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, Jan. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$33,732,515--2,285--$14,763$33,732,5151Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,868,059-32%3,555100$5,589$169,568,9714Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$13,689,321-34%3,603-100$3,799$157,049,3824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$11,364,714-23%2,95036$3,852$76,900,6283Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,496,913-42%3,425-299$2,773$111,585,3674Fox
6War Horse$8,679,470-40%2,783236$3,119$56,904,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$8,305,797-37%3,1707$2,620$56,399,9063Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$6,727,740-41%3,006-81$2,238$62,008,0153Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$3,124,316-25%2,163-164$1,444$18,690,6053Summit
10New Year's Eve$3,107,343-51%1,864-361$1,667$51,868,1405Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,472,095-29%1,058-353$1,391$278,415,7338Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$1,358,289-49%1,236-305$1,099$85,561,1957Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$5,478,521405%809752$6,772$10,129,6705Focus
2The Descendants$2,584,137-24%737-21$3,506$43,960,7008Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$1,600,751-35%843-108$1,899$52,630,9087Paramount
4Young Adult$1,281,347-39%830-157$1,544$14,747,8515Paramount
5The Sitter$1,154,859-31%758-590$1,524$28,722,9945Fox
6The Artist$1,120,111-15%1725$6,512$7,097,6127Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$827,327-11%584-46$1,417$10,458,3407Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$587,390-22%351-38$1,673$146,597,21511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$303,85020%29542$1,030$77,198,42010Universal
10Happy Feet Two$226,987-43%285-240$796$61,356,5968Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$204,587-15%213-14$961$84,857,54514Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$167,252-18%231-19$724$75,267,10516Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$161,407-15%171-51$944$71,974,4939Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$158,7614%19110$831$34,311,60915Sony / TriStar
15In Time$115,35629%1329$874$37,238,31711Fox
16J. Edgar$110,346-55%152-303$726$36,862,1789Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$102,644-85%280-1063$367$46,440,4917Sony / Columbia
18Dolphin Tale$95,346-37%149-39$640$72,165,81916Warner Bros.
19Immortals$89,374-29%128-100$698$82,851,9139Relativity Media
20Footloose (2011)$74,033-17%131-51$565$51,780,53713Paramount
21The Ides of March$71,199-15%114-29$625$40,962,53414Sony / Columbia
22A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$55,983-43%125-120$448$35,033,75910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Dangerous Method$279,280-7%643$4,364$2,076,1787Sony Pictures Classics
2Shame$210,0595%45-10$4,668$2,366,6696Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$176,374-20%51$35,275$520,6692Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$109,972126%117$9,997$233,4112Focus
5Carnage (2011)$109,33817%153$7,289$530,5254Sony Pictures Classics
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$99,125-11%60$16,521$498,6693Warner Bros.
7A Separation$92,63856%63$15,440$198,0462Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$87,537-2%45-4$1,945$15,327,37040Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Melancholia$87,15538%61-2$1,429$2,675,9139Magnolia Pictures
10Pina$83,02716%30$27,676$384,0683IFC Films
11Drive (2011)$56,208129%305$1,874$34,911,58517FilmDistrict
12The Way$55,496-2%503$1,110$4,266,62814Producers Distribution Agency
13Hubble 3D$36,477-57%183$2,027$30,568,71995Warner Bros. / IMAX
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$32,289241%75$4,613$90,6813FilmDistrict
15Margin Call$31,23432%301$1,041$5,300,73212Roadside Attractions
16The Help$28,247-26%50-15$565$169,556,17822Disney / DreamWorks
17The Skin I Live In$21,663-2%4214$516$3,085,78613Sony Pictures Classics
18Under the Sea 3D$21,171-24%93$2,352$30,358,715152Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Le Havre$19,952--18--$1,108$457,72012Janus Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,121--9--$2,125$4,493,845873D Entertainment
21The Women on the 6th Floor$19,05559%114$1,732$490,73314Strand Releasing
22Midnight in Paris$15,335-13%21-2$730$56,407,28334Sony Pictures Classics
23Martha Marcy May Marlene$13,77760%151$918$2,932,82512Fox Searchlight
24Take Shelter$11,20124%211$533$1,690,80715Sony Pictures Classics
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,652--1--$10,652$14,0081Cinema Guild
26Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,23380%92$1,026$262,41612Submarine Deluxe
27Like Crazy (2011)$7,438-22%15-15$496$3,388,21011Paramount Vantage
28The Conquest$5,805--6--$968$167,9419Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$5,587195%72$798$109,16410Music Box Films
30Mozart's Sister$4,768-35%6-3$795$696,77721Music Box Films
31My Reincarnation$4,74856%30$1,583$62,99611Long Shot Factory
32The Lion King 3D$4,271-5%70$610$94,240,63517Disney
33Inni$4,163741%42$1,041$122,01011Cinema Purgatorio
34Outrage$3,740305%76$534$35,3366Magnolia / Magnet
35El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,732--1--$3,732$206,57224Alive Mind Cinema
36The Whale$3,631125%30$1,210$65,12118Paladin
37The Guard$3,31629%117$301$5,341,47124Sony Pictures Classics
38Roadie (2010)$2,661--1--$2,661$2,6611Magnolia Pictures
39Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,497341%10$2,497$29,48812Zeitgeist Films
40Garbo: The Spy$2,334-14%20$1,167$24,5678First Run Features
41Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,045-14%3-2$682$141,8588First Run Features
42Blackthorn$1,48032%40$370$190,19714Magnolia Pictures
43The Man Nobody Knew$1,423-20%1-1$1,423$172,31116First Run Features
44Tomboy (2011)$1,235--1--$1,235$97,3948Dada Films
45Hell and Back Again$1,235--2--$618$35,87214Docurama Films
46The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$1,171--1--$1,171$27,55618The Film Desk
47Tyrannosaur$1,122--1--$1,122$17,2198Strand Releasing
48Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$943-34%31$314$89,4939Variance Films
49Jane's Journey$73735%10$737$24,48317First Run Features
50Rid of Me$702-42%10$702$10,3738Submarine Entertainment
51Crazy Wisdom$636--1--$636$44,3787Alive Mind Cinema
52Khodorkovsky$564--1--$564$28,2826Kino Lorber
53Amigo$46211%20$231$181,35621Variance Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$352--1--$352$37,79017International Film Circuit