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, Sep. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$3,484,543-22%2,823--$1,234$19,806,1181Focus
2Machete$2,686,724-28%2,670--$1,006$14,102,8881Fox
3Takers$2,659,260-26%2,2060$1,205$39,986,8172Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$1,697,691-32%3,3980$500$93,885,5944Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,623,326-28%3,030--$536$8,508,2901Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Last Exorcism$1,408,215-40%2,8740$490$33,522,5752Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$1,376,739-30%2,607-574$528$108,130,8395Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,374,852-19%2,663-445$516$70,279,6444Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,312,106-24%1,704-366$770$278,457,6098Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,272,7601%2,708-90$470$23,672,6603Universal
11Despicable Me$1,063,665-8%1,600-233$665$241,498,6309Universal
12The Switch (2010)$797,504-29%1,885-132$423$22,292,2013Miramax
13Toy Story 3$790,2344%1,520920$520$408,890,40812Disney
14Vampires Suck$745,778-31%2,434-799$306$33,240,6023Fox
15Piranha 3D$577,894-38%1,789-702$323$23,105,9593Weinstein Company
16Lottery Ticket$565,887-23%1,310-663$432$21,074,9723Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$704,206-17%8120$867$758,247,84038Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$431,745-22%807-759$535$29,267,1304Universal
3Get Low$356,989--560--$637$5,760,3866Sony Pictures Classics
4Salt$343,194-26%705-463$487$115,561,6627Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$243,642-37%804-697$303$71,166,8166Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$200,857-33%434-467$463$41,284,3975Disney
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$177,079-1%455-368$389$42,209,3236Warner Bros.
8The Sorcerer's Apprentice$152,932--357--$428$61,776,4598Disney
9Grown Ups$144,388-39%383--$377$160,191,86011Sony / Columbia
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$111,125-29%396-80$281$298,798,46610Summit
11Hubble 3D$109,247-3%123-28$888$15,110,42225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$101,1525%305-49$332$25,306,2007Fox
13The Kids Are All Right$100,611-25%239-103$421$19,891,2589Focus
14The Last Airbender$98,732-17%257-49$384$131,157,15110Paramount
15The Karate Kid (2010)$70,707-23%227--$311$176,308,87213Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$65,436--157--$417$6,643,2559Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$52,944-33%179-28$296$238,371,98716Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$34,110-39%220-113$155$31,001,0106Universal
19Knight and Day$27,817-41%142-87$196$76,231,73911Fox
20Predators$13,513-69%111-76$122$51,788,8339Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$106,021--95--$1,116$1,782,2103Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$69,447-39%78--$890$366,3541UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$48,479--55--$881$905,5765IFC
4The Tillman Story$43,081-14%2419$1,795$303,5603Weinstein Company
5What If...$39,877--69--$578$328,9563Five & Two Pictures
6Animal Kingdom$38,285--56--$684$574,7894Sony Pictures Classics
7Winter's Bone$31,403-24%90-29$349$5,640,00613Roadside Attractions
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$28,923--34--$851$336,3762Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$25,793--31--$832$100,2421Music Box
10I Am Love$23,217--49--$474$4,696,29012Magnolia
11Under the Sea 3D$20,559-11%160$1,285$24,110,95482Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Flipped$19,0902%282$682$770,1365Warner Bros.
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$17,043--93--$183$90,702,01915Disney
14The Concert$14,170-16%200$709$453,4167Weinstein Company
15The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,638--18--$591$424,2395National Geographic
16Soul Kitchen$10,339--15--$689$121,7093IFC
17Marmaduke$9,606-52%45-21$213$33,630,34714Fox
18Lebanon$9,298--17--$547$201,42047Sony Pictures Classics
19Centurion$8,444--19--$444$99,2042Magnolia
20The A-Team$7,977-75%54-38$148$77,187,33413Fox
21A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$7,703--5--$1,541$35,0331Sony Pictures Classics
22Restrepo$7,442--33--$226$1,180,39311National Geographic
23Peepli Live$6,708-42%26-19$258$754,8364UTV Communications
24The Extra Man$6,296--28--$225$375,7586Magnolia
25Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$6,032-36%18-3$335$491,2267NeoClassics
26The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$4,557--24--$190$10,019,20725Music Box
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$4,393--24--$183$1,624,06213Sony Pictures Classics
28A Film Unfinished$3,961--5--$792$123,6433Oscilloscope
29Micmacs$3,897--22--$177$1,209,64515Sony Classics
30Last Train Home$3,789--1--$3,789$24,2071Zeitgeist Films
31My Dog Tulip$3,168--1--$3,168$19,5901New Yorker Films
32Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,117--5--$623$3,218,64921Producers Distribution Agency
33Agora$2,954--6--$492$577,82315Newmarket
34Change of Plans$2,749--2--$1,375$36,0862IFC
35The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,652-24%6-1$442$147,0725Anchor Bay
36Cyrus$2,650-45%26-6$102$7,381,10812Fox Searchlight
37The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$2,635--12--$220$6,348,64121Sony Pictures Classics
38Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$2,526--16--$158$2,921,18113IFC
39La Soga$2,440-36%5-7$488$161,83247-57 Releasing
40Solitary Man$2,078-47%245$87$4,339,45616Anchor Bay
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,727--1--$1,727$104,93122International Film Circuit
42Princess Kaiulani$1,506737%32$502$876,30417Roadside Attractions
43Life During Wartime$1,439--8--$180$257,5387IFC
44Army of Crime$1,375--2--$688$26,1883Lorber
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,361--1--$1,361$673,72125Zeitgeist
46The People I've Slept With$1,229--21$615$17,6124People Pictures
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,186--9--$132$362,88611Sony Pictures Classics
48White Wedding (2009)$1,145-35%4--$286$7,0041Dada Films
49Date Night$1,114--11--$101$98,711,40422Fox
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,045--3--$348$365,53818Kino International
51Winnebago Man$932--7--$133$139,8019Kino International
52Mademoiselle Chambon$812--5--$162$314,33615Lorber
53Please Give$782--13--$60$4,021,68819Sony Pictures Classics
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$775--2--$388$51,42911Kino International
55The Nature of Existence$566--2--$283$47,31112Walking Shadows
56Spoken Word$476--2--$238$27,0987Variance
57Countdown to Zero$433--5--$87$253,8237Magnolia
58Ondine$414--3--$138$541,17027Magnolia
59Two in the Wave$355--1--$355$28,17916Lorber Films
60John Rabe$301--1--$301$56,48616Strand
61The Little Traitor$300--1--$300$374,82339Westchester Films
62The Sicilian Girl$268--2--$134$23,9425Music Box
63Mother and Child$239--2--$120$1,100,50118Sony Pictures Classics
64Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$149--1--$149$23,294,160153National Geographic
65Everyone Else$102--1--$102$93,70264Cinema Guild
66Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$100--1--$100$67,76514Indican Pictures