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, Mar. 11 - Sun, Mar. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$35,573,187--3,417--$10,411$35,573,1871Sony / Columbia
2Rango$22,602,847-41%3,9236$5,762$68,206,1012Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$14,005,335--3,030--$4,622$14,005,3351Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$11,597,335-45%2,8477$4,074$38,589,5952Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$6,914,488--3,117--$2,218$6,914,4881Disney
6Beastly$5,021,232-49%1,9597$2,563$16,911,6332CBS Films
7Hall Pass$5,011,020-43%2,555-395$1,961$34,842,2893Warner Bros. / New Line
8Just Go With It$4,019,266-38%2,398-522$1,676$94,000,8475Sony / Columbia
9Gnomeo and Juliet$3,617,255-50%2,585-399$1,399$89,102,3655Disney
10The King's Speech$3,573,112-43%1,768-472$2,021$129,010,23516Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$3,366,339-48%2,303-610$1,462$58,410,8454Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$2,260,314-61%2,005-898$1,127$50,455,7234Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,378,830-68%1,247-1007$1,106$70,955,6415Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$1,272,239-63%2,0030$635$5,891,0922Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,306,504-60%931-711$1,403$35,162,9584Fox
2Cedar Rapids$921,03812%394159$2,338$4,597,3325Fox Searchlight
3Tangled$640,753-19%363-58$1,765$196,675,98316Disney
4The Fighter$576,083-48%463-112$1,244$92,931,28814Paramount
5Yogi Bear$476,341109%404138$1,179$98,677,80413Warner Bros.
6Black Swan$440,504-56%337-344$1,307$105,928,21715Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$424,943-56%401-324$1,060$169,381,40512Paramount
8The Green Hornet$381,76276%30940$1,235$97,485,2299Sony / Columbia
9Barney's Version$329,160-18%190-25$1,732$6,468,6599Sony Pictures Classics
10Drive Angry$304,262-86%551-1739$552$10,308,0513Summit
11No Strings Attached$186,636-50%254-171$735$70,002,4108Paramount
12Biutiful$179,007-35%114-32$1,570$4,520,31211Roadside Attractions
13The Roommate$154,992-74%213-393$728$37,153,1536Sony / Screen Gems
14The Grace Card$147,426-68%114-182$1,293$1,989,6253IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15TRON: Legacy$140,564-42%169-70$832$171,590,20113Disney
16Little Fockers$113,345-36%177-44$640$148,383,78012Universal
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$98,855-38%122-86$810$294,713,60817Warner Bros.
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$78,729-48%123-62$640$104,121,13914Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$283,8722%5412$5,257$1,209,2073Sony Pictures Classics
2Jane Eyre (2011)$182,885--4--$45,721$182,8851Focus
3Kill the Irishman$145,430--5--$29,086$145,4301Anchor Bay Films
4Hubble 3D$142,475-4%48-1$2,968$22,809,47252Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Last Lions$112,02988%3925$2,873$322,2444National Geographic
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$97,54137%130$7,503$1,576,313443D Entertainment
7Certified Copy$77,937--5--$15,587$77,9371IFC Films
8The Illusionist (2010)$72,094-10%760$949$1,974,83112Sony Pictures Classics
9Another Year$67,599-21%55-11$1,229$3,007,89511Sony Pictures Classics
10Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$66,91820%278$2,478$320,6244Vitagraph
11Under the Sea 3D$61,6290%181$3,424$27,486,291109Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Blue Valentine (2010)$60,909-36%60-36$1,015$9,514,42811Weinstein Company
13The Company Men$52,829-44%63-49$839$4,155,4898Weinstein Company
14happythankyoumoreplease$51,39947%1917$2,705$94,6072Anchor Bay Films
15127 Hours$50,387-59%79-56$638$18,236,58619Fox Searchlight
16The Rite$50,223-68%85-116$591$32,722,5297Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Eagle$48,331-82%99-228$488$19,292,9825Focus
18Inside Job$47,880-30%41-1$1,168$4,193,81823Sony Pictures Classics
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$46,493-53%99-57$470$42,645,67612Fox
20I Am (2011)$39,69024%72$5,670$120,4544Paladin
21Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$29,008-53%24-20$1,209$1,295,7985Shorts International
22Poetry$27,871-8%110$2,534$154,1825Kino International
23Season of the Witch$25,799-55%54-55$478$24,794,24910Relativity Media
24Rabbit Hole$25,580-11%38-17$673$2,159,55813Lionsgate
25Space Station 3D$22,815-17%2-3$11,408$83,017,829465IMAX
26The Mechanic$22,421-67%42-67$534$28,931,2547CBS Films
27Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$22,080-6%52$4,416$64,5712Strand Releasing
28Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$15,6254%125$1,302$138,17010First Run Features
29Cold Weather$13,94029%82$1,743$97,3896IFC Films
30The Human Resources Manager$13,467--9--$1,496$26,3512Film Movement
31Clash (Bay Rong)$12,249--9--$1,361$12,2491Variance Films
32From Prada to Nada$11,506-27%33-2$349$2,957,7817Lionsgate / Pantelion
333 Backyards$11,332--1--$11,332$11,3321Screen Media Films
34Deep Sea 3D$10,718104%31$3,573$44,068,089263Warner Bros. / IMAX
35I Saw the Devil$10,218-25%53$2,044$31,8202Magnolia / Magnet
36Heartbeats$9,00214%64$1,500$32,0033IFC Films
37Casino Jack$8,949-48%15-15$597$1,006,91413IDP/ATO Pictures
38I Love You Phillip Morris$8,77460%12-1$731$1,982,14815Roadside Attractions
39Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$8,16839%3-1$2,723$71,8795Phase 4 Films
40Making The Boys$7,513--1--$7,513$7,5131First Run Features
41The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,507-21%4-1$1,877$766,98132National Geographic
42All Good Things$7,20294%4-1$1,801$557,40315Magnolia Pictures
43Black Death$6,692--3--$2,231$6,6921Magnolia / Magnet
44Galapagos$6,48819%31$2,163$17,909,368594IMAX
45The Way Back$5,72051%50$1,144$2,713,0918Newmarket Films
46Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$5,688--3--$1,896$5,6881Indican Pictures
47Elektra Luxx$5,601--4--$1,400$5,6011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48My Dog Tulip$5,251134%43$1,313$223,69428New Yorker Films
49Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$5,118-35%10$5,118$33,2053Rialto
50Putty Hill$4,988-62%2-1$2,494$30,2354Cinema Guild
51Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$4,887--1--$4,887$28,77315Argot Pictures
52The Housemaid (Hanyo)$4,808-45%9-3$534$127,5408IFC Films
53Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$4,62747%30$1,542$425,51322Zeitgeist Films
54Winter's Bone$4,580-51%9-4$509$6,527,44840Roadside Attractions
55Monogamy$4,476--1--$4,476$4,4761Oscilloscope
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,985-1%20$1,993$23,546,702180National Geographic
57Marwencol$2,907-31%2-1$1,454$108,80523Cinema Guild
58Orgasm Inc.$2,686764%32$895$24,8645First Run Features
59Waste Land$2,555-58%3-2$852$185,38720Arthouse Films
60A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,540-48%1-2$2,540$23,8539Strand Releasing
61Kaboom$2,304-51%5-1$461$94,3627IFC Films
62Kings of Pastry$2,179--1--$2,179$317,86526First Run
63Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,145-19%2-1$1,073$185,0467Variance Films
64Bhutto$2,051-43%2-1$1,026$95,61015First Run Features
65Enemies of the People$1,395332%21$698$71,02733International Film Circuit
66Carancho$1,392-3%21$696$42,2305Strand Releasing
67Vanishing on 7th Street$1,082-73%4-1$271$22,1974Magnolia / Magnet
68Animal Kingdom$1,042251%32$347$1,043,79831Sony Pictures Classics
69Made in Dagenham$1,028-79%71$147$1,052,11517Sony Pictures Classics
70Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$960--1--$960$31,23719Variance Films
71The Strange Case of Angelica$702-43%20$351$39,66711Cinema Guild
72The Trouble with Terkel$568--1--$568$30,04251Indican
73The Red Chapel$425--1--$425$5,66111Lorber Films
74Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$370--2--$185$107,41038Kino International
75Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$342--1--$342$70,56341Indican Pictures
76Tamara Drewe$230--1--$230$560,10123Sony Pictures Classics
77Plastic Planet$210--1--$210$2,4129First Run Features