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. 14 - Sun, Oct. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$16,291,655-40%3,4400$4,736$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$15,556,113--3,549--$4,383$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$8,493,665--2,996--$2,835$8,493,6651Universal
4The Ides of March$7,108,846-32%2,1990$3,233$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$6,233,185-32%3,286-192$1,897$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$5,456,730-27%2,840-178$1,921$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
750/50$4,260,087-25%2,391-88$1,782$24,279,1523Summit
8Courageous$3,305,238-32%1,21453$2,723$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$3,251,884--2,150--$1,513$3,251,8841Fox
10The Lion King 3D$2,792,403-39%1,970-297$1,417$90,536,3185Disney
11Dream House$2,465,220-45%2,172-492$1,135$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$1,811,190-38%1,684-566$1,076$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
13Abduction$1,427,194-51%1,707-884$836$25,778,6854Lionsgate
14The Help$1,187,684-39%1,267-797$937$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$1,145,159-63%1,282-1729$893$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$1,031,220-53%1,431-980$721$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$1,116,149-39%703-627$1,588$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$440,526-14%370-145$1,191$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$284,548-30%330-77$862$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Laugh at My Pain$272,941-42%188-60$1,452$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
5The Way$250,734127%10269$2,458$413,8512Producers Distribution Agency
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$238,361-19%273-109$873$175,306,81211Fox
7Captain America: The First Avenger$233,254-25%246-57$948$176,173,78713Paramount
8Cars 2$212,215-25%2653$801$190,785,74517Disney
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$201,41127%311-54$648$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
10The Debt$171,857-31%200-158$859$30,875,2627Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$140,385-5%2082$675$99,968,83112Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$131,606-35%162-60$812$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
13Midnight in Paris$129,387-1%107-12$1,209$55,107,08222Sony Pictures Classics
14Zookeeper$110,995-25%155-43$716$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
15Colombiana$100,691-56%132-113$763$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
16Warrior (2011)$68,436-60%135-184$507$13,572,5436Lionsgate
17Shark Night 3D$40,241-39%115-30$350$18,656,1457Relativity Media
18I Don't Know How She Does It$34,153-66%107-133$319$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$223,924-37%31-17$7,223$1,481,7353Alliance Films
2The Skin I Live In$223,119--6--$37,187$223,1191Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$116,302124%2413$4,846$272,5213Sony Pictures Classics
4The Guard$106,717-10%94-30$1,135$4,824,66112Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$97,464-6%490$1,989$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Labios Rojos$73,476--67--$1,097$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Le Bonheur des Autres$71,63222%312$2,311$162,3032Entertainment One Films
8Weekend$68,47239%2410$2,853$258,0024IFC Films
9Munger Road$63,08424%3223$1,971$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
10Machine Gun Preacher$56,848-49%43-50$1,322$412,9944Relativity Media
11Hubble 3D$55,953-3%20-4$2,798$29,214,33883Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Horrible Bosses$54,405-46%85-57$640$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Greatest Miracle$53,824--13--$4,140$53,8241Undefined
14Sarah's Key$45,844-22%86-27$533$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$43,081-39%80-34$539$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
16Love Crime$41,57013%28-1$1,485$413,1367IFC Films
17War of the Arrows$40,685--16--$2,543$40,6853CJ Entertainment
18Rascals$40,155-76%610$658$261,1562Eros Entertainment
19The Women on the 6th Floor$39,98250%148$2,856$84,5042Strand Releasing
20Fireflies in the Garden$36,884--5--$7,377$36,8841Independent
21The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$34,679-30%224$1,576$84,7612IFC Films
22Mozart's Sister$33,53629%285$1,198$370,1029Music Box Films
23Blackthorn$29,72695%2113$1,416$55,0062Magnolia Pictures
24Higher Ground$29,04453%5319$548$741,9798Sony Pictures Classics
25Senna$28,83210%24-7$1,201$1,529,83610Producers Distribution Agency
26Silenced$28,354--1--$28,354$28,3541CJ Entertainment
27Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25,196-22%22-5$1,145$450,3327Indomina Media
28Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$24,857-38%37-7$672$153,5653Magnolia / Magnet
29Under the Sea 3D$22,5375%9-1$2,504$29,925,421140Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$22,483386%136$1,729$618,39915International Film Circuit
31The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$22,38534%124$1,865$195,1306IFC Films
321911$21,537-61%20-13$1,077$108,3482Variance Films
33Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,038-46%38-30$527$68,218,04118Fox
34Seven Days in Utopia$19,260-64%41-36$470$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
35Our Idiot Brother$17,648-37%41-26$430$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
36The Mill and the Cross$17,23625%91$1,915$129,4245Kino Lorber
37Trespass (2011)$16,816--10--$1,682$16,8161Millennium Entertainment
38The Whistleblower$16,68935%23-7$726$1,100,77311IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Circumstance$16,5152%191$869$400,1608Roadside Attractions
40The Man Nobody Knew$15,179102%30$5,060$67,7054First Run Features
41Apollo 18$13,091-24%18-28$727$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
42Limelight (2011)$12,863188%43$3,216$49,3614Magnolia Pictures
43Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$10,752-74%80$1,344$190,9953Nocturnal Features
44Finding Joe$10,28287%53$2,056$30,4883Balcony Releasing
45The Interrupters$10,193108%60$1,699$226,74812Cinema Guild
46Dirty Girl$9,873-45%101$987$38,8802Weinstein Company
47Fright Night (2011)$9,301-61%15-7$620$18,126,2489Disney / DreamWorks
48Restless (2011)$9,213-72%25-101$369$145,6305Sony Pictures Classics
49Texas Killing Fields$8,772--3--$2,924$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$8,45523%13-3$650$678,46812Magnolia / Magnet
51Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,232-21%100$723$4,300,064753D Entertainment
52Thunder Soul$6,997-80%12-25$583$139,6024Roadside Attractions
53Turtle: The Incredible Journey$6,353160%40$1,588$385,02417Hannover House
54Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,162-11%60$1,027$150,5337Music Box Films
55Brighton Rock (2011)$6,015-29%13-10$463$211,8508IFC Films
56The Tree of Life$5,740-42%6-5$957$13,292,16721Fox Searchlight
57America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$5,599--3--$1,866$7,2211PMK*BNC
58El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,156129%74$737$141,78212Alive Mind Cinema
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,92426%20$2,462$235,48717Abramorama
60Back Door Channels$4,824--3--$1,608$8,9895Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Future$4,77121%161$298$551,81312Roadside Attractions
62OKA!$4,461--1--$4,461$4,4611Dada Films
633 (2010)$4,20640%41$1,052$40,6695Strand Releasing
64Farmageddon$4,176--4--$1,044$49,12518Undefined
65Margaret$4,153-68%6-8$692$40,3343Fox Searchlight
66Life, Above All$4,13878%101$414$125,61014Sony Pictures Classics
67Happy, Happy$4,124110%42$1,031$32,9725Magnolia Pictures
68Mausam$4,112-85%960$43$725,9664Eros International
69Hell and Back Again$3,5975%21$1,799$11,0572Docurama Films
70The Names of Love$3,363-20%75$480$498,27017Music Box Films
71The Whale$3,183320%21$1,592$23,9476Paladin
72Magic Trip$2,858143%62$476$148,15711Magnolia Pictures
73Puncture$2,619-61%2-3$1,310$61,7734Millennium Entertainment
74Mysteries of Lisbon$2,240-69%61$373$106,83711Music Box Films
75People v. The State of Illusion$2,058-8%10$2,058$42,2026IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
76The Last Circus$1,817255%42$454$37,2959Magnolia / Magnet
77Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,696--8--$212$5,7022Kino Lorber
78Amigo$1,654-55%50$331$144,5849Variance Films
79Incendiary: The Willingham Case$1,418-31%2-1$709$21,8824Truly Indie
80The Tree$1,25313%1-2$1,253$60,43914Zeitgeist Films
81Film Socialisme$1,066--1--$1,066$32,86220Lorber Films
82Bill Cunningham New York$1,0083%10$1,008$1,505,32831Zeitgeist Films
83Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$89611%42$224$1,193,21215Sony Pictures Classics
84The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$685-74%1-1$685$23,1286The Film Desk
85Where Soldiers Come From$567-58%1-2$567$29,2006International Film Circuit
86The Sons of Tennessee Williams$533-64%10$533$2,8522First Run Features
87Bellflower$516-64%3-5$172$164,07511Oscilloscope
88Aurora$273--1--$273$5,33416Cinema Guild
89Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$235--2--$118$41,03710Lorber Films
90WAR: Women Art Revolution$22225%10$222$51,53020Zeitgeist Films
91A Bird of the Air$205-93%1-1$205$10,1524Paladin
92Chalet Girl$192--1--$192$1921IFC Films
93Project Nim$150-40%3-3$50$399,79215Roadside Attractions
94American Teacher$104-98%10$104$24,4533First Run Features
95Page One: Inside the New York Times$58-98%1-2$58$1,067,02818Magnolia Pictures