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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$62,101,451-61%4,4040$14,101$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,352,646-35%3,869-17$3,451$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$12,750,297--3,168--$4,025$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$11,731,708--2,567--$4,570$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$7,353,150-27%3,129-85$2,350$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$6,701,111-38%3,160-593$2,121$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
7Brave$4,305,153-29%2,551-348$1,688$217,329,6726Disney
8Magic Mike$2,619,128-39%2,075-531$1,262$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
9Savages$1,838,215-46%1,414-922$1,300$43,983,7854Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,308,870-42%1,111-429$1,178$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,434,904-22%853-42$1,682$38,641,40310Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,000,279-30%492-60$2,033$12,910,1216Sony Pictures Classics
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$926,04621%20879$4,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$900,570-33%808-453$1,115$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$550,177-52%606-517$908$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$518,940185%310120$1,674$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$517,51965%194103$2,668$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
8Marvel's The Avengers$512,958-17%373-122$1,375$615,996,80913Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$394,050-8%355-54$1,110$153,261,2859Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$335,342-20%276-12$1,215$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
11Dark Shadows$287,229-76%222-190$1,294$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
12Prometheus$203,937-34%229-83$891$125,521,8568Fox
13Men in Black 3$183,968-29%187-79$984$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
14Safety Not Guaranteed$168,8597%14925$1,133$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
15Rock of Ages$160,723-43%302-20$532$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$158,049-14%197-69$802$36,778,6146Fox
17People Like Us$112,945-31%165-62$685$12,042,0355Disney / DreamWorks
18Battleship$94,510-25%140-32$675$65,173,16011Universal
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$81,778-28%151-38$542$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
20What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,299-39%139-53$499$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$190,5862%520$3,665$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$140,822--13--$10,832$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3The Queen of Versailles$136,297166%2320$5,926$221,3942Magnolia Pictures
4Bernie$135,157-16%99-5$1,365$8,593,77114Millennium Entertainment
5Farewell, My Queen$132,322--33--$4,010$367,8463Cohen Media Group
6Take This Waltz$84,033-36%64-5$1,313$981,3135Magnolia Pictures
7Cocktail (2012)$59,918-65%960$624$1,170,2253Eros International
8Born to Be Wild 3D$56,639-8%330$1,716$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trishna$53,01226%3822$1,395$158,0723IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$52,0685%11-2$4,733$33,844,318124Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Your Sister's Sister$50,027-25%62-3$807$1,443,8677IFC Films
12The Three Stooges$44,253-17%39-14$1,135$44,239,90916Fox
13Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$41,104--5--$8,221$41,1041IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$39,45919%62$6,577$135,2283Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Killer Joe$36,980--3--$12,327$36,9801LD Entertainment
16For Greater Glory$36,78664%8956$413$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$31,298205%118$2,845$48,9282Kino Lorber
18Searching For Sugar Man$27,459--3--$9,153$27,4591Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$25,5258%7-1$3,646$31,991,680181Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Bol Bachchan$24,984-64%24-22$1,041$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
21Shut Up and Play the Hits$23,417--15--$1,561$453,6092Oscilloscope
22Easy Money (2012)$21,91049%53$4,382$83,5143Weinstein Company
23Klown$19,683--3--$6,561$19,6831Drafthouse Films
24Neil Young Journeys$18,2826%165$1,143$111,9665Sony Pictures Classics
25Deep Sea 3D$17,8109%20$8,905$44,831,157335Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Dark Horse (2012)$15,97325%100$1,597$124,6058Vitagraph
27Sacrifice (2012)$15,243--11--$1,386$15,2431IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
28Mirror Mirror$14,913-48%56-3$266$64,868,69218Relativity Media
29Damsels in Distress$14,368-32%17-42$845$996,09317Sony Pictures Classics
30Chimpanzee$14,022-66%40-40$351$28,944,12315Disneynature
31Runaway Slave$13,8001752%43$3,450$25,9014Rocky Mountain Pictures
32Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$13,123-18%100$1,312$5,846,6241163D Entertainment
33The Imposter$12,14819%21$6,074$59,5393Indomina Releasing
34Headhunters$10,510-39%11-6$955$1,172,53914Magnolia Pictures
35The Magic of Belle Isle$10,111-35%103$1,011$65,6364Magnolia Pictures
36Where Do We Go Now?$9,4003%8-4$1,175$509,67512Sony Pictures Classics
37A Cat In Paris$9,180-32%12-6$765$255,8819GKIDS
38Home Run Showdown$8,824--1--$8,824$8,8241Image Entertainment
39Hysteria$8,622-62%19-16$454$1,725,11811Sony Pictures Classics
40Monsieur Lazhar$7,598-11%7-1$1,085$1,949,15540Music Box Films
41Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,909-37%32$2,303$23,9072Tribeca Film
42I Wish$6,748195%4-1$1,687$132,41412Magnolia Pictures
43The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,049-8%21$2,525$1,117,94819Music Box Films
44Elena (2012)$4,590-62%5-2$918$186,22811Zeitgeist Films
45Union Square (2012)$3,36633%31$1,122$31,9093Dada Films
46Marley$3,05455%31$1,018$1,401,99315Magnolia Pictures
47Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,905-42%4-1$726$2,533,62121Magnolia Pictures
48Kumare$2,79325%20$1,397$64,0496Kino Lorber
49Darling Companion$2,382-3%71$340$780,58115Sony Pictures Classics
50Crazy Wisdom$2,350-36%20$1,175$83,10236Alive Mind Cinema
51Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,134162%31$711$22,5689First Run Features
52Unforgivable$2,101-77%30$700$96,1955Strand Releasing
53Planet of Snail$2,011--1--$2,011$2,6471Cinema Guild
54Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,986-66%4-1$497$40,6343Strand Releasing
55Bel Ami$1,887-9%21$944$119,9198Magnolia Pictures
56Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,86067%3-1$620$56,12911Magnolia / Magnet
57Oslo, August 31st$1,679-28%32$560$68,69910Strand Releasing
58Paul Williams Still Alive$1,67641%21$838$37,6498Abramorama
59The Obama Effect$1,653-77%2-19$827$110,2513ARC Entertainment
60Red Lights (2012)$1,372-48%1-1$1,372$20,1613Millennium Entertainment
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,368--3--$456$65,9437Music Box Films
62FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,361489%20$681$111,12313International Film Circuit
63Turn Me On, Dammit!$766-57%20$383$117,89618New Yorker Films
645 Broken Cameras$728--1--$728$61,1869Kino Lorber
65Bonsai$487--1--$487$17,88012Strand Releasing
66OC87$472--1--$472$37,21510Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Alps$393-50%10$393$5,9813Kino Lorber
68Nobody Else But You$348-1%10$348$24,97312First Run Features
69Payback (2012)$325-55%10$325$17,76914Zeitgeist Films
70The Color Wheel$324-38%1-1$324$16,42211Cinema Conservancy
71Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$319--2--$160$17,3469First Run Features
72The Invisible War$200-96%1-3$200$49,6996Cinedigm
73The Fairy$166--1--$166$38,39923Kino Lorber
7430 Beats$106-99%2-13$53$14,6862Roadside Attractions