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, Oct. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$24,230,123--2,808--$8,629$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$16,508,107-59%3,23923$5,097$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$10,729,636-29%3,34976$3,204$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$8,504,163-60%3,13928$2,709$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$6,422,327-47%2,424243$2,649$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$5,005,657-29%3,1080$1,611$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$4,515,105-38%2,767-154$1,632$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$4,055,473-34%2,860-159$1,418$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$1,975,260-28%1,608-310$1,228$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,758,321-46%2,010-226$875$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$1,067,248-39%1,262-370$846$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,831,111504%565510$3,241$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$783,868-37%933-322$840$51,219,7336Fox
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$723,301--123--$5,880$723,3011Music Box
4Devil$523,895-18%635-7$825$33,099,5607Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$515,283-33%33040$1,561$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$444,453-34%477-83$932$5,787,0944Focus
7You Again$425,135-35%673-228$632$24,697,8106Disney
8Alpha and Omega$420,958-42%676-51$623$24,087,3987Lionsgate
9Inception$362,531-28%401-51$904$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
10You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$343,195-21%330-72$1,040$2,360,1956Sony Pictures Classics
11Toy Story 3$305,636-35%337-13$907$413,913,14520Disney
12N-Secure$292,829-47%367-78$798$2,399,1483Freestyle
13My Soul to Take$288,675-73%713-976$405$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
14Despicable Me$268,010-28%33511$800$247,877,10517Universal
15Stone$246,694-32%12512$1,974$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
16The Other Guys$179,388-26%302-1$594$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
17Case 39$177,169-57%406-315$436$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
18Let Me In$166,632-36%378-135$441$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
19Nowhere Boy$131,208-39%153-62$858$988,5334Weinstein Company
20Mao's Last Dancer$117,235-7%1020$1,149$4,385,59511Samuel Goldwyn
21Catfish$97,910-41%137-2$715$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
22Never Let Me Go$91,723-52%126-52$728$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
23Takers$88,688-26%132-18$672$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
24Resident Evil: Afterlife$70,474-49%140-73$503$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
25Eat Pray Love$58,710-43%111-63$529$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia
26Buried$54,156-6%10719$506$970,1016Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Job$184,14913%3410$5,416$602,6984Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,628-18%611$2,437$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Salvation Poem$56,79911%165$3,550$343,3663CanZion Films
4Welcome to the Riley's$42,145--10--$4,215$42,1451Samuel Goldwyn
5Howl$33,966-18%271$1,258$385,0336Oscilloscope
6What If...$33,40991%5631$597$712,08211Five & Two Pictures
7Step Up 3D$33,017-53%84-29$393$42,385,52013Disney
8Lottery Ticket$32,593-41%70-22$466$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
9Under the Sea 3D$31,518-40%160$1,970$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tamara Drewe$28,188-39%13-7$2,168$153,6894Sony Pictures Classics
11Avatar$25,8316%8-1$3,229$760,418,43346Fox
12Wild Target$23,174--4--$5,794$23,1741Freestyle
13Get Low$21,550-30%49-11$440$9,001,84414Sony Pictures Classics
14Machete$20,890-2%56--$373$26,552,5449Fox
15Inspector Bellamy$20,635--2--$10,318$20,6351IFC Films
16Monsters (2010)$20,508--3--$6,836$20,5081Magnolia
17The American$19,511-39%42-34$465$35,596,2279Focus
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$17,521-19%30-3$584$7,594,27417Music Box
19Leaving$16,698359%82$2,087$79,4175IFC
20The Tillman Story$16,402-10%240$683$741,40811Weinstein Company
21Vampires Suck$16,303-34%49-5$333$36,645,30511Fox
22I Want Your Money$14,886-64%59-113$252$425,8993Freestyle
23Cairo Time$14,543142%198$765$1,589,38313IFC
24Carlos$13,367-58%6-1$2,228$81,2793IFC
25Ramona and Beezus$13,265-44%35-7$379$26,141,80215Fox
26Like Dandelion Dust$12,9489%196$681$352,8106Blue Collar Releasing
27Animal Kingdom$12,38850%174$729$966,40812Sony Pictures Classics
28Jack Goes Boating$12,089-3%350$345$472,3947Relativity / Overture
29Heartbreaker$10,368-27%17-1$610$439,5908IFC
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,944-43%90$1,105$593,02113National Geographic
31Waste Land$9,806--1--$9,806$9,8061Arthouse Films
32Piranha 3D$9,802336%1914$516$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
33Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,188-47%51$1,838$60,1493Zeitgeist Films
34Enter the Void$9,017-52%8-2$1,127$230,6286IFC Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,8939%20$4,447$23,366,785161National Geographic
36Kings of Pastry$8,68265%101$868$136,0767First Run
37Deep Sea 3D$7,365-7%52$1,473$43,847,609244Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Last Train Home$7,062-52%9-5$785$207,9389Zeitgeist Films
39The Switch (2010)$6,634-41%17-9$390$27,576,13411Miramax
40A Film Unfinished$5,931-40%5-2$1,186$270,22611Oscilloscope
41Winter's Bone$5,82052%11-7$529$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
42Mademoiselle Chambon$5,81963%62$970$497,75123Lorber
43Budrus$5,231--4--$1,308$32,8774Balcony Releasing
44A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$5,114141%71$731$175,7309Sony Pictures Classics
45I Am Love$5,022-34%7-1$717$4,987,46820Magnolia
46Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$4,620--1--$4,620$8,1901Variance Films
47The Kids Grow Up$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971Shadow Distribution
48Freakonomics$4,366-9%9-5$485$85,0745Magnolia
49Douchebag$4,307159%64$718$18,1175Paladin
50Lovely, Still$4,171-26%5-3$834$124,7208Monterey Media
51The Concert$3,407-10%61$568$651,54115Weinstein Company
52Soul Kitchen$3,149-24%121$262$268,40811IFC
53The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,597-25%138$200$10,081,30033Music Box
54Lebanon$2,580-21%10-2$258$356,50755Sony Pictures Classics
55Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,308-18%4-1$577$402,32119Sony Pictures Classics
56I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,089-74%3-5$696$89,8214Anchor Bay
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,94956%41$487$512,64710Music Box
58Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,702-23%52$340$248,9089Music Box
59The Sicilian Girl$1,58741%20$794$69,30813Music Box
60Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,333-31%1-1$1,333$3,290,58229Producers Distribution Agency
61Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,29150%3-1$430$122,2478Lorber
62I'm Still Here$1,258-46%2-3$629$408,7198Magnolia
63Restrepo$1,044-35%31$348$1,322,55219National Geographic
64Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$774--2--$387$21,42316Flicker Alley
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$764-59%10$764$41,8967Collective Eye
66Marwencol$722--1--$722$13,6454Cinema Guild
67Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$622-96%1-2$622$499,41226Kino International
68Eichmann$573--1--$573$5731Regent Releasing
69Down Terrace$570-66%10$570$9,6093Magnolia
702012: Time for Change$560-85%10$560$66,6633Mangusta Productions
71Breathless (2010 re-issue)$53145%10$531$336,70523Rialto
72Around a Small Mountain$525--1--$525$29,21117Cinema Guild
73Cherry$468-54%1-1$468$11,0894Abramorama
74Fool for Love (2010)$423-82%1-3$423$164,2098Variance Films
75Hideaway (2009)$348160%1-1$348$29,9098Strand
76Enemies of the People$284-81%1-2$284$24,54814International Film Circuit
77The Taqwacores$243-93%10$243$4,5972Strand Releasing
78The Magician (2010)$117--1--$117$1171Regent Releasing
79Shake Hands with the Devil$86--1--$86$861Regent Releasing