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, Sep. 9 - Sun, Sep. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$22,403,596--3,222--$6,953$22,403,5961Warner Bros.
2The Help$8,926,142-39%2,93592$3,041$137,327,8005Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$5,242,107--1,869--$2,805$5,242,1071Lionsgate
4The Debt$4,770,720-52%1,87650$2,543$21,867,6762Focus
5Colombiana$3,947,582-47%2,354-260$1,677$29,726,2883Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,886,285-51%2,887-306$1,346$167,847,1166Fox
7Shark Night 3D$3,408,413-59%2,84842$1,197$14,672,5922Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$2,851,349-67%3,3302$856$14,939,3032Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,650,538-51%2,396-159$1,106$21,309,5473Weinstein Company
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,501,432-48%2,544-463$983$34,223,0184Weinstein Company
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,168,387-34%1,310-140$1,655$78,417,4487Warner Bros.
12Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,166,846-58%2,251-529$963$21,000,6043FilmDistrict
13The Smurfs$1,800,432-56%1,977-729$911$136,009,2777Sony / Columbia
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$1,415,023--1,500--$943$1,415,0231Sony / Columbia
15Creature$327,000--1,507--$217$327,0001Bubble Distribution

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,001,583-59%810-282$1,237$377,104,6849Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$845,653-56%804-246$1,052$173,459,6638Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$827,955-56%920-265$900$98,041,8217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$649,512-51%555-6$1,170$2,749,8562Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$585,868-16%50381$1,165$115,795,82310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$555,303-63%655-571$848$41,756,4735Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$533,456-71%646-709$826$36,472,3545Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$436,615-41%343-58$1,273$78,767,40110Sony / Columbia
9Midnight in Paris$415,831-38%350-52$1,188$53,531,71417Sony Pictures Classics
10The Guard$408,561-30%20325$2,013$3,254,0117Sony Pictures Classics
11Sarah's Key$389,088-38%306-13$1,272$5,852,4258Weinstein Company
12One Day$384,769-71%492-695$782$13,436,9914Focus
13The Change-Up$321,640-59%374-165$860$36,485,3256Universal
14Conan the Barbarian (2011)$303,866-81%551-1171$551$20,920,8824Lionsgate
15Saving Private Perez$248,107-63%1654$1,504$1,175,3742Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Fright Night (2011)$229,716-82%435-1033$528$17,864,1714Disney / DreamWorks
17Cars 2$181,185-85%353-1690$513$189,630,39312Disney
18Transformers: Dark of the Moon$174,938-70%177-247$988$350,800,07711Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$162,541-47%2520$645$67,701,50613Fox
20Bridesmaids$158,585-43%197-23$805$168,590,00018Universal
21Super 8$141,685-49%203-37$698$126,728,70914Paramount
22Kung Fu Panda 2$122,857-63%164-141$749$165,001,60916Paramount / DreamWorks
23Green Lantern (2011)$115,101-39%155-30$743$116,464,12513Warner Bros.
24Winnie the Pooh$104,664-59%247-105$424$26,644,6629Disney
25Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$92,245-53%150-36$615$240,918,96017Disney
26Friends With Benefits$78,445-59%114-47$688$55,705,0008Sony / Screen Gems
27Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$5,137-58%1000$51$3,103,6569Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,908,420--98--$19,474$1,908,4201CodeBlack Entertainment
2Mere Brother Ki Dulhan$403,017--74--$5,446$403,0171Yash Raj Films
3Higher Ground$121,33331%5639$2,167$311,2143Sony Pictures Classics
4Monte Carlo$100,137404%6928$1,451$23,047,80211Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$91,290-56%490$1,863$12,682,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Senna$88,432-48%40-7$2,211$1,003,8695Producers Distribution Agency
7Bad Teacher$59,365-88%96-890$618$99,039,41412Sony / Columbia
8The Whistleblower$57,691-40%59-11$978$888,7186IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Circumstance$55,53651%2312$2,415$182,1143Roadside Attractions
10Attack the Block$51,934-42%51-15$1,018$949,2177Sony / Screen Gems
11The Tree of Life$47,109-41%62-24$760$13,090,52116Fox Searchlight
12Hubble 3D$43,558-50%312$1,405$28,750,30378Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Love Crime$42,66621%105$4,267$99,7102IFC Films
14X-Men: First Class$40,255-63%67-34$601$146,358,17515Fox
15Buck$39,355-17%785$505$3,955,36313IFC Films
16Point Blank$33,096-47%28-5$1,182$533,1677Magnolia / Magnet
17The Hangover Part II$28,380-60%60-30$473$254,455,98616Warner Bros.
18Bol$26,138-58%380$688$153,3692Eros International
19Mozart's Sister$24,57599%125$2,048$130,7294Music Box Films
20Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$24,111-54%30$8,037$102,5852Indomina Media
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$23,555-6%63$3,926$72,1162Music Box Films
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,212-31%122$1,934$4,171,126703D Entertainment
23Another Earth$22,154-64%41-30$540$1,273,9388Fox Searchlight
24The Devil's Double$21,929-49%33-16$665$1,321,1227Lionsgate
25Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,931-25%172$1,231$522,73910International Film Circuit
26Shaolin$19,132--10--$1,913$19,1321Variance Films
27The Future$18,230-24%269$701$475,9517Roadside Attractions
28Brighton Rock (2011)$17,317-34%12-1$1,443$118,9693IFC Films
29The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$17,316--2--$8,658$17,3161IFC Films
30Evidence of a Haunting$17,220-30%5-4$3,444$63,5043Nocturnal Features
31My Kingdom (2011)$16,816--20--$841$16,8161China Lion Film
32The Names of Love$15,115-42%182$840$445,74312Music Box Films
33Love in Space$13,795--15--$920$13,7951China Lion Film
34The Trip (2011)$13,379-44%28-8$478$1,980,29614IFC Films
35Terri$13,25631%170$780$638,31011IDP/ATO Pictures
36Magic Trip$13,0483%187$725$118,3966Magnolia Pictures
37The Interrupters$11,868-12%100$1,187$138,7787Cinema Guild
38Under the Sea 3D$10,544-67%102$1,054$29,782,931135Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Nothing to Declare$10,429-85%18-7$579$209,3863Entertainment One Films
40Sur le Rythme$9,757-70%121$813$917,4415Entertainment One Films
41Bill Cunningham New York$9,20664%31$3,069$1,496,07126Zeitgeist Films
42Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$8,315-84%19-45$438$11,847,5515Fox
43Bellflower$8,06426%94$896$122,3796Oscilloscope
44Amigo$7,426-57%7-3$1,061$112,9384Variance Films
45Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,329-5%167$458$1,154,50310Sony Pictures Classics
46Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$7,244137%10$7,244$14,8622Argot Pictures
47After (2011)$6,332--1--$6,332$6,3321Undefined
48Tabloid$6,079-61%13-12$468$658,1069IFC Films
49Project Nim$5,909-43%11-4$537$373,94410Roadside Attractions
50Incendies$5,652-43%6-2$942$6,852,64721Sony Pictures Classics
51Life in a Day$5,052-36%5-4$1,010$230,9137National Geographic
52Turtle: The Incredible Journey$4,965169%2-1$2,483$372,21612Hannover House
533D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$4,922-66%6-3$820$143,9425China Lion Film
54The Whale$4,835--2--$2,418$4,8351Paladin
55The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$4,644--1--$4,644$4,6441The Film Desk
56Space Station 3D$3,717-61%10$3,717$8,245,153491IMAX
57The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,701--3--$1,234$78,34412Rialto Pictures
58Rebirth (2011)$3,38724%32$1,129$12,2532Oscilloscope
59Viva Riva!$3,340--2--$1,670$61,75914Music Box Films
60Page One: Inside the New York Times$3,059-31%81$382$1,048,96313Magnolia Pictures
61Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,912-49%8-4$364$1,337,9199Fox Searchlight
62Tanner Hall$2,803--5--$561$2,8031Anchor Bay Films
63Life, Above All$2,7797%104$278$97,5519Sony Pictures Classics
64Bride Flight$2,192-64%4-6$548$484,52714Music Box Films
65The Last Circus$2,001-5%42$500$18,5424Magnolia / Magnet
66Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,000--2--$1,000$23,746,066206National Geographic
67Littlerock$1,986-57%2-1$993$12,1625Variance Films
68The Tree$1,689-60%3-1$563$42,7309Zeitgeist Films
69Main Street$1,553--1--$1,553$1,5531Magnolia Pictures
70I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,413-55%10$1,413$6,9882Strand Releasing
71Summer (2011 re-issue)$1,257--2--$629$32,83914The Film Desk
72Trollhunter$1,009-41%2-2$505$249,35414Magnolia / Magnet
73Burke and Hare$947--1--$947$9471IFC Films
74CornerStore$883-70%1-1$883$39,2905Undefined
75El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$857-82%50$171$107,2977Alive Mind Cinema
76Rapt$854-66%1-1$854$38,48410Lorber Films
77Mysteries of Lisbon$695-30%10$695$63,6586Music Box Films
78Griff the Invisible$655-66%20$328$16,4284Indomina Media
79Passione: A Musical Adventure$622-87%1-2$622$195,22012Abramorama
80Farmageddon$601--2--$301$27,21713Undefined
81Everything Must Go$573-13%40$143$2,711,21018Roadside Attractions
82My Perestroika$564--1--$564$241,87525International Film Circuit
83Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$479-83%10$479$40,0045Lorber Films
84WAR: Women Art Revolution$338-70%10$338$46,81315Zeitgeist Films
855 Days of War$305-91%1-2$305$17,2434Anchor Bay Films
86The Robber$296--2--$148$82,46820Kino International
87How To Live Forever$284--1--$284$58,76418Variance Films
88In/Sight$262-97%3-20$87$17,0122Check Entertainment
89The Music Never Stopped$208-67%10$208$258,07726Roadside Attractions
90Pianomania$130--1--$130$26,65116First Run Features
91The Conspirator$3233%10$32$11,538,20422Roadside Attractions