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, Jun. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$45,607,745-45%4,0040$11,391$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$39,115,043--3,181--$12,296$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$29,774,625-55%3,6070$8,255$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$24,852,258--3,222--$7,713$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$20,737,490-50%4,131-76$5,020$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$8,700,827-35%2,710-345$3,211$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$5,612,267-29%2,564-259$2,189$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$2,448,995-50%1,550-867$1,580$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$2,130,203-33%1,035-530$2,058$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$1,431,710-58%1,008-908$1,420$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$1,228,595-66%1,122-1079$1,095$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$1,361,149-38%540-384$2,521$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$837,045-58%630-20$1,329$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$820,608-54%774-1220$1,060$103,010,1336Fox
4Before Midnight$635,468-29%290-151$2,191$5,712,7596Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$575,818-24%22216$2,594$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
6The Croods$467,171-7%307-17$1,522$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$387,391-36%255-107$1,519$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
8The Hangover Part III$346,906-52%277-253$1,252$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
9After Earth$323,297-66%331-835$977$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
10The East$255,504-30%185-10$1,381$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
11Mud$205,229-34%168-45$1,222$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
12Raanjhanaa$193,572-53%1020$1,898$756,2332Eros International
1342 (2013)$185,330-28%252-73$735$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
14The Big Wedding$129,68178%101-40$1,284$21,805,33410Lionsgate
15Olympus Has Fallen$102,368-19%165-12$620$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
16Oz: The Great and Powerful$102,214-45%187-46$547$234,770,99617Disney
17Scary Movie 5$88,3366%122-12$724$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
18G.I. Joe: Retaliation$71,983-21%118-21$610$122,400,46614Paramount
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$54,501-59%1610$339$3,745,2435Eros International
20Escape From Planet Earth$30,425-30%101-37$301$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
120 Feet from Stardom$232,313260%4438$5,280$415,1923RADiUS-TWC
2Fill the Void$183,237-2%6115$3,004$911,4126Sony Pictures Classics
3Ghanchakkar$143,616--89--$1,614$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
4The Attack$136,474398%3633$3,791$178,8542Cohen Media Group
5Frances Ha$115,160-34%90-48$1,280$3,437,2687IFC Films
6I'm So Excited$97,328--5--$19,466$97,3281Sony Pictures Classics
7Unfinished Song$92,256259%1917$4,856$131,8232Weinstein Company
8The Kings of Summer$84,548-35%48-17$1,761$925,1785CBS Films
9Hubble 3D$73,68314%150$4,912$39,082,561172Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Copperhead$55,625--59--$943$55,6251Brainstorm Media
11Love Is All You Need$51,129-19%42-2$1,217$1,372,3989Sony Pictures Classics
12A Hijacking$45,36315%158$3,024$105,5432Magnolia Pictures
13Dirty Wars$44,754-1%3111$1,444$275,2244IFC Films
14To the Arctic 3D$39,07458%520$751$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
15A Band Called Death$34,839--15--$2,323$34,8391Drafthouse Films
16Renoir$29,15547%20-3$1,458$2,155,96314IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17Stories We Tell$28,203-33%23-10$1,226$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
18Kon-Tiki$27,995-40%34-19$823$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
19Hannah Arendt$21,85113%92$2,428$229,3095Zeitgeist Films
20Under the Sea 3D$21,63432%8-2$2,704$33,135,419229Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Born to Be Wild 3D$20,6119%300$687$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Redemption (2013)$19,977--19--$1,051$19,9771Roadside Attractions
23What Maisie Knew$18,135-43%18-15$1,008$995,8819Millenium Entertainment
24The Company You Keep$17,764-47%41-24$433$5,077,74113Sony Pictures Classics
25SOMM$17,367-38%94$1,930$153,6202IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
26Space Station 3D$16,829-2%3-4$5,610$88,151,618585IMAX
27Byzantium$16,643--6--$2,774$16,6431IFC Films
28The Sapphires$14,998-22%18-11$833$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
29Not Today$11,963270%52$2,393$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
30Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$11,041676%95$1,227$87,97211Kino Lorber
31Pain and Gain$10,784-56%26-24$415$49,359,97310Paramount
32Lost and Found in Armenia$6,698-12%21$3,349$117,1914High Top Releasing
33Maniac$5,7854%109$579$12,8432IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,734-5%70$676$352,99318International Film Circuit
35Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$4,690--1--$4,690$32,35811Rialto Pictures
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,539433%20$2,270$117,35811Kino Lorber
37Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,412-31%6-2$735$497,8829eOne Films US
38Shadow Dancer$4,239-51%4-6$1,060$87,6745Magnolia Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$4,161-30%2-4$2,081$45,633,127383Warner Bros. / IMAX
40An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,007-6%2-1$2,004$57,92110Variance Films
41At Any Price$3,87676%50$775$361,41810Sony Pictures Classics
42The Iceman$3,863-44%5-7$773$1,930,2829Millennium Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,4472%10-6$345$124,975,03032Fox
44100 Bloody Acres$3,419--13--$263$3,4191Doppelgänger Releasing
45Free the Mind$3,334595%31$1,111$74,7659International Film Circuit
46The English Teacher$2,698-41%10$2,698$60,1667Cinedigm
47Augustine$2,367-69%4-5$592$62,7617Music Box Films
48Berberian Sound Studio$2,320-61%10-1$232$24,3163IFC Midnight
49Downloaded$1,785-29%20$893$4,7652Abramorama
50The Silence (2010)$1,744133%21$872$94,24417Music Box Films
51Pandora's Promise$1,454-60%3-2$485$43,7323Abramorama
52Fukrey$1,438-88%570$25$124,2213Eros International
53Detention of the Dead$1,332--2--$666$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
54Lore$1,146-40%10$1,146$968,87921Music Box Films
55√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$1,144-57%3-1$381$11,3894Magnolia Pictures
56Made in Cleveland$1,076-68%3-2$359$9,8742Striped Entertainment
57Bidder 70$1,000--4--$250$4,8097First Run Features
58To the Wonder$940-57%4-1$235$583,98412Magnolia Pictures
59The Wall (2013)$843-10%1-1$843$17,0435Music Box Films
60No Place on Earth$780-75%2-1$390$190,39113Magnolia Pictures
61In the Fog$676-63%1-1$676$7,4713Strand Releasing
62Searching For Sugar Man$446-35%1-1$446$3,688,45849Sony Pictures Classics
63The Stroller Strategy$265--1--$265$3,2553Rialto Premieres
64Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$149-97%1-16$149$6,7812High Top Releasing