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 Sun, Feb. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$7,464,595-27%3,553--$2,101$33,073,9611Fox
2Identity Thief$7,247,850-27%3,16524$2,290$70,962,0802Universal
3Safe Haven$5,893,288-30%3,223--$1,829$30,230,5121Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$5,509,547-18%3,288--$1,676$15,891,0551Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$2,599,303-29%2,897-112$897$50,085,7173Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$2,247,986-26%2,950--$762$10,124,9121Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,994,324-27%2,202-607$906$98,616,37414Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$1,937,724-27%2,6050$744$19,092,9882Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,153,767-22%2,103-1182$549$49,742,2054Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$1,043,485-19%1,527-1035$683$87,924,5679Sony / Columbia
11Mama$766,325-34%1,648-1029$465$68,166,4205Universal
12Lincoln$571,461-19%1,007-510$567$176,223,11015Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$522,290-19%1,017-485$514$157,020,2648Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$733,341-24%903-502$812$126,845,32119Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$593,970-8%647-277$918$110,872,26913Fox
3Quartet$416,509-25%33389$1,251$6,890,1146Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$346,902-19%605-396$573$299,874,70610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$294,055-19%676-771$435$145,527,8758Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$275,286-20%506-251$544$185,527,33116Disney
7Parental Guidance$166,644-18%603-616$276$75,153,3698Fox
8The Impossible$156,530-24%422-317$371$17,507,0539Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$153,639-14%33863$455$101,381,49413Paramount / DreamWorks
10Parker$151,782-14%705-1299$215$16,999,6694FilmDistrict
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$97,481-18%25494$384$291,779,21914Lionsgate / Summit
12A Haunted House$91,987-30%340-573$271$39,546,2616Open Road
13Bullet to the Head$81,137-17%470-1934$173$9,234,4983Warner Bros.
14Skyfall$78,840-32%262-108$301$303,898,78115Sony / Columbia
15Gangster Squad$68,406-14%210-732$326$45,346,2936Warner Bros.
16Stand Up Guys$37,203-10%119-551$313$3,161,6073Lionsgate / Roadside
17Jack Reacher$34,903-38%175-132$199$79,334,2329Paramount
18Hotel Transylvania$31,661-18%144-47$220$148,280,63521Sony / Columbia
19This is 40$29,225-30%167-111$175$67,432,8059Universal
20Broken City$25,350-26%133-622$191$19,488,2955Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$48,818-11%40-260$1,220$2,958,3992Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$32,102-25%86-44$373$6,015,09211Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$28,116-15%520$541$11,279,73944Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$21,477-12%96-89$224$34,288,9117Lionsgate
5ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$20,222-8%22-3$919$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,27732%300$643$21,985,56898Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Guilt Trip$16,613-20%88-137$189$36,794,8079Paramount
8Here Comes the Boom$16,393-32%96-48$171$45,274,25119Sony / Columbia
9Anna Karenina (2012)$15,4972%51-40$304$12,762,90414Focus
10The Last Stand$9,494-7%54-185$176$11,959,6475Lionsgate
11Red Dawn (2012)$8,890-26%56-49$159$44,794,93613FilmDistrict
12Race 2$7,019-2%11-52$638$1,566,7394UTV Motion Pictures
13A Late Quartet$5,258-3%131$404$1,531,48316Entertainment One / RKO
14Movie 43$5,027-29%35-742$144$8,778,6794Relativity Media
15The Sessions$4,187-22%16-2$262$5,954,28018Fox Searchlight
16Lost in Thailand$3,1473%350$90$55,5442WAMCR
17Hitchcock$2,861-29%14-22$204$5,944,06313Fox Searchlight
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,374-29%23-58$103$13,099,78611FilmDistrict
19Taken 2$1,945-23%16-19$122$139,852,11520Fox
20The Package (2013)$114-73%1--$114$1,0951Anchor Bay Films