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. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,286,948-6%2,84365$1,860$124,272,1244Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$2,942,101-19%1,826--$1,611$14,753,0141Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,410,190-23%3,193-153$755$162,550,1785Fox
4Colombiana$2,107,013-23%2,6140$806$24,132,3352Sony / TriStar
5Apollo 18$2,001,285-30%3,328--$601$10,705,5561Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,984,6016%3,007-298$660$31,201,1903Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$1,722,198-34%2,806--$614$10,126,4581Relativity Media
8The Smurfs$1,624,6150%2,706-155$600$133,676,7056Sony / Columbia
9Our Idiot Brother$1,587,365-24%2,5550$621$17,273,5932Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,186,959-34%2,78020$427$17,822,4162FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$954,682-23%1,450-127$658$75,464,7946Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$928,509-8%1,092-236$850$375,552,0938Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$645,219-15%1,050-374$614$172,272,7607Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$622,125-15%1,185-374$525$96,881,6906Universal
15Cars 2$570,57812%2,043--$279$189,256,89511Disney
1630 Minutes or Less$485,254-31%1,355-716$358$35,501,4454Sony / Columbia
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$427,442-36%1,722-1293$248$20,222,1753Lionsgate
18One Day$392,824-19%1,187-538$331$12,699,1393Focus
19Final Destination 5$344,074-36%1,226-859$281$40,887,5614Warner Bros. / New Line
20Fright Night (2011)$280,007-40%1,468-1646$191$17,344,3653Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$484,6893%561--$864$1,801,5991Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$216,993-19%401--$541$78,230,7329Sony / Columbia
3Sarah's Key$213,946-8%31947$671$5,260,6967Weinstein Company
4Midnight in Paris$212,965--402--$530$52,932,73916Sony Pictures Classics
5The Change-Up$194,045-35%539-365$360$35,985,6055Universal
6The Guard$183,433--178--$1,031$2,706,3466Sony Pictures Classics
7Horrible Bosses$182,857-32%422-43$433$115,035,5419Warner Bros. / New Line
8Saving Private Perez$163,725-32%161--$1,017$828,2421Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Transformers: Dark of the Moon$151,787-34%424-94$358$350,500,01210Paramount / DreamWorks
10Kung Fu Panda 2$132,1902%305111$433$164,827,04915Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bad Teacher$81,967-52%986911$83$98,859,54311Sony / Columbia
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$80,351-32%25213$319$67,506,72812Fox
13Super 8$77,622-24%240-2$323$126,529,50913Paramount
14Winnie the Pooh$76,651--352--$218$26,505,3678Disney
15Bridesmaids$64,900-35%220-2$295$168,517,43017Universal
16Green Lantern (2011)$60,687-14%185-37$328$116,313,41912Warner Bros.
17Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$55,151--186--$297$240,794,58416Disney
18A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$37,040--143--$259$154,6041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Friends With Benefits$34,486-55%161--$214$55,574,3297Sony / Screen Gems
20X-Men: First Class$22,650-48%101-9$224$146,300,00014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$2,524--100--$25$3,096,4518Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$187,601-41%88--$2,132$1,361,7901Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,359-11%490$1,660$12,548,60022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$48,955--47--$1,042$867,8384Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$35,333--70--$505$798,3405IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$30,241--17--$1,779$166,1822Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$29,650-10%6636$449$865,2686Sony / Screen Gems
7Bol$24,976--38--$657$105,3541Eros International
8The Tree of Life$24,877-23%86-11$289$13,013,54915Fox Searchlight
9Another Earth$21,260-8%71-23$299$1,233,1967Fox Searchlight
10Point Blank$20,999--33--$636$481,4946Magnolia / Magnet
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,367-5%64-159$303$11,830,2754Fox
12Buck$17,011--73--$233$3,895,66112IFC Films
13The Devil's Double$15,818-4%49-29$323$1,284,3996Lionsgate
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,983-23%3--$4,994$67,6011Indomina Media
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,344--15--$890$493,2229International Film Circuit
16The Hangover Part II$11,564-61%90-38$128$254,416,43615Warner Bros.
17Beginners$11,472-12%34-16$337$5,776,31414Focus
18Love Crime$11,064--5--$2,213$46,4391IFC Films
19Circumstance$10,313-14%114$938$114,3892Roadside Attractions
20Brighton Rock (2011)$9,626--13--$740$92,3002IFC Films
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,802--3--$2,934$39,0291Music Box Films
22The Future$8,284-7%17-5$487$447,7706Roadside Attractions
23Monte Carlo$7,45311%41-50$182$22,944,30510Fox
24The Trip (2011)$6,400--36--$178$1,957,32113IFC Films
25The Names of Love$6,292--0----$423,18511Music Box Films
26Magic Trip$5,779--11--$525$100,1275Magnolia Pictures
27Tabloid$5,272--25--$211$645,8198IFC Films
28Rio (2011)$4,7332%25-14$189$143,618,38421Fox
29Mozart's Sister$4,321--7--$617$102,1023Music Box Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,608--3--$1,203$364,74911Hannover House
31The Interrupters$3,373--10--$337$121,2886Cinema Guild
32In/Sight$3,30521%23--$144$12,8761Check Entertainment
33Terri$3,237--17--$190$621,67610IDP/ATO Pictures
34Life in a Day$2,983--9--$331$225,8616National Geographic
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,942--9--$327$131,9874China Lion Film
36Project Nim$2,634-34%15-1$176$364,5189Roadside Attractions
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,478--5--$496$104,5346Alive Mind Cinema
38Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,400--7--$343$1,040,32512Magnolia Pictures
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$2,390--9--$266$1,144,0459Sony Pictures Classics
40Incendies$2,308--8--$289$6,843,63120Sony Pictures Classics
41Bellflower$1,899--5--$380$111,8455Oscilloscope
42Amigo$1,858--10--$186$100,1683Variance Films
43Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,459--1--$1,459$38,4844Lorber Films
44Bride Flight$1,214--10--$121$479,85213Music Box Films
45Space Station 3D$1,200--1--$1,200$84,241,436490IMAX
46I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,190--1--$1,190$4,3081Strand Releasing
47Redemption Road$1,172-5%10-16$117$27,0122Freestyle Releasing
48Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$989-49%12-3$82$1,332,2318Fox Searchlight
49Littlerock$888--3--$296$8,8684Variance Films
50The Tree$804--4--$201$39,9078Zeitgeist Films
51Rebirth (2011)$771--1--$771$6,3031Oscilloscope
525 Days of War$753-2%32$251$15,8933Anchor Bay Films
53Mysteries of Lisbon$747--1--$747$62,3935Music Box Films
54The Last Circus$672--2--$336$15,2173Magnolia / Magnet
55Griff the Invisible$559--2--$280$14,9923Indomina Media
56Vito Bonafacci$541--1--$541$9,21718CAVU Pictures
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$524--3--$175$194,46411Abramorama
58CornerStore$516--0----$37,4164Undefined
59Life, Above All$506--6--$84$94,0018Sony Pictures Classics
60Bill Cunningham New York$490--2--$245$1,485,50225Zeitgeist Films
61Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$482-47%1--$482$3,5361Argot Pictures
62WAR: Women Art Revolution$435--1--$435$46,05914Zeitgeist Films
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$376--0----$267,47311Abramorama
64Insidious$351-95%4-3$88$54,008,79123FilmDistrict
65Rapt$315--2--$158$36,9839Lorber Films
66Trollhunter$281--4--$70$247,33013Magnolia / Magnet
67Little Girl$252--1--$252$7781First Run Features
68The Music Never Stopped$224-3%1--$224$257,75925Roadside Attractions
69Special Treatment$222--1--$222$2,5682First Run Features
70The Perfect Host$141--1--$141$48,43010Magnolia Pictures
71Everything Must Go$130-65%41$33$2,710,34517Roadside Attractions
72In a Better World$100--1--$100$1,007,90823Sony Pictures Classics
73Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$95-73%2--$48$243,66151Collective Eye