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, Oct. 18 - Sun, Oct. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$30,027,161-30%3,820160$7,861$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$16,413,093-36%3,0200$5,435$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$16,101,552--3,157--$5,100$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$9,885,732--2,883--$3,429$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,672,791-30%3,602-272$2,685$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$2,064,235-43%2,160-695$956$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$1,673,351--1,769--$946$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$1,665,242-56%2,011-1015$828$17,576,5603Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$1,499,842-45%1,665-491$901$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
10Rush (2013)$1,261,115-47%1,197-933$1,054$24,623,2945Universal
11Machete Kills$1,203,135-69%2,5380$474$6,402,3742Open Road
12Don Jon$1,182,410-50%1,114-882$1,061$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,750,519-8%757151$2,312$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$1,100,374-46%865-455$1,272$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$971,826--457--$2,127$971,8261High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$744,255-32%881-269$845$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$607,966-52%43810$1,388$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Instructions Not Included$538,588-48%475-236$1,134$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Despicable Me 2$485,850-4%395-39$1,230$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$387,473-38%602-378$644$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$307,919-14%230-5$1,339$267,497,03718Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$300,021-15%350-54$857$66,921,92711Fox
11Grace Unplugged$234,392-55%313-189$749$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$221,128-57%4610$480$938,2012Relativity Media
13The Family (2013)$215,410-63%483-567$446$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$208,797-23%223-38$936$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$199,131-21%242-26$823$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
16Blue Jasmine$188,718-18%152-38$1,242$31,972,04513Sony Pictures Classics
17The Wolverine$152,564-15%207-20$737$132,078,65113Fox
18Planes$151,963-35%210-170$724$88,711,67411Disney
19Inequality for All$127,946-16%10323$1,242$778,0734RADiUS-TWC
20Turbo$120,102-25%149-38$806$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Riddick$117,500-54%253-177$464$41,885,6457Universal
222 Guns$91,740-21%135-31$680$75,573,30012Universal
23The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$84,268-67%1470$573$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
24The Heat$77,246-20%103-36$750$159,403,24417Fox
25The Conjuring$43,032-37%113-32$381$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$923,715--19--$48,617$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2Wadjda$140,92434%6619$2,135$800,6496Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$132,476-3%241$5,520$450,3442Purdie Distribution
4Muscle Shoals$95,44389%3622$2,651$219,3254Magnolia Pictures
5All Is Lost$93,583--6--$15,597$93,5831Roadside Attractions
6The Face Reader$68,802-41%18-1$3,822$484,1123Pan Media & Entertainment
7Elysium$55,621-37%93-47$598$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
8Generation Iron$55,230-27%33-1$1,674$696,7155The Vladar Company
9Kill Your Darlings$53,452--4--$13,363$69,2751Sony Pictures Classics
10A.C.O.D.$45,99235%4224$1,095$121,3403The Film Arcade
11Battle of the Year$43,392-69%86-124$505$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
12Hubble 3D$42,65430%130$3,281$40,985,570188Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Summit$42,189-1%7036$603$144,8073IFC Films
14Austenland$37,236-11%47-5$792$1,958,05510Sony Pictures Classics
15In a World...$36,761-18%47-7$782$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
16Seasons of Gray$31,953--24--$1,331$31,9531EchoLight Studios
17Parkland$30,598-67%32-101$956$614,6223Exclusive Media
18Space Station 3D$25,682-11%41$6,421$89,206,530601IMAX
19The Spectacular Now$22,44116%5421$416$6,811,44512A24
20Haute Cuisine$20,176-18%21-9$961$190,7565Weinstein Company
21Escape From Tomorrow$18,322-71%11-19$1,666$118,3332Producers Distribution Agency
22The Way, Way Back$17,876-23%38-25$470$21,456,09216Fox Searchlight
23Linsanity$16,697-68%9-7$1,855$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
24The World's End$14,215-56%40-33$355$25,934,3259Focus
25Concussion (2013)$13,897--25--$556$38,3613RADiUS-TWC
26Short Term 12$12,705-33%22-8$578$931,2389Cinedigm
27Shahid$12,153--16--$760$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
28Broadway Idiot$11,522109%65$1,920$18,2682FilmBuff
29Thanks for Sharing$9,37531%14-2$670$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
30A Touch of Sin$9,043-51%60$1,507$69,6543Kino Lorber
31To the Arctic 3D$8,1308%9-1$903$13,590,50979Warner Bros. / IMAX
32We Are What We Are (2013)$7,907-51%12-1$659$64,0434eOne Films US
3320 Feet from Stardom$7,881--17--$464$4,698,37619RADiUS-TWC
34Fruitvale Station$7,870-31%20-21$394$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
35As I Lay Dying$5,841-18%21$2,921$15,0092Millenium Entertainment
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,290-39%8-1$661$23,026,394133Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Camille Claudel 1915$5,106--1--$5,106$6,6401Kino Lorber
38Torn$4,881--1--$4,881$4,8811The Film Collective
39Museum Hours$4,78244%6-1$797$526,80417Cinema Guild
40The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,694337%3-3$1,565$35,9549Kino Lorber
41Under the Sea 3D$4,497-19%5-1$899$33,643,674245Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Blackfish$4,43824%163$277$2,070,05314Magnolia Pictures
43Populaire$4,349-19%14-7$311$175,2567Weinstein Company
44When Comedy Went to School$4,074-63%6-6$679$202,45412International Film Circuit
45Zaytoun$3,889259%42$972$30,7435Strand Releasing
46Deep Sea 3D$3,857-40%1-1$3,857$45,908,186399Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Grandmaster$3,583-54%9-7$398$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
48Drinking Buddies$3,50887%136$270$333,4969Magnolia Pictures
49Good Ol' Freda$3,268-51%8-3$409$110,3367Magnolia Pictures
50God Loves Uganda$3,154-43%10$3,154$11,9302Variance Films
51The Patience Stone$2,814-27%8-12$352$136,16710Sony Pictures Classics
52Hannah Arendt$2,659--2--$1,330$707,19421Zeitgeist Films
53The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,53851%31$846$22,3504Rialto Pictures
54Blue Caprice$2,113-32%6-10$352$91,1266IFC Films
55Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$2,081-61%20$1,041$87,7834AMC Entertainment
56Let the Fire Burn$2,020--2--$1,010$18,6623Zeitgeist Films
57Bad Milo!$1,901-54%5-4$380$16,3943Magnolia / Magnet
58Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$1,880-56%10$1,880$8,3662First Run Features
59Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$1,712--1--$1,712$26,1686Icarus Films
60Free the Mind$1,422-13%2-1$711$142,00825International Film Circuit
61Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,343-16%10$1,343$37,8845Well Go USA
62I Used to Be Darker$1,335-13%31$445$16,9874Strand Releasing
63Birth of the Living Dead$1,239--6--$207$1,2391First Run Features
64Drug War$1,099--2--$550$127,69513Variance Films / Well Go USA
65On the Job$955-90%1-7$955$164,6204Well Go USA
66Prince Avalanche$879-36%73$126$195,19611Magnolia Pictures
67The Citizen (2013)$605-31%2-2$303$23,2727Monterey Media
68The Act of Killing$51717%2-2$259$445,09214Drafthouse Films
69Cassadaga$397-76%30$132$2,2412Archstone Distribution
70Shepard & Dark$379-69%1-1$379$7,7924Music Box Films
71Viola$316--1--$316$20,66915Cinema Guild
72Leviathan (2013)$235-69%10$235$76,20234Cinema Guild
73Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
74Touchy Feely$204-74%1-2$204$35,9667Magnolia Pictures
75Il Futuro$81--1--$81$9,7227Strand Releasing