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 Sat, Jul. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$34,487,8845%4,088--$8,436$132,242,1141Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$9,518,93220%4,1150$2,313$108,385,9812Disney
3Bad Teacher$5,049,67012%3,0490$1,656$55,019,7092Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$4,741,93517%2,973--$1,595$8,800,0801Universal
5Super 8$2,854,62724%3,088-336$924$105,706,1514Paramount
6Monte Carlo$2,383,698-24%2,473--$964$5,535,6001Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$2,359,60521%3,280-536$719$99,999,8163Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,892,77011%2,861-481$662$48,630,1843Fox
9Bridesmaids$1,333,44030%1,389-642$960$151,735,6658Universal
10X-Men: First Class$1,065,15427%1,602-1031$665$137,614,0695Fox
11The Hangover Part II$866,18624%1,568-1187$552$247,415,5886Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$788,04520%1,473-771$535$232,992,0757Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$596,45527%1,281-1246$466$156,259,9636Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$389,85647%22813$1,710$7,157,7686Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$229,02069%10836$2,121$2,131,2175Focus
3Rio (2011)$169,05320%308-36$549$140,342,86012Fox
4Thor$163,14033%270-134$604$177,803,4969Paramount
5Fast Five$122,31025%302-156$405$208,191,90510Universal
6Water for Elephants$65,64128%234-58$281$57,971,77011Fox
7Soul Surfer$61,39712%205-35$299$43,353,11213Sony / TriStar
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$46,6916%221-670$211$13,892,2704Relativity Media
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,57740%14094$318$52,975,07011Lionsgate
10Something Borrowed$37,17413%191-112$195$38,646,5729Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$35,36146%138-51$256$57,756,87316Lionsgate
12Rango$34,36922%117-39$294$123,159,24918Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$204,43620%89--$2,297$374,8081UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$73,1189%470$1,556$8,115,79813Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Source Code$40,154243%66-40$608$54,629,24214Summit
4Hubble 3D$37,6507%330$1,141$26,256,82268Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Better Life$35,78342%117$3,253$144,5992Summit
6Double Dhamaal$28,3948%41--$693$446,1732Reliance Big Pictures
7Insidious$17,77029%70-4$254$53,597,47714FilmDistrict
8Limitless$11,20027%55-30$204$79,223,19416Relativity Media
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,76424%68-46$158$10,046,61310Weinstein Company
10Submarine$10,21152%20-6$511$331,7185Weinstein Company
11Hanna$7,39229%34-25$217$40,238,02913Focus
12Jane Eyre (2011)$5,15227%26-25$198$11,205,37517Focus
13Win Win$4,394101%18-14$244$10,139,12116Fox Searchlight
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,1602%31-27$134$52,667,79715Fox
15Everything Must Go$3,24859%19-14$171$2,645,5908Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$3,05025%15-10$203$11,499,52512Roadside Attractions
1735 and Ticking$1,24720%21$624$78,1547Image Entertainment
18The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$866-40%1--$866$17,8608Argot Pictures
19Beautiful Boy (2011)$8354%40$209$68,1265Anchor Bay Films
20The Art of Getting By$760-5%7-300$109$1,425,3323Fox Searchlight
21The Music Never Stopped$2066%53$41$250,67516Roadside Attractions