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, Sep. 7 - Sun, Sep. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$9,317,472-47%2,83418$3,288$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$6,007,036-40%3,138250$1,914$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$4,951,899-45%3,260-74$1,519$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4The Words$4,750,894--2,801--$1,696$4,750,8941CBS Films
5ParaNorman$4,195,415-36%2,856-229$1,469$45,452,8764Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$3,969,330-45%2,766-365$1,435$103,628,8255Universal
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,650,158-42%2,71782$1,343$43,007,2084Disney
8The Campaign$3,377,189-41%2,542-399$1,329$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$3,309,422-41%2,017270$1,641$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Dark Knight Rises$3,218,189-47%1,987-200$1,620$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$2,800,217-40%2,437-4$1,149$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$2,311,414-42%2,182-73$1,059$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$1,831,588--1,511--$1,212$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$1,077,146-58%1,810-1060$595$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$786,181-59%1,209-496$650$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,673,731--267--$6,269$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$834,216-36%763-273$1,093$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$817,491-42%931-273$878$46,742,1006Fox
4Sparkle (2012)$780,085-56%873-384$894$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
5Brave$720,572-50%959-749$751$233,397,96412Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man$565,880-39%416-85$1,360$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$548,730-32%515-46$1,065$216,858,06011Universal
8Robot & Frank$505,598-27%20258$2,503$2,014,0274IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Total Recall (2012)$467,562-46%502-254$931$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$380,983-40%345-160$1,104$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$358,952-32%2692$1,334$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$352,037-51%441-145$798$2,610,5116Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$302,504-20%19419$1,559$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
14Branded$240,589--307--$784$240,5891Roadside Attractions
15Moonrise Kingdom$229,830-33%2003$1,149$44,640,04816Focus
16Step Up Revolution$190,638-34%198-38$963$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
17The Apparition (2012)$173,841-73%276-534$630$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
18The Watch$149,098-35%135-60$1,104$33,998,9007Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$143,610-22%167-12$860$65,483,07911Lionsgate
20Men in Black 3$128,715-32%173-13$744$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
21Magic Mike$92,919-41%202-66$460$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$82,338-17%1149$722$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
23The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$43,854-90%281-1879$156$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$280,359-13%7344$3,841$816,3073IFC Films
2For A Good Time, Call...$215,98550%5633$3,857$450,0042Focus
3Samsara$194,86240%2516$7,794$482,6103Oscilloscope
4Bachelorette$181,494--47--$3,862$181,4941RADiUS-TWC
5Searching For Sugar Man$114,455-19%331$3,468$892,5967Sony Pictures Classics
6To Rome with Love$107,252-27%973$1,106$16,316,77612Sony Pictures Classics
7The Queen of Versailles$104,761-36%73-14$1,435$2,011,3668Magnolia Pictures
8To the Arctic 3D$78,788-50%520$1,515$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Imposter$68,243-13%27-4$2,528$601,2129Indomina Releasing
10Keep the Lights On$55,574--5--$11,115$55,5741Music Box Films
11Ruby Sparks$54,889-39%76-2$722$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
122 Days In New York$50,558-44%34-8$1,487$519,6575Magnolia Pictures
13Cosmopolis$43,537-51%45-20$967$702,8424Entertainment One Films
14Farewell, My Queen$37,456-37%360$1,040$1,251,7369Cohen Media Group
15Safety Not Guaranteed$35,010-12%546$648$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
16Compliance$34,300-37%212$1,633$231,3634Magnolia Pictures
17Little White Lies$33,106-23%142$2,365$137,8193MPI Media
18Prometheus$28,434-38%48-7$592$126,429,11714Fox
19Red Hook Summer$27,837-47%29-12$960$300,4585Variance Films
20The Eye of the Storm$25,785--7--$3,684$25,7851Sycamore Entertainment
21Born to Be Wild 3D$24,731-49%330$749$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hello I Must Be Going$23,904--2--$11,952$23,9041Oscilloscope
23The Bullet Vanishes$22,461-48%13-1$1,728$91,1972China Lion Film
24Hubble 3D$21,963-49%173$1,292$34,385,498130Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Toys in the Attic$19,913--27--$738$19,9131Hannover House
26Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,632-60%39-10$478$37,498,90612Fox
27Joker (2012)$17,725-83%43-31$412$163,0702UTV Communications
28Detropia$17,414--1--$17,414$17,4141Loki Films
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$16,579-32%13-1$1,275$273,2778Kino Lorber
30Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$15,562-10%246$648$450,0907IFC Films
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$14,267-12%100$1,427$6,096,5821223D Entertainment
32Beloved (2012)$14,2290%60$2,372$100,4204IFC Films
33Mugamoodi$13,590-76%17-4$799$90,5762UTV Communications
34Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$13,464-86%3-12$4,488$170,2762Indomina Releasing
35Bernie$13,130-50%18-8$729$9,185,90820Millennium Entertainment
36Unforgivable$12,997401%65$2,166$135,94711Strand Releasing
37Wild Horse, Wild Ride$11,376--5--$2,275$16,2563Screen Media Films
38Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,756-36%22-9$443$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
39Chicken With Plums$9,611-14%52$1,922$115,6924Sony Pictures Classics
40Take This Waltz$7,40717%134$570$1,216,73411Magnolia Pictures
41Girl Model$6,864--1--$6,864$6,8641First Run Features
42Deep Sea 3D$5,869-20%20$2,935$44,978,741341Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Kumare$5,139206%52$1,028$114,09312Kino Lorber
44Hysteria$5,055249%73$722$1,779,16617Sony Pictures Classics
45For Ellen$4,616--1--$4,616$5,7981Tribeca Film
46Neil Young Journeys$4,188-31%10-1$419$193,64211Sony Pictures Classics
47Under the Sea 3D$3,938-83%81$492$32,335,611187Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Painted Skin: The Resurrection$3,897109%32$1,299$44,8884Well Go USA
49The Ambassador$3,773-71%84$472$24,2952Drafthouse Films
50A Cat In Paris$3,543-37%52$709$318,54315GKIDS
51[REC] 3: Genesis$3,001--8--$375$3,0011Magnolia / Magnet
52Neighboring Sounds$2,738-71%1-1$2,738$37,4273Cinema Guild
53Oslo, August 31st$2,215-79%2-5$1,108$97,81116Strand Releasing
54The Awakening (2012)$2,072-77%4-9$518$175,0884Cohen Media Group
55360$2,008-55%52$402$92,7376Magnolia Pictures
56Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,434--1--$1,434$148,69118Rialto Pictures
57The Day$1,281-87%2-10$641$20,5022Anchor Bay Films
58Last Ride$1,245--2--$623$5,48011Music Box Films
59Little Birds$1,222-73%10$1,222$11,5012Millenium Entertainment
60How To Grow A Band$1,056--1--$1,056$16,37422International Film Circuit
61Elena (2012)$1,017-42%1-1$1,017$215,50717Zeitgeist Films
62The Invisible War$696466%21$348$58,49212Cinedigm
63Where Do We Go Now?$656-53%31$219$531,81318Sony Pictures Classics
64OC87$634--2--$317$41,58716Fisher Klingenstein Films
65Easy Money (2012)$603-75%20$302$188,8709Weinstein Company
66Klown$571-65%1-1$571$67,5877Drafthouse Films
67Alps$561--1--$561$8,5939Kino Lorber
68Planet of Snail$531--1--$531$9,1317Cinema Guild
69Ballplayer: Pelotero$459--2--$230$44,6899Strand Releasing
70Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$444-83%21$222$79,81413Music Box Films
71Hermano$403-69%4-4$101$29,3793Music Box Films
72The Turin Horse$358--1--$358$56,09731Cinema Guild
73Elles$206--1--$206$157,42720Kino Lorber
74Turn Me On, Dammit!$200-71%10$200$123,54324New Yorker Films
75Pink Ribbons, Inc.$129--1--$129$26,55815First Run Features