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, Jul. 1 - Sun, Jul. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$97,852,865--4,088--$23,937$162,618,2121Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$26,273,387-60%4,1150$6,385$117,204,0022Disney
3Bad Teacher$14,506,592-54%3,0490$4,758$59,952,5632Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$13,096,065--2,973--$4,405$13,096,0651Universal
5Super 8$7,922,218-34%3,088-336$2,565$108,465,2454Paramount
6Monte Carlo$7,453,944--2,473--$3,014$7,453,9441Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$6,556,612-64%3,280-536$1,999$102,244,8963Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,537,956-45%2,861-481$1,936$50,562,6783Fox
9Bridesmaids$3,646,125-31%1,389-642$2,625$153,020,4908Universal
10X-Men: First Class$2,950,918-56%1,602-1031$1,842$138,662,6455Fox
11The Hangover Part II$2,391,733-57%1,568-1187$1,525$248,243,6156Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,190,508-56%1,473-771$1,487$233,738,4017Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$1,664,822-60%1,281-1246$1,300$156,859,4896Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$3,579,967-14%858-93$4,172$33,780,0397Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,068,340-20%22813$4,686$7,571,7766Fox Searchlight
3Beginners$598,20927%10836$5,539$2,364,5775Focus
4Buck$480,88365%13177$3,671$1,011,3783IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$446,961-16%308-36$1,451$140,479,50912Fox
6Thor$400,303-22%270-134$1,483$177,917,5839Paramount
7Fast Five$332,215-35%302-156$1,100$208,303,66010Universal
8Water for Elephants$171,314-33%234-58$732$58,026,26711Fox
9Soul Surfer$163,683-22%205-35$798$43,400,45113Sony / TriStar
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$135,478-78%221-670$613$13,936,9874Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$112,541477%14094$804$53,011,19011Lionsgate
12Something Borrowed$100,720-55%191-112$527$38,677,2739Warner Bros.
13Rango$91,425-22%117-39$781$123,188,23218Paramount
14The Lincoln Lawyer$88,910-35%138-51$644$57,786,12316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$581,943--89--$6,539$581,9431UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$224,130-1%470$4,769$8,199,85613Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$168,168--53--$3,173$168,1681Viva Entertainment
4The Trip (2011)$160,6713%402$4,017$764,6354IFC Films
5Gerry (2011)$126,727-77%78-17$1,625$1,600,1593Entertainment One Films
6Page One: Inside the New York Times$124,521175%3821$3,277$238,6243Magnolia Pictures
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$110,082-23%60-15$1,835$4,633,69210IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$103,767-8%30-4$3,459$26,675,34068Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Better Life$97,75657%117$8,887$181,4262Summit
10Double Dhamaal$86,278-71%41-13$2,104$477,8232Reliance Big Pictures
11Terri$65,103--6--$10,851$65,1031IDP/ATO Pictures
12Source Code$63,589-7%66-40$963$54,640,98714Summit
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,137-14%110$4,649$3,341,232603D Entertainment
14Incendies$48,388-31%42-20$1,152$6,531,39711Sony Pictures Classics
15Insidious$46,295-36%70-4$661$53,612,26314FilmDistrict
16Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$42,011-57%17-7$2,471$183,4232Abramorama
17Trollhunter$40,835103%2112$1,945$104,4794Magnolia / Magnet
18Under the Sea 3D$40,7333%13-2$3,133$28,996,557125Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Turtle: The Incredible Journey$40,007-42%16-8$2,500$135,9812Hannover House
20The Double Hour$39,016-21%25-5$1,561$1,299,56612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21African Cats$31,166-84%30-92$1,039$15,378,91611Disneynature
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$29,535-46%68-46$434$10,056,71610Weinstein Company
23Limitless$27,762-40%55-30$505$79,230,92316Relativity Media
24Submarine$27,232-35%20-6$1,362$342,0245Weinstein Company
25The Names of Love$27,013-11%83$3,377$71,2782Music Box Films
26Beginning of the Great Revival$26,622-60%23-6$1,157$125,8792China Lion Film
27Bride Flight$24,841-26%18-1$1,380$231,6154Music Box Films
28Queen to Play$21,989202%106$2,199$372,10114Zeitgeist Films
29Hanna$18,854-53%34-25$555$40,243,77113Focus
30Passione: A Musical Adventure$18,63021%21$9,315$51,2582Abramorama
31Bill Cunningham New York$17,018-23%11-1$1,547$1,369,52716Zeitgeist Films
3213 Assassins$16,063-12%221$730$742,41310Magnolia / Magnet
33Jane Eyre (2011)$14,075-56%26-25$541$11,210,24817Focus
34In a Better World$12,124-36%287$433$900,39714Sony Pictures Classics
35Summer (2011 re-issue)$11,954--1--$11,954$17,2844The Film Desk
36Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,785-58%31-27$380$52,671,36315Fox
37Win Win$11,148-50%18-14$619$10,143,68616Fox Searchlight
38I Am (2011)$11,020-1%7-6$1,574$1,570,25120Paladin
39Meek's Cutoff$9,021-41%15-2$601$894,27113Oscilloscope
40Love Etc.$8,781--2--$4,391$8,7811Paladin
41Everything Must Go$8,213-47%19-14$432$2,648,5128Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$7,506-44%15-10$500$11,501,53312Roadside Attractions
43The Perfect Host$7,505--2--$3,753$7,5051Magnolia Pictures
44The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$7,27323%21$3,637$18,2362Rialto Pictures
45Rejoice and Shout$7,026-36%61$1,171$55,7395Magnolia Pictures
46Deep Sea 3D$6,91813%20$3,459$44,342,573279Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Hobo with a Shotgun$6,304-32%10-2$630$684,5049Magnolia / Magnet
48The First Grader$4,832-43%7-4$690$325,6918National Geographic
49Winter in Wartime$4,229-40%4-6$1,057$526,26116Sony Pictures Classics
50Crime After Crime$3,215--1--$3,215$3,2151mTuckman Media
51The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$3,087--1--$3,087$18,6378Argot Pictures
5235 and Ticking$3,05267%21$1,526$78,9167Image Entertainment
53Viva Riva!$2,981-68%50$596$38,8314Music Box Films
54Leap Year (2011)$2,7310%21$1,366$6,9672Strand Releasing
55Road to Nowhere$2,535-36%40$634$25,0054Monterey Media
56Beautiful Boy (2011)$2,493-56%40$623$68,9835Anchor Bay Films
57Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,176406%10$2,176$254,84826First Run Features
58If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,124-62%20$1,062$22,1292Oscilloscope
59Aurora$2,105--1--$2,105$3,0031Cinema Guild
60The Art of Getting By$2,067-98%7-300$295$1,425,8393Fox Searchlight
61Hesher$1,71132%20$856$371,9888Wrekin Hill Entertainment
62My Perestroika$1,710-62%4-1$428$235,17715International Film Circuit
63Battle for Brooklyn$1,280-43%10$1,280$17,9803Rumur
64City of Life and Death$1,191-91%3-6$397$81,7408Kino International
65Blank City$1,19050%10$1,190$108,42213Insurgent Releasing
66The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,123-39%3-3$374$624,54711Sony Pictures Classics
67Of Gods and Men$983-83%4-3$246$3,958,82719Sony Pictures Classics
68Kings of Pastry$918--1--$918$336,09542First Run
69The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$731-12%1-1$731$137,39014Lorber Films
70Small Town Murder Songs$698-81%3-3$233$21,2006Monterey Media
71How To Live Forever$674-85%1-3$674$37,6458Variance Films
72The Music Never Stopped$5950%53$119$250,87016Roadside Attractions
73Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$570-67%10$570$28,4128First Run Features
74Octubre$53287%10$532$18,4179New Yorker Films
75Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$358-53%1-1$358$11,9238Strand Releasing
76Korkoro$234-3%10$234$8,14715Lorber Films