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. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,055,177--3,336--$9,609$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$20,135,387-33%3,707-113$5,432$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,642,040-29%3,143123$3,704$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$7,842,930--3,044--$2,577$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,275,325-35%3,111-491$2,017$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,988,713-63%3,1570$1,897$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,558,239-54%2,8830$1,581$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,068,339-48%1,347-813$793$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$880,293-41%1,229-436$716$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$570,890-66%1,7690$323$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$305,268-75%1,253-1285$244$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,134,325131%123104$17,352$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,588,004-9%83578$1,902$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$700,695-44%677-520$1,035$25,856,5346Universal
4We're the Millers$582,445-22%786-95$741$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$560,118-66%969-1042$578$18,819,5384Fox
6Baggage Claim$560,046-49%594-271$943$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$506,315-48%4581$1,105$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$495,999-58%540-574$919$23,501,6225Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$390,370-20%379-16$1,030$364,248,63017Universal
10Instructions Not Included$283,651-47%301-174$942$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$269,717-30%444-158$607$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
12Pulling Strings$268,912-56%315-123$854$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$242,49860%321111$755$88,992,71312Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$227,140-24%303-47$750$67,221,11412Fox
15Monsters University$208,569-32%207-23$1,008$267,788,62019Disney
16Blue Jasmine$149,267-21%119-33$1,254$32,210,61514Sony Pictures Classics
17Grown Ups 2$139,825-33%188-35$744$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
18Grace Unplugged$120,978-48%208-105$582$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
19The Smurfs 2$104,115-48%205-37$508$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$102,772-33%164-43$627$132,244,11914Fox
21The Family (2013)$88,788-59%218-265$407$36,485,5407Relativity Media
22Turbo$74,749-38%108-41$692$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23Riddick$60,060-49%156-97$385$41,997,7908Universal
24The Conjuring$27,605-36%100-13$276$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$512,600448%8276$6,251$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$157,22719%4319$3,656$674,1833Purdie Distribution
3Wadjda$123,035-13%8721$1,414$984,9147Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Is the Warmest Color$100,316--4--$25,079$100,3161IFC Films
5Inequality for All$83,076-35%97-6$856$937,3455RADiUS-TWC
6Muscle Shoals$82,966-13%5620$1,482$341,5255Magnolia Pictures
7Metallica Through The Never$48,361--22--$2,198$3,419,9675Picturehouse
8Kill Your Darlings$41,982-21%84$5,248$132,1902Sony Pictures Classics
9The Heat$39,460-49%80-23$493$159,469,28818Fox
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,813-84%91-370$394$1,070,7083Relativity Media
11Elysium$35,780-36%61-32$587$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
12Hubble 3D$35,000-18%141$2,500$41,055,526189Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Austenland$30,971-17%43-4$720$2,008,18511Sony Pictures Classics
14The Summit$24,672-42%53-17$466$194,1594IFC Films
15In a World...$22,916-38%32-15$716$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
16Space Station 3D$22,785-11%51$4,557$89,258,423602IMAX
17Spinning Plates$20,718--3--$6,906$20,7181The Film Arcade
18A.C.O.D.$16,857-63%19-23$887$157,1214The Film Arcade
19The Square (2013)$16,359--1--$16,359$16,3591Netflix Originals
20Escape From Tomorrow$15,287-17%110$1,390$140,8063Producers Distribution Agency
21The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$13,722-84%49-98$280$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Short Term 12$13,6097%18-4$756$951,90110Cinedigm
23Parkland$13,090-57%20-12$655$640,5954Exclusive Media
24Linsanity$12,846-23%8-1$1,606$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
25The World's End$11,960-16%26-14$460$25,955,72910Focus
26Seasons of Gray$11,714-63%14-10$837$51,5612EchoLight Studios
27American Promise$11,001--4--$2,750$39,3252Rada Film Group
28The Way, Way Back$10,250-43%23-15$446$21,475,65317Fox Searchlight
29Thanks for Sharing$9,4441%11-3$859$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
3020 Feet from Stardom$9,36419%12-5$780$4,713,79820RADiUS-TWC
31Haute Cuisine$8,599-57%14-7$614$212,0726Weinstein Company
32Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36258%102$836$23,052,481134Warner Bros. / IMAX
33To the Arctic 3D$8,3473%101$835$13,602,34180Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Torn$8,28870%54$1,658$16,5962The Film Collective
35The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$8,286226%1411$592$31,7575Rialto Pictures
36We Are What We Are (2013)$8,1874%175$482$76,6335eOne Films US
37Good Ol' Freda$7,811139%135$601$121,3258Magnolia Pictures
38The Spectacular Now$7,176-68%24-30$299$6,830,53113A24
39Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7,006--1--$7,006$7,0061Cinepix
40Deep Sea 3D$6,88579%32$2,295$45,929,289400Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Fruitvale Station$4,884-38%16-4$305$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
42Camille Claudel 1915$4,683-8%21$2,342$14,6642Kino Lorber
43Bastards (2013)$4,432--1--$4,432$6,3681IFC Films
44Zaytoun$4,35012%62$725$36,8276Strand Releasing
45I'm So Excited$3,240--5--$648$1,366,03618Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,104-31%72$443$33,649,535246Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Patience Stone$3,0599%5-3$612$140,84011Sony Pictures Classics
48The Trials of Muhammad Ali$3,012-36%41$753$41,11210Kino Lorber
49I Used to Be Darker$2,761107%52$552$20,3715Strand Releasing
50When Comedy Went to School$2,249-45%4-2$562$207,38913International Film Circuit
51Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$1,992--2--$996$34,4748Kino Lorber
52Il Futuro$1,6571946%10$1,657$11,4688Strand Releasing
53Drinking Buddies$1,635-53%5-8$327$338,37810Magnolia Pictures
54Shepard & Dark$1,631330%21$816$9,6845Music Box Films
55Birth of the Living Dead$1,62031%104$162$3,1912First Run Features
56Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,457--2--$729$4,42211First Run Features
57A Touch of Sin$1,338-85%2-4$669$76,3834Kino Lorber
58Museum Hours$1,289-73%4-2$322$530,35618Cinema Guild
59Let the Fire Burn$1,171-42%20$586$21,5734Zeitgeist Films
60Prince Avalanche$1,05520%3-4$352$196,88012Magnolia Pictures
61Before Midnight$930--3--$310$8,113,73723Sony Pictures Classics
62Hannah Arendt$735-72%1-1$735$710,92122Zeitgeist Films
63Bad Milo!$559-71%2-3$280$17,8964Magnolia / Magnet
64Informant$506--2--$253$9,7707Music Box Films
65Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$415-78%10$415$9,6553First Run Features
66Free the Mind$413-71%20$207$146,18826International Film Circuit
67Murder 11$406--1--$406$21,3154Indican Pictures
68Cassadaga$268-32%2-1$134$2,5773Archstone Distribution
69Fire in the Blood$263--2--$132$10,6468International Film Circuit
70Broadway Idiot$199-98%1-5$199$23,4083FilmBuff
71The Citizen (2013)$178-71%1-1$178$24,1178Monterey Media
72The Act of Killing$64-88%1-1$64$446,17915Drafthouse Films