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. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$40,501,814--3,719--$10,891$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$26,705,868-39%4,06519$6,570$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$21,641,679--2,047--$10,572$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,147,416-53%3,1068$4,555$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,702,316-46%3,324-481$3,521$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$10,600,112--3,202--$3,310$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$4,925,675-45%2,439-68$2,020$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$3,235,263-47%2,1611$1,497$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$2,774,146-43%1,379275$2,012$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,343,025-69%1,575-1585$853$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,098,215-58%1,082-1084$1,015$129,916,1058Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$1,019,062-65%1,080-1480$944$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$900,927-43%752-292$1,198$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$444,457-76%746-1061$596$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$427,260-41%340-149$1,257$123,321,12519Fox
4Safe Haven$387,754-66%550-729$705$69,811,4367Relativity Media
5Quartet$382,271-34%302-123$1,266$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
621 And Over$302,777-71%344-790$880$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$235,117-51%977-517$241$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$201,99018%10511$1,924$1,870,0029Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$183,244-12%202-7$907$55,220,48810Paramount
10Stoker$174,821-51%194-81$901$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$171,870-39%233-63$738$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$158,960-51%209-239$761$66,551,0697Fox
13Emperor$148,476-48%138-99$1,076$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
14Argo$141,426-1%26075$544$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
15Side Effects (2013)$127,071-53%102-123$1,246$31,234,5758Open Road
16Warm Bodies$123,323-48%162-137$761$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
17Wreck-It Ralph$118,696-40%207-31$573$188,981,90622Disney
18Parental Guidance$88,669-35%140-45$633$76,898,48814Fox
19Lincoln$85,677-61%189-103$453$182,027,67721Disney / DreamWorks
20Mama$73,805-21%123-7$600$71,588,22011Universal
21The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$69,568-61%145-90$480$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
22Rise of The Guardians$65,443-36%134-28$488$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
23The Last Exorcism Part II$60,695-81%102-353$595$15,152,8795CBS Films
24Dark Skies$56,634-70%101-104$561$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
25Les Miserables (2012)$54,535-42%109-20$500$148,775,46014Universal
26Beautiful Creatures (2013)$40,727-59%115-73$354$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,457--4--$69,864$279,4571Focus
2No (2013)$226,94615%7010$3,242$1,305,6967Sony Pictures Classics
3Himmatwala$197,770--99--$1,998$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
4Ginger & Rosa$171,10673%7844$2,194$380,1643A24
5From Up on Poppy Hill$118,75499%2519$4,750$283,4493GKIDS
6On the Road$118,38916%7735$1,538$428,15515IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$96,78927%18-7$5,377$37,264,565159Warner Bros. / IMAX
8New World$88,920-32%21-3$4,234$300,6132Well Go USA
9Lore$77,69010%44-5$1,766$605,8838Music Box Films
10The Sapphires$71,62987%128$5,969$126,2182Weinstein Company
11Renoir$65,194--6--$10,866$65,1941IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12To the Arctic 3D$63,50037%520$1,221$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Starbuck$49,481219%1714$2,911$3,527,3392eOne Films US
14The Impossible$45,511-41%86-37$529$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
15Zero Dark Thirty$45,165-67%91-124$496$95,720,71615Sony / Columbia
16Born to Be Wild 3D$43,62431%300$1,454$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Space Station 3D$30,60221%2-3$15,301$87,542,807572IMAX
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$30,530-35%40-9$763$33,823,73515Disney
19Room 237$29,693--2--$14,847$29,6931IFC Midnight
20Amour$29,087-47%49-41$594$6,649,59115Sony Pictures Classics
21Dead Man Down$28,623-91%75-537$382$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
22Blancanieves$25,264--4--$6,316$25,2641Cohen Media Group
23Wrong$20,424--19--$1,075$20,4241Drafthouse Films
24Under the Sea 3D$19,52362%165$1,220$32,713,203216Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Gangster Squad$19,058-36%500$381$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
26Hava Nagila (The Movie)$18,856-18%16-5$1,179$222,5165International Film Circuit
27The Silence (2010)$18,535268%95$2,059$45,9914Music Box Films
28Gimme the Loot$16,949-20%43$4,237$45,4382IFC Films
2956 Up$15,60735%15-1$1,040$649,67713First Run Features
30Searching For Sugar Man$15,440-35%16-9$965$3,588,61836Sony Pictures Classics
31Parker$13,238-44%36-19$368$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
32Reality (2013)$11,673--4--$2,918$33,0993Oscilloscope
33Bless Me, Ultima$11,271-50%11-10$1,025$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
34A Royal Affair$10,785-15%7-5$1,541$1,494,59321Magnolia Pictures
35Mental$9,804--12--$817$9,8041Dada Films
36Koch$9,189-32%9-7$1,021$307,8469Zeitgeist Films
37Beyond the Hills$9,0826%103$908$81,8464IFC Films
38West of Memphis$8,665-58%20-20$433$291,28714Sony Pictures Classics
39Like Someone in Love$8,314-59%13-10$640$198,0817IFC Films
40Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$7,917-31%10-6$792$295,15210Music Box Films
41Upside Down$7,866-70%19-20$414$90,9163Millennium Entertainment
42Broken City$7,811122%165$488$19,692,60811Fox
43Deep Sea 3D$7,73511%2-1$3,868$45,483,402370Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Kai Po Che$6,566-61%5-13$1,313$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
45Love and Honor (2013)$6,200120%86$775$9,5942IFC Films
46Sound City$6,146241%64$1,024$384,1489Variance Films
47Violeta Went to Heaven$5,588--2--$2,794$5,5881Kino Lorber
48White Elephant$5,098--1--$5,098$5,0981Strand Releasing
49Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$4,397-18%10$4,397$10,5422The Film Desk
50Leonie$4,387-4%63$731$10,7543Monterey Media
51Camp (2013)$3,752-77%6-11$625$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
52Girl Rising$3,550-50%3-1$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
53The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,377-85%7-21$482$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
54Dorfman in Love$2,901-55%5-2$580$11,9552Brainstorm Media
55Welcome to the Punch$2,736--2--$1,368$3,4101IFC Films
56Hunky Dory$2,695-64%6-5$449$12,8362Variance Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,604-5%4-3$651$30,8714Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58Yossi$2,597-33%21$1,299$114,16610Strand Releasing
59Any Day Now$2,169-63%4-3$542$200,00216Music Box Films
60Leviathan (2013)$2,088-60%20$1,044$42,0685Cinema Guild
61A Place at the Table$2,036-47%8-9$255$198,6755Magnolia Pictures
62Orchestra of Exiles$1,995574%10$1,995$29,66823First Run Features
63A Fierce Green Fire$1,65395%41$413$16,9465First Run Features
64Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$1,502-26%4-2$376$57,8114Cinedigm
6511 Flowers$1,156--1--$1,156$7,3776First Run Features
66John Dies at the End$1,031-75%2-8$516$138,43810Magnolia / Magnet
67Rust and Bone$884-91%3-14$295$2,061,44919Sony Pictures Classics
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$821--2--$411$21,5489APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The ABC's of Death$708-72%1-6$708$21,6604Magnet / Drafthouse
70The Waiting Room$702-92%2-6$351$239,54427International Film Circuit
71M (2013 re-issue)$628-76%10$628$16,7733Kino Lorber
72Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$523-46%1-1$523$22,31211Kino Lorber
73Rangrezz$271-94%2-9$136$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures
74If I Were You$241-80%3-2$80$7,9903Kino Lorber
75The End of Love$171-55%10$171$8,3265Variance Films