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 Sat, Apr. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$8,928,76440%3,73415$2,391$80,882,6032Paramount
2The Croods$8,823,68647%3,879-186$2,275$119,526,2503Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Evil Dead$8,783,208-26%3,025--$2,904$20,682,5581Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$7,024,4850%2,771--$2,535$14,035,1201Universal
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,402,58930%2,0470$2,151$36,169,3592Lionsgate
6Olympus Has Fallen$4,301,36937%3,059-47$1,406$68,518,8573FilmDistrict
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,454,75541%2,905-419$1,189$210,501,9295Disney
8The Host (2013)$2,193,19719%3,2020$685$18,461,9332Open Road
9The Call$1,516,76335%2,002-437$758$44,623,6904Sony / TriStar
10Admission$854,04829%1,407-754$607$14,835,4153Focus
11Spring Breakers$456,89912%1,072-307$426$12,310,5674A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$364,10544%721-361$505$131,052,0859Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$273,18344%524-228$521$129,584,06421Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$229,13451%502-578$456$62,328,2436Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$208,07638%535-1040$389$21,685,4084Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$159,31953%252-50$632$17,097,37713Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$150,81442%269-71$561$123,822,51220Fox
7Safe Haven$117,85619%360-190$327$70,271,4348Relativity Media
8Warm Bodies$116,73640%287125$407$65,514,64410Lionsgate / Summit
9Escape From Planet Earth$109,30528%432-545$253$54,373,0408Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$97,87432%304-442$322$41,730,3597Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$72,25745%22516$321$66,752,6318Fox
1221 And Over$72,21829%180-164$401$25,240,6526Relativity Media
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$62,89860%180-22$349$55,403,30011Paramount
14Django Unchained$57,66233%183-50$315$162,512,16115Weinstein Company
15Emperor$52,27517%120-18$436$3,074,3945Roadside Attractions
16Parental Guidance$37,37324%110-30$340$77,030,52915Fox
17Argo$36,70438%172-88$213$135,875,07926Warner Bros.
18Dead Man Down$20,81644%14671$143$10,813,4335FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,25433%3026$9,308$875,9752Focus
2The Sapphires$136,38471%6048$2,273$368,3133Weinstein Company
3Trance$60,20663%4--$15,052$97,1031Fox Searchlight
4From Up on Poppy Hill$54,35047%4116$1,326$433,1354GKIDS
5Side Effects (2013)$50,07270%80-22$626$31,366,4479Open Road
6Starbuck$27,65968%3114$892$3,591,8703eOne Films US
7Stoker$26,19925%89-105$294$1,611,3036Fox Searchlight
8Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$23,201-12%16--$1,450$49,5671CodeBlack Films
9The Impossible$22,45311%80-6$281$18,890,62816Lionsgate / Summit
10Settai$22,12322%33--$670$40,2301UTV Motion Pictures
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,16242%77-68$223$302,922,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
12To the Arctic 3D$17,001-14%520$327$12,012,96851Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Rise of The Guardians$16,90642%89-45$190$103,386,08620Paramount / DreamWorks
14Born to Be Wild 3D$10,381-8%300$346$22,418,559105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$9,94454%61-38$163$255,8382UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,99846%55-60$164$19,440,0278Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$8,44231%28-73$302$17,174,1917Weinstein / Dimension
18Girl Rising$6,160130%6--$1,027$587,3345Gathr Films
19Camp (2013)$4,207-56%82$526$124,8627Freestyle Releasing
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,383-1%6-5$397$1,557,3687Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$1,650-25%2--$825$3,8421Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$1,62433%12--$135$2,8431Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$56225%2-3$281$1,119,4757UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$433-53%2-5$217$370,1096Methinx Entertainment