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, Aug. 5 - Sun, Aug. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$54,806,191--3,648--$15,024$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$20,702,415-42%3,3950$6,098$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$15,729,455-57%3,7544$4,190$67,349,5202Universal
4The Change-Up$13,531,115--2,913--$4,645$13,531,1151Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$13,021,922-49%3,620-95$3,597$143,203,9673Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,445,031-43%3,175-970$3,920$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,017,146-37%3,0200$3,979$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$4,687,883-49%2,398-528$1,955$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$4,583,252-36%2,025-485$2,263$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,086,145-49%1,854-750$1,665$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$2,168,776-50%1,724-694$1,258$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$1,222,836-48%926-837$1,321$184,807,3307Disney
2Midnight in Paris$981,867-15%399-72$2,461$48,486,54112Sony Pictures Classics
3Winnie the Pooh$806,782-55%716-916$1,127$24,440,6284Disney
4Bridesmaids$555,400-35%374-110$1,485$166,499,06513Universal
5Kung Fu Panda 2$500,339-24%290-29$1,725$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$448,837119%274108$1,638$239,048,69812Disney
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$407,111-13%327-85$1,245$65,426,9698Fox
8X-Men: First Class$369,56829%236-18$1,566$145,292,35110Fox
9Bad Teacher$341,825-59%350-415$977$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part II$293,159-27%303-43$968$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$254,955-23%170-26$1,500$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
12Buck$190,3566%12615$1,511$3,309,0098IFC Films
13Beginners$183,659-21%126-21$1,458$5,344,57810Focus
14Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$182,337-48%1000$1,823$2,855,6734Eros International
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$177,931-3%11623$1,534$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$170,049-44%174-151$977$125,316,7999Paramount
17Larry Crowne$161,445-39%229-106$705$35,398,4856Universal
18Rio (2011)$138,837-25%139-35$999$143,323,28117Fox
19Monte Carlo$128,574-5%141-27$912$22,516,0996Fox
20Green Lantern (2011)$110,292-40%108-27$1,021$114,570,3848Warner Bros.
21Thor$109,104-47%141-49$774$180,825,65114Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$547,88349%6734$8,177$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$228,420-7%490$4,662$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$198,436106%3328$6,013$342,1512Lionsgate
4The Guard$192,336150%1915$10,123$307,5092Sony Pictures Classics
5Another Earth$170,55856%5535$3,101$452,7793Fox Searchlight
6The Trip (2011)$123,04024%605$2,051$1,596,6689IFC Films
7Le Sens de l'humour$111,893-31%61-8$1,834$2,875,5075Alliance Films
8Hubble 3D$110,399-6%324$3,450$27,916,55973Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$89,577-29%16-2$5,599$309,6492Viva Entertainment
10The Future$85,841216%1817$4,769$128,1422Roadside Attractions
11Attack the Block$77,741-44%80$9,718$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
12Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$77,477-34%38-5$2,039$941,2865Sony Pictures Classics
13The Whistleblower$61,002--7--$8,715$61,0021IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Fast Five$58,055-58%86-39$675$209,805,00515Universal
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$50,83943%80$6,355$268,9735International Film Circuit
16Point Blank$47,55016%93$5,283$109,6772Magnolia / Magnet
17Tabloid$45,813-38%27-10$1,697$478,3134IFC Films
18Under the Sea 3D$45,656-14%141$3,261$29,484,993130Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$44,0185%111$4,002$3,835,352653D Entertainment
20A Better Life$40,980-47%74-34$554$1,664,3397Summit
21Page One: Inside the New York Times$40,055-33%43-9$932$957,2198Magnolia Pictures
22Gun Hill Road$37,963--3--$12,654$37,9631Motion Film Group
23Life in a Day$35,839-21%198$1,886$152,2312National Geographic
24Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,189-1%28-4$1,257$5,164,55315IFC Films
25Terri$34,203-13%17-7$2,012$505,4476IDP/ATO Pictures
26Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,103-56%88-73$319$14,959,1599Relativity Media
27Project Nim$23,500-26%210$1,119$270,1235Roadside Attractions
28Bellflower$22,279--2--$11,140$22,2791Oscilloscope
29Turtle: The Incredible Journey$22,17084%158$1,478$311,4547Hannover House
30Incendies$19,287-5%15-7$1,286$6,779,97516Sony Pictures Classics
31Bride Flight$18,452-26%190$971$430,3859Music Box Films
32Passione: A Musical Adventure$16,18853%52$3,238$158,8217Abramorama
33Water for Elephants$15,428-38%24-17$643$58,700,24716Fox
34Magic Trip$14,367--4--$3,592$14,3671Magnolia Pictures
35The Double Hour$13,439-25%16-1$840$1,480,97717IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,308--2--$6,154$12,3081Music Box Films
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,149-5%10$12,149$44,1722Alive Mind Cinema
38Insidious$11,840-41%26-15$455$53,966,56919FilmDistrict
3935 and Ticking$11,2391868%53$2,248$106,33912Image Entertainment
40In a Better World$9,922-14%12-3$827$979,49419Sony Pictures Classics
41Life, Above All$8,67388%127$723$66,9614Sony Pictures Classics
42The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,58711%31$2,862$32,6053IFC Films
43Jig$8,420--4--$2,105$147,9598Screen Media Films
44Gerry (2011)$7,585--5--$1,517$1,955,1198Entertainment One Films
45Trollhunter$7,409-2%164$463$217,7189Magnolia / Magnet
46Deep Sea 3D$7,324-14%2-1$3,662$44,433,920284Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Perfect Host$5,306117%51$1,061$32,4976Magnolia Pictures
48Queen to Play$4,858-30%5-1$972$468,92019Zeitgeist Films
49Salvation Boulevard$4,823197%31$1,608$22,3954IFC Films
50The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,78629%30$1,595$55,8797Rialto Pictures
51Delhi Belly$4,567-51%6-1$761$1,531,7576UTV Communications
52Meek's Cutoff$4,224-53%4-3$1,056$970,10318Oscilloscope
53Singham$3,937-94%9-30$437$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
54The Interrupters$3,557-55%21$1,779$16,0842Cinema Guild
55Bill Cunningham New York$3,421-34%4-1$855$1,459,80721Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Mountain$3,296276%31$1,099$115,97710Dada Films
57Everything Must Go$3,133-3%80$392$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
58Protektor$2,968--2--$1,484$2,9681Film Movement
59Submarine$2,822-73%10-9$282$459,23510Weinstein Company
60Rejoice and Shout$2,668198%52$534$92,47010Magnolia Pictures
61Poetry$2,064--1--$2,064$353,71426Kino International
62Pianomania$1,923469%21$962$17,41311First Run Features
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,832--3--$611$258,1237Abramorama
64Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,822295%32$607$20,01913Strand Releasing
65The Robber$1,70613%10$1,706$77,31015Kino International
66If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,62721%41$407$55,7317Oscilloscope
6713 Assassins$1,555-35%4-3$389$794,69815Magnolia / Magnet
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,376130%10$1,376$183,60523Strand Releasing
69Road to Nowhere$1,26926%1-1$1,269$37,0079Monterey Media
70The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,235-71%3-6$412$636,92816Sony Pictures Classics
71City of Life and Death$1,217--2--$609$99,07013Kino International
72The Arbor$1,214498%21$607$18,68515Strand Releasing
73The Salvation Poem$1,177-76%2-11$589$913,61743CanZion Films
74Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,058--1--$1,058$55,6285Eleven Arts
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$896--1--$896$47,74130Kino International
76Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$724-26%20$362$233,83847Collective Eye
77Hobo with a Shotgun$717-67%3-1$239$703,00214Magnolia / Magnet
78The Tree$498-76%2-1$249$20,1154Zeitgeist Films
79Good Neighbors$459-84%2-1$230$5,2382Magnolia Pictures
80Rapt$407-67%10$407$30,6885Lorber Films
81Into Eternity$300--1--$300$55,03727International Film Circuit
82Small Town Murder Songs$253--1--$253$30,19711Monterey Media
83The Conspirator$234-54%2-1$117$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions
84The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$214-88%10$214$25,93013Argot Pictures
85The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$124-57%10$124$150,29919Lorber Films