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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 2 - Sun, Jul. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$64,832,191--4,468--$14,510$157,577,1691Summit
2The Last Airbender$40,325,019--3,169--$12,725$57,836,1161Paramount
3Toy Story 3$30,280,024-49%4,0280$7,517$289,106,1933Disney
4Grown Ups$19,049,602-53%3,5340$5,390$77,631,1172Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$10,443,233-48%3,1046$3,364$45,751,8472Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$8,000,259-49%3,109-631$2,573$151,523,5174Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$3,190,024-49%2,153-1089$1,482$69,280,9744Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$1,233,220-61%884-1305$1,395$17,474,8155Universal
2Shrek Forever After$890,166-71%957-1383$930$232,278,6417Paramount / DreamWorks
3Letters to Juliet$822,969102%340-169$2,420$50,945,2748Summit
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$690,501-76%600-1251$1,151$88,144,6716Disney
5Iron Man 2$638,314-56%522-647$1,223$308,292,7779Paramount
6Solitary Man$498,4845%176-1$2,832$2,757,6637Anchor Bay
7Killers (2010)$475,307-75%727-1544$654$45,170,6365Lionsgate
8Sex and the City 2$382,173-69%355-546$1,077$94,076,9426Warner Bros. / New Line
9Marmaduke$359,085-63%475-635$756$30,815,1265Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$341,760-28%303-30$1,128$216,156,99415Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood (2010)$328,860-49%378-291$870$103,913,9358Universal
12Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$328,745-9%11125$2,962$1,478,1824IFC
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$193,144-13%109-25$1,772$9,009,87816Music Box
14Date Night$187,220-22%242-44$774$97,634,50813Fox
15The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$175,225-19%127-16$1,380$5,597,09712Sony Pictures Classics
16Please Give$172,141-38%145-74$1,187$3,436,80810Sony Pictures Classics
17Splice$168,032-30%140-200$1,200$16,539,2425Warner Bros
18Jonah Hex$123,597-92%350-2475$353$9,937,4233Warner Bros.
19Clash of the Titans (2010)$115,116-30%175-51$658$162,916,18914Warner Bros.
20Death at a Funeral (2010)$114,498-19%136-20$842$42,708,95112Sony / Screen Gems
21Furry Vengeance$95,897-22%107-50$896$17,466,37210Summit
22A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$40,476-49%110-62$368$62,992,95010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$774,472157%7760$10,058$1,492,3463Fox Searchlight
2I Am Love$528,877113%8053$6,611$1,096,8133Magnolia
3Winter's Bone$430,329-2%8313$5,185$1,712,2204Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$247,9067%522$4,767$9,678,30516Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$128,56064%4-16$32,140$536,3414Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$104,852-20%81-24$1,294$6,320,62816Anchor Bay
7Exit Through the Gift Shop$62,382-17%31-5$2,012$2,772,13712Producers Distribution Agency
8Micmacs$60,895-23%50-2$1,218$829,5266Sony Classics
9Mother and Child$60,019-37%77-42$779$912,1639Sony Pictures Classics
10Restrepo$58,58765%108$5,859$119,2102National Geographic
11Harry Brown$56,351-14%45-11$1,252$1,685,83110Samuel Goldwyn
12The Bounty Hunter$55,925-44%67-37$835$67,050,02416Sony / Columbia
13Just Wright$53,924-27%95-16$568$21,310,3948Fox Searchlight
14The Back-up Plan$51,721-58%97-50$533$37,358,50511CBS Films
15Ondine$48,202-24%38-1$1,268$341,66318Magnolia
16Under the Sea 3D$44,99933%130$3,461$22,684,01873Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Love Ranch$44,220--11--$4,020$58,6431E1 Entertainment
18The Killer Inside Me$43,413126%1713$2,554$93,9703IFC Films
19Oceans$42,718-45%79-48$541$19,345,90311Disneynature
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$42,375-31%70-35$605$63,789,16216Fox
21Babies$38,332-15%42-22$913$7,279,5239Focus
22South of the Border$34,75761%65$5,793$64,9652Cinema Libre
23The Last Song$33,082-61%79-44$419$62,871,80414Disney
24Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$31,763-19%61$5,294$98,4432Sony Pictures Classics
25Avatar$28,729-36%9-6$3,192$749,596,88729Fox
26The City of Your Final Destination$16,212-20%14-1$1,158$434,99412Screen Media Films
27Deep Sea 3D$14,4650%30$4,822$43,439,936227Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Let It Rain$12,072-23%50$2,414$61,9353IFC
29Raavan$11,986-87%28-87$428$690,4423Reliance Big Pictures
30Holy Rollers$11,133-14%130$856$279,33823First Independent Pictures
31The Secret of Kells$10,9525%14-1$782$669,39018GKIDS
32God of Vampires$10,395--10--$1,040$10,3951Nocturnal Features
33Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,253-51%9-4$806$590,50216Zeitgeist
34The Nature of Existence$5,918--3--$1,973$9,9273Walking Shadows
35La Mission$5,608-38%5-6$1,122$1,008,45813Screen Media
36Princess Kaiulani$5,542-11%5-3$1,108$836,4718Roadside Attractions
37Agora$5,483-56%2-1$2,742$204,2166Newmarket
38The Square (2010)$5,181-71%5-3$1,036$392,46413Apparition
39Alice in Wonderland (2010)$4,684-83%23-42$204$334,183,25018Disney
40Only the Brave (2010)$4,684-25%1-1$4,684$140,0816Indican Pictures
41Stonewall Uprising$4,305-73%4-2$1,076$66,5143First Run Features
42Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,045-49%2-1$2,023$167,7006Rialto
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,920-11%30$1,307$23,239,650144National Geographic
44Best Worst Movie$3,42431%10$3,424$62,67511Area23a
45Everyone Else$3,286514%32$1,095$72,47855Cinema Guild
46The Lottery$3,227-68%2-1$1,614$41,7444Variance Films
47Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,706139%10$2,706$39,2215Indican Pictures
48The Joneses$2,644-30%1-2$2,644$1,469,63212Roadside Attractions
49Kings of the Evening$2,595-71%1-3$2,595$78,74221Indican Pictures
50OSS 117: Lost in Rio$2,336-49%30$779$80,94764Music Box
51Racing Dreams$2,31294%30$771$49,1627Hanover House
52Only When I Dance$2,183--1--$2,183$2,1831Film Movement
53Sweetgrass$2,073--4--$518$193,92241Cinema Guild
54Casino Jack and the United States of Money$1,602-15%73$229$174,9199Magnolia
55Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,597--1--$1,597$25,2693The Film Desk
56Survival of the Dead$1,223-69%4-6$306$96,5576Magnolia / Magnet
57Chloe$1,066-35%30$355$3,073,64515Sony Pictures Classics
58Cropsey$998-41%1-1$998$27,3795Cinema Purgatorio
59John Rabe$994-67%2-1$497$45,9567Strand
60A Town Called Panic$958--1--$958$162,58229Zeitgeist Films
61Behind the Burly Q$541--1--$541$16,65711First Run Features
62U2 3D$250--1--$250$10,335,198128National Geographic
63Small Change (2009 re-issue)$237--1--$237$29,28132The Film Desk