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, Aug. 2 - Sun, Aug. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$27,059,130--3,025--$8,945$27,059,1301Universal
2The Wolverine$21,324,890-60%3,9240$5,434$94,638,7402Fox
3The Smurfs 2$17,548,389--3,866--$4,539$27,109,2601Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$13,027,154-41%3,11593$4,182$107,956,9073Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$10,134,120-38%3,207-269$3,160$326,411,5855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$7,945,069-32%3,075-183$2,584$116,195,2754Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$6,228,816-55%2,985-824$2,087$69,307,4593Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$5,556,294-40%2,755-261$2,017$45,059,4333Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$4,623,895-33%2,074-310$2,229$149,464,9576Fox
10Pacific Rim$4,490,326-42%1,803-799$2,490$92,881,0444Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$2,730,326-21%1,001115$2,728$13,552,6535Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$2,600,552-43%1,08622$2,395$10,852,4564Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$2,409,855-60%1,703-1147$1,415$30,482,0953Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$1,808,231-35%912-528$1,983$195,882,1937Paramount
2Monsters University$1,403,547-51%879-591$1,597$258,565,2387Disney
3The Lone Ranger$660,645-61%553-714$1,195$86,765,3525Disney
4The To Do List$632,101-60%585-6$1,081$3,094,9652CBS Films
5White House Down$511,217-44%353-323$1,448$71,589,1706Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$478,35391%300120$1,595$226,222,38012Paramount
7Man of Steel$466,574-38%304-197$1,535$287,681,3978Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$319,393-37%168-102$1,901$96,219,8158Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$307,8697%206-9$1,495$115,476,00510Lionsgate / Summit
1020 Feet from Stardom$297,406-20%135-12$2,203$3,493,7358RADiUS-TWC
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$248,103-66%214-284$1,159$32,009,5465Lionsgate / Summit
12Iron Man 3$239,573105%376252$637$407,676,35914Disney
13Fast & Furious 6$228,860-26%230-37$995$238,019,99011Universal
14Epic$226,256-28%255-34$887$106,648,83311Fox
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$178,714-33%228-43$784$144,512,21513Warner Bros.
16The Internship$174,154-14%172-25$1,013$44,221,6669Fox
17Before Midnight$160,24242%226148$709$7,814,79211Sony Pictures Classics
18The Croods$140,922-21%162-32$870$186,651,13320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19After Earth$124,930-25%146-21$856$60,273,47010Sony / Columbia
20The Purge$89,745-24%132-25$680$64,423,6509Universal
21The Hangover Part III$81,47622%103-44$791$112,142,86011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$1,858,696204%5044$37,174$2,845,1152Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$268,09555%5534$4,874$666,0523Magnolia Pictures
3The Spectacular Now$197,415--4--$49,354$197,4151A24
4I'm So Excited$124,487-13%9923$1,257$1,101,7456Sony Pictures Classics
5Still Mine$95,3671%417$2,326$808,9114IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The Attack$93,577-12%440$2,127$1,204,5107Cohen Media Group
7Unfinished Song$85,395-25%68-14$1,256$1,406,7027Weinstein Company
8Hubble 3D$84,4223%13-3$6,494$39,949,935177Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$79,952-46%42-18$1,904$1,572,6904Reliance Entertainment
10The Hunt$75,444-29%477$1,605$383,8114Magnolia Pictures
11Mud$60,814-22%62-11$981$21,472,04715Roadside Attractions
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$54,224-27%58-19$935$4,099,0659Roadside Attractions
13The Act of Killing$50,24021%1714$2,955$159,6213Drafthouse Films
14Only God Forgives$48,891-58%45-36$1,086$697,2423RADiUS-TWC
15Girl Most Likely$38,442-80%36-191$1,068$1,346,6033Roadside Attractions
16Hannah Arendt$36,48747%150$2,432$487,87110Zeitgeist Films
17Space Station 3D$32,986-5%20$16,493$88,707,092590IMAX
18Fill the Void$27,472-33%33-9$832$1,696,24511Sony Pictures Classics
19To the Arctic 3D$24,0579%12-2$2,005$13,331,66068Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Frances Ha$23,358-27%22-1$1,062$3,974,39212IFC Films
21The Bling Ring$22,993-54%395$590$5,773,3538A24
22Europa Report$22,243--3--$7,414$22,2431Magnolia / Magnet
23Crystal Fairy$19,394-29%201$970$147,3704IFC Films
24Under the Sea 3D$17,398-23%6-3$2,900$33,386,942234Warner Bros. / IMAX
25When Comedy Went to School$17,001--5--$3,400$26,4991International Film Circuit
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,146-14%13-5$1,165$22,816,604122Warner Bros. / IMAX
27The East$13,395-35%13-7$1,030$2,268,29610Fox Searchlight
28The Canyons$13,351--1--$13,351$13,3511IFC Films
29Stories We Tell$13,029176%173$766$1,555,44913Roadside Attractions
30Deep Sea 3D$12,877-48%101$1,288$45,772,334388Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Love Is All You Need$12,24261%134$942$1,572,80214Sony Pictures Classics
32Computer Chess$11,901-36%6-2$1,984$66,4023Kino Lorber
33Drug War$10,01969%43$2,505$19,6472Variance Films / Well Go USA
34Terms and Conditions May Apply$9,457475%64$1,576$26,3954Variance Films
35Kon-Tiki$8,783-36%9-5$976$1,511,79815Weinstein Company
36Pain and Gain$8,756-41%20-15$438$49,786,46215Paramount
37Museum Hours$8,347-46%6-1$1,391$205,5746Cinema Guild
38Rising From Ashes$7,298--3--$2,433$7,2981First Run Features
39A Hijacking$6,488-64%7-12$927$368,5017Magnolia Pictures
40Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$4,794--1--$4,794$7,5001Doppelgänger Releasing
41Copperhead$3,97243%20$1,986$167,2966Brainstorm Media
42Bajatey Raho$3,868-90%440$88$54,2072Eros International
43The Rooftop$3,723-70%5-1$745$85,7553Well Go USA
44Tiny Times$3,575-71%30$1,192$21,4402China Lion Film
45Dirty Wars$3,156-54%8-5$395$365,6049IFC Films
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$2,874-58%6-2$479$90,5165Magnolia Pictures
47Pandora's Promise$2,68732%1-1$2,687$66,6438Abramorama
48More Than Honey$2,395-14%20$1,198$59,0718Kino Lorber
49Free the Mind$2,375-22%2-1$1,188$93,27014International Film Circuit
50Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$2,188-59%2-2$1,094$146,55016Kino Lorber
51The Wall (2013)$1,41978%21$710$24,01910Music Box Films
52Downloaded$1,316--1--$1,316$6,7227Abramorama
53Augustine$1,28819%1-1$1,288$100,14412Music Box Films
54Byzantium$1,138-65%61$190$84,2936IFC Films
55Storm Surfers 3D$728-91%1-3$728$111,28315XLrator Media
56A Band Called Death$710-69%3-3$237$113,7636Drafthouse Films
57No Place on Earth$577-72%2-1$289$199,65918Magnolia Pictures
58Stuck in Love$387-75%10$387$73,2015Millennium Entertainment
59√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$280-35%10$280$15,5659Magnolia Pictures
60Searching For Sugar Man$256-28%1-1$256$3,692,86654Sony Pictures Classics
61Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$145--2--$73$27,0168First Run Features