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, Apr. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,703,987-67%3,025--$563$27,479,8341Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,235,919-78%3,73415$331$87,674,3682Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,080,690-76%2,771--$390$19,700,8351Universal
4The Croods$969,112-83%3,879-186$250$126,321,0083Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$740,309-73%3,059-47$242$71,976,9423FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$654,494-72%2,0470$320$39,123,6402Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$443,585-79%2,905-419$153$213,050,5375Disney
8The Host (2013)$319,412-73%3,2020$100$19,943,7402Open Road
9The Call$246,804-71%2,002-437$123$45,728,1454Sony / TriStar
10Admission$135,606-68%1,407-754$96$15,401,2023Focus
11Spring Breakers$120,255-61%1,072-307$112$12,737,0194A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$57,680-68%721-361$80$131,290,0159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$41,992-70%524-228$80$129,767,10921Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$37,527-69%535-1040$70$21,845,0284Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$35,396-75%502-578$71$62,505,2266Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$31,292-70%252-50$124$17,231,83813Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$26,970-72%269-71$100$123,947,55320Fox
7Warm Bodies$22,122-68%287125$77$65,606,14010Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,356-64%360-190$57$70,348,3088Relativity Media
9Snitch (2013)$16,206-70%304-442$53$41,800,5377Lionsgate / Summit
1021 And Over$15,613-60%180-164$87$25,294,8466Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$13,977-79%432-545$32$54,454,4418Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$12,536-71%22516$56$66,808,1868Fox
13Emperor$12,026-66%120-18$100$3,121,9105Roadside Attractions
14Django Unchained$11,771-68%183-50$64$162,560,93315Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,849-70%180-22$60$55,450,37011Paramount
16Argo$6,825-70%172-88$40$135,904,62526Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,545-64%14671$38$10,834,2235FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,477-70%110-30$41$77,049,93915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$63,126-70%3026$2,104$1,152,5352Focus
2The Sapphires$20,047-74%6048$334$464,0293Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$19,780731%489$412$609,4935Gathr Films
4Trance$11,278-67%4--$2,820$142,4231Fox Searchlight
5From Up on Poppy Hill$9,187-77%4116$224$481,6774GKIDS
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,895-65%16--$431$76,2011CodeBlack Films
7Side Effects (2013)$6,750-73%80-22$84$31,398,2339Open Road
8The Impossible$6,249-62%80-6$78$18,913,31816Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$6,249-63%89-105$70$1,634,6276Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$5,144-63%520$99$12,032,06951Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$4,778-65%3114$154$3,610,3843eOne Films US
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,933-71%77-68$38$302,935,55717Warner Bros. / New Line
13Rise of The Guardians$2,920-80%89-45$33$103,403,61220Paramount / DreamWorks
14Settai$2,255-81%33--$68$54,6411UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$2,144-69%300$71$22,427,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,772-66%55-60$32$19,446,9898Warner Bros.
17Camp (2013)$1,723-53%82$215$130,2867Freestyle Releasing
18Himmatwala$1,560-77%61-38$26$264,1282UTV Motion Pictures
19Dark Skies$1,172-71%28-73$42$17,179,3387Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$1,061-52%6-5$177$1,560,6177Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$422-56%2--$211$5,2301Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$395-63%12--$33$4,2951Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$94-77%2-3$47$1,119,9707UTV Motion Pictures