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, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$33,111,557-43%4,1370$8,004$302,450,7223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$21,514,080--3,192--$6,740$21,514,0801Universal
3Titanic 3D$17,285,453--2,674--$6,464$25,645,9351Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$14,732,121-56%3,5450$4,156$58,614,2122Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$11,095,140-39%3,61815$3,067$36,773,2422Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$10,001,381-33%3,009-139$3,324$109,413,7634Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,030,025-35%3,003-261$1,675$198,204,3756Universal
8John Carter$830,305-59%1,015-1382$818$67,983,6525Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$992,428-22%52441$1,894$4,656,4295CBS Films
2Housefull 2$847,132--121--$7,001$847,1321Eros International
3Safe House$575,990-26%482-247$1,195$124,746,1509Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$539,275-33%651-257$828$99,387,9519Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$531,103-47%708-531$750$68,764,3107Relativity Media
6The Raid: Redemption$526,29295%176130$2,990$1,249,9023Sony Pictures Classics
7A Thousand Words$478,424-47%507-500$944$17,422,3035Paramount
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$418,250-38%447-66$936$3,400,1204Paramount Vantage
9October Baby$365,385-53%339-48$1,078$3,780,58424IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10Project X (2012)$326,490-60%444-459$735$54,061,2686Warner Bros.
11The Vow$293,199-11%479-35$612$123,922,1809Sony / Screen Gems
12Casa de mi Padre$267,432-55%283-156$945$5,496,4174Lionsgate / Pantelion
13This Means War$237,031-43%321-254$738$53,477,1798Fox
14Friends With Kids$225,193-51%207-101$1,088$6,728,2525Roadside Attractions
15Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$222,443-27%277-103$803$51,114,8768Sony / Columbia
16The Artist$182,410-35%222-93$822$43,848,90020Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$159,218-41%204-117$780$34,664,6327Lionsgate
18A Separation$129,642-41%141-58$919$6,685,37615Sony Pictures Classics
19Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$128,157-38%195-27$657$132,644,09217Fox
20The Iron Lady$127,851-30%236-48$542$29,649,85615Weinstein Company
21Chronicle$121,015-10%162-36$747$63,951,66810Fox
22Silent House (2012)$115,147-35%214-111$538$12,555,2305Open Road
23The Woman in Black$91,762-40%159-20$577$54,107,36510CBS Films
24Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$70,159-35%102-48$688$209,364,92117Paramount
25Hugo$68,411-47%101-73$677$73,820,09420Paramount
26Gone$56,42465%12160$466$11,653,1237Summit
27The Secret World of Arrietty$52,212-50%130-53$402$18,574,6098Disney
28Agent Vinod$24,030-80%1220$197$687,7833Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jiro Dreams of Sushi$230,50419%7228$3,201$992,4215Magnolia Pictures
2Footnote$136,895-43%655$2,106$817,7365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Kid With A Bike$126,379-7%5518$2,298$523,6014IFC Films
4Born to Be Wild 3D$103,5270%400$2,588$17,892,04953Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$98,416-40%522$1,893$495,5063Music Box Films
6Hubble 3D$89,08927%190$4,689$31,951,606108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Bully (2012)$73,754-37%61$12,292$234,1642Weinstein Company
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$66,907-1%65-2$1,029$1,563,24918Oscilloscope
9Love in the Buff$63,810-30%133$4,908$208,1312China Lion Film
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$59,989-22%58-1$1,034$47,470,46113Disney
11Damsels in Distress$58,589--4--$14,647$58,5891Sony Pictures Classics
12We Bought a Zoo$57,388-47%99-37$580$75,406,97516Fox
13The Descendants$47,244-46%78-40$606$82,523,80921Fox Searchlight
14Under the Sea 3D$39,71741%140$2,837$31,067,675165Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$37,34154%4515$830$43,320,4119Fox
16Kahaani$36,280--17--$2,134$991,5025Viva Entertainment
17Fetih 1453$35,730--4--$8,933$35,7301NeoClassics Films
18We Have a Pope$31,368--3--$10,456$31,3681IFC Films
19Being Flynn$31,019-27%33-7$940$526,3226Focus
20The Salt of Life$29,26421%199$1,540$186,0596Zeitgeist Films
21Thin Ice$28,88920%322$903$737,4348IDP/ATO Pictures
22The Grey$26,569-57%67-137$397$51,533,60811Open Road
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$26,518-32%131$2,040$5,246,0771003D Entertainment
24Red Tails$25,380-58%55-46$461$49,759,62412Fox
25Coriolanus$25,07337%171$1,475$634,27212Weinstein Company
26Pina$25,003-42%21-12$1,191$3,418,92916IFC Films
27War Horse$24,317-60%49-47$496$79,837,51316Disney / DreamWorks
28In Darkness$23,998-46%41-8$585$912,7139Sony Pictures Classics
29Undefeated$23,369-26%15-1$1,558$460,1958Weinstein Company
30Chico & Rita$20,566--19--$1,082$341,6129GKIDS
31Boy$19,83618%134$1,526$142,4086Paladin
32The Hunter (2012)$19,032--4--$4,758$19,0321Magnolia Pictures
33Rampart$17,63029%4010$441$881,2879Millennium Entertainment
34Goon$17,541-64%16-15$1,096$4,088,6862Magnolia / Magnet
35W.E.$17,390-9%210$828$519,16510Weinstein Company
36One For the Money$15,964-57%49-53$326$26,404,75311Lionsgate
37The Island President$13,159-6%53$2,632$36,5402IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Albert Nobbs$11,969-47%301$399$2,962,47511Roadside Attractions
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$9,605486%64$1,601$102,55114Cinema Guild
40Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$8,203--3--$2,734$8,2031Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41Intruders$7,620-81%11-22$693$64,7272Millennium Entertainment
42Detachment$7,608-56%10-5$761$60,3554Tribeca Film
43Shame$6,944-48%8-6$868$3,982,93219Fox Searchlight
44Gerhard Richter Painting$6,755-41%4-1$1,689$96,7584Kino Lorber
45A Dangerous Method$6,442-18%12-8$537$5,689,93620Sony Pictures Classics
46Deep Sea 3D$6,13012%1-1$6,130$44,558,063319Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,990-41%20$2,995$20,7812New Yorker Films
48Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$5,20614%110$473$196,7476Magnolia Pictures
49The Women on the 6th Floor$4,969-10%40$1,242$681,97527Strand Releasing
50Free Men$4,64051%31$1,547$37,2474Film Movement
51Surviving Progress$4,161--2--$2,081$4,1611First Run Features
52On the Ice$3,9392%20$1,970$61,5648PMK*BNC
53The Forgiveness of Blood$3,4009%93$378$119,6837IFC Films
54Keyhole$3,294--1--$3,294$3,2941Monterey Media
55Natural Selection (2011)$3,153-14%30$1,051$27,7514Cinema Guild
56Young Goethe In Love$3,148--2--$1,574$156,32323Music Box Films
57This Is Not A Film$3,067--3--$1,022$42,5046Palisades Tartan
58The Trouble with Bliss$2,53217%42$633$10,91137A Productions
59Musical Chairs$2,224-79%4-8$556$29,8763Paladin
60ATM$2,034--1--$2,034$2,0341IFC Films
61Attenberg$1,823124%21$912$12,1695Strand Releasing
62Let The Bullets Fly$1,753-49%2-1$877$60,0406Variance Films
63The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,598--2--$799$41,14512First Run Features
64The Flowers of War$1,534-77%2-1$767$295,87112Wrekin Hill Entertainment
65Crazy Horse$1,498--2--$749$150,47712Zipporah Films
66Le Havre$1,163-42%1-2$1,163$609,45725Janus Films
67The FP$983-48%3-2$328$35,3514Drafthouse Films
68The Whale$982--1--$982$77,61731Paladin
69The Beat Hotel$918-37%32$306$3,0152First Run Features
70Sing Your Song$902-41%20$451$43,83413S2BN Films
71Sound of Noise$81852%10$818$24,3765Magnolia Pictures
72Reuniting The Rubins$67734%1-1$677$8,0064Monterey Media
73Carnage (2011)$675-78%5-7$135$2,542,19817Sony Pictures Classics
74The Fairy$65293%21$326$7,9637Kino Lorber
75Love$604-64%10$604$308,8698China Lion Film
76My Reincarnation$599--1--$599$91,16024Long Shot Factory
77Ranchero$391-60%10$391$22,18339Indican Pictures
78Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$362-40%10$362$302,65225Submarine Deluxe
79The Understudy$350-44%10$350$9,5934Indican Pictures
80Windfall$112-54%10$112$5,83310First Run Features