,73915Paramount / DreamWorks
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$126,695--111--$1,141$1,604,8774IFC
11Marmaduke$124,61245%475-635$262$30,939,7385Fox
12Robin Hood (2010)$120,88525%378-291$320$104,034,8208Universal
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$76,562--109--$702$9,086,44016Music Box
14The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$65,392--127--$515$5,662,48912Sony Pictures Classics
15Date Night$63,21537%242-44$261$97,697,72313Fox
16Please Give$61,335--145--$423$3,498,14310Sony Pictures Classics
17Jonah Hex$40,66224%350-2475$116$9,978,0853Warner Bros.
18Clash of the Titans (2010)$39,27531%175-51$224$162,955,46414Warner Bros.
19Splice$32,4593%140-200$232$16,571,7015Warner Bros
20Death at a Funeral (2010)$30,39619%136--$224$42,739,34712Sony / Screen Gems
21Furry Vengeance$23,09215%107-50$216$17,489,46410Summit
22A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$12,92730%110-62$118$63,005,87710Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$319,63942%7760$4,151$1,811,9853Fox Searchlight
2I Am Love$193,667--80--$2,421$1,290,4803Magnolia
3Winter's Bone$168,37028%8313$2,029$1,880,5904Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$98,33120%522$1,891$9,776,63616Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Hate Luv Storys$73,205--84--$871$535,2731UTV
6Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$48,648--43--$1,131$584,9894Sony Pictures Classics
7City Island$44,56819%81-24$550$6,365,19616Anchor Bay
8Micmacs$23,569--50--$471$853,0956Sony Classics
9Restrepo$23,501--10--$2,350$142,7112National Geographic
10Mother and Child$22,251--77--$289$934,4149Sony Pictures Classics
11Ondine$20,486--38--$539$362,14918Magnolia
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,011--31--$646$2,792,14812Producers Distribution Agency
13Just Wright$19,03943%95-16$200$21,329,4338Fox Searchlight
14Harry Brown$18,284--45--$406$1,704,11510Samuel Goldwyn
15The Back-up Plan$17,18133%97-50$177$37,375,68611CBS Films
16The Killer Inside Me$16,838--17--$990$110,8083IFC Films
17Love Ranch$16,133--11--$1,467$74,7761E1 Entertainment
18Oceans$15,990--79--$202$19,361,89311Disneynature
19Under the Sea 3D$15,9113%130$1,224$22,699,92973Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$14,05940%70-35$201$63,803,22116Fox
21The Last Song$12,618--79--$160$62,884,42214Disney
22Babies$11,861-6%42-22$282$7,291,3849Focus
23The Bounty Hunter$11,204-3%67--$167$67,061,22816Sony / Columbia
24South of the Border$11,194--6--$1,866$76,1592Cinema Libre
25Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,973--6--$1,329$106,4162Sony Pictures Classics
26Avatar$6,977-28%9-6$775$749,603,86429Fox
27The City of Your Final Destination$6,416--14--$458$441,41012Screen Media Films
28Let It Rain$4,724--5--$945$66,6593IFC
29Holy Rollers$4,283--13--$329$283,62123First Independent Pictures
30God of Vampires$3,465--10--$347$13,8601Nocturnal Features
31Raavan$3,276-23%28-87$117$705,7043Reliance Big Pictures
32Agora$2,677--2--$1,339$206,8936Newmarket
33The Secret of Kells$2,507-31%14-1$179$658,43718GKIDS
34The Square (2010)$2,19849%5-3$440$394,66213Apparition
35La Mission$2,159--5--$432$1,010,61713Screen Media
36Alice in Wonderland (2010)$1,956--23--$85$334,185,20618Disney
37Princess Kaiulani$1,837-5%5-3$367$838,3088Roadside Attractions
38Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,830--2--$915$169,5306Rialto
39Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,797--9--$200$592,29516Zeitgeist
40Stonewall Uprising$1,770--4--$443$68,2843First Run Features
41The Nature of Existence$1,347--3--$449$11,2743Walking Shadows
42Survival of the Dead$1,221--4--$305$97,7786Magnolia / Magnet
43Only the Brave (2010)$1,103--1--$1,103$141,1846Indican Pictures
44The Joneses$937-14%1-2$937$1,470,56912Roadside Attractions
45Best Worst Movie$926--1--$926$63,60111Area23a
46OSS 117: Lost in Rio$924--3--$308$81,87164Music Box
47Everyone Else$918--3--$306$73,39655Cinema Guild
48Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$902--1--$902$40,1235Indican Pictures
49The Lottery$871--2--$436$42,6154Variance Films
50Only When I Dance$742--1--$742$2,9231Film Movement
51Casino Jack and the United States of Money$685--7--$98$175,6049Magnolia
52Kings of the Evening$647--1--$647$79,38921Indican Pictures
53Cropsey$621--1--$621$28,0005Cinema Purgatorio
54Sweetgrass$585--4--$146$194,50741Cinema Guild
55Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$430--3--$143$23,240,080144National Geographic
56John Rabe$382--2--$191$46,3387Strand
57Small Change (2009 re-issue)$331--1--$331$29,61232The Film Desk
58Chloe$179--3--$60$3,073,82415Sony Pictures Classics
59U2 3D$96--1--$96$10,335,294128National Geographic
60Racing Dreams$66-96%1-1$66$47,7137Hanover House