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. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$35,451,168--3,379--$10,492$36,451,1681Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$24,128,986-56%3,69251$6,535$98,023,3352Fox
3The Hangover Part II$17,667,329-44%3,67560$4,807$215,727,4613Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$16,543,166-31%3,929-23$4,211$126,813,2403Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,945,764-39%3,433-533$3,188$208,873,2584Disney
6Bridesmaids$10,066,290-16%2,9223$3,445$123,815,8655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,076,859--2,524--$2,408$6,076,8591Relativity Media
8Thor$2,435,215-43%1,782-998$1,367$173,664,7236Paramount
9Fast Five$1,727,330-45%1,329-908$1,300$205,094,2057Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$5,830,723110%944797$6,177$13,909,1964Sony Pictures Classics
2Rio (2011)$670,101-9%527-164$1,272$137,780,8299Fox
3Water for Elephants$478,835-31%466-106$1,028$56,599,7948Fox
4Something Borrowed$464,296-45%366-322$1,269$37,626,4096Warner Bros.
5Jumping the Broom$458,349-46%365-224$1,256$36,695,0046Sony / TriStar
6Soul Surfer$295,37145%31772$932$42,181,38010Sony / TriStar
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$261,390-25%1231$2,125$3,727,3697IFC Films
8Rango$176,672-26%220-34$803$122,474,57915Paramount
9Source Code$173,626-26%248-40$700$54,162,13211Summit
10Insidious$136,696-24%134-26$1,020$53,235,90111FilmDistrict
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$120,099293%182102$660$9,664,2917Weinstein Company
12Priest (2011)$115,668-69%169-414$684$29,028,3765Sony / Screen Gems
13Limitless$109,347-27%166-66$659$78,935,46713Relativity Media
14HOP$106,385-37%190-55$560$108,012,17011Universal
15Hanna$98,902-34%147-50$673$39,997,22310Focus
16The Lincoln Lawyer$84,670-25%101-32$838$57,133,68613Lionsgate
17Win Win$76,654-39%100-41$767$10,002,48713Fox Searchlight
18Prom$75,613132%141102$536$10,019,5947Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$75,462-48%112-84$674$52,764,4898Lionsgate
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$74,731-29%117-65$639$52,459,14412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$827,00931%4727$17,596$2,361,6553Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$243,05972%1914$12,793$453,3292Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$205,42013%470$4,371$6,768,94810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ready$190,097-59%970$1,960$781,8552Eros International
5Incendies$132,144-25%85-5$1,555$1,388,4188Sony Pictures Classics
6Hubble 3D$93,65915%380$2,465$25,983,88965Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Double Hour$88,120-27%53-15$1,663$1,082,5549IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Trip (2011)$77,904--6--$12,984$77,9041IFC Films
9Everything Must Go$66,215-55%87-20$761$2,535,1335Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$63,016-37%90-38$700$11,007,28114Focus
11Submarine$55,84834%1713$3,285$117,7672Weinstein Company
12Bride Flight$54,044--19--$2,844$54,0441Music Box Films
13The Conspirator$44,376-49%66-44$672$11,414,7189Roadside Attractions
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$42,816-34%110$3,892$3,001,697573D Entertainment
15Meek's Cutoff$42,121-39%41-4$1,027$794,07510Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$40,64917%190$2,139$28,734,775122Warner Bros. / IMAX
1713 Assassins$38,426-32%26-3$1,478$608,6487Magnolia / Magnet
18Scream 4$37,465-52%80-121$468$38,127,3399Weinstein Company
19In a Better World$27,91229%331$846$830,48111Sony Pictures Classics
20Bill Cunningham New York$27,529-27%19-3$1,449$1,256,21313Zeitgeist Films
21The First Grader$26,052-39%30-6$868$270,1715National Geographic
22Gnomeo and Juliet$22,553-55%43-42$524$99,776,51018Disney
23Mars Needs Moms$22,480-59%53-47$424$21,345,45414Disney
24I Am (2011)$20,860-46%36-6$579$1,495,84417Paladin
25African Cats$16,725-44%39-33$429$14,912,4328Disneynature
26Of Gods and Men$16,192-12%26-3$623$3,921,81516Sony Pictures Classics
27The Beaver$15,633-68%46-22$340$914,1256Summit
28The Salvation Poem$13,8021994%3534$394$883,71235CanZion Films
29L'Amour fou$13,460-46%160$841$260,7255IFC Films
30Potiche$12,422-65%16-17$776$1,574,60612Music Box Films
31Hobo with a Shotgun$11,583-10%151$772$643,6556Magnolia / Magnet
32The Last Mountain$11,515-34%31$3,838$33,7232Dada Films
33Viva Riva!$10,314--3--$3,438$10,3141Music Box Films
34The Princess of Montpensier$9,546-48%11-9$868$325,1989IFC Films
35Winter in Wartime$8,765-49%16-5$548$483,79413Sony Pictures Classics
36Rejoice and Shout$8,53630%65$1,423$18,6352Magnolia Pictures
37City of Life and Death$7,76998%31$2,590$34,2295Kino International
38The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$6,939181%42$1,735$122,79911Lorber Films
39Queen to Play$6,856-59%6-4$1,143$318,45611Zeitgeist Films
4035 and Ticking$6,663105%1-3$6,663$67,3934Image Entertainment
41Beautiful Boy (2011)$5,603-65%40$1,401$29,8272Anchor Bay Films
42Trollhunter$5,585--1--$5,585$5,5851Magnolia / Magnet
43Rubber$5,450172%40$1,363$98,01711Magnolia / Magnet
44My Perestroika$5,358-24%9-3$595$213,55112International Film Circuit
45Deep Sea 3D$5,3396%31$1,780$44,296,455276Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Summer (2011 re-issue)$4,957--1--$4,957$5,3491The Film Desk
47Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,680-16%40$1,170$183,69239Collective Eye
48Film Socialisme$4,5911%32$1,530$14,2572Lorber Films
49Blank City$4,144-1%31$1,381$99,30310Insurgent Releasing
50Barney's Version$4,13644%5-1$827$7,497,87122Sony Pictures Classics
51The Robber$3,861--3--$1,287$65,2357Kino International
52Certified Copy$3,807-67%5-7$761$1,337,38414IFC Films
53Hesher$3,689-57%3-3$1,230$358,1355Wrekin Hill Entertainment
54Small Town Murder Songs$3,66931%6-1$612$9,8893Monterey Media
55Kill the Irishman$3,424-34%5-3$685$1,182,32214Anchor Bay Films
56Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$3,33677%40$834$20,0935First Run Features
57The King's Speech$3,136-52%15-1$209$138,795,34229Weinstein Company
58Nostalgia for the Light$2,93653%21$1,468$117,60013Icarus Films
59How To Live Forever$2,765-29%20$1,383$26,9585Variance Films
60Road to Nowhere$2,521--3--$840$4,9841Monterey Media
61American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,217-12%20$1,109$90,27510Variance Films
62The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,1853211%32$728$13,8035Argot Pictures
63The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,340-84%10-29$134$611,3408Sony Pictures Classics
64WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,277-78%20$639$19,8532Zeitgeist Films
65Making The Boys$1,154--1--$1,154$29,71314First Run Features
66Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,109--1--$1,109$60,56352The Film Desk
67Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,082-29%10$1,082$48,3988Variance Films
68Poetry$8855%10$885$347,19518Kino International
69Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$838-57%1-4$838$172,64515Strand Releasing
70Into Eternity$804-35%2-1$402$49,08719International Film Circuit
71Tuesday, After Christmas$754-82%21$377$20,6663Lorber Films
72The Music Never Stopped$533-66%2-3$267$248,47013Roadside Attractions
73A Beautiful Life$465--1--$465$66,0604China Lion Film
74The Strange Case of Angelica$383--1--$383$48,78224Cinema Guild
75Circo$302-83%20$151$64,33711First Run Features