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. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$24,349,815--2,863--$8,505$24,349,8151Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$17,751,905--2,625--$6,763$17,751,9051Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,686,617-41%3,346-209$3,493$186,933,4065Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,225,190--2,735--$4,104$11,225,1901Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,592,657-37%3,155-448$2,724$170,192,3015Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$8,028,439-76%2,551266$3,147$46,375,2862Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,660,907-41%2,674-276$2,491$87,841,7564Sony / Columbia
8War Horse$5,923,128-32%2,85673$2,074$66,095,0914Disney / DreamWorks
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,893,831-38%2,849-576$2,069$118,875,1195Fox
10We Bought a Zoo$5,560,781-33%2,909-261$1,912$64,049,3154Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,035,024-40%2,073-933$1,946$67,740,2304Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$1,079,299-65%1,182-981$913$20,528,4734Summit
13New Year's Eve$1,038,854-67%1,092-772$951$53,692,9816Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$5,412,9342969%802797$6,749$6,000,5553Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,194,172-42%88677$3,605$15,136,7126Focus
3The Descendants$2,100,256-19%660-77$3,182$47,104,4529Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,193,1807%21644$5,524$8,789,9598Weinstein Company
5Hugo$1,046,468-35%545-298$1,920$54,163,1238Paramount
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$769,314-48%708-350$1,087$279,638,9999Lionsgate / Summit
7Carnage (2011)$710,434550%494479$1,438$1,296,8995Sony Pictures Classics
8The Muppets$573,868-58%547-689$1,049$86,409,3968Disney
9Young Adult$525,883-59%387-443$1,359$15,705,9806Paramount
10The Sitter$513,022-56%449-309$1,143$29,650,2556Fox
11A Dangerous Method$499,57279%10440$4,804$2,686,7648Sony Pictures Classics
12Happy Feet Two$484,199113%36580$1,327$61,898,3439Warner Bros.
13My Week with Marilyn$471,276-43%400-184$1,178$11,344,9868Weinstein Company
14Puss in Boots (2011)$413,017-30%316-35$1,307$147,150,14412Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack and Jill$413,012156%298127$1,386$72,424,31810Sony / Columbia
16Tower Heist$241,800-20%260-35$930$77,539,10511Universal
17Immortals$164,65284%18759$880$83,059,93410Relativity Media
18Real Steel$141,579-31%187-26$757$85,054,19315Disney / DreamWorks
19Courageous$88,040-45%116-75$759$34,434,96716Sony / TriStar
20Moneyball$78,478-53%128-103$613$75,421,17117Sony / Columbia
21In Time$75,353-35%106-26$711$37,359,99612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$144,208-31%41-4$3,517$2,626,6317Fox Searchlight
2Pina$124,43850%63$20,740$556,6314IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$104,17719%450$2,315$15,482,79941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Pariah (2011)$101,815-7%2413$4,242$374,1843Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$91,029-8%60$15,172$635,5454Warner Bros.
6Vettai$87,921--34--$2,586$87,9211UTV Communications
7Melancholia$78,282-10%676$1,168$2,823,03810Magnolia Pictures
8A Separation$71,864-22%60$11,977$313,8873Sony Pictures Classics
9J. Edgar$55,256-50%82-70$674$36,974,52210Warner Bros.
10Hubble 3D$47,85831%202$2,393$30,652,59396Warner Bros. / IMAX
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$44,09237%1811$2,450$149,7354FilmDistrict
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$42,245--2--$21,123$81,5426Oscilloscope
13Dolphin Tale$40,359-58%91-58$444$72,228,57517Warner Bros.
14Don 2$37,384--28--$1,335$3,651,6994Reliance Big Entertainment
15The Way$33,401-40%40-10$835$4,326,02215Producers Distribution Agency
16Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$29,64555%90$3,294$4,535,792883D Entertainment
17Drive (2011)$28,827-49%322$901$34,966,21618FilmDistrict
18Under the Sea 3D$24,45416%90$2,717$30,392,596153Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Skin I Live In$21,193-2%31-11$684$3,121,86714Sony Pictures Classics
20Margin Call$15,187-51%20-10$759$5,326,46713Roadside Attractions
21The Help$14,781-48%28-22$528$169,582,98723Disney / DreamWorks
22The Women on the 6th Floor$13,650-28%6-5$2,275$515,34715Strand Releasing
23Sing Your Song$13,459--2--$6,730$13,4591S2BN Films
24Sophomore$13,097--1--$13,097$13,0971Undefined
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,8962%10$10,896$31,8722Cinema Guild
26Midnight in Paris$10,083-34%15-6$672$56,424,56635Sony Pictures Classics
27Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,779-36%150$585$2,951,96213Fox Searchlight
28Take Shelter$6,337-43%14-7$453$1,705,34816Sony Pictures Classics
29The Mill and the Cross$4,786--5--$957$276,14118Kino Lorber
30Newlyweds$4,584--1--$4,584$4,5841Tribeca Films
31Santa Mesa$3,846--3--$1,282$3,8461Indican Pictures
32Man on a Mission$3,430--4--$858$3,4301First Run Features
33The Guard$3,201-3%110$291$5,346,59925Sony Pictures Classics
34Mozart's Sister$2,984-37%60$497$702,34422Music Box Films
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$2,956-68%4-5$739$267,96513Submarine Deluxe
36Domain$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Strand Releasing
37Blackthorn$2,65780%51$531$193,95715Magnolia Pictures
38Young Goethe In Love$2,551-54%3-4$850$113,86111Music Box Films
39The Conquest$2,547-56%5-1$509$173,67010Music Box Films
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,468--1--$2,468$848,90328International Film Circuit
41Addiction Incorporated$2,223--1--$2,223$9,2865Variance Films
42My Reincarnation$2,121-55%30$707$66,62912Long Shot Factory
43Crazy Wisdom$1,934204%21$967$47,1088Alive Mind Cinema
44Outrage$1,777-52%5-2$355$39,6317Magnolia / Magnet
45Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,64574%2-1$823$91,60710Variance Films
46Tomboy (2011)$1,45618%54$291$100,0579Dada Films
47The Whale$1,109-69%30$370$66,42119Paladin
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,108-70%10$1,108$210,36625Alive Mind Cinema
49Garbo: The Spy$1,051-55%20$526$26,8389First Run Features
50Roadie (2010)$864-68%10$864$4,8712Magnolia Pictures
51Loosies$808--1--$808$2,4861IFC Films
52Pianomania$808--1--$808$48,13634First Run Features
53Charlotte Rampling: The Look$641--2--$321$13,46611Kino Lorber
54Jane's Journey$524-29%10$524$25,38318First Run Features
55Inni$446-89%1-3$446$124,18812Cinema Purgatorio
56Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$444--1--$444$50,97053Kino International
57Khodorkovsky$417-26%10$417$29,5527Kino Lorber
58The Man Nobody Knew$369-74%10$369$173,46217First Run Features
59Hell and Back Again$341-72%1-1$341$37,20915Docurama Films
60Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$145--1--$145$46,83423Lorber Films