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, May. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$65,723,338--3,955--$16,618$65,723,3381Paramount
2Fast Five$32,445,320-62%3,66218$8,860$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$15,215,487--2,035--$7,477$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$13,945,368--2,904--$4,802$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$8,504,001-42%3,258-450$2,610$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$6,069,603-35%2,614-206$2,322$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,178,886-58%1,881-407$2,222$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$2,307,161-31%1,781-229$1,295$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
9Prom$2,214,585-53%2,7300$811$7,590,0302Disney
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,042,603-50%2,5050$815$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
11Insidious$1,338,860-50%1,001-583$1,338$50,319,1156FilmDistrict
12African Cats$1,066,163-56%1,035-189$1,030$12,895,8843Disneynature
13Scream 4$701,100-68%1,333-888$526$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$1,244,774-50%930-715$1,338$50,944,9226Summit
2Hanna$836,209-63%748-821$1,118$37,634,3075Focus
3There Be Dragons$705,537--259--$2,724$705,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4The Conspirator$618,301-44%457-240$1,353$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
5Win Win$528,842-21%268-34$1,973$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
6HOP$496,075-82%902-2274$550$106,358,2606Universal
7Limitless$486,658-56%379-459$1,284$77,006,4178Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$465,416-41%440-279$1,058$55,547,6248Lionsgate
9Rango$434,35472%2770$1,568$120,426,21310Paramount
10Jane Eyre (2011)$427,333-17%248-46$1,723$9,433,9449Focus
11The Adjustment Bureau$281,410-39%215-62$1,309$62,057,09010Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$220,441-42%339-164$650$51,289,7967Fox
13Arthur (2011)$218,460-78%355-896$615$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
14Gnomeo and Juliet$215,287-27%250-43$861$99,046,50713Disney
15Paul$201,960-32%204-20$990$37,214,3858Universal
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$197,511-58%228-143$866$4,340,8554Rocky Mountain
17Battle: Los Angeles$188,380162%229127$823$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
18Your Highness$179,575-71%164-238$1,095$21,422,3455Universal
19Sucker Punch$99,32777%210136$473$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
20Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$95,368-87%464-411$206$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
21Just Go With It$87,358-32%133-66$657$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
22Red Riding Hood$82,730-38%156-53$530$37,522,7489Warner Bros.
23I Am Number Four$76,426-45%146-33$523$54,720,09412Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$402,948190%5045$8,059$627,4492IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$289,585-3%59-10$4,908$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$187,56346%6620$2,842$941,88812Paladin
4Potiche$110,140-8%721$1,530$1,200,1967Music Box Films
5The Beaver$107,577--22--$4,890$107,5771Summit
6Hubble 3D$87,921-20%34-2$2,586$24,977,57860Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Of Gods and Men$86,949-18%84-10$1,035$3,556,88011Sony Pictures Classics
8The Double Hour$80,39040%1710$4,729$246,4804IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9In a Better World$73,9754%487$1,541$512,4466Sony Pictures Classics
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,730-28%110$5,885$2,619,345523D Entertainment
11Incendies$62,456-3%111$5,678$222,9103Sony Pictures Classics
12The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$61,559-31%4610$1,338$335,2753Sony Pictures Classics
13Meek's Cutoff$61,33777%198$3,228$217,1355Oscilloscope
14Bill Cunningham New York$59,043-10%27-7$2,187$895,1258Zeitgeist Films
15The King's Speech$57,768-51%90-95$642$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
1613 Assassins$48,3665%106$4,837$120,1882Magnolia / Magnet
17Beastly$41,284-54%76-50$543$27,812,32810CBS Films
18Certified Copy$37,771-21%36-8$1,049$1,213,2059IFC Films
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$36,472-39%57-52$640$73,000,94213Paramount
20Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$34,845-39%52-17$670$37,860,85112Fox
21Winter in Wartime$33,914-9%227$1,542$320,8848Sony Pictures Classics
22The Princess of Montpensier$32,204-11%212$1,534$177,1284IFC Films
23Hall Pass$31,561-48%67-49$471$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
24Queen to Play$30,350138%137$2,335$167,0986Zeitgeist Films
25Last Night (2010)$29,505--10--$2,951$29,5051Miramax / Tribeca
26Under the Sea 3D$26,384-11%191$1,389$28,320,117117Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Kill the Irishman$26,262-35%23-7$1,142$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
28Dum Maaro Dum$25,220-73%33-60$764$534,5743Fox Searchlight
29Battle of the Brides$23,612--5--$4,722$23,6121Variance Films
30Cedar Rapids$20,96150%22-4$953$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
31Chalo Dilli$20,107-47%310$649$68,6642Eros International
32Unknown (2011)$19,672-56%49-52$401$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
33Exporting Raymond$18,840-47%9-4$2,093$67,5532IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
34Mars Needs Moms$16,436-26%37-15$444$20,909,5879Disney
35Super$16,219-55%30-8$541$300,8406IFC Films
36No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$14,394-59%21-24$685$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
37Hobo with a Shotgun$12,046--2--$6,023$12,0461Magnolia / Magnet
38The Company Men$10,56239%3520$302$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
39Poetry$10,141214%82$1,268$307,91013Kino International
40The Robber$9,828-11%61$1,638$32,9892Kino International
41Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$9,543-41%6-4$1,591$558,34212Vitagraph
42The Salvation Poem$8,94457%5-3$1,789$859,85630CanZion Films
43Henry's Crime$8,409-51%5-3$1,682$86,5735Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Lebanon, PA$8,34925%42$2,087$16,6562Truly Indie
45My Perestroika$8,279--7--$1,183$141,5607International Film Circuit
46Deep Sea 3D$7,054-3%20$3,527$44,227,749271Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Octubre$7,054--2--$3,527$7,0541New Yorker Films
48Biutiful$6,708-16%16-6$419$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
49Rubber$6,005-46%153$400$75,3696Magnolia / Magnet
50Harvest$5,870--1--$5,870$15,5781Monterey Media
51Tangled$5,343-68%17-31$314$199,706,31424Disney
52I'm Not Jesus Mommy$5,280--3--$1,760$5,2801FilmDemic
53Barney's Version$4,731-34%16-5$296$7,465,29517Sony Pictures Classics
54Circo$4,68024%30$1,560$43,6376First Run Features
55Nostalgia for the Light$4,369--2--$2,185$91,3228Icarus Films
56American: The Bill Hicks Story$4,063-60%4-3$1,016$75,6215Variance Films
57The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,58325%31$1,194$862,25140National Geographic
58Miral$3,472-40%5-5$694$366,7577Weinstein Company
59The Arbor$3,15920%10$3,159$9,9732Strand Releasing
60Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$3,127--1--$3,127$10,16910Tostie Productions
61Vito Bonafacci$3,027--1--$3,027$3,0271CAVU Pictures
62Galapagos$2,706--1--$2,706$17,969,184602IMAX
63Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$2,588-75%4-5$647$32,9783Variance Films
64Blank City$2,307-26%21$1,154$69,8765Insurgent Releasing
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,185-83%4-1$546$143,88934Collective Eye
66Caterpillar$2,109--1--$2,109$2,1091Lorber Films
67Carancho$2,108-32%3-2$703$82,80913Strand Releasing
68Passion Play$2,100--2--$1,050$2,1001Image Entertainment
69The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,078-61%1-3$2,078$93,5006Lorber Films
70The Music Never Stopped$1,809426%73$258$236,8458Roadside Attractions
71Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,781-33%31$594$241,87318First Run Features
72The Warring States$1,741-82%3-20$580$67,9913China Lion Film
73The Human Resources Manager$1,597--2--$799$59,70610Film Movement
74The Strange Case of Angelica$1,4721147%21$736$47,74319Cinema Guild
75Sympathy For Delicious$1,381-85%20$691$13,1142Maya Entertainment
76The Illusionist (2010)$1,230-63%4-6$308$2,231,02420Sony Pictures Classics
77Ceremony$1,05711%1-1$1,057$18,9865Magnolia Pictures
78Dumbstruck$969--1--$969$6,5694Truly Indie
79Making The Boys$959-77%1-2$959$27,9339First Run Features
80Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$805-82%30$268$157,11310Strand Releasing
81My Dog Tulip$671-74%1-1$671$243,10936New Yorker Films
82Another Year$609--1--$609$3,201,43219Sony Pictures Classics
83A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$438--1--$438$9,8624Film Movement
84When Harry Tries to Marry$292--1--$292$38,2613108 Pics
85A Somewhat Gentle Man$287-38%1-1$287$37,54317Strand Releasing
86The Last Lions$21344%42$53$630,04212National Geographic
87Bhutto$17910%1-1$179$100,00923First Run Features