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, Apr. 5 - Sun, Apr. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$25,775,847--3,025--$8,521$25,775,8471Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$20,875,389-48%3,73415$5,591$86,438,4492Paramount
3The Croods$20,651,694-23%3,879-186$5,324$125,351,8963Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jurassic Park 3D$18,620,145--2,771--$6,720$18,620,1451Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$10,163,132-28%3,059-47$3,322$71,236,6333FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$10,085,805-53%2,0470$4,927$38,469,1462Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$8,010,234-32%2,905-419$2,757$212,606,9525Disney
8The Host (2013)$5,198,615-51%3,2020$1,624$19,624,3282Open Road
9The Call$3,500,248-29%2,002-437$1,748$45,481,3414Sony / TriStar
10Admission$1,946,048-40%1,407-754$1,383$15,265,5963Focus
11Spring Breakers$1,172,022-58%1,072-307$1,093$12,616,7644A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$796,705-27%721-361$1,105$131,232,3359Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$603,470-33%524-228$1,152$129,725,11721Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$522,349-49%502-578$1,041$62,469,8306Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$480,929-64%535-1040$899$21,807,5014Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$366,786-4%252-50$1,456$17,200,54613Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$354,962-17%269-71$1,320$123,920,58320Fox
7Safe Haven$273,674-29%360-190$760$70,327,9528Relativity Media
8Warm Bodies$269,714119%287125$940$65,584,01810Lionsgate / Summit
9Escape From Planet Earth$261,79511%432-545$606$54,440,4648Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$226,209-49%304-442$744$41,784,3317Lionsgate / Summit
11The Gatekeepers$172,427-15%13126$1,316$2,116,26010Sony Pictures Classics
1221 And Over$166,657-45%180-164$926$25,279,2336Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$165,1684%22516$734$66,795,6508Fox
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$138,365-24%180-22$769$55,439,52111Paramount
15Django Unchained$137,857-20%183-50$753$162,549,16215Weinstein Company
16Emperor$132,520-11%120-18$1,104$3,109,8845Roadside Attractions
17On the Road$107,570-9%10730$1,005$594,61216IFC Films
18Wreck-It Ralph$94,697-20%156-51$607$189,180,08223Disney
19Argo$85,949-39%172-88$500$135,897,80026Warner Bros.
20Parental Guidance$82,411-7%110-30$749$77,045,46215Fox
21Dead Man Down$50,54977%14671$346$10,828,6785FilmDistrict
22Lincoln$47,845-44%102-87$469$182,137,97322Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$703,379152%3026$23,446$1,089,4092Focus
2The Sapphires$292,030308%6048$4,867$443,9823Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$208,644-8%8919$2,344$1,608,6248Sony Pictures Classics
4The Company You Keep$131,718--5--$26,344$131,7181Sony Pictures Classics
5Trance$131,145--4--$32,786$131,1451Fox Searchlight
6From Up on Poppy Hill$130,69910%4116$3,188$472,4904GKIDS
7Ginger & Rosa$125,424-27%9921$1,267$575,2884A24
8Side Effects (2013)$104,554-18%80-22$1,307$31,391,4839Open Road
9Renoir$102,55057%2014$5,128$199,9582IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10Hubble 3D$79,275-18%14-4$5,663$37,462,698160Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Lore$76,738-1%506$1,535$718,7469Music Box Films
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$69,306--16--$4,332$69,3061CodeBlack Films
13Stoker$64,216-63%89-105$722$1,628,3786Fox Searchlight
14The Impossible$59,11430%80-6$739$18,907,06916Lionsgate / Summit
15Starbuck$57,82417%3114$1,865$3,605,6063eOne Films US
16New World$54,581-39%19-2$2,873$400,4163Well Go USA
17Settai$52,386--33--$1,587$52,3861UTV Motion Pictures
18To the Arctic 3D$50,633-20%520$974$12,026,92551Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Room 237$49,76168%119$4,524$93,0272IFC Midnight
20Rise of The Guardians$43,377-34%89-45$487$103,400,69220Paramount / DreamWorks
21Monsters, Inc. 3D$42,13938%32-8$1,317$33,889,85916Disney
22The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$39,325-43%77-68$511$302,932,62417Warner Bros. / New Line
23Blancanieves$34,49137%1410$2,464$72,2402Cohen Media Group
24Upstream Color$28,649--1--$28,649$28,6491ERBP
25Born to Be Wild 3D$28,582-34%300$953$22,425,536105Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Space Station 3D$25,384-17%20$12,692$87,613,847573IMAX
27Under the Sea 3D$23,53521%14-2$1,681$32,758,987217Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Himmatwala$23,124-88%61-38$379$262,5682UTV Motion Pictures
29Beautiful Creatures (2013)$20,369-50%55-60$370$19,445,2178Warner Bros.
30Dark Skies$18,865-67%28-73$674$17,178,1667Weinstein / Dimension
31Reality (2013)$18,02354%128$1,502$55,2614Oscilloscope
32Camp (2013)$17,568368%82$2,196$128,5637Freestyle Releasing
33Searching For Sugar Man$16,0654%182$893$3,612,24437Sony Pictures Classics
34Amour$15,828-46%30-19$528$6,685,66016Sony Pictures Classics
35A Royal Affair$15,70646%114$1,428$1,516,40322Magnolia Pictures
36The Silence (2010)$14,233-23%112$1,294$69,1705Music Box Films
37No Place on Earth$13,813--2--$6,907$13,8131Magnolia Pictures
38Gimme the Loot$12,763-25%84$1,595$65,5813IFC Films
39Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$12,068--1--$12,068$12,0681Cinema Guild
40Girl Rising$11,219216%63$1,870$589,7135Gathr Films
41Hava Nagila (The Movie)$9,811-48%13-3$755$239,1206International Film Circuit
42Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$9,45219%100$945$308,36411Music Box Films
43Beyond the Hills$8,342-8%122$695$96,1895IFC Films
44Chasing Ice$8,099--9--$900$1,309,99722Submarine Deluxe
4556 Up$7,326-53%10-5$733$668,50614First Run Features
46Bless Me, Ultima$6,987-38%6-5$1,165$1,559,5567Arenas Entertainment
47Upside Down$6,578-16%10-9$658$102,1184Millennium Entertainment
48Koch$6,260-32%7-2$894$320,90110Zeitgeist Films
49Deep Sea 3D$6,250-19%20$3,125$45,494,076371Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Like Someone in Love$5,712-31%12-1$476$207,4838IFC Films
51Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$5,498--1--$5,498$83,7965Tribeca Film
52M (2013 re-issue)$5,253736%32$1,751$22,8674Kino Lorber
53Simon Killer$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541IFC Films
54Down the Shore$4,808--2--$2,404$4,8081Anchor Bay Films
55Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$4,691--4--$1,173$6,4701First Run Features
56The Brass Teapot$4,468--2--$2,234$4,4681Magnolia Pictures
57The Playroom$3,900--12--$325$3,9001Freestyle Releasing
58A Place at the Table$3,82688%146$273$203,5666Magnolia Pictures
59Wrong$3,212-84%8-11$402$33,6142Drafthouse Films
60Leonie$3,097-29%5-1$619$17,6054Monterey Media
61Sound City$2,894-53%4-2$724$391,16110Variance Films
62West of Memphis$2,518-71%13-7$194$298,45415Sony Pictures Classics
63White Elephant$2,421-53%10$2,421$8,4622Strand Releasing
64Welcome to the Punch$2,057-25%97$229$6,7872IFC Films
65The Waiting Room$2,041191%1-1$2,041$241,93528International Film Circuit
66Orchestra of Exiles$1,936-3%21$968$32,04224First Run Features
67A Fierce Green Fire$1,81210%2-2$906$19,4736First Run Features
68John Dies at the End$1,55551%42$389$141,30711Magnolia / Magnet
69The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,540-54%2-5$770$370,2896Methinx Entertainment
70Love and Honor (2013)$1,519-76%4-4$380$16,3263IFC Films
71The Girl (2013)$1,487-43%3-1$496$34,1925Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
72Kai Po Che$1,414-78%2-3$707$1,119,8767UTV Motion Pictures
73Hunky Dory$1,219-55%3-3$406$15,3933Variance Films
74Radio Unnameable$1,218--1--$1,218$23,33229Kino Lorber
75Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$1,054-30%1-3$1,054$59,6455Cinedigm
76Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal$1,016--5--$203$1,0161Music Box Films
77Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$992-77%10$992$11,5343The Film Desk
78Violeta Went to Heaven$964-83%31$321$9,1032Kino Lorber
79Leviathan (2013)$756-64%20$378$44,6906Cinema Guild
80Mental$750-92%1-11$750$17,3462Dada Films
8111 Flowers$614-47%10$614$8,4597First Run Features
82Dorfman in Love$582-80%4-1$146$13,7373Brainstorm Media
83Silver Circle$544--1--$544$3,1133Area23a
845 Broken Cameras$432--1--$432$103,01145Kino Lorber
85If I Were You$66-73%1-2$66$8,0864Kino Lorber
86All Together$26--1--$26$42,24525Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film