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. 9 - Sun, Mar. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$38,846,020-45%3,74617$10,370$121,724,8502Universal
2John Carter$30,180,188--3,749--$8,050$30,180,1881Disney
3Project X (2012)$11,142,103-47%3,0550$3,647$39,717,0982Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$6,991,877-48%2,951-102$2,369$56,092,4743Relativity Media
5Silent House (2012)$6,661,234--2,124--$3,136$6,661,2341Open Road
6A Thousand Words$6,176,280--1,890--$3,268$6,176,2801Paramount
7Safe House$4,801,510-35%2,144-409$2,240$115,605,3255Universal
8The Vow$3,842,485-36%2,478-348$1,551$117,456,2315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$3,756,060-32%1,949-393$1,927$46,895,4104Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,611,388-45%2,525-535$1,430$90,641,9995Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,904,004-59%1,516-616$1,916$30,446,4533Lionsgate
12The Artist$2,079,910-43%1,505-251$1,382$40,234,93316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,965,123-58%1,804-683$1,089$48,065,2704Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$1,653,645-57%1,220-782$1,355$15,517,7653Universal
15Gone$895,788-70%1,144-1042$783$10,727,0703Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$2,019,083--369--$5,472$2,019,0831Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$904,569-53%595-459$1,520$62,267,4416Fox
3A Separation$728,376-23%28138$2,592$4,780,20811Sony Pictures Classics
4The Descendants$676,862-48%517-177$1,309$81,454,62417Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$623,315-49%313-93$1,991$72,269,11916Paramount
6The Iron Lady$567,974-33%447-64$1,271$27,931,79111Weinstein Company
7The Woman in Black$491,037-57%433-379$1,134$53,031,2836CBS Films
8The Secret World of Arrietty$417,697-72%501-930$834$17,572,9654Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$341,581-69%258-473$1,324$42,845,7545Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$310,78897%229122$1,357$208,394,55413Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$287,184-17%287-27$1,001$131,187,52513Fox
12We Bought a Zoo$188,221-23%228-38$826$74,669,87712Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$173,213-40%211-45$821$102,363,77112Sony / Columbia
14Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$172,494-34%109-17$1,583$23,922,14414Focus
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$158,193-39%208-58$761$186,523,36613Warner Bros.
16Big Miracle$153,660-49%238-121$646$19,594,7656Universal
17The Adventures of Tintin$140,931-24%153-62$921$77,384,66712Paramount
18The Grey$123,740-52%151-157$819$50,960,0417Open Road
19Red Tails$115,201-40%178-71$647$49,343,1888Fox
20Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$114,978-49%202-101$569$31,711,09312Warner Bros.
21My Week with Marilyn$80,673-38%1200$672$14,486,30316Weinstein Company
22Contraband$78,540-35%119-29$660$66,489,4259Universal
23Joyful Noise$58,552-49%103-99$568$30,867,7069Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kahaani$270,081--46--$5,871$270,0811Viva Entertainment
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$225,894--18--$12,550$225,8941CBS Films
3We Need to Talk About Kevin$156,79918%6020$2,613$1,035,66514Oscilloscope
4Born to Be Wild 3D$121,87727%400$3,047$17,007,78049Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pina$120,652-24%50-14$2,413$3,030,12112IFC Films
6In Darkness$114,5887%5015$2,292$573,8765Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$74,900-37%586$1,291$663,3555Millennium Entertainment
8War Horse$68,360-41%86-45$795$79,349,57812Disney / DreamWorks
9Thin Ice$64,128-23%432$1,491$556,4784IDP/ATO Pictures
10Undefeated$57,578-30%130$4,429$254,3884Weinstein Company
11Lost Woods$55,902-4%11-2$5,082$135,3172Nocturnal Features
12A Dangerous Method$52,325-23%541$969$5,533,57816Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$50,57013%21-1$2,408$31,364,867104Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Coriolanus$49,82334%195$2,622$474,7908Weinstein Company
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,3010%120$4,025$4,960,609963D Entertainment
16Footnote$47,528--2--$23,764$47,5281Sony Pictures Classics
17Being Flynn$44,5711%128$3,714$102,9862Focus
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$42,035--2--$21,018$42,0351Magnolia Pictures
19The Muppets$41,574-48%84-54$495$88,542,49116Disney
20Haywire$41,369318%8250$505$18,898,1798Relativity Media
21Albert Nobbs$38,356-40%45-23$852$2,791,4087Roadside Attractions
22Under the Sea 3D$37,86223%11-4$3,442$30,773,972161Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Salt of Life$36,00188%108$3,600$63,0572Zeitgeist Films
24W.E.$35,569-18%245$1,482$384,9626Weinstein Company
25One For the Money$35,240-41%64-53$551$26,119,7687Lionsgate
26Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$30,808-65%339$934$143,0802Magnolia Pictures
27Shame$22,263-25%20-2$1,113$3,896,10115Fox Searchlight
28The Forgiveness of Blood$22,06124%126$1,838$81,3783IFC Films
29Pariah (2011)$22,004104%196$1,158$758,09911Focus
30Chico & Rita$21,741-17%13-1$1,672$198,9975GKIDS
312012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$21,638-72%18-41$1,202$1,673,1235Shorts International
32Boy$17,506-18%42$4,377$44,0492Paladin
33Carnage (2011)$16,858-12%190$887$2,516,27713Sony Pictures Classics
34Love$15,416-66%150$1,028$283,3864China Lion Film
35Let The Bullets Fly$11,7094%105$1,171$29,2032Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$10,741--2--$5,371$10,7411Janus Films
37The Women on the 6th Floor$9,121-14%60$1,520$646,67123Strand Releasing
38This Is Not A Film$7,638--2--$3,819$30,4512Palisades Tartan
39Paan Singh Tomar$7,588-63%5-5$1,518$33,9132UTV Communications
40The Sitter$6,956-49%12-9$580$30,538,66914Fox
41Deep Sea 3D$6,56431%31$2,188$44,529,007315Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$6,179-81%10-16$618$171,7763UTV Communications
43Sound of Noise$5,877--3--$1,959$5,8771Magnolia Pictures
44Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,67176%42$1,418$881,84836International Film Circuit
45Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,038-66%7-17$720$47,270,1979Disney
46Le Havre$4,96419%4-2$1,241$595,01821Janus Films
47The Conquest$4,420--4--$1,105$194,88818Music Box Films
48Ranchero$4,38748%20$2,194$14,00935Indican Pictures
49Midnight in Paris$4,124-41%4-7$1,031$56,809,85343Sony Pictures Classics
50Attenberg$3,998--1--$3,998$3,9981Strand Releasing
51Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$3,750-34%2-2$1,875$14,2392Undefined
52The Flowers of War$3,670-74%4-2$918$279,6568Wrekin Hill Entertainment
53The Viral Factor$3,486--13--$268$217,7178China Lion Film
54Apart$3,161--2--$1,581$3,1611Truly Indie
55Addiction Incorporated$2,964170%53$593$32,91813Variance Films
56My Reincarnation$2,903--2--$1,452$89,28920Long Shot Factory
57Last Days Here$2,569-4%10$2,569$6,6952IFC Films
58Declaration of War$2,532--8--$317$46,2257IFC Films
59The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$2,4721653%10$2,472$34,9548First Run Features
60El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,256--1--$2,256$237,18133Alive Mind Cinema
61The Devil Inside$2,239-57%10-7$224$53,205,75910Paramount
62On the Ice$2,10558%21$1,053$44,2834PMK*BNC
63The Snowtown Murders$1,99657%21$998$3,8782IFC Films
64Falling Away$1,76437%20$882$4,5602Indican Pictures
65Young Goethe In Love$1,754--2--$877$150,82319Music Box Films
66Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,544-85%4-21$386$1,153,3605UTV Communications
67The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$1,407--1--$1,407$2,0401The Film Desk
68Circus Columbia$651--1--$651$3,1634Strand Releasing
69The Skin I Live In$560-60%52$112$3,182,56622Sony Pictures Classics
70The Decoy Bride$542--1--$542$5421IFC Films
71Putin's Kiss$528252%10$528$3,6364Kino Lorber
72Kung Fu Joe$50422%10$504$11,9085Indican Pictures
73Take Shelter$458-47%1-2$458$1,728,95324Sony Pictures Classics
74The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$403-81%10$403$33,29227The Film Desk
75Tyrannosaur$337-65%20$169$22,08817Strand Releasing
76Playback$252--1--$252$2521Magnolia / Magnet
77The Way$237-82%1-1$237$4,430,65023Producers Distribution Agency
78Amigo$234--1--$234$183,49030Variance Films
79Charlotte Rampling: The Look$199-85%10$199$19,81219Kino Lorber
80The Whale$161-80%10$161$76,17127Paladin
81Michael (2012)$114--1--$114$14,3064Strand Releasing