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, Oct. 7 - Sun, Oct. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$27,319,677--3,440--$7,942$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$10,470,143--2,199--$4,761$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$9,131,091-34%3,478-37$2,625$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$7,453,989-38%3,01825$2,470$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
550/50$5,652,149-35%2,47921$2,280$17,482,5212Summit
6Courageous$4,867,876-47%1,1610$4,193$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$4,598,606-57%2,267-73$2,028$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$4,475,525-45%2,6643$1,680$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$3,126,782-42%3,0119$1,038$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$2,942,322-40%2,250-494$1,308$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$2,893,684-48%2,591-527$1,117$23,362,8263Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$2,201,362-55%2,411-575$913$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$1,945,048-36%2,064-441$942$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$1,842,563-44%1,330-644$1,385$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$512,05652%515104$994$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$467,823-36%248-30$1,886$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$405,86149%407155$997$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$311,753-29%303-47$1,029$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$295,891-45%382-209$775$174,937,80310Fox
6Cars 2$284,613-26%2627$1,086$190,462,89816Disney
7The Debt$248,929-60%358-245$695$30,564,7666Focus
8Colombiana$227,769-44%245-167$930$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,241-49%222-183$911$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$170,753-63%319-388$535$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$158,889-56%365-345$435$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$147,469-30%198-55$745$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$147,290-21%206-35$715$99,768,67111Universal
14Midnight in Paris$130,882-28%119-21$1,100$54,905,64321Sony Pictures Classics
15The Guard$119,125-38%124-33$961$4,646,79611Sony Pictures Classics
16Horrible Bosses$101,021-41%142-80$711$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
17I Don't Know How She Does It$100,112-75%240-505$417$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
18Straw Dogs (2011)$87,594-79%181-693$484$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
19Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,901-59%143-65$580$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
20Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$70,221-46%114-102$616$23,820,0767FilmDistrict
21Shark Night 3D$66,288-53%145-147$457$18,595,9886Relativity Media
22Sarah's Key$58,670-47%113-26$519$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
23Restless (2011)$33,46460%12683$266$117,6024Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$354,306-35%480$7,381$1,066,5082Alliance Films
2Rascals$168,082--61--$2,755$168,0821Eros Entertainment
3Machine Gun Preacher$112,56633%9360$1,210$291,1983Relativity Media
4The Way$110,418--33--$3,346$110,4181Producers Distribution Agency
5Born to Be Wild 3D$104,093-7%490$2,124$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Le Bonheur des Autres$58,765--29--$2,026$58,7651Entertainment One Films
7Hubble 3D$57,59819%24-2$2,400$29,115,97682Warner Bros. / IMAX
81911$55,850--33--$1,692$55,8501Variance Films
9Seven Days in Utopia$53,315-37%77-58$692$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
10Take Shelter$52,0020%118$4,727$126,2232Sony Pictures Classics
11Munger Road$51,07440%98$5,675$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
12The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$49,456--18--$2,748$49,4561IFC Films
13Weekend$49,3422%148$3,524$162,6943IFC Films
14The Hedgehog$41,479-14%293$1,430$676,9178NeoClassics Films
15Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$40,992-52%8-3$5,124$156,7232Nocturnal Features
16Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$39,776-25%4413$904$111,3422Magnolia / Magnet
17Love Crime$36,847-21%298$1,271$348,7176IFC Films
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,778-47%68-35$541$68,181,94017Fox
19Thunder Soul$34,440108%3724$931$120,6513Roadside Attractions
20Bad Teacher$32,554-93%64-290$509$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$32,270-40%27-7$1,195$409,2116Indomina Media
22Final Destination 5$30,599-60%61-83$502$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
23Our Idiot Brother$28,178-56%67-69$421$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
24Mausam$27,966-73%960$291$712,8263Eros International
25The Women on the 6th Floor$26,636--6--$4,439$26,6361Strand Releasing
26Senna$26,220-40%31-1$846$1,310,9699Producers Distribution Agency
27Mozart's Sister$25,925-20%235$1,127$322,0568Music Box Films
28Fright Night (2011)$23,77542%22-1$1,081$18,114,1598Disney / DreamWorks
29Under the Sea 3D$21,4678%100$2,147$29,887,823139Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Higher Ground$18,977-61%34-17$558$701,0527Sony Pictures Classics
31Dirty Girl$17,859--9--$1,984$17,8591Weinstein Company
32Apollo 18$17,124-67%46-68$372$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
33The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,702-49%8-1$2,088$161,3135IFC Films
34Circumstance$16,163-21%18-5$898$371,9637Roadside Attractions
35Blackthorn$15,254--8--$1,907$15,2541Magnolia Pictures
36The Mill and the Cross$13,777-34%81$1,722$102,1174Kino Lorber
37Margaret$13,12974%1412$938$24,9502Fox Searchlight
38The Whistleblower$12,335-46%30-4$411$1,074,89210IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39The Tree of Life$9,872-44%11-18$897$13,279,56620Fox Searchlight
40Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,132-52%100$913$4,289,620743D Entertainment
41Brighton Rock (2011)$8,466-37%23-1$368$200,7217IFC Films
42The Man Nobody Knew$7,497-46%30$2,499$47,7173First Run Features
43Muran$7,413-55%7-3$1,059$27,2082UTV Communications
44Mysteries of Lisbon$7,278-11%50$1,456$100,59210Music Box Films
45Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,930-16%62$1,155$140,0046Music Box Films
46Point Blank$6,850-64%16-8$428$661,72011Magnolia / Magnet
47Puncture$6,700-34%51$1,340$55,9863Millennium Entertainment
48American Teacher$5,860-3%1-1$5,860$16,7252First Run Features
49Space Station 3D$5,698-25%10$5,698$84,316,636495IMAX
50Finding Joe$5,511-37%21$2,756$17,0392Balcony Releasing
51The Interrupters$4,902-1%61$817$209,13011Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,629-72%7-5$661$592,95214International Film Circuit
53Limelight (2011)$4,460-29%10$4,460$32,8843Magnolia Pictures
54The Names of Love$4,222-19%2-9$2,111$492,62016Music Box Films
55The Future$3,933-55%15-1$262$544,78711Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,920-62%2-1$1,960$225,50616Abramorama
57Amigo$3,661--5--$732$139,0498Variance Films
58Hell and Back Again$3,413--1--$3,413$4,8091Docurama Films
59A Bird of the Air$3,146289%21$1,573$8,8993Paladin
603 (2010)$2,99591%3-3$998$35,0704Strand Releasing
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,75913%3-4$920$1,065,15117Magnolia Pictures
62The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,680598%21$1,340$20,2645The Film Desk
63Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,445278%43$611$378,67116Hannover House
64Life, Above All$2,32531%92$258$119,68813Sony Pictures Classics
65Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,320-76%90$258$13,6342UTV Communications
66El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,248-72%3-4$749$135,30611Alive Mind Cinema
67People v. The State of Illusion$2,246-29%10$2,246$38,3335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Incendiary: The Willingham Case$2,058-50%31$686$18,1143Truly Indie
69Happy, Happy$1,962-68%2-5$981$27,7464Magnolia Pictures
70The Sons of Tennessee Williams$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921First Run Features
71Bellflower$1,418-50%8-5$177$160,98110Oscilloscope
72Where Soldiers Come From$1,353-83%30$451$26,7125International Film Circuit
73Jig$1,283--1--$1,283$183,79017Screen Media Films
74Magic Trip$1,178-61%4-1$295$145,05610Magnolia Pictures
75The Tree$1,107-69%3-3$369$58,67513Zeitgeist Films
76Bill Cunningham New York$976179%10$976$1,502,68330Zeitgeist Films
77Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$946-86%4-2$237$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
78Shaolin$913--1--$913$64,3275Variance Films
79Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$8105%2-2$405$1,192,10614Sony Pictures Classics
80The Whale$757-83%1-1$757$20,5425Paladin
81My Joy$702-66%10$702$3,7562Kino Lorber
82Rapt$652152%31$217$41,58414Lorber Films
83Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$600-74%20$300$19,4154International Film Circuit
84Jane's Journey$555-42%20$278$15,1374First Run Features
85The Last Circus$512-69%2-3$256$35,4788Magnolia / Magnet
86Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$442--1--$442$244,66956Collective Eye
87Special Treatment$351--1--$351$7,2377First Run Features
88Project Nim$250-86%6-1$42$399,00114Roadside Attractions
89WAR: Women Art Revolution$178-78%10$178$51,06719Zeitgeist Films