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 Wed, Jan. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$8,718,93923%3,3350$2,614$271,811,5876Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,792,17441%3,9280$1,984$209,334,2523Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Wolf of Wall Street$5,671,03672%2,5370$2,235$47,119,9711Paramount
4American Hustle$5,444,64125%2,5070$2,172$72,963,1653Sony / Columbia
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$4,869,08261%3,5070$1,388$95,448,8502Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$4,178,8526%2,1100$1,980$48,266,3213Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,060,34122%2,9090$1,396$35,544,6721Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,880,32140%2,31510$1,244$398,407,0266Lionsgate
947 Ronin$2,567,99579%2,6890$955$26,420,7701Universal
10Grudge Match$2,236,32637%2,8380$788$18,476,5521Warner Bros.
11Walking With Dinosaurs$2,025,48422%3,24312$625$26,371,2512Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,391,08940%1,788-15$778$46,673,9423Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$293,32150%1,0370$283$5,174,7571Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$550,26814%7270$757$17,862,3026Weinstein Company
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$545,34668%9750$559$5,781,4665Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$418,36142%1611$2,599$5,617,2894CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$270,99036%220-19$1,232$7,456,3972Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$220,12510%2500$881$6,278,2237Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$216,11224%48118$449$18,430,8448Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$205,02050%3190$643$202,856,7528Disney
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$185,63555%3030$613$117,043,08914Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$180,73431%1750$1,033$255,041,96313Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$123,78983%1547$804$38,075,16011Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$97,073102%24913$390$61,380,5379Lionsgate / Summit
12Dallas Buyers Club$94,98479%124-13$766$15,942,1979Focus
13Free Birds$84,15667%2430$346$54,626,6929Relativity Media
14Last Vegas$72,85632%2210$330$62,864,4519CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$69,454150%2570$270$101,407,21310Paramount
16The Best Man Holiday$51,600100%120-75$430$70,365,1507Universal
17Captain Phillips$48,07233%1110$433$104,686,12912Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$42,07559%165-10$255$367,835,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$39,80133%1360$293$29,744,6856Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$23,404167%107-3$219$25,001,04911Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$15,41472%1020$151$11,155,5664Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$270,57187%470$5,757$2,127,1002Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$61,54964%5--$12,310$315,6401Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$35,286162%20$17,643$223,6141Universal
4Homefront$23,09187%750$308$20,145,9675Open Road
5All Is Lost$18,66856%67-16$279$5,990,76111Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,80192%53-32$185$68,491,54521Fox
7Enough Said$8,12644%27-15$301$17,472,71315Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,80156%340$229$116,187,92920Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$2,92998%24-39$122$7,007,2595Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$2,019347%210$96$2,192,5435FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,7511083%310$56$24,471,13414Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,23725%290$43$36,914,19116Relativity Media