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, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$32,206,425--3,112--$10,349$32,206,4251Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$25,003,575--3,438--$7,273$25,003,5751Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$24,726,193-25%3,903-60$6,335$108,035,3593Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$12,773,765-47%3,3703$3,790$43,465,6152Universal
5J. Edgar$11,217,324--1,910--$5,873$11,315,8581Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,915,143-54%2,8750$2,057$23,237,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$4,081,881-45%2,591-536$1,575$30,598,6183Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$3,611,283-57%2,776-510$1,301$100,808,8354Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$2,726,736-39%2,215-596$1,231$48,767,5145Paramount
10Real Steel$1,864,688-46%1,758-680$1,061$81,612,8046Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,066,267-40%813-465$1,312$71,857,8368Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$1,012,220-34%905-233$1,118$31,565,8087Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$944,292-51%696-695$1,357$38,358,3186Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$803,456-72%947-1345$848$12,371,4403FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$693,294-32%705-400$983$69,634,0728Warner Bros.
6Rockstar$612,235--112--$5,466$612,2351Eros International
7Anonymous (2011)$582,527-53%482-32$1,209$3,753,9183Sony / Columbia
8Margin Call$544,282-24%19921$2,735$3,310,9654Roadside Attractions
950/50$507,529-47%424-323$1,197$33,841,6447Summit
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$496,871-71%669-1194$743$19,167,1754Summit
11Martha Marcy May Marlene$481,4746%18385$2,631$1,681,5204Fox Searchlight
12The Way$331,884-8%171-53$1,941$2,630,8396Producers Distribution Agency
13The Smurfs$318,8035%269-9$1,185$141,671,84216Sony / Columbia
14Contagion$312,32944%35595$880$74,865,77710Warner Bros.
15The Help$245,321-26%278-80$882$167,833,56314Disney / DreamWorks
16Johnny English Reborn$204,665-70%210-434$975$8,129,4554Universal
17Rise of the Planet of the Apes$130,158-27%164-35$794$176,332,80915Fox
18RA. One$118,611-69%1890$628$2,443,6593Eros International
19Sarah's Key$99,077-63%162-156$612$7,576,48017Weinstein Company
20Crazy, Stupid, Love$82,451-37%130-42$634$84,244,87716Warner Bros.
21Dream House$78,915-61%172-158$459$21,283,4407Universal
22Abduction$71,243-46%127-80$561$27,483,0338Lionsgate
23Cars 2$66,741-24%101-20$661$191,334,42821Disney
24Killer Elite$65,72955%16041$411$25,093,6078Open Road
25The Thing (2011)$64,925-75%141-243$460$16,907,4505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy (2011)$504,51289%7054$7,207$1,055,7783Paramount Vantage
2The Skin I Live In$297,391-9%9113$3,268$1,696,8175Sony Pictures Classics
3Melancholia$257,174--19--$13,535$257,1741Magnolia Pictures
4The Lion King 3D$195,222-8%96-37$2,034$93,706,6989Disney
5Take Shelter$119,702-32%82-8$1,460$1,220,1847Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$117,78823%490$2,404$14,144,83332Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$105,466-47%75-61$1,406$34,259,3119FilmDistrict
8Hubble 3D$54,86919%222$2,494$29,633,73487Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Mighty Macs$54,181-43%61-40$888$1,825,7364Quaker Media
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$53,798-55%85-140$633$380,955,61918Warner Bros.
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$51,340-11%72-26$713$38,421,12413Weinstein Company
12Into the Abyss$47,559--12--$3,963$47,5591IFC Films
13Midnight in Paris$46,149-33%38-16$1,214$55,550,61826Sony Pictures Classics
14Le Havre$39,19234%174$2,305$151,1244Janus Films
15The Guard$34,633-29%29-10$1,194$5,204,77316Sony Pictures Classics
16The Big Year$32,622-68%83-130$393$7,082,0635Fox
17October Baby$31,601-7%12-2$2,633$194,9293IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18I Don't Know How She Does It$28,741905%8375$346$9,639,2429Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$27,13126%112$2,466$30,058,054144Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Revenge of the Electric Car$26,802-3%113$2,437$107,6004Area23a
21What's Your Number?$22,471-60%63-39$357$13,987,4827Fox
22Mozart's Sister$22,395-30%18-4$1,244$572,66513Music Box Films
23The Women on the 6th Floor$21,864-8%121$1,822$278,6386Strand Releasing
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$19,417-10%92$2,157$90,2944Submarine Deluxe
25The Conquest$16,273--6--$2,712$137,2791Music Box Films
26Shark Night 3D$15,831-39%29-15$546$18,860,40311Relativity Media
27Inni$15,15080%72$2,164$72,7933Cinema Purgatorio
28Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,845-57%32-20$433$24,042,49012FilmDistrict
29Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,129-36%18-3$729$802,76819International Film Circuit
30Breakaway$12,780-50%6-5$2,130$1,873,7407Alliance Films
31Weekend$12,766-36%171$751$438,6908IFC Films
32The Mill and the Cross$12,042-8%10-2$1,204$231,5489Kino Lorber
33Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$8,648--1--$8,648$8,6481Variance Films
34Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,212-31%100$821$4,371,345793D Entertainment
35Apollo 18$7,749-78%18-75$431$17,683,67011Weinstein Company
36Our Idiot Brother$7,272-63%12-23$606$24,809,54712Weinstein Company
37Laugh at My Pain$6,573-71%13-26$506$7,688,75610CodeBlack Entertainment
38The Man Nobody Knew$6,555-46%60$1,093$129,4758First Run Features
39The Afflicted$6,496-25%4-2$1,624$212,9404Nocturnal Features
40The Other F Word$6,459-51%31$2,153$25,9142Oscilloscope
41The Double (2011)$6,050-90%12-33$504$134,2863Image Entertainment
42Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$5,674-65%10-8$567$218,27811Music Box Films
43Blackthorn$5,150-30%6-6$858$152,6986Magnolia Pictures
44Young Goethe In Love$5,088-70%3-3$1,696$32,5942Music Box Films
45Munger Road$4,913-51%7-2$702$266,1907Freestyle Releasing
46Love Crime$4,560-65%10-10$456$518,41311IFC Films
47Higher Ground$4,420-37%17-3$260$825,39212Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,892--3--$1,297$163,82616Alive Mind Cinema
49Senna$3,837-37%3-5$1,279$1,602,46014Producers Distribution Agency
50Point Blank$3,833-10%90$426$706,93716Magnolia / Magnet
51London Boulevard$3,431--1--$3,431$3,4311IFC Films
52Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$3,00955%90$334$26,4356Kino Lorber
53The Son of No One$2,683-85%4-6$671$28,8702Anchor Bay Films
54Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,437-47%7-10$348$218,9167Magnolia / Magnet
55My Reincarnation$2,362-25%20$1,181$21,6453Long Shot Factory
56Machine Gun Preacher$2,101-72%120$175$526,8488Relativity Media
57Happy, Happy$2,03244%43$508$43,0029Magnolia Pictures
58Limelight (2011)$2,006359%21$1,003$59,6548Magnolia Pictures
59Pianomania$1,769-83%5-1$354$47,05225First Run Features
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,742-22%31$581$32,0889International Film Circuit
61The Names of Love$1,705155%20$853$510,77321Music Box Films
62Life, Above All$1,667--6--$278$132,96018Sony Pictures Classics
63Circumstance$1,543-50%50$309$439,95812Roadside Attractions
64The Interrupters$1,481--3--$494$250,51616Cinema Guild
65The Whale$1,275-74%1-1$1,275$38,23110Paladin
66Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,107-70%1-1$1,107$254,78521Abramorama
67American Teacher$974-44%20$487$31,2867First Run Features
68Amigo$841--3--$280$159,90513Variance Films
69Hell and Back Again$775-70%1-1$775$24,7126Docurama Films
70Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$744-58%1-4$744$487,50611Indomina Media
71Texas Killing Fields$719-84%3-7$240$45,2825Anchor Bay Films
72Charlotte Rampling: The Look$502-91%1-1$502$10,2262Kino Lorber
73Restless (2011)$490-43%41$123$159,5809Sony Pictures Classics
74Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$430-37%2-1$215$1,200,04619Sony Pictures Classics
75The Future$355-34%3-2$118$568,08016Roadside Attractions
763 (2010)$304-82%1-2$304$53,9639Strand Releasing
77The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$284--1--$284$24,29010The Film Desk
78Paul Goodman Changed My Life$138-92%10$138$22,0204Zeitgeist Films