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, Sep. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,322,986-7%3,330220$1,598$79,466,3783Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$3,572,851-29%3,4450$1,037$113,240,0124Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$3,130,6174%3,259-119$961$73,969,9924Disney
4One Direction: This Is Us$2,657,378-9%2,735--$972$18,472,8751Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$1,981,915-21%2,539-374$781$80,524,5124Sony / TriStar
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,708,120-3%2,393-337$714$56,729,4664Fox
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,594,293-19%3,1180$511$24,523,8932Sony / Screen Gems
8The World's End$1,475,023-22%1,5532$950$18,320,5692Focus
9Blue Jasmine$1,319,595--1,179--$1,119$21,772,6316Sony Pictures Classics
10Getaway$1,102,250-26%2,130--$517$5,606,1421Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me 2$1,040,040-5%1,284-118$810$355,739,2909Universal
12You're Next$977,539-33%2,4370$401$14,409,0692Lionsgate
13The Smurfs 2$883,25115%1,366-486$647$66,985,8635Sony / Columbia
142 Guns$747,855-28%1,411-430$530$70,096,3305Universal
15Monsters University$717,4168%1,889--$380$264,286,36911Disney
16Kick-Ass 2$518,490-28%1,646-1299$315$26,998,0603Universal
17World War Z$387,654-21%1,2471008$311$200,674,20511Paramount
18Jobs$339,001-25%1,302-1079$260$14,806,3473Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,532,132-19%348--$7,276$10,378,5581Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$703,542-18%749742$939$3,377,3782Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$651,954-20%870--$749$3,628,7311Focus
4The Wolverine$500,059-23%988-461$506$128,322,2876Fox
5The Spectacular Now$349,410-15%385231$908$3,818,8605A24
6The Conjuring$287,696-46%903-452$319$134,183,9287Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$284,2491%438-32$649$80,087,1337Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Star Trek Into Darkness$271,664-16%958814$284$228,496,82416Paramount
9The Way, Way Back$241,930-17%654352$370$19,806,5779Fox Searchlight
10Pacific Rim$199,817-35%401141$498$100,366,2648Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups 2$168,542-48%471-149$358$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$125,021-55%393-16$318$157,430,52710Fox
13Now You See Me$115,670-19%239-7$484$117,096,98514Lionsgate / Summit
14Man of Steel$99,981-10%284-19$352$290,750,25712Warner Bros.
15Red 2$97,497-31%261-128$374$52,210,6077Lionsgate / Summit
16The Lone Ranger$88,444--254--$348$88,559,3389Disney
17Fruitvale Station$64,470-11%294-98$219$15,590,1348Weinstein Company
18White House Down$61,594-36%206--$299$72,834,44310Sony / Columbia
19Paranoia$57,167-6%392-2067$146$7,092,9693Relativity Media
20R.I.P.D.$52,490-37%1812$290$33,084,5457Universal
21Iron Man 3$48,763--160--$305$408,883,15618Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$110,042-11%9116$1,209$1,306,1044Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$88,566-41%83--$1,067$500,7141UTV Motion Pictures
3Austenland$73,321--52--$1,410$493,4643Sony Pictures Classics
4Chennai Express$55,455-41%93-51$596$5,122,2404UTV Motion Pictures
5Blackfish$34,445--82--$420$1,845,5097Magnolia Pictures
6Short Term 12$31,287--16--$1,955$199,7192Cinedigm
720 Feet from Stardom$28,790--58--$496$4,405,51012RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$20,6738%80-35$258$107,452,35615Fox
9Ain't Them Bodies Saints$20,059--41--$489$227,0953IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$19,424--11-2$1,766$40,569,990181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11This Is The End$16,503-69%34--$485$96,924,49912Sony / Columbia
12Drinking Buddies$14,280--12--$1,190$88,7662Magnolia Pictures
13The Croods$13,76918%45-24$306$187,130,66724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Fast & Furious 6$9,145-77%59-39$155$238,673,37015Universal
15Under the Sea 3D$9,123--71$1,303$33,579,519238Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Passion$8,924-16%14--$637$42,4691eOne Films US
17Afternoon Delight$7,124-23%2--$3,562$34,4761The Film Arcade
18Therese (2013)$6,917--8--$865$59,0692MPI Pictures
19Space Station 3D$6,604--32$2,201$88,933,852594IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$5,781--132$445$13,500,70072Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Before Midnight$5,692--18--$316$8,052,14215Sony Pictures Classics
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,606--9-2$623$22,945,051126Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Cutie and the Boxer$5,314--12--$443$106,6483RADiUS-TWC
24When Comedy Went to School$4,911--12--$409$136,0755International Film Circuit
25Prince Avalanche$4,827--23--$210$148,1534Magnolia Pictures
26Still Mine$4,797--15--$320$1,016,7688IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27The Internship$4,353--20--$218$44,645,49613Fox
28Una Noche$4,348--5--$870$47,2882IFC Films
29The Act of Killing$3,722--15--$248$379,5987Drafthouse Films
30The Hunt$3,440--11--$313$568,4858Magnolia Pictures
31Hannah Arendt$3,363--8--$420$636,50514Zeitgeist Films
32Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,07589%13-14$237$4,268,49713Roadside Attractions
33Deep Sea 3D$2,989--90$332$45,842,333392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Frances Ha$2,448--4--$612$4,054,00416IFC Films
35I'm So Excited$2,414--11--$219$1,327,69110Sony Pictures Classics
36Unfinished Song$2,22110%17-10$131$1,634,53211Weinstein Company
37I Declare War$2,159--14--$154$10,7931Drafthouse Films
38The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,126-13%2--$1,063$33,4156Rialto Pictures
39Lovelace$2,029--5--$406$354,7844RADiUS-TWC
40The Patience Stone$1,768--5--$354$66,6633Sony Pictures Classics
41Drug War$1,734--7--$248$110,2686Variance Films / Well Go USA
42Our Nixon$1,476--3--$492$7,5661Cinedigm
43Free the Mind$1,132--4--$283$116,10418International Film Circuit
44Savannah$1,0184%5-9$204$25,5512Ketchup Entertainment
45Fill the Void$1,002--7--$143$1,761,27615Sony Pictures Classics
46Underdogs (2013)$9898%1-1$989$33,9013Freestyle Releasing
47Love Is All You Need$756--3--$252$1,614,16018Sony Pictures Classics
48The Last Flight of the Champion$72744%15--$48$2,2201High Top Releasing
49Mud$644-17%6-10$107$21,588,04819Roadside Attractions
50Inch'Allah$56122%20$281$460,9453eOne Films US
51I Give It a Year$524--4--$131$24,1584Magnolia Pictures
52Crystal Fairy$523--9--$58$187,4818IFC Films
53Europa Report$496--3--$165$114,8555Magnolia / Magnet
54A Hijacking$477--5--$95$401,36611Magnolia Pictures
55The Silence$397--1--$397$97,25926Music Box Films
56American Made Movie$326--2--$163$36,1471Variance Films
57Paradise: Faith$262--2--$131$4,6782Strand Releasing
58Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$107--2--$54$18,7655Doppelgänger Releasing
59An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$105--1--$105$67,96319Variance Films
60Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$61--1--$61$19,29313Magnolia Pictures
61Girl Most Likely$42-63%10$42$1,377,5817Roadside Attractions
62A Band Called Death$26--2--$13$123,77010Drafthouse Films
63Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$24--1--$24$101,5819Magnolia Pictures
64Only God Forgives$16--3--$5$775,8657RADiUS-TWC
65100 Bloody Acres$14--1--$14$6,24810Doppelgänger Releasing