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. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$42,725,012-32%3,7920$11,267$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$36,011,243--3,612--$9,970$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$23,689,060-28%3,60099$6,580$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$9,651,495-45%3,5040$2,754$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$8,917,512-26%2,766-411$3,224$379,416,5516Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$7,810,481--2,719--$2,873$7,810,4811Fox
7Grown Ups$7,428,742-25%2,859-215$2,598$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,186,170-46%3,121-880$2,303$279,827,2624Summit
9The Last Airbender$4,217,021-46%2,127-678$1,983$123,308,7904Paramount
10Predators$3,120,656-56%1,846-823$1,690$46,839,0813Fox
11Knight and Day$1,694,003-53%1,265-660$1,339$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$2,594,758144%201163$12,909$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$1,100,315-52%780-752$1,411$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$709,464-35%4548$1,563$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$563,790-17%15617$3,614$2,944,8913Music Box
5Iron Man 2$438,975-22%330-32$1,330$310,840,82412Paramount
6I Am Love$336,112-19%16626$2,025$3,215,8216Magnolia
7Winter's Bone$322,661-7%1309$2,482$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$289,198-37%296-132$977$75,737,6287Fox
9Marmaduke$245,338-10%254-20$966$32,577,2988Fox
10Shrek Forever After$225,825-19%202-38$1,118$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
11Killers (2010)$197,90764%23367$849$46,362,8588Lionsgate
12Letters to Juliet$183,782-23%234-38$785$52,503,75411Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$170,175-2%221-66$770$60,498,0108Universal
14Jonah Hex$130,94341%176130$744$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
15Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$110,427-21%128-13$863$89,523,4359Disney
16Robin Hood (2010)$109,440-37%171-55$640$105,054,74511Universal
17Solitary Man$96,866-47%105-41$923$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
18Date Night$83,632-37%108-58$774$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$315,09511%530$5,945$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Khatta Meetha$309,211--83--$3,725$309,2111Eros
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$124,345-27%99-13$1,256$2,528,9317IFC
4Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$102,633-10%6611$1,555$1,098,2037Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Sea 3D$81,45212%130$6,266$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Restrepo$73,124-24%28-3$2,612$536,8905National Geographic
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$71,322-15%66-4$1,081$9,639,71519Music Box
8The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$63,200-21%15-66$4,213$6,129,37015Sony Pictures Classics
9Sex and the City 2$56,278-44%69-28$816$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
10Agora$53,1751086%1312$4,090$274,6419Newmarket
11Countdown to Zero$41,307--3--$13,769$41,3071Magnolia
12Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$39,244--6--$6,541$39,2441NeoClassics
13Grease Sing-a-Long$32,776-63%17-4$1,928$259,7303Paramount
14Life During Wartime$30,507--1--$30,507$30,5071IFC
15Please Give$28,823-43%40-24$721$3,850,78813Sony Pictures Classics
16City Island$28,667-22%40-9$717$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
17Exit Through the Gift Shop$26,196-32%14-11$1,871$3,018,77715Producers Distribution Agency
18Mademoiselle Chambon$21,828860%75$3,118$208,7069Lorber
19Splice$21,113-68%39-78$541$16,980,2298Warner Bros
20South of the Border$20,88933%103$2,089$166,6115Cinema Libre
21Deep Sea 3D$20,421-7%30$6,807$43,561,369230Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Micmacs$19,963-43%34-16$587$1,059,1739Sony Classics
23Standing Ovation$18,056-95%74-551$244$531,8062Rocky Mountain
24Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,466--1--$17,466$26,5621Arthouse Films
25Avatar$16,8178%3-1$5,606$749,726,99332Fox
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$16,625131%118$1,511$233,7079Rialto
27Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$14,760-58%15-8$984$269,0505Sony Pictures Classics
28Ondine$14,409-19%20-5$720$483,36121Magnolia
29Mother and Child$13,897-19%24-3$579$1,058,97812Sony Pictures Classics
30Just Wright$13,387-56%27-29$496$21,507,08711Fox Searchlight
31Orlando (2010 re-issue)$10,885--2--$5,443$10,8851Sony Pictures Classics
32Kisses$10,156-34%53$2,031$32,7092Oscilloscope
33Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,872-34%25-3$395$63,939,92219Fox
34Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$9,51273%41$2,378$57,7808Indican Pictures
35Harry Brown$8,689-29%15-9$579$1,800,84413Samuel Goldwyn
36The Killer Inside Me$7,474-37%101$747$181,9796IFC Films
37Winnebago Man$7,102-60%50$1,420$54,1283Kino International
38Kings of the Evening$6,896--4--$1,724$87,29824Indican Pictures
39The City of Your Final Destination$6,847117%93$761$472,35315Screen Media Films
40Let It Rain$6,489-4%31$2,163$88,9816IFC
41Love Ranch$6,06513%6-1$1,011$134,9044E1 Entertainment
42U2 3D$5,699440%32$1,900$10,342,668131National Geographic
43Valhalla Rising$5,030-36%21$2,515$17,5462IFC
44La Mission$4,95889%63$826$1,054,22816Screen Media
45The Nature of Existence$4,476360%1-1$4,476$22,2206Walking Shadows
46Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$4,34451%52$869$624,38819Zeitgeist
47The Lottery$4,027--1--$4,027$51,5427Variance Films
48God of Vampires$3,360-63%4-4$840$56,7054Nocturnal Features
49Best Worst Movie$3,18150%21$1,591$81,09014Area23a
50Everyone Else$2,879-7%31$960$83,14258Cinema Guild
51Spoken Word$2,343--1--$2,343$2,3431Variance
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,215-19%30$738$23,259,468147National Geographic
53To the Sea$2,148-72%10$2,148$15,0282Film Movement
54Mugabe and the White African$1,907--1--$1,907$1,9071First Run
55The Secret of Kells$1,875-14%4-2$469$689,57621GKIDS
56John Rabe$1,865288%32$622$54,50310Strand
57Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,806-29%10$1,806$40,1895Kino International
58Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,572-61%10$1,572$8,6522Flicker Alley
59Princess Kaiulani$1,461-41%2-1$731$858,41811Roadside Attractions
60Small Change (2009 re-issue)$1,457119%10$1,457$31,73335The Film Desk
61Stonewall Uprising$1,213-83%3-3$404$107,5746First Run Features
62[REC] 2$829-83%3-4$276$19,9423Magnolia
63In/Significant Others$582--1--$582$3,47711Fourth Ward Productions
64Around a Small Mountain$502-78%1-1$502$15,6123Cinema Guild
65Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$417--1--$417$26,1886The Film Desk
66The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$324--1--$324$453,66026First Run Features
67The Oath (2010)$310--1--$310$42,11712Zeitgeist
68Behind the Burly Q$134-63%10$134$18,82314First Run Features
69OSS 117: Lost in Rio$113-77%1-1$113$87,35367Music Box