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, Mar. 2 - Sun, Mar. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$70,217,070--3,729--$18,830$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$21,051,363--3,055--$6,891$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$13,572,578-45%3,05314$4,446$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$7,390,935-32%2,553-499$2,895$108,355,4254Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,047,061-55%2,1320$3,305$25,791,6932Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,547,374-51%3,060-290$2,140$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$6,011,147-39%2,826-212$2,127$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$5,561,323-34%2,342-847$2,375$41,399,9623Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$4,645,637-48%2,487-687$1,868$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$3,843,840-41%2,0020$1,920$12,484,6552Universal
11The Artist$3,625,57125%1,756790$2,065$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
12Gone$3,001,862-37%2,1860$1,373$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$1,931,431-48%1,054-743$1,832$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$1,484,644-66%1,431-91$1,037$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,291,817-39%694-195$1,861$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$1,233,618-18%406-95$3,038$71,300,19515Paramount
3The Woman in Black$1,154,475-58%812-915$1,422$52,241,3905CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,100,446-65%731-887$1,505$42,218,7794Fox
5A Separation$952,051160%243160$3,918$3,677,46410Sony Pictures Classics
6The Iron Lady$850,90922%511-11$1,665$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$345,052-8%3143$1,099$130,804,28112Fox
8Big Miracle$301,560-55%359-269$840$19,362,1405Universal
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$286,35261%256131$1,119$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$263,189-23%126-38$2,089$23,665,41513Focus
11The Grey$258,960-68%308-609$841$50,735,5106Open Road
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$257,558-26%266-67$968$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$243,829-14%266-14$917$74,406,78211Fox
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$226,037-12%30323$746$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
15Red Tails$190,895-56%249-240$767$49,023,7167Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$186,315-32%215-57$867$77,167,15711Paramount
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$158,153-33%107-71$1,478$208,019,61312Paramount
18My Week with Marilyn$130,847-57%120-282$1,090$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
19Contraband$120,620-30%148-49$815$66,362,0658Universal
20War Horse$116,319-34%131-82$888$79,237,31711Disney / DreamWorks
21Joyful Noise$115,826-37%202-75$573$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
22The Muppets$79,202-46%138-67$574$88,479,90115Disney
23One For the Money$59,596-57%117-112$509$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$157,961-18%64-19$2,468$2,825,93211IFC Films
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$132,595253%4024$3,315$818,31513Oscilloscope
3Rampart$119,38721%527$2,296$539,8484Millennium Entertainment
4In Darkness$106,84320%3513$3,053$421,0564Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$96,153-18%400$2,404$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$87,475--24--$3,645$87,4751Magnolia Pictures
7Thin Ice$83,6215%41-5$2,040$459,3163IDP/ATO Pictures
8Undefeated$82,230326%138$6,325$164,0583Weinstein Company
92012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$76,964-72%59-87$1,304$1,625,1014Shorts International
10Underworld Awakening$72,270-70%79-181$915$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
11A Dangerous Method$67,772-27%53-28$1,279$5,457,21515Sony Pictures Classics
12Albert Nobbs$63,926-50%68-32$940$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
13Lost Woods$58,240--13--$4,480$58,2401Nocturnal Features
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,29387%120$4,024$4,891,030953D Entertainment
15Love$45,30810%157$3,021$234,1593China Lion Film
16Hubble 3D$44,628-8%224$2,029$31,265,047103Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Being Flynn$43,990--4--$10,998$43,9901Focus
18W.E.$43,62358%194$2,296$327,5085Weinstein Company
19Happy Feet Two$43,609-16%850$513$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
20Coriolanus$37,16269%146$2,654$410,2667Weinstein Company
21Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$32,432-66%26-22$1,247$155,2472UTV Communications
22Under the Sea 3D$30,839-33%154$2,056$30,717,275160Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Shame$29,692-31%22-3$1,350$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
24Chico & Rita$26,194-35%142$1,871$161,3964GKIDS
25Boy$21,244--2--$10,622$21,2441Paladin
26Paan Singh Tomar$20,568--10--$2,057$20,5681UTV Communications
27The Salt of Life$19,176--2--$9,588$19,1761Zeitgeist Films
28Carnage (2011)$19,1063%19-3$1,006$2,491,96012Sony Pictures Classics
29The Forgiveness of Blood$17,816-33%63$2,969$53,1672IFC Films
30Beauty and the Beast 3D$14,953-73%24-35$623$47,259,1818Disney
31The Flowers of War$13,985-16%6-1$2,331$267,1507Wrekin Hill Entertainment
32The Sitter$13,654-32%21-9$650$30,527,01013Fox
33Let The Bullets Fly$11,287--5--$2,257$11,2871Variance Films
34Pariah (2011)$10,801-15%130$831$730,36210Focus
35The Women on the 6th Floor$10,57641%61$1,763$631,93222Strand Releasing
36Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$10,405-74%25-10$416$1,150,1304UTV Communications
37Haywire$9,890-75%32-5$309$18,852,9517Relativity Media
38Midnight in Paris$7,044-96%11-153$640$56,802,12342Sony Pictures Classics
39In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,27466%84$784$301,30511FilmDistrict
40Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$5,712--4--$1,428$5,7121Undefined
41The Devil Inside$5,165-27%17-8$304$53,201,7159Paramount
42Deep Sea 3D$5,001-54%20$2,501$44,520,610314Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Kill List$4,711--10--$471$26,2975IFC Films
44Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19617%3-1$1,399$73,8279Cinema Guild
45Le Havre$4,171--6--$695$589,51020Janus Films
46Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$3,223-40%20$1,612$874,94435International Film Circuit
47Ranchero$2,960--2--$1,480$6,78634Indican Pictures
48Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$2,718--1--$2,718$2,7181First Run Features
49Last Days Here$2,671--1--$2,671$2,6711IFC Films
50The Help$2,645-88%5-133$529$169,705,58730Disney / DreamWorks
51Crazy Wisdom$2,569--1--$2,569$58,03415Alive Mind Cinema
52The Turin Horse$2,26569%20$1,133$25,9884Cinema Guild
53The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,124--1--$2,124$31,39626The Film Desk
54The Skin I Live In$1,410-80%3-11$470$3,180,82621Sony Pictures Classics
55Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,340--1--$1,340$18,92018Kino Lorber
56On the Ice$1,336-84%1-4$1,336$41,8043PMK*BNC
57The Way$1,3146%20$657$4,429,93322Producers Distribution Agency
58Falling Away$1,284--2--$642$1,2841Indican Pictures
59The Snowtown Murders$1,273--1--$1,273$1,2731IFC Films
60Addiction Incorporated$1,096--2--$548$29,20812Variance Films
61Tyrannosaur$952--2--$476$21,06216Strand Releasing
62Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$941--2--$471$100,11917Variance Films
63Take Shelter$860-52%30$287$1,728,11423Sony Pictures Classics
64The Whale$786-47%10$786$72,74226Paladin
65Windfall$571957%10$571$3,1005First Run Features
66Kung Fu Joe$412-78%10$412$11,5944Indican Pictures
67Sing Your Song$400--1--$400$33,2758S2BN Films
68Putin's Kiss$150-3%10$150$2,9443Kino Lorber
69The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$141--1--$141$32,4827First Run Features
70Eames: The Architect and the Painter$66-89%10$66$147,59116First Run Features