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. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,508,353-10%3,661--$685$64,258,8521Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,104,5437%3,3523$330$84,892,6172Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,011,0507%2,7702435$365$26,748,4632Universal
4Looper$933,620-6%2,9931$312$45,142,4252Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$598,2301%3,005--$199$15,020,6681Disney
6End of Watch$360,012-10%2,370-410$152$34,672,1753Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$303,257-10%3,003-209$101$31,218,1093Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$210,625-3%2,720-363$77$28,686,0043Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$120,9138%1,746-893$69$39,727,2304Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$103,360-5%1,361-1020$76$41,512,1264Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,3010%2,5172$40$4,959,9832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$136,7996%221119$619$3,985,4453Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$133,046-20%8648$154$13,096,9084Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$68,231-5%575-80$119$445,688,59712Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$68,014-7%831-1726$82$13,049,6963Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$42,601-25%244-12$175$6,309,8894Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$35,928-8%821-797$44$48,571,0246Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,2950%482-342$65$112,422,2809Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,0947%534-653$49$50,325,0558Disney
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,94328%300-87$76$159,589,21013Fox
10Lawless$18,421-13%611-892$30$37,096,4536Weinstein Company
11Ted (2012)$17,7655%187-38$95$218,416,14515Universal
12The Campaign$14,388-15%303-327$47$86,338,5639Warner Bros.
13ParaNorman$14,30522%342-867$42$54,420,6128Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,04124%257-75$47$48,318,56510Fox
15The Expendables 2$11,573-23%313-502$37$84,435,9908Lionsgate
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,68827%155-48$63$216,280,10818Paramount / DreamWorks
17Barfi!$7,031-33%110-17$64$2,741,9394UTV Communications

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,53636%520$356$9,034,46525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$11,012-13%84-37$131$12,695,31120Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$6,80514%9210$74$45,415,64820Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,14919%51-18$121$11,127,01115Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,59428%330$139$21,002,28179Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,95241%12--$329$43,9281Roadside Attractions
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,095-39%18-14$116$46,355,20623Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$2,09415%43-41$49$1,251,7496Focus
9The Apparition (2012)$1,4269%38-27$38$4,936,8197Warner Bros.
10The Watch$1,313-24%32-14$41$34,339,70911Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$1,028-59%24-10$43$4,001,58418FilmDistrict
12Heroine$1,02138%18-79$57$598,6683UTV Communications
1310 Years$75723%21-42$36$203,6544Anchor Bay Films
14Thaandavam$730-47%21-24$35$197,8022UTV Communications
15Toys in the Attic$298-4%4-2$75$64,0955Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$23050%6-1$38$3,377,6189ARC Entertainment