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. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back (2011)$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Under the Sea 3D$48,45211%162$3,028$26,830,449102Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
15All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
16No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
17Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
18Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
19The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
21Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
22Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
24The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
25Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
26What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
27Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
28My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
29Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
30Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
33Deep Sea 3D$6,127-34%30$2,042$43,987,982256Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
35The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
36The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
37William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
38White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
39Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
40Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
41Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
42Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
44The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
45Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
46The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
47Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
48Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
50Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
51Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
52Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
53Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
54Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
55Every Day (2011)$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
56The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
58Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
59You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
60The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
61Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
62Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
63Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
64Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
65Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
66Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
67Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
68To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement