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, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$21,299,495-49%2,75996$7,720$75,544,8052Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,900,960-42%3,162173$4,080$93,914,9215Universal
3The Nut Job$12,101,118-38%3,47245$3,485$40,056,3632Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,118,806-23%2,757-222$3,308$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$9,084,687-41%3,3870$2,682$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,610,441--2,753--$3,128$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,061,676-28%2,304100$3,065$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$5,478,368-23%1,804-126$3,037$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$5,029,030-32%2,411360$2,086$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$2,786,341-66%2,5440$1,095$12,922,3042Fox
11Her (2013)$2,289,318-43%1,325-404$1,728$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,147,414-42%1,285-530$1,671$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,080,948-47%1,660-789$1,254$79,158,3107Disney
1412 Years a Slave$2,031,31632%1,231470$1,650$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
15Dallas Buyers Club$2,028,570116%1,110691$1,828$20,357,27713Focus
16Gravity$2,025,4938%1,260316$1,608$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,539,949-37%1,051-277$1,465$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,232,828-64%1,371-733$899$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$1,552,42676%968560$1,604$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,075,904-15%5050$2,131$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Jai Ho$840,506--195--$4,310$840,5061Eros International
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$817,473-62%824-907$992$123,803,3396Paramount
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$689,070--385--$1,790$689,0701Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$607,947-53%540-497$1,126$56,342,6805Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$506,643-50%289-296$1,753$11,995,9908CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$312,133-40%302-601$1,034$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
9Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$301,127-78%527-1042$571$32,098,4954Paramount
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$268,275-8%242-14$1,109$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
11The Invisible Woman$260,446199%153127$1,702$584,8645Sony Pictures Classics
1247 Ronin$253,340-44%239-104$1,060$38,055,8405Universal
13Walking With Dinosaurs$241,759-24%330-124$733$34,691,5636Fox
14The Book Thief$210,652-7%1977$1,069$20,513,76212Fox
15Thor: The Dark World$167,296-13%153-32$1,093$204,509,24312Disney
16Grudge Match$101,645-34%244-164$417$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
17Free Birds$94,456-21%171-28$552$55,435,49013Relativity Media
18Last Vegas$84,235-33%159-35$530$63,749,94213CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$49,856-71%132-259$378$52,327,4367Lionsgate
20Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$48,419-40%102-20$475$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
21Lee Daniels' The Butler$35,975-44%101-18$356$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$118,091-14%51-3$2,316$1,466,92211Janus Films
2The Past$103,2976%333$3,130$526,0786Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$59,607193%4119$1,454$1,745,29116Purdie Distribution
4Gloria (2014)$56,454--3--$18,818$56,4541Roadside Attractions
5Journey to the South Pacific$56,433423%128$4,703$218,5699IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Hubble 3D$40,761-15%150$2,717$42,273,447202Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delivery Man$36,262-31%57-22$636$30,131,21610Disney / DreamWorks
8Blue Jasmine$32,109-29%368$892$33,201,54527Sony Pictures Classics
9Stranger By the Lake$27,599--2--$13,800$27,5991Strand Releasing
10Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,72035%42$5,430$47,6282IFC Films
11Out of the Furnace$21,288-49%74-23$288$11,308,9018Relativity Media
12Space Station 3D$20,62618%30$6,875$89,929,709615IMAX
13Knights of Badassdom$17,449--13--$1,342$46,7631eOne Films US
14All Is Lost$17,169-57%30-32$572$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
15The Best Offer$15,07817%159$1,005$40,6584IFC Films
16Visitors$9,094--1--$9,094$9,0941Cinedigm
17Generation War$8,70218%43$2,176$23,4782Music Box Films
18Blue Is the Warmest Color$8,008-47%7-5$1,144$2,162,24314IFC Films
19Maidentrip$7,178-21%43$1,795$26,2386First Run Features
20The Armstrong Lie$5,32353%4-5$1,331$374,56112Sony Pictures Classics
21The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,322--4--$1,331$66,23613Zeitgeist Films
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,28187%114$480$23,144,355147Warner Bros. / IMAX
23To the Arctic 3D$5,174-17%91$575$13,774,85793Warner Bros. / IMAX
24American Mustang$4,649-41%10$4,649$13,3172Vitagraph / Just Media
25If You Build It$4,565--1--$4,565$11,0793Long Shot Factory
26Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,494-48%16-8$281$68,558,66225Fox
27Run & Jump$3,944--2--$1,972$3,9441IFC Films
28Big Bad Wolves$3,925-38%71$561$16,2062Magnolia / Magnet
29Inequality for All$3,399--9--$378$1,198,60918RADiUS-TWC
30A Touch of Sin$3,36511%5-2$673$146,26417Kino Lorber
31Under the Sea 3D$3,327-36%40$832$33,728,627259Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Kill Your Darlings$3,311-31%7-5$473$1,019,90515Sony Pictures Classics
33Bettie Page Reveals All$3,118-1%61$520$102,37810Music Box Films
34Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys$2,842--1--$2,842$2,8421Argot Pictures
3520 Feet from Stardom$2,178--4--$545$4,834,82333RADiUS-TWC
36Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$1,415--1--$1,415$1,4151First Run Features
37The Rocket (2013)$1,387-63%50$277$18,0553Kino Lorber
38Museum Hours$1,214--1--$1,214$555,57531Cinema Guild
39Muscle Shoals$966-59%6-5$161$684,90618Magnolia Pictures
40In Bloom$879-83%20$440$23,7493Big World Pictures
41When Comedy Went to School$857--1--$857$238,92926International Film Circuit
42The Act of Killing$575-39%1-1$575$469,21428Drafthouse Films
43More Than Honey$430-69%10$430$78,14133Kino Lorber
44Interior. Leather Bar.$400--1--$400$10,9264Strand Releasing
45Cutie and the Boxer$320--3--$107$190,95024RADiUS-TWC
46Personal Tailor$283-74%10$283$375,7866China Lion Film
47Short Term 12$269--3--$90$1,009,25323Cinedigm
48Wadjda$252-90%4-4$63$1,423,24520Sony Pictures Classics
49Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$131--1--$131$17,3219Cinema Guild
50Computer Chess$13033%10$130$102,04128Kino Lorber
51Fire in the Blood$56-98%1-2$56$22,50621International Film Circuit
52Camille Claudel 1915$45--1--$45$31,70815Kino Lorber