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 Sun, Jan. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$4,141,076-50%3,018--$1,372$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$3,985,247-54%3,5840$1,112$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$1,788,534-54%1,680137$1,065$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$1,633,365-63%2,9433$555$32,746,2252Universal
5True Grit (2010)$1,357,313-65%3,4645$392$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$1,344,704-51%2,40779$559$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Yogi Bear$1,095,230-45%2,510-192$436$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$886,879-52%2,018-421$439$163,206,6116Disney
9Tangled$867,848-45%1,860-188$467$186,356,4259Disney
10Little Fockers$849,555-62%2,979-415$285$141,111,7055Universal
11The Fighter$755,600-65%2,275-139$332$72,680,7407Paramount
12Season of the Witch$554,718-50%2,307-520$240$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$448,360-55%1,44117$311$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$361,772-47%1,135-569$319$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$306,713-48%1,100-566$279$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$254,625-56%678--$376$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$220,598-45%24212$912$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$218,422-51%725-216$301$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$171,306-61%875-545$196$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
5Megamind$150,477-48%320-21$470$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Company Men$138,433-59%106--$1,306$690,9341Weinstein Company
7The Social Network$87,382-62%38563$227$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8Burlesque$58,344-40%2961$197$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
9Due Date$53,091-52%275-66$193$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$47,331-58%278-25$170$80,731,35211Fox
11Rabbit Hole$46,545-44%1011$461$1,268,0416Lionsgate
12The Heart Specialist$40,912-70%293-129$140$922,6372Freestyle
13Love and Other Drugs$24,081-47%146-20$165$32,156,8209Fox
14How Do You Know$21,501-59%261-354$82$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
15Red (2010)$21,030-59%153-53$137$90,238,92215Summit
16Faster (2010)$17,543-38%10629$166$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$75,632-54%78--$970$365,2971UTV Communications
2Somewhere (2010)$53,095-46%8330$640$1,306,8965Focus
3Hubble 3D$31,252-43%491$638$20,839,15445Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$28,440-50%69-7$412$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,823-49%75-20$251$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
6Life As We Know It$10,894-54%86-46$127$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
7Fair Game (2010)$7,567-53%72-7$105$9,376,70612Summit
8No One Killed Jessica$7,188-49%28-17$257$428,6913UTV Communications
9Biutiful$3,293-35%4--$823$92,0924Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$1,950-48%29-48$67$5,656,7878Relativity Media
11Summer Wars$1,875-37%6-3$313$63,2935GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$824-61%6-1$137$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions