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. 13 - Sun, May. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$34,703,035-47%3,9638$8,757$119,455,3522Paramount
2Bridesmaids$26,247,410--2,918--$8,995$26,247,4101Universal
3Fast Five$20,444,270-37%3,793131$5,390$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$14,953,664--2,864--$5,221$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$8,275,058-3%2,929-329$2,825$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$7,066,190-54%2,0350$3,472$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$6,872,221-51%2,9040$2,366$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$4,203,095-31%2,425-189$1,733$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,214,033-47%1,449-432$1,528$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$1,826,788-21%1,468-313$1,244$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,151,268-44%1,276-1229$902$8,562,8613Weinstein Company
12Prom$939,043-58%1,201-1529$782$8,971,9303Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious$958,323-28%762-239$1,258$51,674,3127FilmDistrict
2Source Code$837,279-33%626-304$1,338$52,233,8017Summit
3Everything Must Go$791,676--218--$3,632$791,6761Roadside Attractions
4African Cats$667,187-37%631-404$1,057$14,039,5664Disneynature
5Hanna$490,646-41%425-323$1,154$38,604,2606Focus
6The Conspirator$464,496-25%370-87$1,255$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
7Win Win$405,290-23%248-20$1,634$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
8HOP$401,625-19%459-443$875$106,854,7157Universal
9The Lincoln Lawyer$397,367-15%345-95$1,152$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$358,480-26%298-81$1,203$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Jane Eyre (2011)$337,419-21%2480$1,361$9,971,49710Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$291,37932%311-28$937$51,635,7008Fox
13Scream 4$277,103-60%426-907$650$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
14Rango$258,083-41%216-61$1,195$120,760,01711Paramount
15Arthur (2011)$237,8399%344-11$691$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
16Battle: Los Angeles$186,628-1%225-4$829$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
17Gnomeo and Juliet$182,256-15%194-56$939$99,292,44514Disney
18The Adjustment Bureau$168,920-40%164-51$1,030$62,295,88511Universal
19The Beaver$161,20150%10583$1,535$311,5582Summit
20There Be Dragons$142,288-80%180-79$790$972,9422IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$124,978-37%158-70$791$4,563,8735Rocky Mountain
22Go For It!$119,714--218--$549$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Paul$104,980-48%181-23$580$37,371,3859Universal
24Your Highness$95,460-47%148-16$645$21,557,2406Universal
25Sucker Punch$76,455-23%139-71$550$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
26I Am Number Four$58,509-23%102-44$574$54,808,29713Disney / DreamWorks
27Red Riding Hood$58,314-30%100-56$583$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$471,93317%8232$5,755$1,315,6363IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$323,86312%57-2$5,682$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$134,910116%3322$4,088$380,4504Sony Pictures Classics
4Hesher$126,046--42--$3,001$126,0461Wrekin Hill Entertainment
5I Am (2011)$109,020-42%671$1,627$1,107,28013Paladin
6The Double Hour$106,73833%269$4,105$381,6795IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Meek's Cutoff$96,99058%3011$3,233$344,5536Oscilloscope
8Hubble 3D$92,3015%384$2,429$25,171,64361Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Of Gods and Men$80,382-8%68-16$1,182$3,682,19512Sony Pictures Classics
10Potiche$80,254-27%59-13$1,360$1,330,4938Music Box Films
11In a Better World$65,331-12%513$1,281$617,3157Sony Pictures Classics
12Just Go With It$56,562-35%89-44$636$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,786-18%110$4,799$2,693,331533D Entertainment
1413 Assassins$52,7179%177$3,101$201,5343Magnolia / Magnet
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$49,295-20%5711$865$413,0234Sony Pictures Classics
16Bill Cunningham New York$47,809-19%24-3$1,992$975,0059Zeitgeist Films
17The King's Speech$42,110-27%71-19$593$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
18L'Amour fou$37,250--2--$18,625$37,2501IFC Films
19Under the Sea 3D$37,18441%16-3$2,324$28,399,249118Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Winter in Wartime$32,048-6%264$1,233$365,8239Sony Pictures Classics
21Queen to Play$31,4374%185$1,747$209,2187Zeitgeist Films
22Beastly$26,350-36%46-30$573$27,854,89611CBS Films
23Certified Copy$25,038-34%35-1$715$1,255,80410IFC Films
24No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$24,88273%5029$498$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
25The Princess of Montpensier$23,834-26%19-2$1,254$214,9475IFC Films
26Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$23,029-34%38-14$606$37,892,60513Fox
27The First Grader$20,437--3--$6,812$20,4371National Geographic
28Last Night (2010)$20,130-32%6-4$3,355$67,6362Miramax / Tribeca
29Battle of the Brides$16,816-29%61$2,803$48,4362Variance Films
30Kill the Irishman$15,211-42%13-10$1,170$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
31Cedar Rapids$11,265-46%12-10$939$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
32Dum Maaro Dum$11,242-55%20-13$562$551,3984Fox Searchlight
33My Perestroika$11,19335%125$933$157,2328International Film Circuit
34Mars Needs Moms$10,994-33%27-10$407$20,922,47610Disney
35Lebanon, PA$9,40413%62$1,567$30,3813Truly Indie
36Exporting Raymond$9,209-51%5-4$1,842$83,8943IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
37Nostalgia for the Light$8,994106%64$1,499$100,2209Icarus Films
38Biutiful$8,22023%11-5$747$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
39The Tenant (2011)$7,210--3--$2,403$9,5861Indican Pictures
40Deep Sea 3D$7,1902%20$3,595$44,244,631272Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Poetry$6,748-33%5-3$1,350$320,71814Kino International
42Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$6,702-93%34-430$197$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
43Hobo with a Shotgun$6,689-44%31$2,230$539,3702Magnolia / Magnet
44Tangled$6,35119%9-8$706$199,714,63025Disney
45City of Life and Death$5,610--1--$5,610$7,9471Kino International
46Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$5,457--3--$1,819$5,4571First Run Features
47Skateland$5,254--2--$2,627$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
48The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$5,153148%32$1,718$101,2357Lorber Films
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$5,15044%30$1,717$868,75041National Geographic
50Super$4,979-69%15-15$332$315,5057IFC Films
51The Company Men$4,001-62%11-24$364$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
52Octubre$3,797-46%1-1$3,797$14,6232New Yorker Films
53How To Live Forever$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161Variance Films
54Rubber$3,588-40%8-7$449$80,1407Magnolia / Magnet
55The Robber$3,185-68%1-5$3,185$42,2753Kino International
56Circo$3,092-34%2-1$1,546$50,0157First Run Features
57The Salvation Poem$3,069-66%4-1$767$864,82431CanZion Films
58Blank City$3,04332%31$1,014$75,3106Insurgent Releasing
59Henry's Crime$3,035-64%2-3$1,518$94,1956Moving Pictures Film & Television
60Miral$2,866-17%50$573$371,3528Weinstein Company
61Barney's Version$2,801-41%7-9$400$7,470,66018Sony Pictures Classics
62Dumbstruck$2,544163%10$2,544$9,4345Truly Indie
63Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,514--2--$1,257$23,615,670189National Geographic
64The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Argot Pictures
65Ceremony$2,237112%43$559$21,6666Magnolia Pictures
66Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,998--1--$1,998$1,9981Strand Releasing
67Another Year$1,922216%65$320$3,203,72520Sony Pictures Classics
68Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,913-26%3-1$638$35,6534Variance Films
69American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,807-56%3-1$602$78,6536Variance Films
70The Music Never Stopped$1,618-11%5-2$324$239,5769Roadside Attractions
71My Dog Tulip$1,595138%32$532$245,30837New Yorker Films
72Meet Monica Velour$1,530--1--$1,530$28,3236Anchor Bay Films
73The Last Lions$1,297509%1-3$1,297$631,92513National Geographic
74Into Eternity$1,046--3--$349$34,29815International Film Circuit
75The Arbor$860-73%21$430$12,4243Strand Releasing
76Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$646-64%2-1$323$243,64019First Run Features
77Orgasm Inc.$481--1--$481$46,10414First Run Features
78Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$228-72%2-1$114$158,43711Strand Releasing
79Harvest$130-98%10$130$18,1982Monterey Media