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, Apr. 22 - Sun, Apr. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$26,323,321-33%3,84215$6,851$80,806,5622Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$25,068,677--2,288--$10,957$25,068,6771Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$16,842,353--2,817--$5,979$16,842,3531Fox
4HOP$12,185,90514%3,6168$3,370$100,224,9054Universal
5Scream 4$7,030,747-62%3,3149$2,122$31,035,0102Weinstein Company
6African Cats$6,003,200--1,220--$4,921$6,003,2001Disneynature
7Soul Surfer$5,436,868-25%2,24026$2,427$28,502,1513Sony / TriStar
8Hanna$5,296,302-27%2,384-161$2,222$31,740,1623Focus
9Insidious$5,207,622-23%2,130-103$2,445$44,001,4164FilmDistrict
10Source Code$5,091,347-18%2,363-194$2,155$44,692,5914Summit
11Arthur (2011)$4,066,109-40%2,770-506$1,468$29,216,0913Warner Bros.
12Limitless$2,664,461-27%1,363-522$1,955$74,002,0556Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$1,789,519-38%1,220-482$1,467$53,381,4516Lionsgate
14Your Highness$1,706,590-58%1,610-1162$1,060$19,764,5453Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$2,187,185-38%849142$2,576$6,889,8682Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$1,107,961-13%3884$2,856$6,630,6506Fox Searchlight
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$933,540-55%928-921$1,006$50,290,5315Fox
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$881,034-48%465166$1,895$3,096,8152Rocky Mountain
5Jane Eyre (2011)$737,177-26%31945$2,311$7,857,1767Focus
6Born to Be Wild 3D$656,3655%2081$3,156$3,078,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rango$386,224-46%557-419$693$119,522,4718Paramount
8Gnomeo and Juliet$335,177-18%345-10$972$98,331,18611Disney
9Dum Maaro Dum$327,523--101--$3,243$327,5231Fox Searchlight
10Sucker Punch$278,686-54%244-311$1,142$35,882,5545Warner Bros.
11The Adjustment Bureau$247,220-31%263-85$940$61,133,7708Universal
12Paul$242,535-50%245-291$990$36,553,3956Universal
13Battle: Los Angeles$203,811-60%220-334$926$82,649,4157Sony / Columbia
14Just Go With It$198,416-27%265-61$749$102,602,51611Sony / Columbia
15The King's Speech$197,090-22%234-81$842$138,323,85222Weinstein Company
16Red Riding Hood$187,45248%30860$609$37,186,0137Warner Bros.
17I Am Number Four$184,693180%17999$1,032$54,374,34910Disney / DreamWorks
18Of Gods and Men$146,753-4%1035$1,425$3,227,3969Sony Pictures Classics
19Hall Pass$133,450-43%202-131$661$44,870,7309Warner Bros. / New Line
20Unknown (2011)$90,969-47%162-113$562$63,555,31410Warner Bros.
21Beastly$90,24129%13727$659$27,598,4678CBS Films
22Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$66,604279%166131$401$72,848,99811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$150,341-4%65-3$2,313$863,0415Music Box Films
2Hubble 3D$148,36436%330$4,496$24,560,33558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$130,525523%2411$5,439$556,69510Paladin
4The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$118,924--18--$6,607$118,9241Sony Pictures Classics
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$116,136-53%89-100$1,305$1,204,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Bill Cunningham New York$89,96715%3110$2,902$688,8806Zeitgeist Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$75,188-13%92-36$817$37,734,21410Fox
8In a Better World$72,8361%4111$1,776$292,0014Sony Pictures Classics
9Certified Copy$56,619-27%45-11$1,258$1,081,8337IFC Films
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$54,17115%110$4,925$2,295,189503D Entertainment
11Incendies$50,679--3--$16,893$50,6791Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$49,49823%140$3,536$28,189,468115Warner Bros. / IMAX
13True Grit (2010)$48,942-53%80-97$612$171,031,34718Paramount
14Super$47,91525%3812$1,261$210,7214IFC Films
15Kill the Irishman$36,964-41%23-16$1,607$1,006,7027Anchor Bay Films
16The Princess of Montpensier$36,06854%118$3,279$72,9502IFC Films
17Meek's Cutoff$35,791154%64$5,965$87,8453Oscilloscope
18The Warring States$35,381--23--$1,538$35,3811China Lion Film
19Tangled$31,368-63%80-104$392$199,665,78222Disney
20Mars Needs Moms$30,737-25%78-21$394$20,844,3987Disney
21Winter in Wartime$30,53413%15-6$2,036$220,4276Sony Pictures Classics
22The Double Hour$29,979-1%20$14,990$76,9092IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Thank You$26,797-69%20-51$1,340$451,9233UTV Communications
24Cedar Rapids$24,691-36%36-11$686$6,773,65111Fox Searchlight
25When Harry Tries to Marry$23,790--4--$5,948$23,7901108 Pics
26Miral$20,289-40%20-6$1,014$345,3985Weinstein Company
27The Salvation Poem$19,439-74%13-8$1,495$836,96828CanZion Films
28Barney's Version$17,116-43%24-26$713$7,431,43315Sony Pictures Classics
29American: The Bill Hicks Story$16,44136%116$1,495$46,2043Variance Films
30Biutiful$13,833-39%21-11$659$5,039,75617Roadside Attractions
31Beautiful Darling$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001Corinth Films
32Queen to Play$12,622-5%6-3$2,104$112,6704Zeitgeist Films
33Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,45871%101$1,246$518,01710Vitagraph
34Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$11,365--4--$2,841$11,3651Variance Films
35Henry's Crime$10,550-43%5-2$2,110$49,3893Moving Pictures Film & Television
36Nostalgia for the Light$10,483--2--$5,242$75,8646Icarus Films
37Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$10,464--2--$5,232$46,9799Rialto
38Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,525361%109$953$111,12632Collective Eye
39Deep Sea 3D$9,00422%20$4,502$44,197,055269Warner Bros. / IMAX
40My Perestroika$8,796-37%50$1,759$106,9325International Film Circuit
41The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$8,373-44%50$1,675$80,3824Lorber Films
42The Company Men$8,048-47%15-5$537$4,401,61014Weinstein Company
43The Last Lions$7,683-37%59-2$130$625,01210National Geographic
44Stake Land$7,258--1--$7,258$7,2581IFC Films
45Circo$6,80667%42$1,702$28,4094First Run Features
46Carancho$6,47170%3-1$2,157$74,46811Strand Releasing
47Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,8699%63$978$146,8868Strand Releasing
48Poetry$5,788-45%10-3$579$288,10611Kino International
49Black Swan$5,561-72%20-29$278$106,948,14321Fox Searchlight
50The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$5,107--3--$1,702$850,27338National Geographic
51Blank City$4,806-48%10$4,806$56,7653Insurgent Releasing
52The Illusionist (2010)$4,662-23%12-4$389$2,218,44318Sony Pictures Classics
53The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,010--1--$4,010$150,02955International Film Circuit
54Another Year$3,833-34%6-7$639$3,199,00717Sony Pictures Classics
55Dumbstruck$3,610268%21$1,805$4,7782Truly Indie
56A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$3,27235%10$3,272$8,1072Film Movement
57Galapagos$3,212--2--$1,606$17,961,054600IMAX
58Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,112--2--$1,556$23,590,069186National Geographic
59Zokkomon$2,815--24--$117$2,8151UTV Communications
60Ceremony$2,661-5%41$665$15,4623Magnolia Pictures
61Inside Job$2,46613%84$308$4,309,59629Sony Pictures Classics
62Rubber$2,450-70%80$306$51,5874Magnolia / Magnet
63I Saw the Devil$2,058-52%3-4$686$128,3928Magnolia / Magnet
64The Music Never Stopped$2,029-68%6-7$338$233,3556Roadside Attractions
65Putty Hill$1,807100%32$602$45,84310Cinema Guild
66Armadillo$1,630-59%10$1,630$7,8822Lorber Films
67Making The Boys$1,410--1--$1,410$19,5807First Run Features
68Meet Monica Velour$1,006-77%1-3$1,006$18,4863Anchor Bay Films
69The Human Resources Manager$1,003-51%2-1$502$54,3708Film Movement
70Kings of Pastry$979--1--$979$329,40532First Run
71Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$897-62%1-4$897$233,10416First Run Features
72The Strange Case of Angelica$80464%10$804$44,69317Cinema Guild
73Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$650--1--$650$24,1117Indican Pictures
74A Somewhat Gentle Man$647--2--$324$35,58315Strand Releasing
75happythankyoumoreplease$584-80%2-2$292$215,5768Anchor Bay Films
76Into Eternity$446--3--$149$31,97912International Film Circuit
77The Trouble with Terkel$250--1--$250$35,53157Indican
78Orgasm Inc.$155-69%10$155$45,47311First Run Features
79Korkoro$142-32%10$142$3,8125Lorber Films
80Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$139-89%1-1$139$202,94713Variance Films
81Nenette$123--1--$123$18,00918Kino International
82Desert Flower$102-87%1-1$102$44,2826National Geographic