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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
11Tangled$3,983,009-22%2,048-335$1,945$181,285,7008Disney
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
13Secretariat$88,695-39%136-89$652$59,434,62415Disney
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Under the Sea 3D$43,56032%143$3,111$26,750,135101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
15Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
17All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
18The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
19Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
20Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
21Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
22Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
24Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
26Every Day (2011)$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
27Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
28Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
29Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Galapagos$9,500--2--$4,750$17,795,787586IMAX
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
32Deep Sea 3D$9,21965%30$3,073$43,977,794255Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
34White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
35Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
36Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
37The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
38The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
39Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
40Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
41Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
42Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
43The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
44The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
45Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
46Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
47Carlos$3,074-5%3-2$1,025$144,61814IFC
48Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
50A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
51Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
52William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
53My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
54Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
55Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
56Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
57Howl$1,517-68%3-3$506$606,22817Oscilloscope
58Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
59Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
61Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
62Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
63Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
64Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International