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, Oct. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$17,203,500-35%3,321--$5,180$43,509,2451Paramount
2Real Steel$4,885,15157%3,412-28$1,432$63,898,2823Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$4,526,66629%3,5556$1,273$28,049,6512Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,517,99518%3,017--$1,166$6,487,6821Summit
5The Ides of March$2,229,90646%2,042-157$1,092$28,018,0463Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$1,849,60548%2,828-458$654$63,286,7295Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$1,816,37837%2,353-487$772$62,801,2625Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$1,645,13541%1,552--$1,060$2,808,9801Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,302,82530%2,995-1$435$13,285,4952Universal
1050/50$1,222,17732%1,932-459$633$28,133,5874Summit
11Courageous$1,004,88427%1,195-19$841$24,279,7674Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$721,48726%2,1500$336$5,614,5232Fox
13The Lion King 3D$563,54383%1,091-879$517$92,225,4216Disney
14Dream House$532,40540%1,224-948$435$19,959,5304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$384,69842%901-783$427$73,277,5367Warner Bros.
2The Mighty Macs$356,4133%975--$366$703,2531Quaker Media
3The Help$315,99545%776-491$407$166,010,45911Disney / DreamWorks
4Abduction$268,09650%753-954$356$26,658,7275Lionsgate
5Drive (2011)$254,34336%367-336$693$33,021,9326FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$177,02546%751-680$236$24,520,6255Open Road
7The Smurfs$168,09055%327-43$514$140,444,76813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$124,06026%343-939$362$13,620,0434Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$106,04050%249-24$426$175,570,76012Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$101,96829%308146$331$83,586,57613Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,22542%240-90$326$380,484,06615Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$70,75239%184-62$385$176,384,41714Paramount
13Colombiana$53,53066%17644$304$36,511,0099Sony / TriStar
14Laugh at My Pain$52,35950%103-85$508$7,533,0837CodeBlack Entertainment
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$49,00890%178-133$275$38,165,19010Weinstein Company
16The Debt$47,82569%119-81$402$31,028,1388Focus
17Cowboys & Aliens$40,61538%131-77$310$100,093,04113Universal
18Shark Night 3D$30,53888%102-13$299$18,712,4458Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$239,13141%56--$4,270$408,4211Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$54,37635%4--$13,594$94,5411Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$34,0657%490$695$13,643,77229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$19,16467%94-61$204$80,347,86016Sony / Columbia
5Our Idiot Brother$13,64628%7938$173$24,723,5789Weinstein Company
6Munger Road$13,63522%16-16$852$214,0474Freestyle Releasing
7Machine Gun Preacher$12,80939%25-18$512$466,3305Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$12,71842%53-27$240$23,919,3369FilmDistrict
9Warrior (2011)$10,95211%65-70$168$13,624,7697Lionsgate
10Horrible Bosses$10,31138%50-35$206$117,524,03416Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$9,04431%48-38$188$7,019,40714Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$8,81335%43-24$205$113,1342Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,16461%21-1$246$471,1128Indomina Media
14I Don't Know How She Does It$3,78735%29-78$131$9,593,3336Weinstein Company
15Seven Days in Utopia$3,648-14%20-21$182$4,351,7238Visio Entertainment
16Circumstance$3,55952%10-9$356$415,7279Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$3,42814%41$857$19,8042Anchor Bay Films
18Apollo 18$2,85723%13-5$220$17,551,1448Weinstein Company
19Dirty Girl$1,56136%5-5$312$46,5073Weinstein Company
20The Future$1,416-18%14-2$101$558,33713Roadside Attractions
21Project Nim$74357%129$62$401,16516Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$41275%4-8$103$142,6365Roadside Attractions