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. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$15,815,497--2,735--$5,783$15,815,4971Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,878,286-10%3,330220$4,468$74,143,3923Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,715,243-3%3,4450$3,691$109,667,1614Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$7,751,705-10%3,259-119$2,379$70,839,3754Disney
5Elysium$6,438,868-7%2,539-374$2,536$78,542,5974Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,475,416-41%3,1180$1,756$22,929,6002Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$5,036,312-43%1,5532$3,243$16,845,5462Focus
8Getaway$4,503,892--2,130--$2,115$4,503,8921Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,481,327-15%2,393-337$1,873$55,021,3464Fox
10You're Next$4,091,822-42%2,4370$1,679$13,431,5302Lionsgate
11Blue Jasmine$3,986,5680%1,179-104$3,381$20,453,0366Sony Pictures Classics
12Despicable Me 2$2,760,4606%1,284-118$2,150$354,699,2509Universal
132 Guns$2,638,570-21%1,411-430$1,870$69,348,4755Universal
14Kick-Ass 2$1,950,525-55%1,646-1299$1,185$26,479,5703Universal
15The Smurfs 2$1,948,376-30%1,366-486$1,426$66,102,6125Sony / Columbia
16Monsters University$1,566,639301%1,8891646$829$263,568,95311Disney
17World War Z$1,262,720301%1,2471008$1,013$200,286,55111Paramount
18Jobs$1,203,026-58%1,302-1079$924$14,467,3463Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,846,426--348--$22,547$7,846,4261Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$2,477,7921768%749742$3,308$2,673,8362Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$2,464,931--870--$2,833$2,976,7771Focus
4The Wolverine$1,713,346-31%988-461$1,734$127,822,2286Fox
5The Conjuring$1,423,322-31%903-452$1,576$133,896,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,127,17182%385231$2,928$3,469,4505A24
7Grown Ups 2$795,748-12%471-149$1,689$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
8Pacific Rim$789,39696%401141$1,969$100,166,4478Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$784,350637%958814$819$228,225,16016Paramount
10Turbo$755,40117%438-32$1,725$79,802,8847Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Way, Way Back$744,07483%654352$1,138$19,564,6479Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$679,84925%393-16$1,730$157,305,50610Fox
13The Lone Ranger$403,991115%254113$1,591$88,470,8949Disney
14Now You See Me$383,47014%239-7$1,604$116,981,31514Lionsgate / Summit
15Red 2$367,0146%261-128$1,406$52,113,1107Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$290,194-18%284-19$1,022$290,650,27612Warner Bros.
17White House Down$243,087-9%206-23$1,180$72,772,84910Sony / Columbia
18R.I.P.D.$228,96011%1812$1,265$33,032,0557Universal
19Fruitvale Station$192,492-30%294-98$655$15,525,6648Weinstein Company
20Iron Man 3$190,470-12%160-13$1,190$408,834,39318Disney
21Paranoia$174,338-87%392-2067$445$7,035,8023Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$412,148--83--$4,966$412,1481UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$332,59217%9116$3,655$1,196,0624Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$231,990-40%93-51$2,495$5,066,7854UTV Motion Pictures
4Austenland$190,77671%5230$3,669$420,1433Sony Pictures Classics
5This Is The End$102,642125%34-4$3,019$96,907,99612Sony / Columbia
6Fast & Furious 6$92,33576%59-39$1,565$238,664,22515Universal
7Short Term 12$91,96964%1612$5,748$168,4322Cinedigm
8Blackfish$91,556-32%82-17$1,117$1,811,0647Magnolia Pictures
920 Feet from Stardom$83,009-3%58-12$1,431$4,376,72012RADiUS-TWC
10Hubble 3D$68,43716%11-2$6,222$40,550,566181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ain't Them Bodies Saints$66,0821%4113$1,612$207,0363IFC Films
12The Attack$57,56295%170$3,386$1,580,78711Cohen Media Group
13The Croods$47,65619%45-24$1,059$187,116,89824Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Epic$47,656-38%80-35$596$107,431,68315Fox
15Drinking Buddies$45,439133%1210$3,787$74,4862Magnolia Pictures
16Passion$33,545--14--$2,396$33,5451eOne Films US
17You Will Be My Son$28,35049%60$4,725$83,1893Cohen Media Group
18Afternoon Delight$27,352--2--$13,676$27,3521The Film Arcade
19Cutie and the Boxer$23,518-18%120$1,960$101,3343RADiUS-TWC
20Museum Hours$21,7340%143$1,552$357,80710Cinema Guild
21Therese (2013)$20,7984%82$2,600$52,1522MPI Pictures
22Space Station 3D$18,265-17%32$6,088$88,927,248594IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$17,73275%9-2$1,970$22,939,445126Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$17,67311%71$2,525$33,570,396238Warner Bros. / IMAX
25To the Arctic 3D$16,52145%132$1,271$13,494,91972Warner Bros. / IMAX
26When Comedy Went to School$16,12111%12-1$1,343$131,1645International Film Circuit
27Before Midnight$16,036-13%18-31$891$8,046,45015Sony Pictures Classics
28Una Noche$15,671-9%52$3,134$42,9402IFC Films
29Prince Avalanche$15,306-8%235$665$143,3264Magnolia Pictures
30Still Mine$15,00171%151$1,000$1,011,9718IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31The Internship$14,129-45%20-27$706$44,641,14313Fox
32The Artist and the Model$13,454387%96$1,495$93,0605Cohen Media Group
33Deep Sea 3D$11,97067%90$1,330$45,849,344392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Hunt$11,005-51%11-19$1,000$565,0458Magnolia Pictures
35The Act of Killing$9,732-24%150$649$375,8767Drafthouse Films
36Hannah Arendt$9,441-51%8-6$1,180$633,14214Zeitgeist Films
37I Declare War$8,634--14--$617$8,6341Drafthouse Films
38Frances Ha$8,05426%4-4$2,014$4,051,55616IFC Films
39Drug War$8,015-21%7-4$1,145$108,5346Variance Films / Well Go USA
40I'm So Excited$7,939-39%11-11$722$1,325,27710Sony Pictures Classics
41The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,270112%21$3,635$31,2896Rialto Pictures
42Unfinished Song$6,323-64%17-10$372$1,628,20911Weinstein Company
43Our Nixon$6,090--3--$2,030$6,0901Cinedigm
44The Patience Stone$5,233-16%51$1,047$64,8953Sony Pictures Classics
45Free the Mind$4,5869%40$1,147$114,97218International Film Circuit
46Love Is All You Need$4,422166%30$1,474$1,613,40418Sony Pictures Classics
47Lovelace$4,2741%5-1$855$352,7554RADiUS-TWC
48A Hijacking$3,448-17%5-1$690$400,88911Magnolia Pictures
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,216-75%13-14$247$4,265,42213Roadside Attractions
50Fill the Void$3,07929%7-3$440$1,760,27415Sony Pictures Classics
51Savannah$2,883-82%5-9$577$24,5332Ketchup Entertainment
52Crystal Fairy$2,718-3%9-4$302$186,9588IFC Films
53Only God Forgives$2,6841%30$895$775,8497RADiUS-TWC
54Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,321--2--$1,161$29,47712First Run Features
55Underdogs (2013)$2,304-57%1-1$2,304$32,9123Freestyle Releasing
56Mud$2,142-73%6-10$357$21,587,40419Roadside Attractions
57The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,984-33%10$1,984$7,1042Kino Lorber
58I Give It a Year$1,890-40%40$473$23,6344Magnolia Pictures
59The Bling Ring$1,871-26%6-1$312$5,836,64812A24
60Inch'Allah$1,6612%20$831$460,3843eOne Films US
61American Made Movie$1,613--2--$807$35,8211Variance Films
62The Silence (2010)$1,611--1--$1,611$96,86226Music Box Films
63The Last Flight of the Champion$1,493--15--$100$1,4931High Top Releasing
64Europa Report$1,429-83%3-7$476$114,3595Magnolia / Magnet
65Approaching Midnight$1,119--6--$187$1,1191Monterey Media
66Stories We Tell$946-73%4-2$237$1,585,83617Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$896-59%2-1$448$4,4162Strand Releasing
68An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$714--1--$714$67,85819Variance Films
69Computer Chess$552-73%1-1$552$92,6137Kino Lorber
70Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$527-75%2-1$264$18,6585Doppelgänger Releasing
71Girl Most Likely$524-44%10$524$1,377,5397Roadside Attractions
72A Band Called Death$499-44%21$250$123,74410Drafthouse Films
73100 Bloody Acres$262--1--$262$6,23410Doppelgänger Releasing
74More Than Honey$228-23%10$228$68,08112Kino Lorber
75Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-73%1-4$170$19,23213Magnolia Pictures
76Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$31-96%1-2$31$101,5579Magnolia Pictures