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, Aug. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$17,732,480--2,816--$6,297$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$10,001,982--2,888--$3,463$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$9,030,381-33%3,334-21$2,709$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$7,232,610-23%3,131-523$2,310$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$6,572,820-24%3,085-370$2,131$38,052,0063Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$6,276,654-12%2,63537$2,382$36,154,0123Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$6,116,335-15%2,187-419$2,797$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$5,710,234-24%2,941-361$1,942$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$5,611,077-14%1,747656$3,212$18,778,1078Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Hope Springs (2012)$4,697,097-18%2,44139$1,924$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$3,971,312-34%2,2550$1,761$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$2,586,456-43%2,8700$901$10,055,8462Open Road
13Marvel's The Avengers$1,910,7011557%1,7051582$1,121$619,760,59418Disney
14Sparkle (2012)$1,779,776-55%1,257-987$1,416$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
15Brave$1,427,002176%1,7081256$835$231,801,17911Disney
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,418,738-37%1,204-761$1,178$45,186,3265Fox
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,299,628-26%1,036-514$1,254$155,635,4428Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$443,901--2,160--$206$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$924,77688%50183$1,846$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$868,526-51%756-820$1,149$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$810,645-14%561-222$1,445$215,975,55010Universal
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$718,090149%586471$1,225$1,873,9225Sony Pictures Classics
5Robot & Frank$692,318144%14498$4,808$1,140,5633IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Apparition (2012)$632,262-78%8100$781$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$630,2094%505131$1,248$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$528,16714%26755$1,978$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
9The Intouchables$379,8268%175-19$2,170$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$342,370-15%197-135$1,738$44,205,43815Focus
11Step Up Revolution$288,586-42%236-192$1,223$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
12The Watch$228,206-1%195-55$1,170$33,762,4066Fox
13Men in Black 3$188,572-21%186-46$1,014$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$183,785206%17973$1,027$65,254,18310Lionsgate
15Magic Mike$158,066-31%268-87$590$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
16Snow White and the Huntsman$104,390-33%143-51$730$155,081,78514Universal
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$99,3687%105-7$946$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
18The Hunger Games$58,343-49%145-44$402$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$322,677369%2928$11,127$411,8932IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$163,772-14%87-9$1,882$1,800,8207Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,08916%520$3,040$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To Rome with Love$146,330-25%94-127$1,557$16,124,01611Sony Pictures Classics
5For A Good Time, Call...$143,935--23--$6,258$143,9351Focus
6Searching For Sugar Man$140,67416%323$4,396$693,9756Sony Pictures Classics
7Samsara$139,40783%97$15,490$257,6562Oscilloscope
8Joker (2012)$105,865--74--$1,431$105,8651UTV Communications
9Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$95,452--15--$6,363$95,4521Indomina Releasing
102 Days In New York$90,968-5%421$2,166$417,8444Magnolia Pictures
11Ruby Sparks$89,597-45%78-57$1,149$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
12Cosmopolis$89,049-42%652$1,370$606,1373Entertainment One Films
13The Imposter$78,101-3%317$2,519$496,5728Indomina Releasing
14Farewell, My Queen$59,108-26%36-28$1,642$1,185,9058Cohen Media Group
15Mugamoodi$55,501--21--$2,643$56,6031UTV Communications
16Compliance$54,14121%198$2,850$165,5993Magnolia Pictures
17Red Hook Summer$52,859-34%4112$1,289$245,1064Variance Films
18Born to Be Wild 3D$48,8714%330$1,481$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Savages$46,335-45%82-35$565$47,294,8409Universal
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$46,052-13%49-26$940$37,465,45211Fox
21Prometheus$45,847-21%55-36$834$126,376,36013Fox
22The Bullet Vanishes$43,444--14--$3,103$43,4441China Lion Film
23Little White Lies$43,03568%129$3,586$80,3362MPI Media
24Hubble 3D$42,73524%142$3,053$34,333,818129Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Safety Not Guaranteed$39,693-17%48-6$827$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
26Bernie$26,302-42%26-26$1,012$9,158,55719Millennium Entertainment
27The Well-Digger's Daughter$24,44832%144$1,746$242,9637Kino Lorber
28Under the Sea 3D$23,569-8%71$3,367$32,321,128186Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$17,257-50%18-18$959$422,2726IFC Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,293-33%100$1,629$6,069,9941213D Entertainment
31Side By Side$16,087543%42$4,022$28,5923Tribeca Film
32Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$15,154-80%31-99$489$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
33Beloved (2012)$14,221-8%6-1$2,370$77,2993IFC Films
34The Ambassador$13,046--4--$3,262$14,8271Drafthouse Films
35Chicken With Plums$11,21672%31$3,739$100,0923Sony Pictures Classics
36Oslo, August 31st$10,6211096%76$1,517$88,34315Strand Releasing
37The Day$10,121--12--$843$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
38Neighboring Sounds$9,500-25%20$4,750$29,2952Cinema Guild
39The Awakening (2012)$8,822--13--$679$169,6793Cohen Media Group
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$7,818--4--$1,955$60,2017Tribeca Film
41Deep Sea 3D$7,335-50%20$3,668$44,968,601340Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Take This Waltz$6,341-27%9-8$705$1,206,55910Magnolia Pictures
43Neil Young Journeys$6,0315%11-2$548$186,13510Sony Pictures Classics
44A Cat In Paris$5,63610%3-3$1,879$310,05514GKIDS
45Teddy Bear$4,680-13%1-1$4,680$14,6182Film Movement
46Little Birds$4,574--1--$4,574$6,9141Millenium Entertainment
47360$4,458-40%3-9$1,486$85,2795Magnolia Pictures
48Monsieur Lazhar$3,20175%2-1$1,601$1,999,88245Music Box Films
49Union Square (2012)$3,191321%20$1,596$44,8308Dada Films
50The Good Doctor$3,180--2--$1,590$3,1801Magnolia Pictures
51Unforgivable$2,592-27%1-1$2,592$121,43810Strand Releasing
52Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$2,574210%1-2$2,574$78,84012Music Box Films
53Somewhere Between$2,512-68%10$2,512$14,0482Long Shot Factory
54Easy Money (2012)$2,375-72%2-3$1,188$187,0768Weinstein Company
55Painted Skin: The Resurrection$1,861-71%1-3$1,861$37,9383Well Go USA
56Elena (2012)$1,74035%21$870$210,91416Zeitgeist Films
57Kumare$1,678-64%3-3$559$107,54711Kino Lorber
58Klown$1,6307%2-1$815$65,5496Drafthouse Films
59The Magic of Belle Isle$1,516-36%2-5$758$100,6499Magnolia Pictures
60Hysteria$1,450-72%4-4$363$1,774,47716Sony Pictures Classics
61Where Do We Go Now?$1,410-43%2-4$705$530,61717Sony Pictures Classics
62Hermano$1,318-93%8-41$165$28,3232Music Box Films
63You've Been Trumped$1,18249%3-2$394$15,2805International Film Circuit
64Breathing$949--1--$949$9491Kino Lorber
65Turn Me On, Dammit!$684-27%10$684$122,96723New Yorker Films
66The Invisible War$123-94%1-3$123$57,74211Cinedigm