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. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$97,375,245--3,658--$26,620$97,375,2451Universal
2The Hangover Part III$41,671,198--3,555--$11,722$53,460,6611Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$37,291,016-47%3,90739$9,545$146,117,5822Paramount
4Epic$33,531,068--3,882--$8,638$33,531,0681Fox
5Iron Man 3$19,324,592-46%3,424-813$5,644$367,407,1164Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,543,283-43%3,090-460$4,383$114,270,1743Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,219,930-60%1,008-1365$1,210$179,243,21810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$642,829-80%1,003-1426$641$48,556,7015Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,947,683-13%712-248$2,736$14,555,3195Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,258,667-55%915-1465$1,376$91,063,1177Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$869,990-63%572-1505$1,521$87,335,1556Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$651,513-25%401-134$1,625$232,214,56412Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$440,068-24%346-63$1,272$121,088,0939Paramount
6The Iceman$367,555-21%25893$1,425$1,352,3384Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$312,263-86%485-1556$644$8,788,6283Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$254,4234%346-347$735$55,957,76415Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$228,154-81%265-1178$861$21,084,6305Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$207,570-3%187-54$1,110$134,257,03516Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$161,264-62%209-257$772$97,679,51010FilmDistrict
12The Place Beyond the Pines$160,957-48%128-189$1,257$20,955,7849Focus
13The Call$155,008-28%166-63$934$51,556,92911Sony / TriStar
14Jack the Giant Slayer$107,293-54%185-65$580$64,968,99413Warner Bros. / New Line
15Scary Movie 5$66,987-84%171-337$392$31,369,8987Weinstein / Dimension
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$59,624-32%131-19$455$51,935,9169Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$549,775300%6056$9,163$754,4762IFC Films
2Before Midnight$246,914--5--$49,383$246,9141Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$217,334215%6341$3,450$422,3054Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$163,6394%643$2,557$664,1365Weinstein Company
5Renoir$147,42828%75-5$1,966$1,695,6829IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6What Maisie Knew$141,778343%2723$5,251$259,6574Millenium Entertainment
7The Company You Keep$134,645-40%96-127$1,403$4,750,1488Sony Pictures Classics
8Stories We Tell$128,458-2%263$4,941$722,8543Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$76,40925%18-1$4,245$38,378,884167Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$71,981152%8143$889$262,3325Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$69,083-30%61-41$1,133$2,108,78710Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$68,01060%3713$1,838$291,8424eOne Films US
13The Reluctant Fundamentalist$61,160-9%51-7$1,199$440,8635IFC Films
14Fill the Void$59,164--3--$19,721$59,1641Sony Pictures Classics
15To the Arctic 3D$50,8941%520$979$12,621,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Ginger & Rosa$46,02414%4517$1,023$967,58411A24
17Filly Brown$43,57980%29-10$1,503$2,818,0206Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Snitch (2013)$35,402-68%93-60$381$42,908,31514Lionsgate / Summit
19We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$27,689--4--$6,922$27,6891Focus World
20Quartet$25,04116%30-12$835$18,234,98320Weinstein Company
21Spring Breakers$24,784150%7059$354$14,081,27111A24
22In the House$23,860-56%21-15$1,136$354,2446Cohen Media Group
23The Angels' Share$23,83744%23-2$1,036$282,0097IFC Films
24Born to Be Wild 3D$23,11845%300$771$22,690,779112Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Rangeelay$22,882-69%200$1,144$139,0742Eros International
26The Host (2013)$22,092-80%59-172$374$26,609,4489Open Road
27Evil Dead$21,268-87%58-150$367$54,111,6328Sony / TriStar
28Space Station 3D$18,825-4%132$1,448$87,912,172580IMAX
29From Up on Poppy Hill$18,150-6%24-7$756$959,47711GKIDS
30Silver Linings Playbook$17,734-62%35-96$507$132,071,15028Weinstein Company
31The English Teacher$14,208137%75$2,030$22,5992Cinedigm
32No (2013)$13,867-19%23-15$603$2,306,13415Sony Pictures Classics
33Under the Sea 3D$12,140-3%13-2$934$32,975,070224Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Admission$11,835-75%26-103$455$17,992,01210Focus
35Dead Man's Burden$11,1473881%32$3,716$22,0694Cinedigm
36Augustine$10,394-24%4-1$2,599$31,3382Music Box Films
37Life of Pi$10,156-66%26-25$391$124,885,43527Fox
38A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$9,997--1--$9,997$9,9971Rialto Pictures
39Not Today$9,802-32%5-1$1,960$194,8827Freestyle Releasing
40The Painting (2013)$8,179363%65$1,363$15,1433GKIDS
41Go Goa Gone$8,173-85%920$89$295,4143Eros International
42Venus and Serena$7,883-9%81$985$35,6143Magnolia Pictures
43Deep Sea 3D$7,87811%51$1,576$45,564,301378Warner Bros. / IMAX
44To the Wonder$7,045-39%16-10$440$547,4037Magnolia Pictures
45Lore$6,819-53%6-7$1,137$919,04316Music Box Films
46Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$6,724-31%32$2,241$75,2586Kino Lorber
47Emperor$6,55644%81$820$3,333,70212Roadside Attractions
48Free the Mind$6,480-7%6-3$1,080$46,2044International Film Circuit
49Leviathan (2013)$6,349--3--$2,116$65,04013Cinema Guild
50Safe Haven$6,034-78%36-54$168$71,345,16115Relativity Media
51Something in the Air$5,923-29%101$592$64,9804IFC Films
52Home Run$5,442-88%10-76$544$2,843,2246IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53A Green Story$5,416--4--$1,354$6,8111Indican Pictures
54Trance$5,310-59%11-12$483$2,309,4298Fox Searchlight
55An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$5,097--4--$1,274$33,9315Variance Films
56Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,505134%84$563$39,4516Kino Lorber
57One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,334362%31$1,445$24,3423Zeitgeist Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,712-49%10-28$371$2,400,83017Sony Pictures Classics
59Searching For Sugar Man$3,6212%60$604$3,672,70744Sony Pictures Classics
60A Wedding Invitation$3,183--2--$1,592$3,1831CJ Entertainment
61The Silence (2010)$2,46327%42$616$89,17612Music Box Films
62Pieta$2,352-62%5-7$470$12,9942Drafthouse Films
63Sightseers$2,321-71%2-3$1,161$25,8193IFC Films
64Girl Rising$2,130526%6326$34$1,287,66512Gathr Films
65No Place on Earth$1,880-18%3-4$627$149,6988Magnolia Pictures
66Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,722-75%3-6$574$321,13913International Film Circuit
67King's Faith$1,436-68%2-7$718$74,1675Waking Giants Entertainment
68Arthur Newman$1,428-14%3-1$476$207,1465Cinedigm
69The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,405--1--$1,405$8,26425Indican Pictures
70Sound City$1,393--2--$697$414,93317Variance Films
71Shootout at Wadala$1,192-87%890$13$369,3104Eros International
72Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$1,163244%1-1$1,163$31,2668First Run Features
73Post Tenebras Lux$1,022--1--$1,022$21,4324Strand Releasing
74Paradise: Love$549--3--$183$20,7005Strand Releasing
75Kiss of the Damned$458-51%2-3$229$12,9834Magnolia / Magnet
76Tai Chi Hero$276-77%1-1$276$30,8305Well Go USA
77The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$250-72%1-1$250$2,43631Strand Releasing
7856 Up$200-58%10$200$695,57121First Run Features