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. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$29,807,393--3,284--$9,077$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$26,419,396--3,260--$8,104$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$22,232,291--3,702--$6,005$22,232,2911Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,401,054--3,031--$4,751$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$11,249,145-58%3,0283$3,715$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$9,328,495-47%3,8671$2,412$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$8,024,404-62%2,867-1057$2,799$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$6,627,356-49%2,650-465$2,501$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$5,915,650-42%2,395-812$2,470$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$3,645,565-54%2,102-973$1,734$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$2,351,120-62%1,771-1214$1,328$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$1,966,274-57%1,351-723$1,455$153,582,2197Fox
13Red 2$1,940,423-65%1,574-1181$1,233$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,345,40726%11969$19,709$6,041,2463Sony Pictures Classics
2Chennai Express$2,220,497--196--$11,329$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
3Pacific Rim$1,550,226-65%980-823$1,582$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
4The Way, Way Back$1,491,433-45%780-221$1,912$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Fruitvale Station$1,406,275-46%828-258$1,698$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
6Man of Steel$750,30761%426122$1,761$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$683,659-51%405-474$1,688$260,171,1758Disney
8World War Z$654,475-64%505-407$1,296$197,458,1078Paramount
9R.I.P.D.$458,915-81%478-1225$960$31,970,1104Universal
10The Lone Ranger$290,661-56%261-292$1,114$87,344,9736Disney
11Star Trek Into Darkness$287,830-40%256-44$1,124$226,801,05613Paramount
1220 Feet from Stardom$194,228-35%112-23$1,734$3,851,5129RADiUS-TWC
13Lovelace$184,536--118--$1,564$184,5361RADiUS-TWC
14White House Down$161,842-68%159-194$1,018$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
15Epic$160,241-29%222-33$722$106,984,45312Fox
16Fast & Furious 6$146,985-36%191-39$770$238,286,64012Universal
17Now You See Me$143,607-53%143-63$1,004$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
18This Is The End$116,816-63%102-66$1,145$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
19The Internship$100,996-42%136-36$743$44,422,69010Fox
20The Croods$95,092-33%142-20$670$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Great Gatsby (2013)$84,474-53%135-93$626$144,710,21314Warner Bros.
22After Earth$77,509-38%109-37$711$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$266,58935%1915$14,031$534,6922A24
2Blackfish$233,103-13%8126$2,878$1,044,5534Magnolia Pictures
3Hubble 3D$88,9785%130$6,844$40,141,035178Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Attack$88,049-6%451$1,957$1,365,0608Cohen Media Group
5In a World...$70,541--3--$23,514$70,5411Roadside Attractions
6The To Do List$69,809-89%86-499$812$3,447,3393CBS Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$62,096-75%77-137$806$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
8Still Mine$58,597-39%31-10$1,890$909,3115IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Iron Man 3$58,175-76%71-305$819$407,848,52315Disney
10Unfinished Song$53,963-37%53-15$1,018$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
11I'm So Excited$50,864-59%52-47$978$1,216,1687Sony Pictures Classics
12Before Midnight$46,199-71%56-170$825$7,940,52612Sony Pictures Classics
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$40,501-25%53-5$764$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
14The Act of Killing$38,537-23%269$1,482$239,2594Drafthouse Films
15Prince Avalanche$36,694--14--$2,621$36,6941Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$34,7695%1-1$34,769$88,789,317591IMAX
17Mud$32,344-47%44-18$735$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
18Europa Report$27,22622%107$2,723$58,6302Magnolia / Magnet
19Hannah Arendt$24,138-34%150$1,609$533,71811Zeitgeist Films
20Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$23,195-71%16-26$1,450$1,626,2895Reliance Entertainment
21The Hunt$23,065-69%26-21$887$458,9365Magnolia Pictures
22Snake and Mongoose$20,254--1--$20,254$20,2541Rocky Mountain Pictures
23Under the Sea 3D$20,10516%82$2,513$33,436,902235Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$20,102-16%120$1,675$13,382,19369Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hangover Part III$19,959-76%46-57$434$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
26Museum Hours$19,648135%148$1,403$235,7657Cinema Guild
27The Artist and the Model$18,386--5--$3,677$45,1002Cohen Media Group
28The Bling Ring$16,982-26%401$425$5,806,4609A24
29Only God Forgives$14,760-70%17-28$868$742,0884RADiUS-TWC
30Drug War$13,38234%84$1,673$38,7413Variance Films / Well Go USA
31Frances Ha$13,221-43%15-7$881$4,001,58513IFC Films
32Fill the Void$12,920-53%19-14$680$1,722,97912Sony Pictures Classics
33Pain and Gain$12,30140%19-1$647$49,803,78016Paramount
34Deep Sea 3D$11,578-10%111$1,053$45,793,980389Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$11,177-26%141$798$22,846,662123Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Canyons$11,076-17%43$2,769$31,1622IFC Films
37When Comedy Went to School$11,052-35%61$1,842$47,9602International Film Circuit
38Love Is All You Need$9,328-24%12-1$777$1,589,05515Sony Pictures Classics
39Girl Most Likely$7,808-80%12-24$651$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
40Stories We Tell$6,088-53%10-7$609$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
41Computer Chess$5,705-52%5-1$1,141$79,6174Kino Lorber
42I Give It a Year$5,436--2--$2,718$5,4361Magnolia Pictures
43Free the Mind$4,900106%42$1,225$98,16915International Film Circuit
44Crystal Fairy$4,227-78%10-10$423$164,2875IFC Films
45M (2013 re-issue)$4,199--2--$2,100$33,64822Kino Lorber
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4,15845%5-1$832$96,3986Magnolia Pictures
47Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,225-66%2-4$1,613$35,5375Variance Films
48Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$3,050-36%10$3,050$13,6722Doppelgänger Releasing
49More Than Honey$2,85219%31$951$64,0339Kino Lorber
50Hava Nagila (The Movie)$2,363--3--$788$364,73924International Film Circuit
51Copperhead$2,239-44%1-1$2,239$171,7407Brainstorm Media
52A Hijacking$2,114-67%4-3$529$373,4168Magnolia Pictures
53Augustine$2,05459%32$685$102,19813Music Box Films
54Storm Surfers 3D$1,614122%21$807$113,41416XLrator Media
55Searching For Sugar Man$1,568513%10$1,568$3,694,80855Sony Pictures Classics
56The Wall (2013)$1,268-11%31$423$25,95011Music Box Films
57Post Tenebras Lux$1,223--2--$612$38,91115Strand Releasing
58Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$966--1--$966$107,06617Kino Lorber
59In the Fog$935--2--$468$11,6549Strand Releasing
60Rising From Ashes$874-88%2-1$437$11,4222First Run Features
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$267-88%1-1$267$146,81717Kino Lorber
62A Band Called Death$233-67%30$78$114,8357Drafthouse Films
63You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$193--2--$97$16,10610Kino Lorber
64√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$50-82%10$50$16,67110Magnolia Pictures
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$32-78%1-1$32$27,1569First Run Features