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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$174,144,585--4,253--$40,946$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,511,315-63%3,28710$2,285$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$6,055,327-43%3,345-60$1,810$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,642,335-68%3,430-362$1,645$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$4,202,639-38%2,915-368$1,442$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,881,857-49%2,6330$1,474$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,113,00917%1,160-450$1,822$228,858,9419Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,441,360-58%1,857-876$776$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,280,152-53%1,162-422$1,102$18,676,7926Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,270,094-66%1,804-903$704$118,752,4106Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$1,194,650-58%1,632-702$732$95,374,5297FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,161,801-2%576213$3,753$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$896,750-62%980-868$915$43,756,7355Universal
3The Company You Keep$703,465-39%541-266$1,300$3,433,1825Sony Pictures Classics
4Evil Dead$614,524-69%959-1227$641$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$411,592-62%504-438$817$51,365,5036Lionsgate
6Jack the Giant Slayer$295,425-30%335-30$882$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
7Identity Thief$204,010-42%300-125$680$133,454,40513Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$198,5480%468107$424$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
9Filly Brown$170,666-69%204-55$837$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Host (2013)$151,722-60%290-321$523$26,143,8196Open Road
11The Sapphires$146,610-18%123-3$1,192$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
12Snitch (2013)$136,017-27%215-37$633$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
13Home Run$128,217-72%164-206$782$2,549,0563IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Escape From Planet Earth$123,640-24%257-26$481$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
15The Call$92,740-71%200-313$464$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
16Safe Haven$75,723-44%169-90$448$71,210,28912Relativity Media
17Side Effects (2013)$66,16338%16557$401$32,086,04113Open Road
18Warm Bodies$60,294-40%140-50$431$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit
19Admission$38,966-66%113-166$345$17,783,1997Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shootout at Wadala$212,346--89--$2,386$212,3461Eros International
2Renoir$146,02519%7411$1,973$1,073,0106IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$87,946--4--$21,987$87,9461Millennium Entertainment
4The Reluctant Fundamentalist$86,225179%3532$2,464$129,9792IFC Films
5Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$83,586--20--$4,179$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kon-Tiki$74,097234%1412$5,293$107,2732Weinstein Company
7Life of Pi$58,448-27%99-32$590$124,757,30924Fox
8Hubble 3D$58,00112%183$3,222$37,959,926164Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$47,02662%2213$2,138$137,8043Cohen Media Group
10Trance$44,099-61%86-71$513$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
11Quartet$43,499-47%86-44$506$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$41,742-12%72-50$580$67,294,33812Fox
13To the Arctic 3D$40,465-29%520$778$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$39,630--4--$9,908$39,6301eOne Films US
15The Angels' Share$39,03812%337$1,183$163,7984IFC Films
16Love Is All You Need$36,746--4--$9,187$36,7461Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Wonder$36,444-49%38-22$959$463,2974Magnolia Pictures
18No (2013)$33,452-51%45-29$743$2,196,83112Sony Pictures Classics
19From Up on Poppy Hill$33,278-39%39-5$853$854,0188GKIDS
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$32,544-52%82-103$397$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
21At Any Price$31,67597%1814$1,760$60,8612Sony Pictures Classics
22Spring Breakers$26,483-49%43-29$616$14,000,8118A24
2321 And Over$25,054-63%82-54$306$25,650,58610Relativity Media
24The Lords of Salem$24,212-87%50-230$484$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
25Midnight's Children$22,272--10--$2,227$36,5382Paladin/108 Media
26What Maisie Knew$21,480--1--$21,480$21,4801Millenium Entertainment
27Starbuck$20,2666%281$724$3,757,0917eOne Films US
28Space Station 3D$19,35546%52$3,871$87,781,510577IMAX
29Born to Be Wild 3D$19,202-22%300$640$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Under the Sea 3D$17,9582%18-1$998$32,881,226221Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Blancanieves$17,319-16%153$1,155$219,1026Cohen Media Group
32No Place on Earth$16,296-1%19-8$858$125,4005Magnolia Pictures
33Hava Nagila (The Movie)$15,720106%114$1,429$287,04110International Film Circuit
34The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$15,089-66%10-15$1,509$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
35Dark Skies$14,279-49%29-34$492$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
36Room 237$13,739-31%287$491$247,1706IFC Midnight
37Parental Guidance$13,294-45%42-19$317$77,240,66619Fox
38Something in the Air$13,288--3--$4,429$13,2881IFC Films
39Ginger & Rosa$13,0658%244$544$814,0408A24
40Arthur Newman$13,030-88%35-213$372$190,2552Cinedigm
41Free the Mind$12,215--1--$12,215$12,2151International Film Circuit
42The Gatekeepers$10,902-11%18-4$606$2,347,54414Sony Pictures Classics
43King's Faith$10,381-62%71$1,483$42,3692Waking Giants Entertainment
44Emperor$8,35010%20-6$418$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
45Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$8,104-15%43$2,026$47,8653Kino Lorber
46Paradise: Love$8,01733%42$2,004$17,3562Strand Releasing
47Lore$7,833-56%8-9$979$874,41613Music Box Films
48Dead Man's Burden$7,620--1--$7,620$7,6201Cinedigm
49Camp (2013)$6,686-86%12-16$557$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
50Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$5,845495%53$1,169$26,7745First Run Features
51Tai Chi Hero$4,986-61%5-2$997$24,4602Well Go USA
52Post Tenebras Lux$4,674--1--$4,674$7,0961Strand Releasing
53An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,480-55%20$2,240$17,6762Variance Films
54Django Unchained$4,433-70%12-26$369$162,800,48019Weinstein Company
55Girl Rising$3,870-73%39-33$99$1,097,6579Gathr Films
56Not Today$3,84437%30$1,281$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
57Deep Sea 3D$3,573-24%2-2$1,787$45,525,743375Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Searching For Sugar Man$3,105-41%91$345$3,653,30741Sony Pictures Classics
59Storm Surfers 3D$3,076-58%20$1,538$13,9352XLrator Media
60Amour$3,0040%111$273$6,735,66520Sony Pictures Classics
61Violeta Went to Heaven$2,84480%21$1,422$21,2896Kino Lorber
62Kiss of the Damned$2,723--2--$1,362$2,7231Magnolia / Magnet
63Leonie$2,58424%41$646$48,8268Monterey Media
64Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$2,570--1--$2,570$33,59814First Run Features
6556 Up$2,539-47%2-4$1,270$691,06618First Run Features
66Fists of Legend$2,469-78%3-5$823$133,3894CJ Entertainment
67A Place at the Table$2,026100%70$289$226,35610Magnolia Pictures
68The Silence (2010)$1,948740%10$1,948$80,3539Music Box Films
69The Happy House$1,756--1--$1,756$1,7561First Run Features
70Gimme the Loot$1,668-41%103$167$94,7407IFC Films
71Graceland$1,616-88%2-13$808$20,7912Drafthouse Films
725 Broken Cameras$1,604-42%10$1,604$108,54149Kino Lorber
73A Fierce Green Fire$1,5901839%10$1,590$28,48710First Run Features
74Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,538-67%32$513$21,3423Kino Lorber
75Stoker$1,168-52%7-2$167$1,702,27710Fox Searchlight
76Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,154-30%2-3$577$336,64815Music Box Films
77Ek Thi Daayan$1,112-94%470$24$111,7303Eros International
78Wrong$1,095-59%4-1$274$45,2096Drafthouse Films
79Koch$911-34%21$456$338,37614Zeitgeist Films
80Hunky Dory$8747%31$291$19,0417Variance Films
81The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$593--2--$297$83028Strand Releasing
82Leviathan (2013)$59240%21$296$54,75510Cinema Guild
83Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$488--1--$488$30,1045Cinema Guild