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. 31 - Sun, Jan. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$25,766,485-16%3,55418$7,250$102,576,1902Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,416,515-2%3,08336$7,920$86,670,3822Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$18,756,973-2%3,365-86$5,574$131,304,8443Disney
4Yogi Bear$12,385,00057%3,5150$3,523$65,755,3363Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$10,252,7758%2,948-584$3,478$86,926,3974Fox
6The Fighter$10,005,06632%2,53423$3,948$46,388,8534Paramount
7Tangled$9,803,09153%2,5820$3,797$167,821,9866Disney
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$9,300,09947%3,089543$3,011$27,454,5062Fox
9Black Swan$8,881,59542%1,55387$5,719$47,807,7915Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$6,625,75923%2,7560$2,404$54,633,1914Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,651,69946%1,7320$2,686$283,533,2157Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$4,547,42028%2,4830$1,831$25,040,8943Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$7,775,46373%7000$11,108$22,932,4016Weinstein Company
2Megamind$630,94077%7640$826$144,192,0189Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$524,92159%450-76$1,166$79,468,4868Fox
4The Social Network$464,54366%2490$1,866$93,222,02614Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$444,23831%3300$1,346$37,733,5616Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$424,11912%4040$1,050$99,231,9229Warner Bros.
7Red (2010)$289,72046%303-27$956$89,505,18712Summit
8127 Hours$284,37349%103-42$2,761$10,434,4359Fox Searchlight
9Secretariat$221,59870%247-12$897$59,053,68213Disney
10Love and Other Drugs$205,72966%175-66$1,176$31,267,0886Fox
11Life As We Know It$204,57583%2480$825$52,886,50813Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$170,42067%1974$865$251,203,22526Universal
13Tees Maar Khan$108,273-80%104-4$1,041$1,030,5022UTV Communications
14Fair Game (2010)$96,548-19%109-52$886$9,118,7569Summit
15Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$87,64588%1580$555$55,549,82315Warner Bros.
16Faster (2010)$67,46013%119-4$567$22,856,8706CBS Films
17Jackass 3D$65,89029%1370$481$117,109,41712Paramount
18Paranormal Activity 2$57,16043%1450$394$84,660,64811Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$46,55974%1260$370$30,759,9768Paramount
20Hereafter$37,18568%1280$291$32,712,58612Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$196,64327%68-1$2,892$1,126,3015Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$193,728--4--$48,432$291,6071Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$142,10065%340$4,179$435,2293Lionsgate
4Hubble 3D$140,11645%470$2,981$20,149,82942Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$138,41616%81$17,302$432,8362Focus
6Another Year$111,869--6--$18,645$164,6541Sony Pictures Classics
7Made in Dagenham$95,385170%5417$1,766$492,3797Sony Pictures Classics
8Casino Jack$80,17164%183$4,454$234,0943IDP/ATO Pictures
9Inside Job$54,91831%37-2$1,484$3,452,01713Sony Pictures Classics
10The Illusionist (2010)$46,41620%30$15,472$123,4762Sony Pictures Classics
11Biutiful$45,293--2--$22,647$64,6721Roadside Attractions
12Country Strong$41,50636%20$20,753$119,7422Sony / Screen Gems
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$40,18356%47-20$855$5,021,30710Music Box
14Under the Sea 3D$38,045176%120$3,170$25,273,46699Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Next Three Days$37,36860%81-30$461$21,129,3487Lionsgate
16All Good Things$30,687-2%20-10$1,534$323,6515Magnolia Pictures
17The Town$23,83050%620$384$92,173,23516Warner Bros.
18The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$21,731-9%150$1,449$672,7969Warner Bros.
19Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$20,276-45%20-1$1,014$215,4305Oscilloscope
20Space Station 3D$19,514--2--$9,757$82,517,449455IMAX
21Tiny Furniture$17,16747%15-5$1,144$286,7078IFC
22Inception$15,33269%280$548$292,568,85125Warner Bros.
23The Warrior's Way$13,43097%384$353$5,569,3015Relativity Media
24Four Lions$11,309182%1810$628$242,1369Drafthouse Films
25For Colored Girls$10,81643%28-11$386$37,676,7749Lionsgate
26The Tempest$10,715-62%6-8$1,786$231,6334Disney
27Deep Sea 3D$9,127126%20$4,564$43,957,092253Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Summer Wars$8,143477%21$4,072$15,6222GKIDS
29The Strange Case of Angelica$7,499--1--$7,499$10,4331Cinema Guild
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$7,18486%4-1$1,796$319,68312Zeitgeist Films
31Kings of Pastry$6,857365%40$1,714$264,48216First Run
32Howl$6,734229%51$1,347$591,81215Oscilloscope
33White Material$5,5229%4-5$1,381$246,3287IFC
34My Dog Tulip$5,340--3--$1,780$151,25818New Yorker Films
35The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,645177%30$1,548$694,29822National Geographic
36You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,374-30%4-3$1,094$3,229,58615Sony Pictures Classics
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0152%20$2,008$23,483,601170National Geographic
38Night Catches Us$3,45950%4-1$865$54,9145Magnolia
39Tamara Drewe$3,39024%140$242$526,63913Sony Pictures Classics
40The Legend of Pale Male$2,879--2--$1,440$38,0836Balcony
41The Salvation Poem$2,56741%10$2,567$493,47012CanZion Films
42Shoah$2,514-10%10$2,514$15,6424IFC
43Feed the Fish$2,463826%10$2,463$84,0857Strand
44The Red Chapel$2,459--1--$2,459$3,5391Lorber Films
45Nenette$2,18085%10$2,180$6,0262Kino International
46Carlos$2,170-16%20$1,085$135,52612IFC
47Winter's Bone$2,06078%2-3$1,030$6,245,50830Roadside Attractions
48Hadewijch$1,688-11%21$844$4,6032IFC Films
49Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,68048%40$420$170,8299Magnolia
50Animal Kingdom$1,636-19%2-3$818$1,016,41721Sony Pictures Classics
51Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,620-60%10$1,620$7,5782Saint Juste International
52Red Hill$1,521--2--$761$18,2249Strand
53Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,445--1--$1,445$33,4588Film Desk
54Get Low$1,3253%3-2$442$9,111,48823Sony Pictures Classics
55Waste Land$937--1--$937$101,76310Arthouse Films
56The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$796119%21$398$10,093,35842Music Box
57Sweetgrass$745--1--$745$207,47367Cinema Guild
58Bhutto$665-69%1-2$665$34,9635First Run Features
59Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$442--1--$442$73,84928Kino International
60The Girl Who Played With Fire$21977%32$73$7,635,69426Music Box
61William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$185-18%10$185$32,6087Oscilloscope
62Picture Me$161--1--$161$11,84816Strand
63Mesrine: Killer Instinct$159148%10$159$533,47919Music Box
64Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$153--2--$77$262,25318Music Box