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, Feb. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,261,707-5%3,01420$2,078$56,436,2492Disney
2Unknown (2011)$3,596,626-42%3,043--$1,182$25,453,0151Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$3,305,961-41%3,154--$1,048$22,755,8541Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$3,102,798-44%3,5480$875$64,136,9882Sony / Columbia
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,056,255-25%3,11813$980$51,236,9372Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,434,223-46%2,821--$863$18,735,0261Fox
7The King's Speech$1,534,367-30%2,086-177$736$104,775,87313Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$687,559-40%2,2960$299$15,840,2422Focus
9The Roommate$558,567-47%2,160-374$259$33,061,8733Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$496,764-45%1,966-790$253$66,490,0845Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$475,215-39%1,465-607$324$164,603,2399Paramount
12The Green Hornet$413,594-21%1,265-825$327$95,600,5026Sony / Columbia
13Sanctum$330,375-38%1,377-1412$240$22,277,7753Universal
14The Rite$182,193-48%1,048-1159$174$31,574,6844Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$343,533-38%759-290$453$88,322,33311Paramount
2Black Swan$281,128-37%656-413$429$101,817,99112Fox Searchlight
3Tangled$208,739--389-395$537$194,306,67713Disney
4The Mechanic$191,185-42%952-934$201$28,077,2084CBS Films
5Cedar Rapids$178,849-40%10287$1,753$1,490,7752Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$159,37415%725-386$220$97,442,59110Warner Bros.
7Barney's Version$137,618--322--$427$4,602,7546Sony Pictures Classics
8Biutiful$113,813-40%157-34$725$3,151,2778Roadside Attractions
9TRON: Legacy$110,572--312-52$354$170,552,08310Disney
10Megamind$93,132-1%214-38$435$148,337,53716Paramount / DreamWorks
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$87,344-29%321-88$272$293,989,13814Warner Bros.
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$87,178-3%264-29$330$103,462,69511Fox
13127 Hours$80,398-28%240-119$335$17,492,60716Fox Searchlight
14Blue Valentine (2010)$72,283-35%235-158$308$8,901,9278Weinstein Company
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$59,246-2%235-73$252$42,233,5219Fox
16Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$55,726--108--$516$778,2202Shorts International
17The Company Men$55,484-40%242-35$229$3,581,7385Weinstein Company
18Little Fockers$47,025-44%285-139$165$147,682,6859Universal
19The Illusionist (2010)$40,070--106--$378$1,507,8599Sony Pictures Classics
20The Tourist$36,895-37%224--$165$67,276,02311Sony / Columbia
21The Dilemma$27,835-43%293-949$95$48,249,5756Universal
22Another Year$21,290--121--$176$2,536,2228Sony Pictures Classics
23The Social Network$20,534-33%113-65$182$96,780,55521Sony / Columbia
24From Prada to Nada$17,655-53%128-124$138$2,828,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Unstoppable (2010)$9,765-49%105-42$93$81,478,43515Fox
26Season of the Witch$5,717-42%132-44$43$24,535,2047Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$53,811-12%502$1,076$21,800,16749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$20,719-60%65--$319$184,8721UTV Communications
3The Last Lions$15,512--4--$3,878$68,8561National Geographic
4Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,585--8--$1,573$66,3151Vitagraph
5Rabbit Hole$12,243-38%78-34$157$1,987,08510Lionsgate
6Somewhere (2010)$7,679-37%29-3$265$1,731,2019Focus
7Inside Job$7,618--24--$317$3,977,50920Sony Pictures Classics
8Galapagos$4,860--3--$1,620$17,869,265591IMAX
9Winter's Bone$4,288-32%20-6$214$6,425,77837Roadside Attractions
10Poetry$4,066--3--$1,355$50,2812Kino International
11Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$3,709-26%21$1,855$37,9032Phase 4 Films
12The Way Back$3,547--15--$236$2,677,4015Newmarket Films
13Space Station 3D$3,000--5--$600$82,812,201462IMAX
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$2,585--6--$431$90,0105IFC Films
15Kaboom$2,552--6--$425$66,5734IFC Films
16Immigration Tango$2,464-48%30--$82$16,8961Roadside Attractions
17Carancho$1,924--4--$481$32,3022Strand Releasing
18Casino Jack$1,862--12--$155$951,24610IDP/ATO Pictures
19Cold Weather$1,729--3--$576$47,9283IFC Films
20What Women Want (2011)$1,611--3--$537$119,5043China Lion Film
21Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,564--7--$223$169,3024Variance Films
22Made in Dagenham$1,556--15--$104$1,018,80214Sony Pictures Classics
23The Other Woman (2011)$840--5--$168$14,9293IFC
24I Love You Phillip Morris$757-52%9-14$84$1,946,89412Roadside Attractions
25Orgasm Inc.$757--3--$252$19,2582First Run Features
26When We Leave (Die Fremde)$713--1--$713$19,6314Olive Films
27Zero Bridge$623--1--$623$5,2441The Film Desk
28Putty Hill$609--1--$609$5,4771Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$571--4--$143$593,72819CanZion Films
30What If...$558--1--$558$814,90627Five & Two Pictures
31Vanishing on 7th Street$530--1--$530$3,4281Magnolia / Magnet
32Tiny Furniture$470--6--$78$389,80415IFC
33Night Catches Us$452--4--$113$75,79512Magnolia
34Kings of Pastry$350--1--$350$312,30323First Run
35Brotherhood (2010)$346-79%1--$346$8,2191Phase 4 Films
36All Good Things$335--4--$84$537,67712Magnolia Pictures
37Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$331--3--$110$91,1157First Run Features
38Four Lions$313--6--$52$304,13716Drafthouse Films
39Now & Later$292--1--$292$1,8081Cinema Libre
40The Time That Remains$291--2--$146$32,0797IFC
41Every Day (2011)$252--0----$30,9006Image Entertainment
42The Strange Case of Angelica$171--1--$171$36,9018Cinema Guild
43Tamara Drewe$155--4--$39$559,71120Sony Pictures Classics
44Marwencol$136--3--$45$97,37320Cinema Guild
45The Tempest$134--3--$45$277,64911Disney
46Animal Kingdom$130--2--$65$1,041,21228Sony Pictures Classics
47My Dog Tulip$114--1--$114$209,07925New Yorker Films
48Bhutto$85--3--$28$86,57612First Run Features
49Get Low$84--4--$21$9,176,55330Sony Pictures Classics
50Rabia$79--1--$79$5,4934Strand
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$66--1--$66$105,23435Kino International