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. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$43,639,736--4,046--$10,786$43,639,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,373,794--3,098--$9,804$30,373,7941FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$21,568,957-48%3,805-107$5,669$177,097,0903Disney
4The Call$8,900,935-48%2,5070$3,550$31,105,0562Sony / TriStar
5Admission$6,154,984--2,160--$2,850$6,154,9841Focus
6Spring Breakers$4,858,9441747%1,1041101$4,401$5,265,8022A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,321,388-58%3,1600$1,368$17,411,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,949,101-53%2,560-797$1,152$59,036,3844Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,588,355-41%2,166-676$1,195$127,770,3007Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,885,200-46%1,807-546$1,043$40,297,7495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,585,071-37%1,044-558$1,518$127,163,61419Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,137,864-54%1,279-927$890$68,918,0096Relativity Media
1321 And Over$1,028,521-61%1,134-1290$907$24,163,8414Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$477,522-80%1,494-717$320$53,354,8996Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$720,257-41%489-157$1,473$122,546,76818Fox
2Quartet$578,043-38%425-263$1,360$15,914,27211Weinstein Company
3Stoker$353,32633%275181$1,285$1,124,6514Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$323,549-72%448-669$722$66,260,7316Fox
5The Last Exorcism Part II$320,567-75%455-1120$705$15,009,4744CBS Films
6Dead Man Down$306,090-86%612-1576$500$10,611,9583FilmDistrict
7Emperor$283,763-55%237-74$1,197$2,600,7323Roadside Attractions
8Django Unchained$283,6190%29630$958$162,007,43513Weinstein Company
9Side Effects (2013)$269,562-50%225-177$1,198$30,980,6737Open Road
10Warm Bodies$238,069-58%299-360$796$65,019,0078Lionsgate / Summit
11Lincoln$217,555-45%292-174$745$181,809,33520Disney / DreamWorks
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$207,973112%20979$995$54,931,8069Paramount
13Wreck-It Ralph$197,051-36%238-39$828$188,742,35721Disney
14Dark Skies$186,012-66%205-498$907$17,015,4975Weinstein / Dimension
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$178,205-44%235-70$758$302,695,93815Warner Bros. / New Line
16InAPPropriate Comedy$156,414--275--$569$156,4141Freestyle Releasing
17Argo$142,310-72%185-355$769$135,519,14524Warner Bros.
18Zero Dark Thirty$138,415-68%215-235$644$95,614,94914Sony / Columbia
19Parental Guidance$135,529-11%185-37$733$76,736,12613Fox
20Rise of The Guardians$102,496-41%162-51$633$103,174,22018Paramount / DreamWorks
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$98,63336%18863$525$19,304,5506Warner Bros.
22Les Miserables (2012)$94,810-52%129-112$735$148,673,16513Universal
23Mama$93,620-34%130-74$720$71,470,86510Universal
24The Impossible$76,890-9%12318$625$18,736,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No (2013)$197,5459%6012$3,292$989,9806Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$170,606-25%948$1,815$1,589,3008Sony Pictures Classics
3New World$129,954--24--$5,415$129,9541Well Go USA
4On the Road$102,445--42--$2,439$256,69514IFC Films
5Ginger & Rosa$98,706130%3431$2,903$118,7882A24
6Hubble 3D$76,15531%252$3,046$37,022,041158Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lore$70,867-28%49-2$1,446$496,8267Music Box Films
8From Up on Poppy Hill$59,6934%64$9,949$131,9262GKIDS
9Amour$55,197-46%90-39$613$6,591,72914Sony Pictures Classics
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$46,816-34%49-9$955$33,760,98914Disney
11To the Arctic 3D$46,427-19%520$893$11,783,18149Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Sapphires$38,372--4--$9,593$38,3721Weinstein Company
13Born to Be Wild 3D$33,191-16%300$1,106$22,268,994103Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Gangster Squad$29,964-10%500$599$45,968,22411Warner Bros.
15Upside Down$26,145-9%3928$670$68,1432Millennium Entertainment
16Space Station 3D$25,24256%50$5,048$87,456,091571IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$23,780-34%25-9$951$3,559,83835Sony Pictures Classics
18Parker$23,434-60%55-37$426$17,586,9269FilmDistrict
19Hava Nagila (The Movie)$23,121-50%21-3$1,101$190,9394International Film Circuit
20Bless Me, Ultima$22,701-53%21-24$1,081$1,513,4625Arenas Entertainment
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$22,368-59%28-17$799$347,6944Methinx Entertainment
22Gimme the Loot$21,065--1--$21,065$21,0651IFC Films
23West of Memphis$20,620-27%401$516$271,08513Sony Pictures Classics
24Like Someone in Love$20,501-32%235$891$178,7106IFC Films
25Kai Po Che$16,951-62%18-24$942$1,105,5595UTV Motion Pictures
26Camp (2013)$15,975-38%172$940$89,6915Freestyle Releasing
27Starbuck$15,530--3--$5,177$3,470,5551eOne Films US
28Hyde Park on Hudson$14,160-37%20-11$708$6,367,78016Focus
29Koch$13,547-33%160$847$291,5558Zeitgeist Films
30A Royal Affair$12,619-45%12-7$1,052$1,471,82920Magnolia Pictures
31Under the Sea 3D$12,033-31%112$1,094$32,671,385215Warner Bros. / IMAX
3256 Up$11,519-19%16-4$720$624,01612First Run Features
33Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$11,456-56%16-5$716$278,6739Music Box Films
34My Brother the Devil$10,305--2--$5,153$10,3051Paladin/108 Media
35Rust and Bone$9,816-11%172$577$2,057,62618Sony Pictures Classics
36The Waiting Room$9,29490%83$1,162$233,24826International Film Circuit
37Beyond the Hills$8,592-64%7-7$1,227$66,9103IFC Films
38Hunky Dory$7,443--11--$677$7,4431Variance Films
39A Resurrection$7,300--17--$429$7,3001Archstone Distribution
40War Witch$7,20411%116$655$37,9024Tribeca Film
41Girl Rising$7,140-52%4-1$1,785$435,0263Gathr Films
42Deep Sea 3D$6,95325%30$2,318$45,470,062369Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,424-48%21$3,212$57,7263Tribeca Film
44Dorfman in Love$6,410--7--$916$6,4101Brainstorm Media
45Any Day Now$5,848--7--$835$194,88915Music Box Films
46The We and the I$5,8390%75$834$28,2543Paladin/108 Media
47Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$5,333--1--$5,333$6,1451The Film Desk
48Leviathan (2013)$5,27415%20$2,637$37,5444Cinema Guild
49The Silence$5,0305%40$1,258$24,2773Music Box Films
50Leonie$4,5501464%32$1,517$5,2192Monterey Media
51Rangrezz$4,318--11--$393$4,3181UTV Motion Pictures
52John Dies at the End$4,142-31%10-3$414$134,7379Magnolia / Magnet
53Yossi$3,852277%1-2$3,852$111,5699Strand Releasing
54A Place at the Table$3,835-72%17-2$226$191,9594Magnolia Pictures
55Broken City$3,512-32%11-1$319$19,682,78310Fox
56Love and Honor (2013)$2,815--2--$1,408$2,8151IFC Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,745-60%70$392$26,3673Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58M (2013 re-issue)$2,570-58%10$2,570$13,3532Kino Lorber
59The ABC's of Death$2,558-32%7-7$365$19,6213Magnet / Drafthouse
60Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$2,029-80%6-13$338$53,6763Cinedigm
61The Happy Poet$1,847--1--$1,847$1,8471Cinema Libre Studio
62Sound City$1,801-78%2-9$901$377,0988Variance Films
63Hitler's Children$1,702--1--$1,702$26,08319Film Movement
64Come Out and Play$1,600--10--$160$1,6001Cinedigm Entertainment
65Silver Circle$1,314--1--$1,314$1,3141Area23a
66You Don't Need Feet to Dance$1,239--1--$1,239$1,2391First Run Features
67If I Were You$1,208-69%5-9$242$7,5502Kino Lorber
68The Attacks of 26/11$1,006-91%510$20$248,3464Eros International
69Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$974--2--$487$20,99310Kino Lorber
70The Power of Few$880--1--$880$30,4446Steelyard Pictures
71A Fierce Green Fire$848-89%3-2$283$14,7124First Run Features
72The End of Love$376-90%1-2$376$7,9634Variance Films
73Orchestra of Exiles$29614%10$296$27,67322First Run Features
74Masquerade (2012)$293-90%1-3$293$921,89127CJ Entertainment
75Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$239-10%1-1$239$28,9998First Run Features
765 Broken Cameras$194-8%1-1$194$102,53443Kino Lorber