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 Tue, Sep. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,484,070-72%2,84365$522$125,756,1944Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$938,212-68%1,826--$514$15,691,2261Focus
3Colombiana$677,856-68%2,6140$259$24,810,1912Sony / TriStar
4Apollo 18$606,592-70%3,328--$182$11,312,1481Weinstein Company
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$575,007-76%3,193-153$180$163,125,1855Fox
6Our Idiot Brother$564,936-64%2,5550$221$17,838,5292Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$523,481-70%2,806--$187$10,649,9391Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$409,642-65%2,78020$147$18,232,0582FilmDistrict
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$291,026-70%1,450-127$201$75,755,8206Warner Bros.
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$272,489-86%3,007-298$91$31,473,6793Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$243,875-85%2,706-155$90$133,920,5806Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$203,305-78%1,092-236$186$375,755,3988Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$172,001-65%1,355-716$127$35,673,4464Sony / Columbia
14Conan the Barbarian (2011)$156,440-63%1,722-1293$91$20,378,6153Lionsgate
15One Day$130,316-67%1,187-538$110$12,829,4553Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$128,530-80%1,050-374$122$172,401,2907Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$124,425-80%1,185-374$105$97,006,1156Universal
18Final Destination 5$122,152-64%1,226-859$100$41,009,7134Warner Bros. / New Line
19Fright Night (2011)$108,457-61%1,468-1646$74$17,452,8223Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$84,239-85%2,043--$41$189,341,13411Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$108,882-78%561--$194$1,910,4811Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$70,070-64%539-365$130$36,055,6755Universal
3Sarah's Key$68,694-68%31947$215$5,329,3907Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$64,340-65%422-43$152$115,099,8819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,772-71%424-94$106$350,544,78410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bad Teacher$43,880-46%986911$45$98,903,42311Sony / Columbia
7Saving Private Perez$38,879-76%161--$241$867,1211Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Bridesmaids$24,200-63%220-2$110$168,541,63017Universal
9Kung Fu Panda 2$22,111-83%305111$72$164,849,16015Paramount / DreamWorks
10Super 8$20,273-74%240-2$84$126,549,78213Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$13,301-83%25213$53$67,520,02912Fox
12Green Lantern (2011)$13,045-79%185-37$71$116,326,46412Warner Bros.
13X-Men: First Class$6,247-72%101-9$62$146,306,24714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,688-82%490$300$12,563,28822Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Attack the Block$10,576-64%6636$160$875,8446Sony / Screen Gems
3The Tree of Life$9,357-62%86-11$109$13,022,90615Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$6,310-70%71-23$89$1,239,5067Fox Searchlight
5The Devil's Double$5,435-66%49-29$111$1,289,8346Lionsgate
6Beginners$5,039-56%34-16$148$5,781,35314Focus
7The Hangover Part II$4,126-64%90-38$46$254,420,56215Warner Bros.
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,936-74%3--$1,312$71,5371Indomina Media
9Circumstance$3,885-62%114$353$118,2742Roadside Attractions
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$3,664-81%64-159$57$11,833,9394Fox
11The Future$3,231-61%17-5$190$451,0016Roadside Attractions
12Monte Carlo$1,333-82%41-50$33$22,945,63810Fox
13In/Sight$1,184-64%23--$51$14,0601Check Entertainment
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$773-22%12-3$64$1,333,0048Fox Searchlight
15Project Nim$719-73%15-1$48$365,2379Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$604-87%25-14$24$143,618,98821Fox
17Redemption Road$342-71%10-16$34$28,8172Freestyle Releasing
185 Days of War$290-61%32$97$16,1833Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$196106%2--$98$243,85751Collective Eye
20Insidious$92-74%4-3$23$54,008,88323FilmDistrict
21Everything Must Go$67-48%41$17$2,710,41217Roadside Attractions