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 Thu, Oct. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,315,2128%3,321--$697$62,774,6541Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$695,22810%3,5556$196$33,042,7992Paramount
3Real Steel$594,6268%3,412-28$174$69,158,2673Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$579,165-1%3,017--$192$11,339,8781Summit
5The Ides of March$413,548-2%2,042-157$203$30,796,1833Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$349,691-2%2,353-487$149$65,021,0505Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$298,15929%2,828-458$105$65,401,8645Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$285,0056%2,995-1$95$15,217,7502Universal
950/50$267,763-3%1,932-459$139$29,931,7134Summit
10Courageous$238,59919%1,195-19$200$25,843,8794Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$224,88016%1,552--$145$4,771,7701Universal
12The Big Year$145,5033%2,1500$68$6,593,0802Fox
13The Lion King 3D$86,91916%1,091-879$80$92,939,7066Disney
14Dream House$67,03010%1,224-948$55$20,436,5804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$93,57721%975--$96$1,285,6941Quaker Media
2The Help$87,6819%776-491$113$166,511,40111Disney / DreamWorks
3Contagion$76,4847%901-783$85$73,766,4667Warner Bros.
4The Way$59,9607%283--$212$1,251,7573Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$59,908-6%367-336$163$33,453,4746FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$43,4410%751-680$58$24,801,1785Open Road
7Abduction$40,8979%753-954$54$26,958,1125Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$26,908-9%343-939$78$13,813,1524Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$26,8574%308146$87$83,750,92013Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,69521%249-24$91$175,713,76712Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$18,32316%240-90$76$380,596,55415Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$12,2965%184-62$67$176,472,74714Paramount
13The Debt$11,237-4%119-81$94$31,096,3838Focus
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,7907%131-77$75$100,154,60113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$8,5323%103-85$83$7,593,1117CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3800%178-133$30$38,219,22010Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,295-2%102-13$42$18,751,2378Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$46,820-10%56--$836$761,2471Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,30652%490$435$13,733,19529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,666-4%4--$3,667$198,9941Fox Searchlight
4Machine Gun Preacher$4,3568%25-18$174$492,7145Relativity Media
5Our Idiot Brother$4,303-5%7938$54$24,751,0719Weinstein Company
6Warrior (2011)$3,14518%65-70$48$13,643,9267Lionsgate
7Labios Rojos$2,68510%43-24$62$132,1872Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Horrible Bosses$2,6302%50-35$53$117,538,55916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Sarah's Key$2,281-58%48-38$48$7,043,28014Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,04816%53-27$39$23,933,5479FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,96038%21--$93$481,0648Indomina Media
12Munger Road$1,64426%16-16$103$226,3264Freestyle Releasing
13Circumstance$1,43241%10-9$143$423,7469Roadside Attractions
14I Don't Know How She Does It$1,401107%29-78$48$9,598,9456Weinstein Company
15Texas Killing Fields$942-32%41$236$28,0132Anchor Bay Films
16The Future$79652%14--$57$562,75213Roadside Attractions
17Dirty Girl$7839%5-5$157$50,6883Weinstein Company
18Apollo 18$54018%13-5$42$17,554,3798Weinstein Company
19Project Nim$178-69%128$15$405,38016Roadside Attractions
20Thunder Soul$51-31%4-8$13$143,4035Roadside Attractions