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, May. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$17,480,581-33%3,615--$4,836$135,037,2421Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$13,214,873-18%3,925--$3,367$66,675,3041Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,183,364-26%4,1649$2,446$163,607,6252Disney
4Bridesmaids$4,185,555-28%2,95821$1,415$89,343,4653Universal
5Thor$2,546,271-25%3,296-628$773$162,439,4444Paramount
6Fast Five$1,490,500-31%2,981-641$500$197,308,7505Universal
7Rio (2011)$638,688-6%1,672-921$382$135,484,8457Fox
8Something Borrowed$417,337-32%1,440-1166$290$35,192,5184Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$412,736-31%1,918-946$215$27,748,0133Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$561,805-7%939-533$598$34,666,5024Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$287,463-23%794-1100$362$54,704,4966Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$146,154--118--$1,239$2,764,6885IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$131,861-5%401-583$329$41,421,8948Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$97,839-9%359-553$273$52,395,8756Lionsgate
6Rango$96,150-23%280-22$343$121,811,53213Paramount
7Source Code$81,448-25%299-78$272$53,513,8619Summit
8Everything Must Go$80,887-19%161-84$502$2,177,0983Roadside Attractions
9HOP$59,785-25%299-55$200$107,568,4309Universal
10Hanna$55,922-27%216-63$259$39,584,5838Focus
11Limitless$51,953-30%269-88$193$78,509,17111Relativity Media
12Win Win$50,125-31%124-78$404$9,696,77511Fox Searchlight
13Jane Eyre (2011)$47,470-9%143-65$332$10,703,78112Focus
14The Lincoln Lawyer$47,020-27%166-92$283$56,837,96211Lionsgate
15The Conspirator$45,578-18%137-132$333$11,200,4957Roadside Attractions
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$44,202-21%214-39$207$52,151,89210Fox
17Insidious$33,368-40%186-315$179$52,767,8259FilmDistrict
18Scream 4$29,609-35%26156$113$37,912,8717Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$26,883-22%109-59$247$792,6164Summit
20African Cats$26,663--147--$181$14,800,7486Disneynature
21Mars Needs Moms$25,861--128--$202$21,193,02212Disney
22Gnomeo and Juliet$24,085--111--$217$99,628,26316Disney
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$23,112-10%203-439$114$9,472,7335Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$13,808--141--$98$568,2346Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$625,648--58--$10,787$3,460,1942Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$120,868-10%4--$30,217$493,7881Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$61,592-24%47-3$1,310$5,949,1188Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$60,860--72--$845$949,4286Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$44,992--58--$776$783,2547IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$28,954-18%30-4$965$25,259,75463Warner Bros. / IMAX
713 Assassins$28,307--31--$913$450,0415Magnolia / Magnet
8Meek's Cutoff$24,036--40--$601$627,1388Oscilloscope
9The First Grader$17,411--36--$484$157,1783National Geographic
10Prom$15,346--98--$157$9,882,7445Disney
11Battle: Los Angeles$14,778-28%96--$154$83,552,42912Sony / Columbia
12Bill Cunningham New York$14,446--22--$657$1,148,11311Zeitgeist Films
13L'Amour fou$13,663--18--$759$184,3953IFC Films
14Potiche$13,478--36--$374$1,494,38610Music Box Films
15Arthur (2011)$10,957-62%77-160$142$32,951,0548Warner Bros.
16Hesher$9,303--11--$846$331,3633Wrekin Hill Entertainment
17Of Gods and Men$9,036--37--$244$3,862,62714Sony Pictures Classics
18Queen to Play$7,563--11--$688$278,7009Zeitgeist Films
19I Am Number Four$6,801--42--$162$55,092,83015Disney / DreamWorks
20The Princess of Montpensier$4,855--17--$286$281,7877IFC Films
21Winter in Wartime$4,628--13--$356$435,65411Sony Pictures Classics
22Tangled$3,953--34--$116$200,807,26227Disney
2335 and Ticking$3,87111%60$645$52,1512Image Entertainment
24A Beautiful Life$3,796--21--$181$55,5842China Lion Film
25Certified Copy$3,533--8--$442$1,310,64512IFC Films
26My Perestroika$3,499--11--$318$194,58310International Film Circuit
27The King's Speech$3,25930%18-22$181$138,777,57427Weinstein Company
28There Be Dragons$2,953--10--$295$1,068,3924IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
29In a Better World$2,696--28--$96$753,0219Sony Pictures Classics
30Kill the Irishman$2,440-11%10-2$244$1,168,97712Anchor Bay Films
31Tuesday, After Christmas$2,126--1--$2,126$10,4851Lorber Films
32Hobo with a Shotgun$1,633--21--$78$600,5414Magnolia / Magnet
33Harvest$987--4--$247$22,1344Monterey Media
34Poetry$978--3--$326$343,20416Kino International
35Biutiful$91299%5--$182$5,099,47422Roadside Attractions
36The Robber$904--1--$904$55,2575Kino International
37Barney's Version$849--9--$94$7,486,29820Sony Pictures Classics
38Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$640--5--$128$166,21913Strand Releasing
39How To Live Forever$621--2--$311$17,4663Variance Films
40United Red Army$592--1--$592$1,7531Lorber Films
41Go For It!$5755%14-50$41$178,7393Lionsgate / Pantelion
42Into Eternity$510--4--$128$44,30417International Film Circuit
43Henry's Crime$500--1--$500$100,9508Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Rubber$492--5--$98$88,5869Magnolia / Magnet
45Dum Maaro Dum$418-41%6-5$70$563,1056Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$408--2--$204$19,9723Kino International
47The Music Never Stopped$373-19%50$75$245,09711Roadside Attractions
48Circo$361--1--$361$59,8199First Run Features
49Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$305--2--$153$43,9996Variance Films
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$199--1--$199$247,76321First Run Features
51Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$186--2--$93$13,5573First Run Features
52Battle of the Brides$186--1--$186$64,3024Variance Films
53Skateland$133-40%2-9$67$17,8373Freestyle Releasing
54The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$115--2--$58$11,1463Argot Pictures
55Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$60--1--$60$6,8983Strand Releasing
56American: The Bill Hicks Story$41--2--$21$82,4158Variance Films
57To Die Like a Man$26--1--$26$3,9398Strand Releasing