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, Dec. 21 - Sun, Dec. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$36,888,365-56%4,10055$8,997$150,041,2652Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$15,210,156--3,352--$4,538$15,210,1561Paramount
3This is 40$11,579,175--2,913--$3,975$11,579,1751Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$5,732,817-20%3,031-356$1,891$79,527,0475Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$5,525,774-21%2,2938$2,410$116,673,5987Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$5,290,629--2,431--$2,176$7,321,2431Paramount
7Skyfall$4,867,540-26%2,365-559$2,058$279,959,3147Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$4,774,686--2,618--$1,824$6,259,6671Disney
9Life of Pi$4,017,237-26%1,750-798$2,296$76,373,4815Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,626,955-49%2,000-1042$1,313$281,632,6896Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$1,819,036-43%1,444-805$1,260$171,741,5618Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$794,880-67%1,011-1239$786$42,626,7835FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,162,993--840--$2,575$2,282,3681Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$1,781,196-16%3710$4,801$19,861,2386Weinstein Company
3Dabangg 2$1,019,213--166--$6,140$1,019,2131Eros International
4Argo$899,693-23%450-217$1,999$106,435,36311Warner Bros.
5Flight$678,171-65%742-1081$914$90,957,8588Paramount
6Anna Karenina (2012)$669,187-35%331-78$2,022$9,639,3746Focus
7Hitchcock$579,676-48%535-26$1,084$4,194,9685Fox Searchlight
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$424,105-87%851-1989$498$12,410,4633FilmDistrict
9Hotel Transylvania$313,892323%301165$1,043$144,264,74013Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$218,796168%291141$752$42,936,47711Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$204,623-29%275-64$744$138,469,72312Fox
12Pitch Perfect$130,545-47%214-118$610$64,124,35813Universal
13Killing Them Softly$113,244-89%149-1278$760$14,736,3314Weinstein Company
14The Collection$80,202-85%112-509$716$6,810,7544LD Entertainment
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$77,094-12%14116$547$17,146,73014Lionsgate / Summit
16End of Watch$72,466-21%1720$421$40,594,53814Open Road
17Frankenweenie$69,592188%178122$391$34,485,37812Disney
18Looper$34,437-62%100-90$344$66,396,95413Sony / TriStar
19Khiladi 786$1,516-98%1150$13$380,9823Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$417,150--5--$83,430$646,1611Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$387,57932%8650$4,507$916,5713Focus
3The Impossible$143,818--15--$9,588$143,8181Lionsgate / Summit
4Rust and Bone$126,763121%2721$4,695$366,5295Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$106,72416%151$7,115$621,6815Warner Bros.
6The Sessions$91,222-38%98-53$931$5,375,00910Fox Searchlight
7Amour$68,266--3--$22,755$97,8171Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$51,74839%12-2$4,312$35,539,669145Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Late Quartet$48,093-6%39-7$1,233$1,165,5218Entertainment One / RKO
10To the Arctic 3D$46,81125%520$900$10,307,86436Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Cloud Atlas$39,829-52%50-48$797$26,721,9019Warner Bros.
12On the Road$39,550--4--$9,888$39,5501IFC Films
13Talaash$35,548-79%25-88$1,422$2,801,6654Reliance Entertainment
14A Werewolf Boy$29,804-43%9-11$3,312$295,4004CJ Entertainment
15Sinister$28,154-64%93-91$303$47,988,00311Lionsgate / Summit
16Alex Cross$27,298-63%94-81$290$25,801,29110Lionsgate / Summit
17A Royal Affair$26,774-42%36-20$744$585,8727Magnolia Pictures
18Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,801-44%72-12$358$161,055,79024Fox
19Any Day Now$23,665-42%193$1,246$82,3852Music Box Films
20Not Fade Away$19,182--3--$6,394$19,1821Paramount Vantage
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,192-7%300$606$21,551,66790Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Central Park Five$18,003-53%19-3$948$217,2385IFC Films
23Finding Nemo 3D$17,962-72%36-34$499$40,975,99315Disney
24Searching For Sugar Man$15,703-30%25-6$628$2,960,48822Sony Pictures Classics
25Paranormal Activity 4$12,141-79%50-107$243$53,849,88810Paramount
26The Master$11,56824%13-1$890$15,933,45215Weinstein Company
27The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,124-76%49-56$207$51,778,21619Disney
28Back to 1942$9,414--5--$1,883$300,4644China Lion Film
29The Intouchables$8,901-51%7-18$1,272$13,094,64631Weinstein Company
30Brave$7,365-81%39-76$189$237,236,93827Disney
31Deep Sea 3D$6,490-19%3-1$2,163$45,198,998356Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Samsara$6,306-56%8-3$788$2,601,84718Oscilloscope
33Django (2012 re-issue)$6,150--8--$769$6,1501Rialto Pictures
34ParaNorman$5,349-81%24-37$223$55,978,94219Focus
35Chasing Mavericks$4,590-76%18-28$255$5,919,2109Fox
36Under the Sea 3D$4,370-1%61$728$32,479,778202Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Deadfall (2012)$4,088-75%8-9$511$58,6013Magnolia Pictures
38Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$3,643-20%7-7$520$945,95914IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Arbitrage$3,580-45%5-5$716$7,899,16615Roadside Attractions
40Brooklyn Castle$3,383149%20$1,692$190,89610Producers Distribution Agency
41The Well-Digger's Daughter$2,63944%31$880$378,90523Kino Lorber
42The Flat$2,501-83%6-9$417$455,20310IFC Films
43Smashed$2,143-48%5-5$429$372,53711Sony Pictures Classics
44In Another Country$1,7096736%32$570$9,6527Kino Lorber
45Keep the Lights On$1,17944%10$1,179$245,13816Music Box Films
46Wagner & Me$1,136-65%2-2$568$28,2223First Run Features
47California Solo$1,00718%1-1$1,007$12,4644Strand Releasing
48Masquerade (2012)$868-53%10$868$905,10814CJ Entertainment
49Beware of Mr. Baker$822-81%10$822$50,7504SnagFilms
50All Together$58470%10$584$38,48210Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
51Now, Forager$546--1--$546$7,75712Argot Pictures
52Kumare$497--1--$497$131,41727Kino Lorber
53North Sea Texas$493-61%1-1$493$21,6158Strand Releasing
54Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$443164%21$222$28,2998Zeitgeist Films
55Starlet$254-85%1-3$254$77,0807Music Box Films
56Somewhere Between$139-95%1-1$139$179,11718Long Shot Factory