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. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$41,252,702-48%3,9120$10,545$144,056,3262Disney
2The Call$17,118,745--2,507--$6,828$17,118,7451Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$10,177,257--3,160--$3,221$10,177,2571Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$6,314,262-36%3,357-168$1,881$54,007,6353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$4,419,310-30%2,842-160$1,555$123,606,1756Universal
6Snitch (2013)$3,504,618-31%2,35313$1,489$37,261,8954Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$2,669,967-48%2,424-347$1,101$21,918,7403Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,525,603-30%1,602-125$1,577$124,551,78218Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$2,453,229-35%2,206-335$1,112$66,911,0395Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$2,339,419-27%2,211-338$1,058$52,178,0005Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$2,126,029-60%2,1880$972$9,373,3692FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$1,276,070-60%1,575-1125$810$14,381,1743CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$1,157,499-45%1,117-608$1,036$65,471,6465Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,224,692-22%646-25$1,896$121,344,82617Fox
2Quartet$936,699-25%688-27$1,361$14,833,59110Weinstein Company
3Emperor$625,518-38%31150$2,011$2,028,5812Roadside Attractions
4Warm Bodies$569,290-44%659-393$864$64,580,2007Lionsgate / Summit
5Dark Skies$544,605-57%703-802$775$16,647,1164Weinstein / Dimension
6Side Effects (2013)$543,568-37%402-200$1,352$30,482,7816Open Road
7Argo$509,207-50%540-201$943$135,178,25123Warner Bros.
8Zero Dark Thirty$431,558-36%450-72$959$95,314,28113Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$395,881-8%46634$850$181,408,46719Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$317,818-16%305-32$1,042$302,393,02114Warner Bros. / New Line
11Wreck-It Ralph$309,557-23%277-37$1,118$188,440,22620Disney
12Django Unchained$282,744-35%266-70$1,063$161,583,27112Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$196,415-36%241-45$815$148,478,39012Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$174,629-23%213-62$820$103,005,66517Paramount / DreamWorks
15Parental Guidance$153,005-8%2223$689$76,543,90012Fox
16Mama$142,805-7%204-10$700$71,325,3309Universal
17Amour$102,949-45%129-76$798$6,497,14713Sony Pictures Classics
18Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$98,262-42%130-95$756$54,679,1068Paramount
19The Impossible$84,063-14%105-9$801$18,614,62413Lionsgate / Summit
20Jack Reacher$79,530-41%130-64$612$80,033,64313Paramount
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,407-59%125-156$579$19,173,8925Warner Bros.
22Phantom (2013)$55,475-9%317-90$175$1,034,5893RCR Media Group

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$264,861132%9477$2,818$645,6573Fox Searchlight
2Spring Breakers$263,002--3--$87,667$263,0021A24
3The Gatekeepers$227,401-4%8619$2,644$1,332,8147Sony Pictures Classics
4No (2013)$181,04020%4813$3,772$725,6455Sony Pictures Classics
5Lore$98,48946%5122$1,931$388,0696Music Box Films
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$71,374-10%58-12$1,231$33,680,84913Disney
7Parker$58,488258%9258$636$17,536,3448FilmDistrict
8Hubble 3D$58,07713%230$2,525$36,878,841157Warner Bros. / IMAX
9From Up on Poppy Hill$57,585--2--$28,793$57,5851GKIDS
10To the Arctic 3D$57,07516%520$1,098$11,689,88548Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$54,670-20%45-11$1,215$311,8853Methinx Entertainment
12Bless Me, Ultima$47,800-15%45-7$1,062$1,465,1324Arenas Entertainment
13Hava Nagila (The Movie)$45,78536%2411$1,908$147,5463International Film Circuit
14Kai Po Che$44,065-54%42-29$1,049$1,080,3844UTV Motion Pictures
15Ginger & Rosa$42,838--3--$14,279$42,8381A24
16Born to Be Wild 3D$39,41560%300$1,314$22,206,827102Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$35,855-19%34-5$1,055$3,521,52334Sony Pictures Classics
18Gangster Squad$33,282-42%50-40$666$45,920,38010Warner Bros.
19Like Someone in Love$30,235121%1812$1,680$141,6645IFC Films
20Upside Down$28,722--11--$2,611$28,7221Millennium Entertainment
21West of Memphis$28,0897%3915$720$237,09912Sony Pictures Classics
22Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$26,011-10%21-1$1,239$254,3928Music Box Films
23Camp (2013)$25,70394%1511$1,714$64,8764Freestyle Releasing
24Beyond the Hills$23,63462%1411$1,688$45,8672IFC Films
25A Royal Affair$23,00115%196$1,211$1,444,40719Magnolia Pictures
26Hyde Park on Hudson$22,366-40%31-8$721$6,336,68315Focus
27Koch$20,21013%166$1,263$269,2027Zeitgeist Films
28Under the Sea 3D$17,40558%92$1,934$32,650,307214Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,169-51%21-11$818$12,784,39738Fox Searchlight
30Space Station 3D$16,213-5%51$3,243$87,396,356570IMAX
31Girl Rising$14,970-82%5-16$2,994$378,8762Gathr Films
3256 Up$14,239-47%20-5$712$604,04311First Run Features
33A Place at the Table$13,538-57%19-16$713$181,3943Magnolia Pictures
34Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$12,310-64%10$12,310$47,4872Tribeca Film
35Rust and Bone$11,05018%15-6$737$2,041,20617Sony Pictures Classics
36The Attacks of 26/11$10,613-75%510$208$244,8213Eros International
37Harvest of Empire$10,321--2--$5,161$57,56625Onyx Films
38The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$10,200-34%10-5$1,020$2,134,2067ShortsHD
39Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$9,900-61%19-4$521$46,6262Cinedigm
40Sound City$8,156-48%11-4$741$370,4017Variance Films
41A Fierce Green Fire$7,928--5--$1,586$9,6863First Run Features
42Reality (2013)$7,072--1--$7,072$7,0721Oscilloscope
43The Girl (2013)$6,871-38%75$982$20,8322Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
44War Witch$6,4965%53$1,299$28,3123Tribeca Film
45M (2013 re-issue)$6,123--1--$6,123$6,1231Kino Lorber
46John Dies at the End$5,990-43%13-6$461$127,6258Magnolia / Magnet
47The We and the I$5,852-46%21$2,926$20,2482Paladin/108 Media
48Deep Sea 3D$5,55311%3-1$1,851$45,459,986368Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Broken City$5,150-52%12-12$429$19,676,7589Fox
50The Waiting Room$4,883102%50$977$220,62925International Film Circuit
51The Silence (2010)$4,783-40%42$1,196$16,4012Music Box Films
52Leviathan (2013)$4,604-26%20$2,302$29,3953Cinema Guild
53If I Were You$3,889--14--$278$3,8891Kino Lorber
54The ABC's of Death$3,784-63%14-5$270$15,4702Magnet / Drafthouse
55The End of Love$3,595--3--$1,198$6,7473Variance Films
56Masquerade (2012)$2,995152%41$749$920,05526CJ Entertainment
57The Kitchen (2013)$1,557--2--$779$3,7802Monterey Media
58Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,2601005%10$1,260$98,63624Roadside Attractions
59Yossi$1,021-93%3-5$340$107,0468Strand Releasing
60Neighboring Sounds$432--1--$432$53,14730Cinema Guild
61Night Across the Street$428-73%10$428$12,7546Cinema Guild
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$355--1--$355$385,40635Kino Lorber
63Leonie$291--1--$291$2911Monterey Media
64Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$287171%10$287$3,4256First Run Features
65Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$265-93%2-2$133$28,6467First Run Features
66Orchestra of Exiles$259--1--$259$27,37721First Run Features
675 Broken Cameras$212-46%21$106$101,99642Kino Lorber