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, Mar. 1 - Sun, Mar. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$27,202,226--3,525--$7,717$27,202,2261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$9,706,145-31%3,2308$3,005$107,433,2504Universal
321 And Over$8,754,168--2,771--$3,159$8,754,1681Relativity Media
4Snitch (2013)$7,768,391-41%2,5110$3,094$24,478,7302Lionsgate / Summit
5The Last Exorcism Part II$7,728,354--2,700--$2,862$7,728,3541CBS Films
6Escape From Planet Earth$6,619,827-38%3,110-243$2,129$43,106,8773Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$6,278,530-40%2,951-272$2,128$57,072,0133Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$5,723,0100%1,836-176$3,117$115,302,64916Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$4,572,486-55%2,589-966$1,766$59,696,5273Fox
10Dark Skies$3,468,553-58%2,3130$1,500$13,365,2402Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$2,578,256-47%1,930-714$1,336$61,937,9305Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$1,748,144-48%1,112-958$1,572$28,072,4534Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$951,310-74%1,075-1875$885$18,557,7443Warner Bros.
14Phantom (2013)$508,000--1,118--$454$508,0001RCR Media Group

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,375,60948%62654$3,795$117,018,62515Fox
2Argo$2,103,34215%985183$2,135$132,659,72721Warner Bros.
3Quartet$1,781,52658%725369$2,457$11,181,3168Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$1,300,719-42%722-475$1,802$93,574,80111Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$985,237-33%652-223$1,511$180,071,29317Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$976,9301%983324$994$160,268,93710Weinstein Company
7Wreck-It Ralph$572,229-11%352-50$1,626$187,388,93518Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$572,035-10%352-110$1,625$147,631,64510Universal
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$554,326-67%601-824$922$54,092,2436Paramount
10Amour$466,145-35%3335$1,400$5,865,62411Sony Pictures Classics
11Mama$341,955-71%447-716$765$70,874,9057Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$289,557-22%295-10$982$102,386,10715Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$267,754-51%210-178$1,275$301,402,74612Warner Bros. / New Line
14Kai Po Che$258,240-51%104-6$2,483$876,5682UTV Motion Pictures
15Parental Guidance$208,431-30%258-123$808$76,060,89210Fox
16Jack Reacher$190,313170%225125$846$79,682,72611Paramount
17Bless Me, Ultima$182,377-61%183-80$997$1,261,2932Arenas Entertainment
18The Impossible$159,761-45%151-122$1,058$18,322,58811Lionsgate / Summit
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$113,995-46%180-43$633$292,298,92316Lionsgate / Summit
20A Haunted House$101,138-50%169-133$598$40,041,6838Open Road
21Gangster Squad$92,226-34%138-64$668$45,753,3918Warner Bros.
22The Guilt Trip$83,332-39%133-53$627$37,101,01111Paramount
23Skyfall$73,529-49%101-83$728$304,295,23817Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$251,05988%4627$5,458$681,1775Sony Pictures Classics
2Stoker$160,547--7--$22,935$160,5471Fox Searchlight
3The Attacks of 26/11$159,619--51--$3,130$159,6191Eros International
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$143,532--68--$2,111$143,5321Methinx Entertainment
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$106,034212%7934$1,342$33,429,46811Disney
6No (2013)$101,41345%115$9,219$308,4443Sony Pictures Classics
7A Place at the Table$92,257--35--$2,636$92,2571Magnolia Pictures
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$73,705-72%48-198$1,536$2,061,8125ShortsHD
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$70,442-67%42-31$1,677$12,687,67336Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$60,4047%520$1,162$11,476,23346Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$58,3770%24-1$2,432$36,645,223155Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Searching For Sugar Man$57,55277%399$1,476$3,394,46532Sony Pictures Classics
13Hyde Park on Hudson$51,019-20%38-27$1,343$6,215,99413Focus
14Bullet to the Head$40,9335%86-19$476$9,454,4045Warner Bros.
15Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$39,8879%237$1,734$165,7636Music Box Films
16Lore$38,27389%124$3,189$173,3214Music Box Films
1756 Up$37,720-32%27-5$1,397$523,5269First Run Features
18Broken City$33,268-33%69-29$482$19,640,6917Fox
19Koch$28,76937%167$1,798$207,7565Zeitgeist Films
20A Royal Affair$27,047-26%19-6$1,424$1,376,06317Magnolia Pictures
21Born to Be Wild 3D$25,113-8%300$837$22,086,541100Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Parker$24,071-80%51-161$472$17,441,9586FilmDistrict
23Space Station 3D$23,67525%40$5,919$87,298,535568IMAX
24The Sweeney$20,321--11--$1,847$20,3211eOne Films US
25Stand Up Guys$17,362-51%17-24$1,021$3,301,0465Lionsgate / Roadside
26Like Someone in Love$14,005-36%8-1$1,751$82,9453IFC Films
27West of Memphis$13,30121%120$1,108$162,76510Sony Pictures Classics
28Rust and Bone$11,358-44%26-4$437$2,002,27215Sony Pictures Classics
29Sound City$10,762-32%13-4$828$334,0585Variance Films
30Hitchcock$10,262-26%193$540$5,984,41215Fox Searchlight
31The Sessions$9,9724%13-3$767$5,988,95520Fox Searchlight
32Leviathan (2013)$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Cinema Guild
33Under the Sea 3D$9,04558%80$1,131$32,588,866212Warner Bros. / IMAX
34War Witch$8,714--2--$4,357$8,7141Tribeca Film
35Hava Nagila (The Movie)$8,218--1--$8,218$46,5031International Film Circuit
36The Master$8,116-76%12-8$676$16,362,26725Weinstein Company
37Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$6,918262%41$1,730$23,0045First Run Features
38John Dies at the End$6,592-67%15-2$439$102,9126Magnolia / Magnet
39Deep Sea 3D$6,23257%51$1,246$45,442,085366Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Camp (2013)$6,097-22%21$3,049$15,4122Freestyle Releasing
41Movie 43$5,004-59%17-4$294$8,808,9836Relativity Media
42Let My People Go!$4,700--3--$1,567$16,8618Zeitgeist Films
43A Late Quartet$4,147-24%6-1$691$1,551,84618Entertainment One / RKO
44Welcome to Pine Hill$3,629--1--$3,629$3,6291Oscilloscope
45Brooklyn Castle$3,074--1--$3,074$219,40720Producers Distribution Agency
46Yossi$2,532-72%2-5$1,266$82,4856Strand Releasing
47The Condemned (2013)$2,511--1--$2,511$2,5111Strand Releasing
48The End of Love$1,955--2--$978$1,9551Variance Films
49The Waiting Room$1,926-16%30$642$206,28023International Film Circuit
50Beware of Mr. Baker$1,742-29%10$1,742$114,27114SnagFilms
515 Broken Cameras$1,682-8%20$841$100,57640Kino Lorber
52Any Day Now$1,547--3--$516$186,79912Music Box Films
53Inescapable$1,410-9%75$201$4,0632IFC Films
54A Fierce Green Fire$1,266--1--$1,266$1,2661First Run Features
55ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$867-94%2-7$434$221,9084UTV Motion Pictures
56The Sorcerer and the White Snake$747-24%10$747$17,5504Magnolia / Magnet
57Step Up to the Plate$672--1--$672$47,02725Cinema Guild
5811 Flowers$452-87%20$226$6,0322First Run Features
59Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$438--1--$438$96,05222Roadside Attractions
60Radio Unnameable$36058%10$360$20,81924Kino Lorber
61Neighboring Sounds$248--1--$248$52,29028Cinema Guild
62Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$107--1--$107$2,1804First Run Features
63In Another Country$80--1--$80$24,90317Kino Lorber