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. 21 - Sun, Mar. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$54,607,747--3,936--$13,874$54,607,7471Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$17,005,126--3,194--$5,324$17,005,1261Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,832,558-46%3,607-344$3,280$81,134,9423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$8,504,075-56%3,085-405$2,757$93,592,1943Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$7,941,631-55%3,1150$2,549$30,565,5142Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$6,434,825-39%2,945-238$2,185$78,709,5554Universal
7The LEGO Movie$4,149,244-46%2,501-539$1,659$243,385,9187Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,103,057-62%1,8960$1,637$12,913,0812Lionsgate
9Son of God$2,719,425-51%2,139-851$1,271$55,669,0734Fox
10Frozen (2013)$735,601-66%1,069-397$688$397,744,86218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$9,217,043--780--$11,817$9,217,0131Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,787,95587%304238$22,329$12,998,4743Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$951,149-54%938-656$1,014$75,684,8757Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$627,355-54%650-374$965$133,120,35510Universal
53 Days to Kill$587,885-66%752-814$782$29,733,5275Relativity Media
6Veronica Mars$468,175-76%34756$1,349$2,832,9192Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$439,762-64%522-403$842$56,030,34723Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$336,447-30%335-70$1,004$62,600,84010Open Road
9American Hustle$232,315-62%281-222$827$149,806,72115Sony / Columbia
10RoboCop (2014)$228,411-73%328-637$696$57,082,5996Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$225,092-59%202-118$1,114$273,089,37525Warner Bros.
12Philomena$207,666-51%297-205$699$37,089,37118Weinstein Company
13The Wind Rises$204,350-53%150-155$1,362$4,689,1095Disney
14About Last Night$201,594-70%214-410$942$48,267,7646Sony / Screen Gems
15The Wolf of Wall Street$192,237-53%215-71$894$116,688,94313Paramount
16Tim's Vermeer$156,478-22%12920$1,213$1,242,8328Sony Pictures Classics
17Dallas Buyers Club$148,465-60%178-103$834$27,065,80921Focus
18Lone Survivor$141,370-47%211-105$670$124,810,30113Universal
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$135,467-45%224-53$605$258,039,17615Warner Bros. / New Line
20Pompeii$125,797-79%201-470$626$22,814,0305Sony / TriStar
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$114,898-44%211-57$545$424,532,47818Lionsgate
22Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$85,315-36%128-24$667$50,426,42810Paramount
23August: Osage County$62,169-41%141-62$441$37,601,05213Weinstein Company
24Winter's Tale$37,87889%14494$263$12,556,1576Warner Bros.
25Shaadi Ke Side Effects$3,579-69%1080$33$920,1264Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$505,044346%8781$5,805$660,8172Focus
2Enemy$197,6251123%9695$2,059$544,2382A24
3The Lunchbox$183,986107%3618$5,111$525,3634Sony Pictures Classics
4Nymphomaniac: Volume I$158,369--25--$6,335$158,3691Magnolia Pictures
5Le Week-End$136,008212%2522$5,440$200,1882Music Box Films
6Journey to the South Pacific$122,746-1%170$7,220$1,422,53117IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$101,493-9%27-2$3,759$3,196,32427National Geographic
8Particle Fever$78,999-12%217$3,762$316,8443Abramorama / Bond 360
950 to 1$78,480--19--$4,131$78,4801Ten Furlongs
10That Awkward Moment$71,309-45%93-29$767$25,974,3108Focus
11Her (2013)$70,572-53%73-48$967$25,377,94214Warner Bros.
12On My Way$53,006403%2019$2,650$70,3282Cohen Media Group
13Hubble 3D$50,619-10%171$2,978$43,043,004210Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Saving Mr. Banks$49,758-35%76-31$655$83,201,60415Disney
15Anita (2014)$44,114--7--$6,302$44,1141IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Great Beauty$41,645-58%45-29$925$2,716,62819Janus Films
17Gloria (2014)$41,100-50%50-25$822$1,983,5159Roadside Attractions
18Jodorowsky's Dune$36,018--3--$12,006$36,0181Sony Pictures Classics
19Space Station 3D$27,3717%4-1$6,843$90,147,586623IMAX
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$27,010-52%63-25$429$58,162,21713Fox
21Blood Ties$26,912--28--$961$26,9121Roadside Attractions
22Repentance$24,929-76%43-83$580$1,179,3274Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
23Thor: The Dark World$24,449-52%59-41$414$206,287,71320Disney
24A Birder's Guide to Everything$21,602--8--$2,700$21,6021Screen Media / Focus World
25Walking With Dinosaurs$21,495-43%59-39$364$36,020,02214Fox
26Cheap Thrills$18,638--2--$9,319$18,6381Drafthouse Films
27The Book Thief$16,469-44%31-16$531$21,431,88620Fox
28Rob the Mob$13,833--1--$13,833$13,8331Millennium Entertainment
29Vampire Academy$12,957269%3523$370$7,773,3527Weinstein Company
30To the Arctic 3D$12,601-7%124$1,050$13,910,227101Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Invisible Woman$12,29611%16-2$769$1,194,74213Sony Pictures Classics
32Ernest & Celestine$10,867-73%7-2$1,552$93,7584GKIDS
33The Missing Picture$10,148--5--$2,030$12,7841Strand Releasing
34Stranger By the Lake$8,939-55%160$559$304,9349Strand Releasing
35Big Men$8,82117%32$2,940$19,8512Abramorama
36Child's Pose$8,368-3%102$837$62,8785Zeitgeist Films
37It Felt Like Love$8,211--1--$8,211$8,2111Variance Films
38Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,83415%4-7$1,959$107,8067Kino Lorber
39Stalingrad (2014)$7,167-78%13-57$551$987,7504Sony / Columbia
40Under the Sea 3D$6,708-17%83$839$33,801,434267Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Past$6,543-43%20-3$327$1,306,55914Sony Pictures Classics
42Born to Be Wild 3D$6,26315%136$482$23,223,137155Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Jewish Cardinal$5,861--4--$1,465$67,01111Film Movement
44The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$5,772-75%9-7$641$2,351,2738ShortsHD
45Better Living Through Chemistry$5,337-89%25-36$213$72,2732IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
46Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,236-42%18-5$235$8,316,02717Weinstein Company
47The Art of the Steal (2014)$3,930-90%15-45$262$61,4462RADiUS-TWC
48Blue Jasmine$3,849-78%12-15$321$33,401,34235Sony Pictures Classics
49When Comedy Went to School$3,834-52%71$548$354,90834International Film Circuit
50Generation War$3,457-71%4-2$864$87,11610Music Box Films
51Maidentrip$3,417183%75$488$60,22714First Run Features
52Girl on a Bicycle$2,907118%21$1,454$84,8546Monterey Media
53Grand Piano$2,771-45%103$277$14,2513Magnolia / Magnet
54Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,495--4--$624$38,16721International Film Circuit
5520 Feet from Stardom$2,362-76%7-11$337$4,935,16741RADiUS-TWC
56The Retrieval$1,683-77%10$1,683$9,6772Variance Films
57Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,406--1--$1,406$23,8147Rialto Pictures
58Journey to the West$1,359-2%41$340$14,3483Magnolia / Magnet
59Interior. Leather Bar.$1,216-68%10$1,216$37,29412Strand Releasing
60The Rocket (2013)$1,123-46%71$160$50,48711Kino Lorber
61Visitors$1,100-17%41$275$79,3029Cinedigm
62Beijing Love Story$938-81%1-3$938$427,8546China Lion Film
63Big Bad Wolves$90913%20$455$32,82810Magnolia / Magnet
64Deep Sea 3D$855--21$428$46,027,284421Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Fire in the Blood$628--2--$314$27,54829International Film Circuit
66The Right Kind of Wrong$422-29%10$422$1,4182Magnolia Pictures
67Free the Mind$395--1--$395$156,14347International Film Circuit
68In Bloom$363-38%21$182$38,74711Big World Pictures