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, Dec. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,031,732-8%3,9280$7,391$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$28,596,31946%3,335-205$8,575$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$19,662,532-25%3,5070$5,607$83,179,5502Paramount
4American Hustle$18,718,811-2%2,5070$7,467$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$18,361,578--2,537--$7,238$34,153,1371Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$13,453,53344%2,1100$6,376$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$12,765,508--2,909--$4,388$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,061,47915%2,315-634$4,346$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$9,910,310--2,689--$3,686$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$7,276,1723%3,24312$2,244$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$7,021,993--2,838--$2,474$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,887,194-18%1,788-406$3,852$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$2,007,567--1,037--$1,936$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,240,7457566%975971$2,298$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$1,767,56046%727-11$2,431$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,248,95815%16113$7,758$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$1,068,141-69%220-19$4,855$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$737,73131%250-60$2,951$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$636,073-53%319-797$1,994$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$614,094-18%481-199$1,277$17,884,5868Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$509,53472%303-10$1,682$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$508,15018%175-127$2,904$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$372,9791%154-147$2,422$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$278,692-27%124-206$2,248$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$270,481155%24962$1,086$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$253,2401%221-112$1,146$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$233,96021%257-21$910$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$226,884231%24359$934$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$216,680-45%120-231$1,806$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$140,7990%111-61$1,268$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$128,68531%165-32$780$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$119,803-75%136-527$881$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$68,7577%107-31$643$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$41,037-87%102-626$402$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$649,673150%4741$13,823$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$179,302--5--$35,860$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$172,788316%10-2$17,279$41,870,622198Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Lone Survivor$90,872--2--$45,436$153,8391Universal
5The Great Beauty$70,1292%420$1,670$786,8607Janus Films
6All Is Lost$64,61133%67-16$964$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
7Homefront$64,480-88%75-600$860$20,097,9285Open Road
8Personal Tailor$54,730-51%90$6,081$257,4522China Lion Film
9The Past$34,17417%52$6,835$88,1782Sony Pictures Classics
10The Invisible Woman$31,948--3--$10,649$53,0641Sony Pictures Classics
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,103-3%53-32$493$68,470,83021Fox
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$25,705-18%24-7$1,071$2,013,86810IFC Films
13Enough Said$24,039-1%27-15$890$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$23,34251%34-9$687$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
15Kill Your Darlings$21,95811%288$784$950,00911Sony Pictures Classics
16Blue Jasmine$21,305-5%23-3$926$33,010,93123Sony Pictures Classics
17Journey to the South Pacific$19,598296%30$6,533$54,8835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18The Saratov Approach$17,35356%14-6$1,240$1,524,25012Purdie Distribution
19Space Station 3D$16,079-45%3-3$5,360$89,685,171611IMAX
20Black Nativity$11,944-66%24-39$498$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
21The Christmas Candle$10,916-69%16-51$682$2,247,7717EchoLight Studios
22To the Arctic 3D$9,730211%80$1,216$13,725,14289Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Armstrong Lie$7,970-2%14-2$569$331,7948Sony Pictures Classics
24Deep Sea 3D$7,542217%1-1$7,542$46,014,615409Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Under the Sea 3D$7,178161%3-2$2,393$33,698,877255Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$7,17781%135$552$123,3576IFC Films
27Wadjda$7,13013%161$446$1,394,99016Sony Pictures Classics
28The Counselor$6,106-1%240$254$16,949,81410Fox
29Bettie Page Reveals All$5,640--5--$1,128$73,3726Music Box Films
30Oldboy (2013)$4,921123%210$234$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
3120 Feet from Stardom$4,86967%8-2$609$4,814,54329RADiUS-TWC
32The Family (2013)$4,444-12%290$153$36,910,65616Relativity Media
33Don Jon$4,060-66%31-1$131$24,468,31414Relativity Media
34Born to Be Wild 3D$3,7873165%40$947$23,117,555143Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The Punk Singer$3,592-7%10-5$359$108,2895IFC Films
36I Am Divine$2,796--4--$699$60,00312The Film Collaborative
37Muscle Shoals$2,4486%7-2$350$666,86214Magnolia Pictures
38Austenland$2,351168%50$470$2,155,33420Sony Pictures Classics
39Maidentrip$1,80411%10$1,804$4,2162First Run Features
40Inequality for All$1,349283%1-1$1,349$1,192,34114RADiUS-TWC
41The Selfish Giant$1,288-50%31$429$6,1642IFC Films
42The Act of Killing$1,1135%20$557$459,06124Drafthouse Films
43Here Comes the Devil$60436%21$302$2,6983Magnolia / Magnet
44The Last Days on Mars$49865%10$498$22,3144Magnolia / Magnet