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. 20 - Sun, Apr. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$33,636,303--2,015--$16,693$33,636,3031Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$22,518,358--3,155--$7,137$22,518,3581Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$14,666,007-30%3,752-164$3,909$357,066,4675Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$10,673,748--1,563--$6,829$10,673,7481Disneynature
5The Three Stooges$9,764,214-43%3,4825$2,804$29,919,6602Fox
6The Cabin in the Woods$8,016,075-46%2,8110$2,852$27,246,2472Lionsgate
7American Reunion$5,474,565-48%3,033-170$1,805$48,518,3253Universal
8Titanic 3D$5,032,557-58%2,515-182$2,001$52,860,5743Paramount
921 Jump Street$4,750,986-28%2,427-308$1,958$127,217,1676Sony / Columbia
10Mirror Mirror$4,408,179-36%2,938-268$1,500$55,499,9324Relativity Media
11Wrath of the Titans$3,922,412-43%2,502-600$1,568$77,232,9554Warner Bros.
12Lockout$3,250,588-48%2,33527$1,392$11,219,6202Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,899,600-38%1,583-529$1,200$207,152,8658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$688,465-23%44611$1,544$7,077,2147CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$609,781-15%444-58$1,373$101,238,90711Warner Bros. / New Line
3Bully (2012)$513,059-4%263105$1,951$1,537,6704Weinstein Company
4The Raid: Redemption$473,657-51%548-333$864$3,494,5685Sony Pictures Classics
5October Baby$250,082-54%310-52$807$4,984,31626IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Safe House$230,270-32%301-70$765$125,607,28011Universal
7This Means War$209,502-15%29310$715$54,111,03210Fox
8The Vow$196,264-20%297-38$661$124,618,23611Sony / Screen Gems
9John Carter$168,381-51%244-202$690$69,032,6597Disney
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$158,695-75%1064$1,497$936,5292Code Black Entertainment
11Act of Valor$131,380-49%229-123$574$69,472,5389Relativity Media
12Blue Like Jazz$130,515-50%126-10$1,036$468,0742Roadside Attractions
13Jeff Who Lives at Home$129,067-39%122-61$1,058$4,029,7086Paramount Vantage
14Project X (2012)$127,44526%258113$494$54,493,9778Warner Bros.
15Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$125,786-18%175-41$719$51,538,03710Sony / Columbia
16Chronicle$101,751-34%137-28$743$64,306,82912Fox
17The Secret World of Arrietty$98,631-13%195-7$506$18,895,10010Disney
18Housefull 2$97,185-66%1210$803$1,503,0593Eros International
19The Iron Lady$71,457-27%102-44$701$29,959,43617Weinstein Company
20Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,142-27%135-18$520$132,923,50419Fox
21A Thousand Words$63,525-68%168-109$378$17,936,8797Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$270,228--50--$5,405$270,2281Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Marley$262,004--42--$6,238$262,0041Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$187,326-4%939$2,014$1,353,0477Sony Pictures Classics
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$179,887-9%77-2$2,336$1,564,5167Magnolia Pictures
5Vicky Donor$169,209--50--$3,384$169,2091Eros International
6Monsieur Lazhar$152,09836%3314$4,609$305,75226Music Box Films
7The Kid With A Bike$151,4214%8616$1,761$942,7346IFC Films
8Damsels in Distress$114,33539%4624$2,486$311,6233Sony Pictures Classics
9Born to Be Wild 3D$88,951-16%32-8$2,780$18,330,77255Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$83,947-6%552$1,526$761,9565Music Box Films
11Friends With Kids$70,902-44%83-30$854$7,089,9597Roadside Attractions
12Touchback$58,263-13%6919$844$141,4562Anchor Bay Films
13The Artist$55,699-44%86-35$648$44,154,51822Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$55,031-21%17-1$3,237$32,235,023110Warner Bros. / IMAX
15A Separation$49,301-37%59-32$836$6,930,98117Sony Pictures Classics
16A Simple Life$49,01213%134$3,770$118,4412China Lion Film
17The Woman in Black$47,237-34%90-32$525$54,279,71112CBS Films
18We Have a Pope$44,505-8%194$2,342$164,6613IFC Films
19Silent House (2012)$42,705-39%590$724$12,726,5587Open Road
20Darling Companion$39,962--4--$9,991$39,9621Sony Pictures Classics
21Casa de mi Padre$39,653-57%58-63$684$5,774,9376Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$35,315-52%81-44$436$34,853,5099Lionsgate
23We Bought a Zoo$35,209-25%66-17$533$75,548,24418Fox
24Under the Sea 3D$33,221-8%172$1,954$31,211,806167Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hunter (2012)$29,1937%134$2,246$96,1703Magnolia Pictures
26In Darkness$26,515-19%411$647$998,69711Sony Pictures Classics
27We Need to Talk About Kevin$25,948-36%41-14$633$1,682,18920Oscilloscope
28Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$23,815-12%32-1$744$43,402,10111Fox
29The Descendants$23,66514%37-4$640$82,607,82523Fox Searchlight
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,004-16%130$1,770$5,343,0731023D Entertainment
31Beauty and the Beast 3D$22,168-31%31-8$715$47,582,00215Disney
32Goodbye First Love$21,077--4--$5,269$21,0771IFC Films
33The Salt of Life$20,47415%165$1,280$242,2498Zeitgeist Films
34Red Tails$19,085-26%39-4$489$49,825,72114Fox
35Pina$13,007-36%10-10$1,301$3,483,83718IFC Films
36War Horse$10,9652%4520$244$79,874,33618Disney / DreamWorks
37W.E.$10,634-29%15-2$709$564,68812Weinstein Company
38Coriolanus$10,573-49%14-4$755$686,14914Weinstein Company
39Undefeated$10,354-41%170$609$504,95110Weinstein Company
40Surviving Progress$9,8172162%65$1,636$16,6433First Run Features
41Boy$9,628-54%14-4$688$190,2858Paladin
42Kahaani$8,480-53%7-4$1,211$1,030,2197Viva Entertainment
43Jesus Henry Christ$8,193--3--$2,731$8,1931Entertainment One Films
44Deep Sea 3D$7,13361%10$7,133$44,581,984321Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Goon$7,100-13%160$444$4,118,6084Magnolia / Magnet
46Thin Ice$6,801-45%11-5$618$772,30010IDP/ATO Pictures
47Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$6,589-31%62$1,098$27,6353Wrekin Hill Entertainment
48The Island President$6,54956%2-3$3,275$55,8364IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
49Shame$6,35749%73$908$4,000,30421Fox Searchlight
50Turn Me On, Dammit!$6,17040%10$6,170$38,6334New Yorker Films
51Gerhard Richter Painting$5,888-20%3-2$1,963$124,5926Kino Lorber
52Albert Nobbs$5,649-29%153$377$2,998,23613Roadside Attractions
53The Women on the 6th Floor$5,257-22%71$751$699,00129Strand Releasing
54Downtown Express$3,474--1--$3,474$3,4741International Film Circuit
55The Day He Arrives$3,311--1--$3,311$3,3111Cinema Guild
56Rampart$3,192-72%7-14$456$947,43711Millennium Entertainment
57Detachment$3,081--4--$770$70,9226Tribeca Film
58Unraveled$2,736-70%1-1$2,736$13,3392Undefined
59Post Mortem$2,333-3%10$2,333$7,3682Kino Lorber
60The Moth Diaries$2,276--2--$1,138$2,2761IFC Films
61The Fairy$1,916795%10$1,916$10,9929Kino Lorber
62A Dangerous Method$1,856-43%3-5$619$5,700,25222Sony Pictures Classics
63The Flowers of War$1,853-55%1-2$1,853$308,16414Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64How To Grow A Band$1,625-72%21$813$8,2612International Film Circuit
65Love in the Buff$1,606-86%4-10$402$248,7034China Lion Film
66Falling Away$1,495--1--$1,495$13,1578Indican Pictures
67On the Ice$1,138-29%1-1$1,138$68,86410PMK*BNC
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,097-62%1-1$1,097$113,11616Cinema Guild
69Attenberg$1,096-30%20$548$17,1207Strand Releasing
70Carnage (2011)$938-44%5-1$188$2,545,79719Sony Pictures Classics
71Ranchero$902--1--$902$23,44941Indican Pictures
72Young Goethe In Love$749--3--$250$160,39225Music Box Films
73Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$710--2--$355$900,44642International Film Circuit
74The Turin Horse$624-84%1-1$624$41,77311Cinema Guild
75Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$555--1--$555$20,00940The Film Desk
76The Whale$554--1--$554$78,67233Paladin
77My Reincarnation$520--1--$520$91,80726Long Shot Factory
78Sing Your Song$500--1--$500$44,67315S2BN Films
79The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$294172%10$294$42,76414First Run Features
80Natural Selection (2011)$111-95%1-2$111$32,7256Cinema Guild
81The FP$93-81%10$93$37,9496Drafthouse Films
82Keyhole$72-98%1-5$72$12,2203Monterey Media