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, Mar. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$45,038,460--3,470--$12,979$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,207,057--3,934--$8,187$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,829,605-45%3,11323$5,085$52,568,5302Universal
4The LEGO Movie$10,911,385-48%3,290-480$3,317$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,379,335-59%3,27111$3,173$41,874,2302Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,074,647-38%2,001-1001$1,537$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,009,910-39%2,348-524$1,282$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$2,954,554-19%1,660-86$1,780$392,994,66816Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,110,812116%1,065654$1,982$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,024,190-33%1,323-546$1,530$129,988,2708Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,018,697-55%1,714-1171$1,178$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,653,487-51%1,074-730$1,540$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,593,629-63%1,658-1000$961$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,053,257-45%605-340$1,741$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$902,1901%38444$2,349$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$901,555-41%4960$1,818$3,488,7853Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$688,931-44%359-146$1,919$115,691,78811Paramount
5Philomena$683,630-43%670-427$1,020$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$618,93943%31296$1,984$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$420,075-59%472-545$890$124,127,33111Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$407,285-73%536-1338$760$23,102,0754Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$344,20962%333118$1,034$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$325,398-51%490-262$664$61,399,0058Open Road
11Repentance$295,741-41%1575$1,884$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$262,253-38%155-95$1,692$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$219,169-61%188-420$1,166$25,587,7956Focus
14Nebraska$185,122-53%180-109$1,028$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
15Shaadi Ke Side Effects$166,062-71%1080$1,538$856,3232Eros International
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,338-89%304-1013$511$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$125,418-48%196-150$640$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$118,417-36%133-65$890$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Stalingrad (2014)$111,507-78%143-165$780$869,1162Sony / Columbia
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$110,670-59%107-260$1,034$50,098,7048Paramount
21Saving Mr. Banks$93,131-36%128-79$728$82,994,09613Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$91,472-37%148-26$618$206,147,94318Disney
23The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$82,009-31%133-30$617$58,023,61911Fox
24Walking With Dinosaurs$75,984-36%164-31$463$35,892,96312Fox
25Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$47,014-37%111-52$424$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$811,166--4--$202,792$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$169,03031%6512$2,600$716,1866Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$155,58785%7729$2,021$2,440,67817Janus Films
4Gloria (2014)$116,236-21%76-26$1,529$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$114,779158%1310$8,829$178,6192Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$102,7991%171$6,047$1,023,07315IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$98,45825%280$3,516$2,828,28225National Geographic
8I, Frankenstein$70,243-47%92-77$764$18,970,3417Lionsgate
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$57,666-76%58-85$994$2,285,8186ShortsHD
10Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,944167%2317$2,128$116,7653IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$44,7400%180$2,486$42,705,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Labor Day (2013)$44,417-7%84-23$529$13,320,0176Paramount
13Particle Fever$42,968--3--$14,323$68,2101Abramorama / Bond 360
14The Legend Of Hercules$40,486-42%61-28$664$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
15The Book Thief$36,627-30%49-24$747$21,345,52518Fox
16Free Birds$33,51631%7426$453$55,725,93019Relativity Media
17Winter's Tale$33,126-86%82-623$404$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
18Blue Jasmine$30,095156%3612$836$33,354,53833Sony Pictures Classics
19Inside Llewyn Davis$29,781-25%52-13$573$13,214,25514CBS Films
20Delivery Man$25,512-25%54-24$472$30,637,96016Disney / DreamWorks
2120 Feet from Stardom$25,263232%5544$459$4,908,79839RADiUS-TWC
22The Face of Love$24,660--3--$8,220$24,6601IFC Films
23Stranger By the Lake$22,90586%121$1,909$253,8087Strand Releasing
24Space Station 3D$21,812-8%3-3$7,271$90,017,615621IMAX
25The Past$21,358-55%32-34$667$1,271,87812Sony Pictures Classics
26Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,1134%359$603$255,2718IFC Films
27The Bag Man$17,748-39%1513$1,183$48,8172Cinedigm
28The Invisible Woman$17,31837%19-13$911$1,158,07511Sony Pictures Classics
29Devil's Due$16,215-45%26-22$624$15,801,5508Fox
30War of the Worlds Goliath$13,385--18--$744$13,3851Anderson Digital
31Beijing Love Story$12,472-70%6-5$2,079$413,4204China Lion Film
32To the Arctic 3D$11,25757%101$1,126$13,860,55399Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Ernest & Celestine$10,953-16%65$1,826$25,9602GKIDS
34Interior. Leather Bar.$10,902--1--$10,902$25,84110Strand Releasing
35Highway$10,880-89%9-71$1,209$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
36Vampire Academy$10,486-73%32-79$328$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
37Grudge Match$9,934-53%45-30$221$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
38The Rocket (2013)$9,118196%6-1$1,520$43,0189Kino Lorber
39Girl on a Bicycle$8,806285%4-2$2,202$76,8604Monterey Media
40Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,683-52%42-49$207$8,294,32015Weinstein Company
41Visitors$8,50945%136$655$70,3677Cinedigm
42When Comedy Went to School$7,915-15%70$1,131$337,05932International Film Circuit
43Journey to the West$7,456--7--$1,065$7,4561Magnolia / Magnet
44Under the Sea 3D$7,03416%5-1$1,407$33,771,730265Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,718-12%71$960$83,4235Kino Lorber
46American Mustang$6,442143%1-1$6,442$35,6738Vitagraph / Just Media
47Special ID$6,153--10--$615$6,1531Well Go USA
48Child's Pose$5,889-33%41$1,472$39,6733Zeitgeist Films
49Generation War$5,821-31%64$970$59,1088Music Box Films
50Adult World$4,963--11--$451$16,7404IFC Films
51Maidentrip$3,957-24%50$791$49,53812First Run Features
52Grand Piano$2,964--2--$1,482$2,9641Magnolia / Magnet
53Born to Be Wild 3D$2,916-45%7-5$417$23,203,137153Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Jimmy P$2,40845%84$301$23,2204IFC Films
55In Bloom$2,261128%42$565$35,6039Big World Pictures
56Almost Human$2,147149%2-3$1,074$6,9863IFC Midnight
57The Best Offer$1,890-48%3-2$630$85,43310IFC Films
58Big Bad Wolves$1,43442%41$359$30,0008Magnolia / Magnet
59Deep Sea 3D$1,018--2--$509$46,024,509419Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Muscle Shoals$1,008344%42$252$695,62524Magnolia Pictures
61Free the Mind$905-54%10$905$155,74845International Film Circuit
62Blue Is the Warmest Color$681-70%2-1$341$2,199,67520IFC Films
63Two Lives$426-67%10$426$2,3112IFC Films
64Cutie and the Boxer$315-77%20$158$199,04530RADiUS-TWC
65Sweet Dreams (2013)$182--1--$182$35,67219International Film Circuit