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, Jun. 3 - Sun, Jun. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$55,101,604--3,641--$15,134$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$31,381,234-63%3,6150$8,681$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$23,887,914-50%3,95227$6,045$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$17,954,603-55%3,966-198$4,527$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$12,040,875-27%2,919-39$4,125$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$4,250,044-55%2,780-516$1,529$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$3,165,355-51%2,237-744$1,415$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,769,99244%14789$18,843$6,796,7313Sony Pictures Classics
2Something Borrowed$848,013-54%688-752$1,233$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
3Jumping the Broom$844,909-54%589-350$1,434$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
4Rio (2011)$738,518-59%691-981$1,069$136,690,3958Fox
5Water for Elephants$694,517-36%572-222$1,214$55,733,1957Fox
6Priest (2011)$376,365-79%583-1335$646$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$346,316-20%1224$2,839$3,253,7676IFC Films
8Rango$239,040-34%254-26$941$122,152,49414Paramount
9Source Code$234,874-27%288-11$816$53,850,55610Summit
10Soul Surfer$204,050-49%245-156$833$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
11Insidious$180,44911%160-26$1,128$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
12HOP$170,150-25%245-54$694$107,802,81010Universal
13Hanna$150,769-31%197-19$765$39,808,8089Focus
14Limitless$150,104-32%232-37$647$78,734,46512Relativity Media
15Everything Must Go$145,809-47%107-54$1,363$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$144,437-57%196-163$737$52,623,4387Lionsgate
17Win Win$124,838-36%14117$885$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$112,399-41%133-33$845$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$105,684-34%182-32$581$52,305,51211Fox
20Jane Eyre (2011)$100,817-37%128-15$788$10,867,43213Focus
21The Conspirator$86,697-44%110-27$788$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
22Scream 4$77,908-38%201-60$388$38,042,4858Weinstein Company
23Mars Needs Moms$55,432-43%100-28$554$21,275,65413Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$631,93569%2016$31,597$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Ready$460,238--97--$4,745$460,2381Eros International
3Born to Be Wild 3D$181,669-27%470$3,865$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$175,488-12%9018$1,950$1,179,6077Sony Pictures Classics
5Beginners$141,340--5--$28,268$141,3401Focus
6The Double Hour$121,367-26%6810$1,785$943,5808IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Hubble 3D$81,256-21%382$2,138$25,785,90164Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Meek's Cutoff$68,910-29%455$1,531$723,2479Oscilloscope
9Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$65,36667%110$5,942$2,906,723563D Entertainment
1013 Assassins$56,799-31%29-2$1,959$538,0156Magnolia / Magnet
11Gnomeo and Juliet$49,681-44%85-26$584$99,712,43517Disney
12The Beaver$48,595-54%68-41$715$873,9085Summit
13Arthur (2011)$46,211-46%62-15$745$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
14The First Grader$42,536-26%360$1,182$222,3604National Geographic
15Submarine$41,832--4--$10,458$41,8321Weinstein Company
16Empire of Silver$40,052--17--$2,356$40,0521NeoClassics Films
17I Am (2011)$38,590-54%42-12$919$1,447,32416Paladin
18Bill Cunningham New York$37,556-23%220$1,707$1,203,22312Zeitgeist Films
19Potiche$35,148-32%33-3$1,065$1,545,30711Music Box Films
20Under the Sea 3D$34,8121%19-2$1,832$28,653,213121Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Prom$32,599-71%39-59$836$9,933,1536Disney
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$30,552-54%80-123$382$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
23African Cats$30,039-60%72-75$417$14,868,1877Disneynature
24L'Amour fou$25,002-40%16-2$1,563$227,5774IFC Films
25In a Better World$21,670-43%324$677$788,69210Sony Pictures Classics
26Space Station 3D$18,415--2--$9,208$83,652,462477IMAX
27Of Gods and Men$18,338-48%29-8$632$3,893,41115Sony Pictures Classics
28The Princess of Montpensier$18,322-16%203$916$304,0098IFC Films
29The Last Mountain$17,570--2--$8,785$17,5701Dada Films
30Winter in Wartime$17,194-25%218$819$463,47612Sony Pictures Classics
31Queen to Play$16,644-36%10-1$1,664$304,82210Zeitgeist Films
32Beautiful Boy (2011)$16,162--4--$4,041$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
33Hobo with a Shotgun$12,888-39%14-7$921$627,4525Magnolia / Magnet
34Certified Copy$11,62850%124$969$1,324,19513IFC Films
35Hesher$8,606-71%6-5$1,434$348,1234Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$8,540-84%39-102$219$602,4797Sony Pictures Classics
37My Perestroika$7,025-15%121$585$204,50611International Film Circuit
38Rejoice and Shout$6,589--1--$6,589$6,5891Magnolia Pictures
39The King's Speech$6,499-44%16-2$406$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
40WAR: Women Art Revolution$5,791--2--$2,896$11,2331Zeitgeist Films
41Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,59049%4-2$1,398$174,99738Collective Eye
42Kill the Irishman$5,168-39%8-2$646$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
43Deep Sea 3D$5,056-14%20$2,528$44,283,501275Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Film Socialisme$4,526--1--$4,526$4,5261Lorber Films
45Tuesday, After Christmas$4,260-34%10$4,260$17,6892Lorber Films
46Blank City$4,1953%20$2,098$93,6679Insurgent Releasing
47City of Life and Death$3,914383%20$1,957$24,1634Kino International
48How To Live Forever$3,90344%20$1,952$22,1004Variance Films
4935 and Ticking$3,249-69%4-2$812$58,7373Image Entertainment
50Barney's Version$2,879-56%6-3$480$7,492,02721Sony Pictures Classics
51Small Town Murder Songs$2,81052%75$401$5,5152Monterey Media
52American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,529233%20$1,265$85,7459Variance Films
53The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,468411%21$1,234$114,21110Lorber Films
54Rubber$2,001-54%4-1$500$91,23510Magnolia / Magnet
55Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,931-40%50$386$169,50914Strand Releasing
56Nostalgia for the Light$1,918--1--$1,918$112,78812Icarus Films
57Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,890197%42$473$16,7164First Run Features
58Circo$1,736-68%21$868$63,01110First Run Features
59The Music Never Stopped$1,586-6%50$317$247,27912Roadside Attractions
60Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,5293%1-1$1,529$48,3027Variance Films
61Dumbstruck$1,415-39%10$1,415$15,0178Truly Indie
62Love, Wedding, Marriage$1,378--2--$689$1,3781IFC Films
63Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,340153%21$670$8,4424Strand Releasing
64Into Eternity$1,246-73%3-1$415$47,76418International Film Circuit
65Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$1,222--1--$1,222$11,53614Tostie Productions
66Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,0178%21$509$249,39322First Run Features
67Poetry$843-71%1-2$843$345,24017Kino International
68Biutiful$797-14%2-3$399$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions
69Skateland$71750%31$239$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
70The Salvation Poem$659-3%1-1$659$869,82734CanZion Films
71Pianomania$587-74%10$587$3,5742First Run Features
72Henry's Crime$578-51%10$578$101,8829Moving Pictures Film & Television
73Harvest$529-80%2-2$265$24,0735Monterey Media
74Carancho$326--1--$326$85,36317Strand Releasing
75Dum Maaro Dum$220-89%3-3$73$563,6997Fox Searchlight
76Armadillo$146--1--$146$10,3478Lorber Films
77Orgasm Inc.$101--1--$101$47,62217First Run Features
78The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$66-92%1-1$66$11,3744Argot Pictures