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, Dec. 3 - Sun, Dec. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$21,608,891-56%3,6030$5,997$96,570,8122Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,018,475-65%4,1250$4,126$244,519,1163Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$6,130,061-49%3,0370$2,018$26,986,6562Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$5,970,194-48%3,152-31$1,894$68,762,8644Fox
5Love and Other Drugs$5,652,810-42%2,4583$2,300$22,574,8872Fox
6Megamind$4,936,851-61%3,173-238$1,556$136,611,1615Paramount / DreamWorks
7Due Date$4,133,286-42%2,450-105$1,687$90,882,1385Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$3,934,600-54%2,47016$1,593$18,217,7302CBS Films
9The Warrior's Way$3,048,665--1,622--$1,880$3,048,6651Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$2,570,908-45%2,236-328$1,150$18,301,9173Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$1,681,759-57%2,263-178$743$29,011,4824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,619,138-5%433140$3,739$6,611,7625Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$970,358-38%43640$2,226$7,306,4425Summit
3Red (2010)$750,940-45%779-135$964$87,170,9128Summit
4For Colored Girls$444,403-67%485-120$916$37,252,0235Lionsgate
5Skyline$436,355-62%578-611$755$20,955,3954Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$404,456-43%260-31$1,556$90,970,12310Sony / Columbia
7Secretariat$256,739-60%402-99$639$57,946,3379Disney
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$243,159-38%1768$1,382$4,408,9536Music Box
9Despicable Me$216,975-40%28014$775$250,004,04022Universal
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$214,304199%322192$666$54,811,20711Warner Bros.
11The Town$202,909-36%3180$638$91,735,51312Warner Bros.
12Inside Job$195,394-36%127-5$1,539$2,927,8999Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$138,473-31%229-22$605$58,128,34512Sony / Screen Gems
14Jackass 3D$110,580-39%180-3$614$116,733,0288Paramount
15Life As We Know It$102,958-33%208-41$495$52,122,4009Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 2$101,029-54%200-79$505$84,257,4887Paramount
17You Again$71,656-40%170-9$422$25,602,18111Disney
18Conviction$67,695-8%10721$633$6,663,8278Fox Searchlight
19Inception$67,426-44%117-27$576$292,383,90021Warner Bros.
20The Nutcracker in 3D$60,771-8%11570$528$159,5152Freestyle Releasing
21Hereafter$49,924-37%114-88$438$32,438,0418Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,443,809--18--$80,212$1,443,8091Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$324,515-9%62$54,086$807,9732Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$112,712--6--$18,785$112,7121Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$110,927-44%53-4$2,093$18,945,31838Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$80,505--15--$5,367$179,4585Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$58,265-69%58-38$1,005$989,5273UTV
7Today's Special$50,293-42%262$1,934$276,1123Alerion
8Waiting for 'Superman'$40,497-33%8516$476$6,321,43211Paramount Vantage
9Made in Dagenham$37,275-40%110$3,389$181,2323Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$37,172--2--$18,586$37,1721Magnolia Pictures
11Tamara Drewe$37,06219%4723$789$422,3999Sony Pictures Classics
12White Material$35,028-42%143$2,502$165,2343IFC
13Tiny Furniture$31,216-11%1510$2,081$139,6544IFC
14You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$27,084-44%16-17$1,693$3,153,33811Sony Pictures Classics
15The Salvation Poem$26,248884%20$13,124$471,3858CanZion Films
16Under the Sea 3D$25,734-52%130$1,980$24,989,64195Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$21,902-52%59-31$371$52,437,86211Fox
18Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,476-23%110$1,589$246,3048Zeitgeist Films
19Mao's Last Dancer$17,421-44%231$757$4,806,75016Samuel Goldwyn
20Nowhere Boy$15,7045%23-17$683$1,445,3669Weinstein Company
21Howl$15,37875%81$1,922$540,39811Oscilloscope
22Night Catches Us$13,562--4--$3,391$13,5621Magnolia
23Leaving$13,16846%132$1,013$158,01710IFC
24Four Lions$13,105-29%92$1,456$183,3905Drafthouse Films
25Kings of Pastry$12,929-33%7-1$1,847$211,66012First Run
26Stone$12,664-24%22-1$576$1,761,4379Relativity / Overture
27Space Station 3D$12,204--3--$4,068$82,426,232451IMAX
28Welcome to the Riley's$12,191-15%113$1,108$152,8576Samuel Goldwyn
29Wild Target$11,87652%137$914$91,7346Freestyle
30Waste Land$9,4212%5-1$1,884$89,3436Arthouse Films
31Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$9,281--1--$9,281$9,2811Oscilloscope
32Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,849-42%8-4$1,106$141,6445Magnolia
33Marwencol$8,501154%52$1,700$48,8889Cinema Guild
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$8,470108%32$2,823$357,04428Rialto
35Enter the Void$8,4167%137$647$311,57411IFC Films
36Bhutto$8,275--2--$4,138$8,2751First Run Features
37Monsters (2010)$7,788-42%153$519$220,8796Magnolia
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,825-24%30$2,275$23,453,266166National Geographic
39What If...$6,297805%76$900$764,51816Five & Two Pictures
40Undertow (2009)$6,183-55%31$2,061$45,87512Wolfe Releasing
41The Tillman Story$5,675105%141$405$799,99516Weinstein Company
42Last Train Home$5,390-45%4-1$1,348$272,55614Zeitgeist Films
43The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,857-61%5-3$971$671,25518National Geographic
44Budrus$4,35094%10$4,350$53,5639Balcony Releasing
45Deep Sea 3D$3,912-49%2-1$1,956$43,907,588249Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Get Low$3,746-50%11-1$341$9,097,78719Sony Pictures Classics
47Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,730--3--$1,243$529,42015Music Box
48Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,712--2--$1,856$12,0075Variance Films
49Carlos$3,473-23%2-1$1,737$120,5598IFC
50Let Me In$2,735-59%11-20$249$12,134,42010Relativity / Overture
51Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,7058%31$902$154,40613Lorber
52Heartbreaker$2,573-42%7-4$368$496,14513IFC
53Winter's Bone$2,137231%20$1,069$6,228,91026Roadside Attractions
54Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,990--2--$995$45,4126Variance Films
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,932-63%20$966$25,9693Oscilloscope
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,88368%21$942$72,24224Kino International
57Jack Goes Boating$1,822-63%90$202$533,29012Relativity / Overture
58Cool It$1,49363%1514$100$59,9014Roadside Attractions
59The Little Traitor$1,463--1--$1,463$379,06452Westchester Films
60Inspector Bellamy$1,454-82%2-2$727$93,6516IFC Films
61Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,344--2--$672$258,91014Music Box
62My Dog Tulip$1,277-82%1-1$1,277$135,29714New Yorker Films
63To the Sea$1,202--1--$1,202$53,47621Film Movement
64The Legend of Pale Male$1,083-92%10$1,083$19,8032Balcony
65The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,01233%41$253$10,090,23938Music Box
66Mademoiselle Chambon$855-47%3-1$285$525,14628Lorber
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$844-46%4-2$211$7,632,66522Music Box
68Restrepo$836--2--$418$1,330,89424National Geographic
69Hideaway (2009)$694-37%30$231$34,16513Strand
70Animal Kingdom$670-81%3-2$223$1,011,09717Sony Pictures Classics
71The Trouble with Terkel$500-37%10$500$29,63537Indican
72A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$391-32%2-1$196$187,91814Sony Pictures Classics
73Lebanon$26015%10$260$366,23760Sony Pictures Classics
74The Kids Grow Up$105--1--$105$10,6176Shadow Distribution