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. 27 - Sun, Jan. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$19,665,101--3,185--$6,174$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$12,352,802-51%3,0780$4,013$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$11,515,790--2,737--$4,207$11,515,7901Lionsgate
4Red Tails$10,370,323-45%2,57361$4,030$33,750,1182Fox
5Man on a Ledge$8,001,932--2,998--$2,669$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,980,448-31%2,6300$2,654$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
7Contraband$6,704,360-44%2,650-220$2,530$56,573,8603Universal
8The Descendants$6,405,285170%2,0011441$3,201$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,307,807-40%2,145-480$2,475$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$4,002,760-52%2,4412$1,640$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,473,878-37%1,654-865$2,100$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$3,204,641-13%1,244168$2,576$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$3,188,393-46%2,021-714$1,578$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,472,141-45%1,530-955$1,616$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,190,290-38%1,202-705$1,822$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$2,003,261-36%1,861-664$1,076$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,782,185-42%1,070-1000$1,666$127,041,5077Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$1,468,347-47%1,089-976$1,348$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$3,315,08940%897235$3,696$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,510,275168%965315$2,601$58,925,85710Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$1,343,536-39%702-638$1,914$74,268,2776Paramount
4Agneepath$1,140,464--132--$8,640$1,213,0961Eros International
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,099,927-38%410-321$2,683$20,165,0688Focus
6Albert Nobbs$696,166--245--$2,841$746,4171Roadside Attractions
7The Devil Inside$642,384-76%722-1485$890$52,690,1364Paramount
8A Dangerous Method$549,02243%365260$1,504$4,067,20410Sony Pictures Classics
9Happy Feet Two$391,886-8%309-22$1,268$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
10My Week with Marilyn$338,5534%186-39$1,820$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$334,653-6%270-22$1,239$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$307,903-10%253-30$1,217$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
13The Muppets$212,903-19%206-79$1,034$87,314,42610Disney
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$164,711-47%191-179$862$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
15Tower Heist$129,635-27%174-46$745$78,009,15513Universal
16The Sitter$122,898-14%145-46$848$30,200,9658Fox
17J. Edgar$108,870251%208162$523$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
18Real Steel$85,846-36%123-39$698$85,371,42817Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$69,740-43%117-52$596$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$266,62558%3118$8,601$878,5785Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$193,42542%3525$5,526$1,056,7086IFC Films
3Shame$168,488-31%80-15$2,106$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
4Carnage (2011)$122,582-57%70-178$1,751$2,187,1217Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$116,22816%450$2,583$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$70,250-5%103$7,025$287,1738Oscilloscope
7Young Adult$57,157-59%87-63$657$16,193,3628Paramount
8Coriolanus$50,636-17%123$4,220$142,8872Weinstein Company
9Moneyball$50,233-14%81-29$620$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
10Pariah (2011)$44,411-32%14-7$3,172$570,4205Focus
11The Darkest Hour$42,767-77%87-214$492$21,171,2486Summit
12Hubble 3D$40,91319%221$1,860$30,803,77398Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Viral Factor$40,222-36%220$1,828$147,8462China Lion Film
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,352-21%113$3,577$4,686,498903D Entertainment
15New Year's Eve$33,013-76%62-203$532$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
16In Time$32,476-44%58-39$560$37,508,85314Fox
17Melancholia$29,875-39%23-29$1,299$2,963,24112Magnolia Pictures
18Under the Sea 3D$24,1388%113$2,194$30,463,808155Warner Bros. / IMAX
19All's Well Ends Well 2012$23,250--20--$1,163$23,2501China Lion Film
20An Inconsistent Truth$20,733--1--$20,733$20,7331Rocky Mountain Pictures
21The Flowers of War$19,423-60%13-17$1,494$191,6032Wrekin Hill Entertainment
22Midnight in Paris$19,16548%207$958$56,473,06537Sony Pictures Classics
23Vettai$15,830-54%7-14$2,261$175,0593UTV Communications
24Drive (2011)$13,397-50%23-10$582$35,037,18520FilmDistrict
25Declaration of War$12,791--6--$2,132$12,7911IFC Films
26In the Land of Blood and Honey$12,449-52%11-3$1,132$226,0446FilmDistrict
27Le Havre$12,1999%11-3$1,109$534,80315Janus Films
28Crazy Horse$9,91124%21$4,956$26,9242Zipporah Films
29The Help$9,72232%21-1$463$169,613,39825Disney / DreamWorks
30The Way$8,168-61%12-16$681$4,391,53817Producers Distribution Agency
31The Women on the 6th Floor$7,613-33%5-2$1,523$549,36217Strand Releasing
32The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$7,15352%10$7,153$17,5672First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$6,7367%91$748$132,09013Music Box Films
34The Mill and the Cross$5,39810%3-1$1,799$308,43020Kino Lorber
35Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,194-15%10-7$519$2,975,90415Fox Searchlight
36The Skin I Live In$4,710-62%12-5$393$3,156,33416Sony Pictures Classics
37Tomboy (2011)$4,249-23%9-1$472$113,76111Dada Films
38Sing Your Song$3,82236%42$956$25,3503S2BN Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,72245%32$1,241$46,9764Cinema Guild
40Outrage$2,892163%2-1$1,446$44,4169Magnolia / Magnet
41How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,759--1--$2,759$7,0581First Run Features
42Addiction Incorporated$2,48213%20$1,241$16,9927Variance Films
43The Conquest$2,473--3--$824$177,50712Music Box Films
44El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,010--1--$2,010$213,16727Alive Mind Cinema
45Blackthorn$2,0022%41$501$199,65217Magnolia Pictures
46The Guard$1,680-57%4-5$420$5,358,14827Sony Pictures Classics
47Take Shelter$1,361-82%4-12$340$1,720,44218Sony Pictures Classics
48Amigo$1,267--1--$1,267$182,86424Variance Films
49Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,248--2--$624$93,37712Variance Films
50Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,207--2--$604$31,51015Zeitgeist Films
51Margin Call$1,042-87%1-13$1,042$5,351,94115Roadside Attractions
52Sophomore$981-53%10$981$18,4213Undefined
53Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$812-35%10$812$852,66730International Film Circuit
54Jane's Journey$602-17%21$301$26,70920First Run Features
55Garbo: The Spy$592363%21$296$28,19511First Run Features
56The Whale$553--1--$553$68,08321Paladin
57Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$437-70%20$219$272,49615Submarine Deluxe
58My Reincarnation$414-78%1-1$414$72,55314Long Shot Factory
59Crazy Wisdom$35420%10$354$51,93010Alive Mind Cinema
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$134-74%1-1$134$39,65820International Film Circuit
61The Interrupters$98-53%10$98$275,48727Cinema Guild
62Man on a Mission$30-99%1-4$30$8,0903First Run Features