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, Mar. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,201,106-68%4,046--$1,038$47,840,8421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,763,340-65%3,098--$892$33,137,1341FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,251,262-64%3,805-107$592$179,348,3523Disney
4The Call$826,670-64%2,5070$330$31,931,7262Sony / TriStar
5Spring Breakers$541,195--1,104--$490$5,806,9972A24
6Admission$509,622-63%2,160--$236$6,664,6061Focus
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$468,435-57%3,1600$148$17,880,2532Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$337,450-60%2,560-797$132$59,373,8344Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$259,920-58%2,166-676$120$128,030,2207Universal
10Snitch (2013)$177,431-63%1,807-546$98$40,475,1805Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$148,149-61%1,044-558$142$127,311,76319Weinstein Company
1221 And Over$126,415-50%1,134-1290$111$24,290,2564Relativity Media
13Safe Haven$114,532-53%1,279-927$90$69,032,5416Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$78,814-48%1,494-717$53$53,433,7136Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$79,934-62%489-157$163$122,626,70218Fox
2Quartet$65,108-59%425-263$153$15,979,38011Weinstein Company
3Stoker$40,038-59%275181$146$1,164,6894Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$35,227-61%612-1576$58$10,647,1853FilmDistrict
5Django Unchained$33,480-59%29630$113$162,040,91513Weinstein Company
6Emperor$33,159-58%237-74$140$2,633,8913Roadside Attractions
7A Good Day to Die Hard$33,131-63%448-669$74$66,293,8626Fox
8Side Effects (2013)$28,451-60%225-177$126$31,009,1247Open Road
9Warm Bodies$27,527-51%299-360$92$65,046,5348Lionsgate / Summit
10The Last Exorcism Part II$25,551-61%455-1120$56$15,035,0244CBS Films
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,174-61%20979$120$54,956,9809Paramount
12InAPPropriate Comedy$19,984-50%275--$73$176,3981Freestyle Releasing
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,797-58%235-70$84$302,715,73515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Dark Skies$15,839-61%205-498$77$17,031,3365Weinstein / Dimension
15Argo$14,250-59%185-355$77$135,533,39524Warner Bros.
16Parental Guidance$14,247-53%185-37$77$76,750,37313Fox
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$12,625-53%18863$67$19,317,1756Warner Bros.
18Rise of The Guardians$11,764-64%162-51$73$103,185,98418Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mama$10,400-60%130-74$80$71,441,26510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,675-62%129-112$75$148,682,84013Universal
21The Impossible$8,487-58%12318$69$18,744,83214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,544-26%520$203$11,793,72549Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$7,074-65%64$1,179$138,9992GKIDS
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,9870%300$233$22,275,981103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$6,36038%3-6$2,120$441,3863Gathr Films
5The Sapphires$3,879-66%4--$970$42,2511Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,910-51%28-17$104$350,6044Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,862-65%21-24$136$1,516,3245Arenas Entertainment
8Parker$2,447-67%55-37$44$17,589,3739FilmDistrict
9Camp (2013)$2,263-57%172$133$91,9545Freestyle Releasing
10Gangster Squad$1,910-79%500$38$45,970,13411Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$1,516-65%3--$505$3,472,0711eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$1,443-64%20-11$72$6,369,22316Focus
13Kai Po Che$846-78%18-24$47$1,106,4055UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$367-69%11--$33$4,6851UTV Motion Pictures