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. 30 - Sun, Aug. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$27,485,245-36%3,545-247$7,753$193,313,7413Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$23,527,839--2,911--$8,082$23,527,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$19,471,355-46%3,6120$5,391$71,033,7112Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$15,524,230-34%3,6022$4,310$190,330,4254Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$12,381,585--2,718--$4,555$12,381,5851Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$12,279,363--3,705--$3,314$12,279,3631Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$5,122,907-43%2,105-661$2,434$389,761,4917Disney
8Grown Ups$4,548,144-39%2,269-590$2,004$150,761,3856Sony / Columbia
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$4,465,524-54%2,524-980$1,769$52,026,5283Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,014,953-44%2,334-787$1,720$288,199,9075Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$3,710,990-52%2,7190$1,365$16,375,6812Fox
12The Last Airbender$1,815,170-57%1,238-889$1,466$127,293,4475Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$3,525,58536%847646$4,162$9,636,5084Focus
2Predators$1,093,290-65%873-973$1,252$49,491,2494Fox
3Knight and Day$700,791-59%831-434$843$74,185,6436Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$595,026-46%461-319$1,291$172,932,0648Sony / Columbia
5Shrek Forever After$574,024154%330128$1,739$235,646,95211Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$542,670-4%17418$3,119$3,770,7544Music Box
7Winter's Bone$308,597-4%1399$2,220$4,017,1628Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$301,277-31%286-44$1,053$311,417,00713Paramount
9The A-Team$262,351-9%282-14$930$76,164,0928Fox
10Cyrus$220,341-69%216-238$1,020$6,904,9977Fox Searchlight
11I Am Love$207,214-38%125-41$1,658$3,603,8117Magnolia
12Marmaduke$160,245-35%230-24$697$32,915,8819Fox
13Killers (2010)$153,436-22%219-14$701$46,653,5399Lionsgate
14Get Him to the Greek$137,185-19%155-66$885$60,758,8659Universal
15Letters to Juliet$113,952-38%173-61$659$52,751,74112Summit
16Robin Hood (2010)$86,250-21%115-56$750$105,219,73512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$292,711-7%530$5,523$12,143,33420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Countdown to Zero$114,296177%2724$4,233$167,7122Magnolia
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$94,539-8%748$1,278$1,249,9588Sony Pictures Classics
4Khatta Meetha$88,763-71%830$1,069$490,2552Eros
5Get Low$88,182--4--$22,046$88,1821Sony Pictures Classics
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$84,794-23%90-38$942$89,726,59010Disney
771: Into the Fire$77,161--20--$3,858$77,1611JS Media
8Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$77,004-38%83-16$928$2,674,3058IFC
9Under the Sea 3D$76,765-6%130$5,905$23,311,24977Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Restrepo$75,2303%368$2,090$651,0596National Geographic
11Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$70,61180%1711$4,154$132,2592NeoClassics
12Agora$61,73916%174$3,632$359,41010Newmarket
13Date Night$60,265-28%76-32$793$98,537,86217Fox
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$56,891-20%57-9$998$9,735,09920Music Box
15Solitary Man$56,534-42%63-42$897$4,133,99111Anchor Bay
16The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$39,912-37%4126$973$6,207,19116Sony Pictures Classics
17Grease Sing-a-Long$36,90013%3316$1,118$296,6304Paramount
18Jonah Hex$36,215-72%83-93$436$10,491,5347Warner Bros.
19Life During Wartime$30,6841%65$5,114$73,8862IFC
20Sex and the City 2$28,136-50%42-27$670$95,136,74010Warner Bros. / New Line
21Please Give$22,723-21%35-5$649$3,889,94214Sony Pictures Classics
22Deep Sea 3D$22,56611%30$7,522$43,603,182231Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Concert$21,742--2--$10,871$21,7422Weinstein Company
24Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,761-25%140$1,412$3,074,42916Producers Distribution Agency
25Mademoiselle Chambon$19,732-10%6-1$3,289$239,67610Lorber
26The Extra Man$18,861--2--$9,431$18,8611Magnolia
27Micmacs$18,636-7%29-5$643$1,092,43010Sony Classics
28Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,226-1%10$17,226$59,9222Arthouse Films
29Splice$15,830-25%14-25$1,131$17,007,9009Warner Bros
30Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,038-12%14-1$931$292,3796Sony Pictures Classics
31Avatar$13,028-23%2-1$6,514$749,748,30333Fox
32Winnebago Man$11,18257%94$1,242$69,5094Kino International
33The Killer Inside Me$8,64116%100$864$194,7497IFC Films
34Kisses$8,270-19%83$1,034$47,1563Oscilloscope
35Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,820-53%6-5$1,303$250,72610Rialto
36The City of Your Final Destination$7,73513%134$595$482,73116Screen Media Films
37Ondine$7,468-48%13-7$574$495,89622Magnolia
38Orlando (2010 re-issue)$7,413-32%31$2,471$26,9452Sony Pictures Classics
39The Dry Land$7,351--5--$1,470$7,3511Freestyle
40City Island$7,305-75%15-25$487$6,645,90820Anchor Bay
41Just Wright$5,942-56%13-14$457$21,520,71912Fox Searchlight
42Mother and Child$5,134-63%10-14$513$1,071,73913Sony Pictures Classics
43Valhalla Rising$4,901-3%20$2,451$27,6933IFC
44To the Sea$4,841125%21$2,421$21,9263Film Movement
45Best Worst Movie$4,65046%1-1$4,650$87,21815Area23a
46The Nature of Existence$4,334-3%21$2,167$27,9267Walking Shadows
47Spoken Word$4,27382%43$1,068$7,3592Variance
48Let It Rain$4,237-35%63$706$97,4707IFC
49Diary of a Wimpy Kid$3,571-64%8-17$446$63,960,04520Fox
50U2 3D$3,556-38%2-1$1,778$10,349,561132National Geographic
51La Mission$3,143-37%60$524$1,060,09617Screen Media
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,98535%30$995$23,267,050148National Geographic
53[REC] 2$2,925253%52$585$24,8054Magnolia
54Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,924-69%2-2$1,462$62,6969Indican Pictures
55Kings of the Evening$2,688-61%3-1$896$92,63425Indican Pictures
56Around a Small Mountain$2,613421%21$1,307$18,7454Cinema Guild
57Smash His Camera$2,367--1--$2,367$2,3671Magnolia
58Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,347-46%2-3$1,174$632,10320Zeitgeist
59Enemies of the People$2,277--1--$2,277$2,2771International Film Circuit
60The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,042--1--$2,042$87,85517International Film Circuit
61Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$2,00828%21$1,004$12,1203Flicker Alley
62Udaan$1,966--3--$655$7,4613UTV Communications
63Great Directors$1,849--4--$462$17,9215Paladin
64I Hate Luv Storys$1,832--5--$366$847,9935UTV
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,8291%21$915$43,5186Kino International
66Stonewall Uprising$1,67238%2-1$836$110,3137First Run Features
67Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,248--1--$1,248$311,79313Kino International
68Princess Kaiulani$654-55%20$327$859,42612Roadside Attractions
69Mugabe and the White African$370-81%10$370$3,4472First Run
70Everyone Else$217-92%1-2$217$84,88759Cinema Guild
71The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$166-49%10$166$453,82627First Run Features