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, Feb. 21 - Sun, Feb. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$31,305,359-37%3,890115$8,048$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$12,242,218--2,872--$4,263$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3Pompeii$10,340,823--2,658--$3,890$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$9,805,051-55%3,3720$2,908$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$7,912,276-49%3,064-19$2,582$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$7,534,816-71%2,2530$3,344$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$4,623,390-47%2,186-331$2,115$123,129,1906Universal
8Frozen (2013)$4,403,797-29%1,891-210$2,329$384,108,13214Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$3,967,520-70%2,8960$1,370$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$2,173,455-70%2,9650$733$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$1,978,380-52%1,516-497$1,305$121,709,2869Universal
12That Awkward Moment$1,385,146-60%1,208-714$1,147$24,053,6884Focus
13Philomena$1,196,316-22%1,004-221$1,192$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,066,564-42%1,235-683$864$59,906,0676Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,732,098-29%903-169$1,918$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$1,302,871-32%627-124$2,078$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$847,195-18%348-7$2,434$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$824,646-63%807-471$1,022$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$522,497-7%349-37$1,497$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$429,941-20%210-114$2,047$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7Her (2013)$409,428-32%250-5$1,638$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
8August: Osage County$399,944-55%525-485$762$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$319,126-40%240-86$1,330$423,626,64214Lionsgate
10Dallas Buyers Club$297,279-20%175-48$1,699$24,746,78017Focus
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$293,130-41%266-19$1,102$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$265,586--266--$998$265,5151Roadside Attractions
13Vampire Academy$261,787-86%536-2140$488$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
14The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$237,614-34%148-19$1,606$1,803,1474ShortsHD
15Gloria (2014)$233,959-25%11012$2,127$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
16Labor Day (2013)$226,864-82%418-1246$543$13,106,5054Paramount
17Saving Mr. Banks$226,227-4%24634$920$82,590,20811Disney
18Thor: The Dark World$225,421-28%199-13$1,133$205,808,33916Disney
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$173,660-12%2087$835$57,720,7449Fox
20I, Frankenstein$154,366-67%217-251$711$18,666,4985Lionsgate
21Walking With Dinosaurs$138,895-17%214-34$649$35,634,73310Fox
22The Legend Of Hercules$102,06039%11020$928$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
23Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$85,682-16%1810$473$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
24Inside Llewyn Davis$72,980-40%10721$682$13,072,05312CBS Films
25Captain Phillips$64,291-20%18954$340$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
26Grudge Match$47,026-49%108-183$435$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$326,654--97--$3,368$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$313,751--21--$14,941$455,8011Disney
3Journey to the South Pacific$126,2404%161$7,890$733,79413IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Beijing Love Story$94,261-33%123$7,855$312,9382China Lion Film
5Tim's Vermeer$86,57050%2210$3,935$322,6384Sony Pictures Classics
6The Great Beauty$82,207-20%50-2$1,644$2,092,17015Janus Films
7Jerusalem 3D$82,002--27--$3,037$2,547,64623National Geographic
8The Past$81,628-18%75-2$1,088$1,136,02710Sony Pictures Classics
9Devil's Due$66,036-48%84-39$786$15,722,0506Fox
10The Book Thief$64,623-21%84-10$769$21,192,41516Fox
11Hubble 3D$53,02021%171$3,119$42,614,887206Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Delivery Man$48,609-31%98-16$496$30,549,85814Disney / DreamWorks
13The Attorney$45,403-62%18-8$2,522$524,3163Well Go USA
14Hasee Toh Phasee$36,663-76%33-44$1,111$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
15Space Station 3D$31,75225%31$10,584$89,906,413619IMAX
16Like Father, Like Son (2014)$31,211-7%227$1,419$186,9526IFC Films
17Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$27,853--2--$13,927$27,8531IFC Films
18Free Birds$25,973-22%56-19$464$55,651,84317Relativity Media
19The Invisible Woman$22,869-30%32-12$715$1,088,1139Sony Pictures Classics
20Stranger By the Lake$21,029-1%123$1,752$200,2525Strand Releasing
21When Comedy Went to School$18,562-26%81$2,320$301,25030International Film Circuit
22Blue Jasmine$18,463100%5741$324$33,290,58131Sony Pictures Classics
23Child's Pose$12,955--2--$6,478$14,7471Zeitgeist Films
24Barefoot$11,767--18--$654$11,7671Roadside Attractions
25The Saratov Approach$11,474-5%16-6$717$2,116,87420Purdie Distribution
26To the Arctic 3D$10,28622%8-1$1,286$13,829,47897Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,7227%32$3,241$57,4613Kino Lorber
28Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,047-45%33-1$274$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
2920 Feet from Stardom$8,115-36%12-4$676$4,868,57737RADiUS-TWC
30Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$7,250-44%10$7,250$30,2852Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
31Girl on a Bicycle$6,071-84%15-37$405$58,9752Monterey Media
32The Pretty One$5,996203%54$1,199$11,1863Dada Films
33Born to Be Wild 3D$5,31722%71$760$23,183,085151Warner Bros. / IMAX
34American Mustang$5,209--1--$5,209$24,5836Vitagraph / Just Media
35Under the Sea 3D$4,924-33%51$985$33,751,928263Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Jimmy P$3,654-49%32$1,218$16,3852IFC Films
37The Rocket (2013)$3,419588%64$570$26,4587Kino Lorber
38Visitors$3,371-55%7-3$482$51,4985Cinedigm
39The Last of the Unjust$3,349-57%40$837$38,3963Cohen Media Group
40The Best Offer$3,171124%6-2$529$77,3578IFC Films
41Almost Human$2,722--2--$1,361$2,7221IFC Midnight
42Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,346-45%3-6$782$2,194,42318IFC Films
43All Is Lost$2,317-34%5-4$463$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
44A Field in England$2,121-25%6-2$354$23,8633Drafthouse Films
45Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,987-61%5-10$397$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
46In Bloom$1,939338%1-1$1,939$30,3217Big World Pictures
47Big Bad Wolves$1,866164%63$311$25,8896Magnolia / Magnet
48Black Out$1,749--10--$175$1,7491Doppelgänger Releasing
49Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,520-47%10$1,520$20,0183Rialto Pictures
50The Act of Killing$867-48%31$289$483,86332Drafthouse Films
51Knights of Badassdom$760-78%31$253$114,2915eOne Films US
52Maidentrip$676-13%1-1$676$36,76710First Run Features
53Kill Your Darlings$630-69%3-1$210$1,029,94919Sony Pictures Classics
54Fire in the Blood$620--2--$310$25,56325International Film Circuit
55Sweet Dreams (2013)$562-8%1-1$562$34,77717International Film Circuit
56Cutie and the Boxer$535-37%5-1$107$195,54528RADiUS-TWC
57Muscle Shoals$522-55%41$131$691,32422Magnolia Pictures
58Run & Jump$510--2--$255$10,3775IFC Films
59Inequality for All$183-36%20$92$1,205,07922RADiUS-TWC