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. 28 - Sun, Mar. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$43,720,472--3,567--$12,257$43,720,4721Paramount
2Divergent$25,619,578-53%3,9360$6,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$11,279,128-34%3,1940$3,531$33,116,8172Disney
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,070,635-23%3,299-308$2,750$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5God's Not Dead$8,797,666-5%1,178398$7,468$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Sabotage (2014)$5,272,444--2,486--$2,121$5,272,4441Open Road
7Need For Speed$4,226,216-47%2,705-410$1,562$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$4,209,290-51%2,601-484$1,618$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$4,010,885-38%2,515-430$1,595$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$3,018,060-27%2,001-500$1,508$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,121,830-64%1,139-757$985$14,999,9353Lionsgate
12Son of God$1,064,201-61%1,277-862$833$57,854,9435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$8,539,79526%977673$8,741$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$2,861,528--664--$4,310$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$2,560,186407%842755$3,041$3,478,8763Focus
4The Monuments Men$428,787-55%501-437$856$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$337,736-54%387-682$873$398,391,61119Disney
6Ride Along$318,390-49%360-290$884$133,659,26511Universal
7The Nut Job$312,530-7%294-41$1,063$63,106,25511Open Road
83 Days to Kill$211,705-64%340-412$623$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$158,425-66%210-137$754$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$134,083-70%228-294$588$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Enemy$124,578-37%12024$1,038$769,8893A24
12Gravity$121,981-46%135-67$904$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$107,603-54%188-93$572$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
14Philomena$106,001-49%202-95$525$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$103,597-24%185-39$560$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
16RoboCop (2014)$97,144-57%168-160$578$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
17Pompeii$92,852-26%162-39$573$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
18Lone Survivor$89,925-36%165-46$545$124,964,47614Universal
19The Wolf of Wall Street$86,772-55%134-81$648$116,866,72714Paramount
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$75,482-12%107-21$705$50,549,10711Paramount
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$63,523-45%158-53$402$424,645,57719Lionsgate
22Her (2013)$48,944-31%11037$445$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lunchbox$287,43056%7337$3,937$885,4515Sony Pictures Classics
2Le Week-End$215,38758%5025$4,308$472,9013Music Box Films
3The Raid 2$165,292--7--$23,613$165,2921Sony Pictures Classics
4Journey to the South Pacific$133,6989%170$7,865$1,669,87118IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$124,442-21%3813$3,275$367,2192Magnolia Pictures
6The Wind Rises$121,923-40%78-72$1,563$4,922,6756Disney
7Tim's Vermeer$90,463-42%94-35$962$1,424,0019Sony Pictures Classics
8Mistaken for Strangers$87,743--9--$9,749$87,7431Abramorama
9About Last Night$74,145-63%91-123$815$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
10Particle Fever$68,796-13%276$2,548$442,5954Abramorama / Bond 360
11Jerusalem 3D$67,915-33%325$2,122$3,344,60028National Geographic
12Hubble 3D$65,02628%170$3,825$43,171,097211Warner Bros. / IMAX
13On My Way$59,23612%3111$1,911$149,6133Cohen Media Group
14Dallas Buyers Club$56,477-62%99-79$570$27,191,66622Focus
15That Awkward Moment$42,143-41%68-25$620$26,049,0829Focus
1650 to 1$39,638-49%18-1$2,202$146,7372Ten Furlongs
17Jodorowsky's Dune$36,0340%74$5,148$90,6882Sony Pictures Classics
18August: Osage County$32,791-47%81-60$405$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
19Saving Mr. Banks$31,610-36%55-21$575$83,262,22416Disney
20Ernest & Celestine$30,812184%125$2,568$128,8695GKIDS
21Space Station 3D$29,6798%40$7,420$90,223,595624IMAX
22The Great Beauty$24,520-41%20-25$1,226$2,784,68720Janus Films
23The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$22,821-16%43-20$531$58,201,17414Fox
24Rob the Mob$22,36462%54$4,473$40,3262Millennium Entertainment
25Gloria (2014)$20,655-50%36-14$574$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
26The Book Thief$20,23623%310$653$21,464,17521Fox
27Anita (2014)$19,990-55%70$2,856$80,2812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
28Walking With Dinosaurs$18,544-14%42-17$442$36,051,81715Fox
29Just a Sigh$17,404--5--$3,481$33,5772Distrib Films
30Thor: The Dark World$16,833-31%41-18$411$206,314,55921Disney
31Breathe In$15,324--18--$851$15,3241Cohen Media Group
32To the Arctic 3D$14,36314%6-6$2,394$13,922,280102Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Winter's Tale$12,737-66%85-59$150$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
34Stalingrad (2014)$11,24457%6653$170$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
35Born to Be Wild 3D$10,84373%12-1$904$23,249,280156Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Under the Sea 3D$9,53742%7-1$1,362$33,815,340268Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Big Men$9,4027%30$3,134$35,4063Abramorama
38Cheap Thrills$9,133-51%75$1,305$32,6792Drafthouse Films
39Dishkiyaoon$8,173--11--$743$8,1731Eros International
40The Invisible Woman$7,837-36%160$490$1,206,95314Sony Pictures Classics
41The Missing Picture$7,711-24%4-1$1,928$25,6652Strand Releasing
42The Past$7,0478%233$306$1,319,94115Sony Pictures Classics
43Vampire Academy$6,344-51%24-11$264$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
44Stranger By the Lake$4,379-51%4-12$1,095$315,32210Strand Releasing
45Child's Pose$4,003-52%4-6$1,001$71,7616Zeitgeist Films
46When Comedy Went to School$2,753-28%5-2$551$363,19735International Film Circuit
47Grand Piano$2,572-7%6-4$429$19,1634Magnolia / Magnet
48Jews of Egypt$2,179--1--$2,179$2,1791ArtMattan Productions
49In Bloom$1,996450%1-1$1,996$41,57512Big World Pictures
50Blood Ties$1,873-93%5-23$375$41,2292Roadside Attractions
5120 Feet from Stardom$1,628-31%4-3$407$4,938,07542RADiUS-TWC
52Journey to the West$1,4376%3-1$479$16,6304Magnolia / Magnet
53Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$1,428-82%51$286$113,8358Kino Lorber
54Visitors$1,42830%40$357$81,27610Cinedigm
55Maidentrip$1,335-61%4-3$334$64,89615First Run Features
56The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$1,288-78%4-5$322$2,357,8909ShortsHD
57Refuge$1,274--1--$1,274$1,2741Strand Releasing
58Blue Jasmine$1,244-68%3-9$415$33,404,87136Sony Pictures Classics
59Girl on a Bicycle$1,019-65%1-1$1,019$86,7097Monterey Media
60Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$998-29%21$499$26,0048Rialto Pictures
61Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-61%3-1$324$39,75122International Film Circuit
62Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$888--1--$888$51,4277Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
63Free the Mind$63661%10$636$157,00748International Film Circuit
64The Right Kind of Wrong$338-20%10$338$2,0223Magnolia Pictures