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, Dec. 26 2016

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$32,085,63724%4,1570$7,718$318,119,0792Disney
2Sing (2016)$19,673,48537%4,022--$4,891$75,544,2701Universal
3Passengers$7,521,1700%3,478--$2,162$29,716,1071Sony / Columbia
4Fences$4,912,065-26%2,2332229$2,200$11,791,6852Paramount
5Moana$4,841,59364%2,687-900$1,802$185,587,0515Disney
6Why Him?$4,533,434-15%2,917--$1,554$15,536,4201Fox
7Assassin's Creed$4,522,7214%2,970--$1,523$22,293,3441Fox
8Collateral Beauty$2,101,031-5%3,0280$694$17,388,7182Warner Bros. / New Line
9Office Christmas Party$1,909,139-25%2,441-769$782$44,086,8113Paramount / DreamWorks
10Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$1,702,65232%1,966-1070$866$215,925,8776Warner Bros.
11Manchester By the Sea$1,534,32425%1,2137$1,265$21,018,2606Roadside / Amazon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1La La Land$3,491,074-12%734534$4,756$17,125,4933Lionsgate / Summit
2Dangal$995,534-26%331--$3,008$5,074,7411UTV Motion Pictures
3Jackie$638,93512%348264$1,836$4,189,3594Fox Searchlight
4Lion$638,748-12%500484$1,277$2,391,0315Weinstein Company
5Arrival$446,46711%456-1701$979$89,826,3057Paramount
6Doctor Strange$333,75320%538-1392$620$228,675,7078Disney
7Trolls$246,622139%499-1215$494$148,897,7118Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Hacksaw Ridge$177,18919%428-913$414$63,865,5348Lionsgate
9Moonlight (2016)$91,33721%124-181$737$12,048,41110A24
10Nocturnal Animals$81,7273%192-1054$426$9,812,6556Focus
11The Accountant$69,28829%222-30$312$85,591,24811Warner Bros.
12Almost Christmas$66,605-20%237-483$281$41,782,4657Universal
13Allied$54,058-1%157-1468$344$39,322,0525Paramount
14Storks$51,17581%2350$218$72,161,44914Warner Bros.
15The Eagle Huntress$48,452--105--$461$1,974,2468Sony Pictures Classics
16Jack Reacher: Never Go Back$29,92052%140-95$214$58,429,08010Paramount
17Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$25,91965%125-56$207$86,827,45113Fox
18The Secret Life of Pets$18,895103%107-58$177$368,324,85525Universal
19Inferno$17,61644%10238$173$34,154,7569Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hidden Figures$323,072-37%25--$12,923$838,5711Fox
2Patriots Day$75,7532%7--$10,822$332,4711CBS Films / Lionsgate
3Silence$32,738-26%4--$8,185$163,6181Paramount
4Incarnate$25,75032%27-291$954$4,874,4084High Top / BH Tilt
5Loving$25,75032%75-321$343$7,349,6878Focus
6Elle (2016)$22,926--37--$620$801,6827Sony Pictures Classics
7Julieta$19,694--6--$3,282$102,6021Sony Pictures Classics
8Sully$17,12158%94-9$182$124,906,78316Warner Bros.
9Live By Night$15,508-53%4--$3,877$48,8441Warner Bros.
10The Wasted Times$13,900--15--$927$253,1562China Lion
11The Edge of Seventeen$9,60295%71-150$135$14,354,2046STX Entertainment
12Miss Sloane$9,449-9%47-1416$201$3,448,6205EuropaCorp
13The Polar Express (2016 re-issue)$9,24076900%18-47$513$162,2522Warner Bros.
14Queen of Katwe$8,41163%5953$143$227,641,74914Disney
15Bad Santa 2$7,936-20%53-361$150$17,672,9095Broad Green Pictures
16A Monster Calls$7,358-31%4--$1,840$45,6251Focus
17Neruda$6,947-22%41$1,737$86,1902The Orchard
18The Handmaiden$5,326--14--$380$1,849,79510Magnolia Pictures
19The Magnificent Seven (2016)$3,17931%23-36$138$93,403,62014Sony / Columbia
20Tampopo$2,035--3--$678$9,65510Janus Films
21Shut In$1,901-21%18-60$106$6,885,8527EuropaCorp Films
22Keeping Up with the Joneses$1,692--15--$113$14,898,49010Fox
23The Lion in Winter (2016 re-release)$1,436-20%1-1$1,436$15,4312Rialto Pictures
24Believe (2016)$1,19718%6-36$200$886,0544Freestyle Releasing
25Gimme Danger$258--2--$129$440,0069Magnolia Pictures / Amazon Studios
26A Kind Of Murder$202--3--$67$2,0082Magnolia
27Christine (2016)$19296%3-2$64$296,88611The Orchard
28Mifune: The Last Samurai$134--1--$134$48,2635Strand
29The Witness (2016)$132--1--$132$158,12430FilmRise
30Harry Benson: Shoot First$114--2--$57$9,9693Magnolia Pictures
31The Bad Kids$112--1--$112$2,5732FilmRise
32The Eyes Of My Mother$87--3--$29$26,0684Magnet Releasing
33Peter And The Farm$84--2--$42$17,5498Magnolia Pictures
34Harry & Snowman$61--2--$31$547,65913FilmRise