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, Jun. 22 - Sun, Jun. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$66,323,594--4,164--$15,928$66,323,5941Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,712,315-42%3,920-343$5,029$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$16,306,974--3,108--$5,247$16,306,9741Fox
4Prometheus$9,905,670-52%2,862-580$3,461$108,452,3503Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$8,085,630-39%2,919-782$2,770$137,128,3504Universal
6Rock of Ages$7,655,377-47%3,4700$2,206$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
7That's My Boy$7,630,411-43%3,0300$2,518$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
8Marvel's The Avengers$7,177,661-19%2,230-352$3,219$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$5,726,756-43%2,462-673$2,326$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$3,822,803--1,625--$2,352$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$3,394,43052%395217$8,593$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,628,624-29%741-443$2,198$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$624,818-27%414-179$1,509$402,964,54014Lionsgate
4Battleship$519,305-58%483-459$1,075$63,190,1056Universal
5Bernie$487,406-21%220-80$2,215$6,700,3289Millennium Entertainment
6Safety Not Guaranteed$473,11060%12982$3,668$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
7The Dictator$380,964-66%316-803$1,206$58,705,0526Paramount
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$364,296-70%411-805$886$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Dark Shadows$260,447-58%302-378$862$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man$257,67728%23830$1,083$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
11For Greater Glory$245,907-55%160-220$1,537$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$205,925-21%234-43$880$212,901,27517Universal
13Mirror Mirror$155,635-34%222-56$701$64,248,38513Relativity Media
14Hysteria$150,363-47%136-82$1,106$1,387,4386Sony Pictures Classics
1521 Jump Street$148,461-23%160-60$928$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
16The Cabin in the Woods$138,642-20%196-28$707$41,777,29211Lionsgate
17Chernobyl Diaries$137,670-22%240-15$574$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
18The Lucky One (2012)$121,548-43%202-148$602$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
19The Three Stooges$114,004-44%154-47$740$43,656,89011Fox
20The Raven$67,353459%133104$506$15,915,9439Relativity Media
21The Pirates! Band of Misfits$64,445-30%115-34$560$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teri Meri Kahani$405,926--94--$4,318$405,9261Eros International
2To Rome with Love$361,359--5--$72,272$361,3591Sony Pictures Classics
3The Intouchables$346,708-3%74-3$4,685$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$202,3204%521$3,891$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Your Sister's Sister$201,09484%4734$4,279$363,4292IFC Films
6Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$75,453-44%64-12$1,179$436,7263IFC Films
7Ferrari Ki Sawaari$69,018-71%990$697$377,4482Eros International
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$60,266-20%85-23$709$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
9Born to Be Wild 3D$53,131-5%330$1,610$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Chimpanzee$50,23615%82-14$613$28,523,01810Disneynature
11Hubble 3D$49,6831%181$2,760$33,222,270119Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Lola Versus$46,302-25%50-2$926$203,0943Fox Searchlight
13Wrath of the Titans$45,546-41%70-35$651$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
14Headhunters$38,224-16%31-9$1,233$1,003,4299Magnolia Pictures
15Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$36,979-75%16-141$2,311$266,1472Indomina Media
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,5220%25-10$1,341$1,803,55335Music Box Films
17Deadly Renovations$32,76046%10-3$3,276$146,1463Nocturnal Features
18John Carter$29,654-47%43-36$690$73,058,67916Disney
19The Woman in the Fifth$27,088-18%112$2,463$78,3482IDP/ATO Pictures
20First Position$20,705-22%21-15$986$894,4718IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,200-15%100$1,920$5,701,8541113D Entertainment
22Where Do We Go Now?$16,986-13%184$944$400,7637Sony Pictures Classics
23The Invisible War$16,500--4--$4,125$16,5001Cinedigm
24Jiro Dreams of Sushi$15,946-15%15-4$1,063$2,456,14816Magnolia Pictures
25Under the Sea 3D$15,603-10%11-1$1,418$31,712,864176Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Elena (2012)$14,31645%70$2,045$110,5496Zeitgeist Films
27Footnote$14,246-7%221$648$1,993,44316Sony Pictures Classics
28Damsels in Distress$13,768-13%19-3$725$910,73612Sony Pictures Classics
29Darling Companion$12,748-37%14-6$911$754,07010Sony Pictures Classics
30Rowdy Rathore$11,936-68%9-23$1,326$770,4464UTV Communications
31Bel Ami$11,388-31%131$876$94,0663Magnolia Pictures
32Dark Horse (2012)$10,6544%86$1,332$48,2853Vitagraph
33A Cat In Paris$10,483-20%102$1,048$107,2084GKIDS
34Paul Williams Still Alive$10,052252%20$5,026$22,2643Abramorama
35Kumare$9,601--1--$9,601$19,9721Kino Lorber
36Crooked Arrows$9,116-84%25-72$365$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films
375 Broken Cameras$8,731274%65$1,455$41,3614Kino Lorber
38Marley$8,244-63%9-10$916$1,350,83910Magnolia Pictures
39I Wish$7,70537%123$642$85,9597Magnolia Pictures
40Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$7,407-33%1-1$7,407$35,2912Music Box Films
41Deep Sea 3D$6,96213%10$6,962$44,674,841330Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Grassroots$6,497--1--$6,497$6,4971IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
43FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$6,405407%74$915$94,2938International Film Circuit
44Gerhard Richter Painting$6,352-54%4-2$1,588$220,43515Kino Lorber
45Beyond the Black Rainbow$5,862324%31$1,954$36,1946Magnolia / Magnet
46Oslo, August 31st$5,561154%42$1,390$56,5135Strand Releasing
47Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,555-41%3-1$1,852$123,2107Rialto Pictures
48Hardflip$5,252--2--$2,626$96,7344Rocky Mountain Pictures
49The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$4,714-10%7-1$673$1,095,91114Music Box Films
50Sound of My Voice$3,886-43%6-7$648$405,6149Fox Searchlight
51God Bless America$3,32247%5-2$664$111,6727Magnolia / Magnet
52Surviving Progress$2,155--2--$1,078$47,13912First Run Features
53Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$1,521-39%2-1$761$13,0354First Run Features
54Pink Ribbons, Inc.$1,445--3--$482$11,0344First Run Features
55We Won't Grow Old Together$1,425--1--$1,425$6,4983The Film Desk
56The Color Wheel$1,328--3--$443$12,5366Cinema Conservancy
57The Raid: Redemption$1,240-67%6-2$207$4,103,97314Sony Pictures Classics
58Natural Selection (2011)$1,079--1--$1,079$46,63515Cinema Guild
59OC87$866-83%2-4$433$31,3345Fisher Klingenstein Films
60This Is Not A Film$759--1--$759$68,37317Palisades Tartan
61Here$737--1--$737$25,51111Strand Releasing
62Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$686-26%60$114$104,2867Magnolia Pictures
63Nobody Else But You$6728%31$224$15,9817First Run Features
64The Turin Horse$618-36%21$309$50,84120Cinema Guild
65Payback (2012)$536-77%10$536$16,2689Zeitgeist Films
66Attenberg$498--1--$498$23,78716Strand Releasing
67Hide Away$459-76%1-1$459$25,3755Joule Films
68The Women on the 6th Floor$425-36%10$425$719,60138Strand Releasing