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 Mon, Feb. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Escape From Planet Earth$5,210,921-5%3,288--$1,585$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
2A Good Day to Die Hard$3,805,812-49%3,553--$1,071$36,879,7731Fox
3Identity Thief$3,782,175-48%3,16524$1,195$74,744,2552Universal
4Safe Haven$3,067,561-48%3,223--$952$33,298,0731Relativity Media
5Warm Bodies$1,684,917-35%2,897-112$582$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,362,666-39%2,950--$462$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,171,854-41%2,202-607$532$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$1,026,993-47%2,6050$394$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$663,046-43%2,103-1182$315$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$606,416-42%1,527-1035$397$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
11Lincoln$427,937-25%1,007-510$425$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
12Mama$395,520-48%1,648-1029$240$68,561,9405Universal
13Django Unchained$329,883-37%1,017-485$324$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$504,249-15%647-277$779$111,376,51813Fox
2Argo$443,088-40%903-502$491$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
3Quartet$310,550-25%33389$933$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4Wreck-It Ralph$308,59812%506-251$610$185,835,92916Disney
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$286,579-17%605-396$474$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$236,550-20%676-771$350$145,764,4258Universal
7Parental Guidance$190,32314%603-616$316$75,343,6928Fox
8Rise of The Guardians$158,9603%33863$470$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
9Amour$155,670--306--$509$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
10The Impossible$105,113-33%422-317$249$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
11Parker$85,287-44%705-1299$121$17,084,9564FilmDistrict
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$69,969--266--$263$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$59,585-39%25494$235$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14Skyfall$55,579-30%262--$212$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
15Gangster Squad$45,213-34%210-732$215$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
16A Haunted House$45,073-51%340-573$133$39,591,3346Open Road
17Bullet to the Head$44,514-45%470-1934$95$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$34,788--192--$181$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Hotel Transylvania$32,4132%144--$225$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
20Jack Reacher$26,327-25%175-132$150$79,360,5599Paramount
21Stand Up Guys$25,829-31%119-551$217$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
22This is 40$16,700-43%167-111$100$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$16,390-35%133-622$123$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,643--99--$330$33,265,5859Disney
2Top Gun 3D$27,739-43%40-260$693$2,986,1382Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$22,615-20%520$435$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$21,405--214$1,019$36,381,867153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Royal Affair$19,402--34--$571$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
6No (2013)$18,712--4--$4,678$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
756 Up$16,992--27--$629$388,0547First Run Features
8Born to Be Wild 3D$16,587-14%300$553$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Here Comes the Boom$16,067-2%96--$167$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Hyde Park on Hudson$15,665-51%86-44$182$6,030,75711Focus
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$12,203-40%22-3$555$192,0142UTV Motion Pictures
12The Gatekeepers$11,797--4--$2,949$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
13The Guilt Trip$10,509-37%88-137$119$36,805,3169Paramount
14Rust and Bone$9,825--33--$298$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
15Koch$9,374--11--$852$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,304-57%96-89$97$34,298,2157Lionsgate
17Anna Karenina (2012)$8,732-44%51-40$171$12,771,63614Focus
18Lore$7,451--8--$931$93,5532Music Box Films
19Under the Sea 3D$6,707--102$671$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$6,204--7--$886$59,4584Music Box Films
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,770-35%56-49$103$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
22Searching For Sugar Man$4,903--19--$258$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Race 2$4,834-31%11-52$439$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
24Like Someone in Love$4,772--3--$1,591$26,5851IFC Films
25The Last Stand$4,619-51%54-185$86$11,964,2665Lionsgate
26Sound City$4,529--17--$266$291,1123Variance Films
27A Late Quartet$3,670-30%131$282$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
28Deep Sea 3D$3,380--70$483$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Movie 43$3,282-35%35-742$94$8,781,9614Relativity Media
30The Sessions$3,193-24%16-2$200$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
31Yossi$2,897--7--$414$59,1404Strand Releasing
32John Dies at the End$2,032--10--$203$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
33Lost in Thailand$1,833-42%350$52$57,3972WAMCR
34West of Memphis$1,368--8--$171$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
35Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,356-43%23-58$59$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
36The Sorcerer and the White Snake$1,089--4--$272$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
37The Waiting Room$864--4--$216$199,85621International Film Circuit
38Taken 2$856-56%16-19$54$139,852,97120Fox
39Hitchcock$514-82%14-22$37$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
40Frankenweenie$314--3--$105$35,283,50620Disney
41The Power of Few$299--2--$150$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
42Brooklyn Castle$235--3--$78$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
43Masquerade (2012)$200--2--$100$912,01722CJ Entertainment
44The Package (2013)$18260%1--$182$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
45North Sea Texas$165--2--$83$27,57816Strand Releasing
46Any Day Now$122--3--$41$183,19710Music Box Films