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, Apr. 4 - Sun, Apr. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$95,023,721--3,938--$24,130$95,023,7211Disney
2Noah$17,045,744-61%3,5714$4,773$72,386,9052Paramount
3Divergent$12,976,413-49%3,631-305$3,574$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$7,762,603-12%1,758580$4,416$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$6,145,357-46%3,052-142$2,014$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,115,230-28%1,263286$4,842$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,131,458-43%2,931-368$1,751$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$1,999,758-62%2,4860$804$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$1,807,160-57%1,779-926$1,016$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$1,793,330-55%1,724-791$1,040$88,104,1206Universal
11Bad Words$1,613,277-37%1,074232$1,502$5,941,6814Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$1,466,274-65%1,555-1046$943$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$1,402,281-54%1,350-651$1,039$250,608,5849Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$962,077-66%6640$1,449$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$399,87718%321-66$1,246$398,938,89020Disney
3Frankie & Alice$350,647--171--$2,051$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$324,546-71%425-714$764$15,659,8284Lionsgate
5The Lunchbox$320,69812%10330$3,114$1,330,8406Sony Pictures Classics
6Son of God$305,629-71%481-796$635$58,545,2756Fox
7Le Week-End$290,62035%10353$2,822$841,6384Music Box Films
8The Nut Job$273,434-13%285-9$959$63,506,25212Open Road
9Gravity$242,00698%255120$949$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$217,803-49%308-193$707$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
1150 to 1$206,207420%133115$1,550$369,0363Ten Furlongs
12Ride Along$184,255-42%236-124$781$133,941,07012Universal
13Jinn (2014)$149,337--201--$743$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$86,582-18%197-5$440$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$71,077-23%134-28$530$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
163 Days to Kill$67,181-68%131-209$513$30,388,4067Relativity Media
17Lone Survivor$67,075-25%140-25$479$125,069,69615Universal
1812 Years a Slave$65,934-51%128-100$515$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,720-41%130-55$467$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
20RoboCop (2014)$54,417-44%118-50$461$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
21American Hustle$52,791-51%119-69$444$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$188,307--37--$5,089$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Main Tera Hero$162,404--77--$2,109$162,4041Eros International
3Under the Skin (2014)$133,154--4--$33,289$133,1541A24
4The Raid 2$130,928-21%2619$5,036$351,7662Sony Pictures Classics
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$97,704-21%5921$1,656$536,1363Magnolia Pictures
6Journey to the South Pacific$89,299-33%170$5,253$1,850,92619IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Finding Vivian Maier$83,260--13--$6,405$172,5842IFC Films
8Nymphomaniac: Volume II$74,978--30--$2,499$74,9781Magnolia Pictures
9Afflicted$69,447--44--$1,578$69,4471CBS Films
10The Unknown Known$64,315--18--$3,573$64,3151RADiUS-TWC
11Hubble 3D$63,399-3%181$3,522$43,323,340212Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Wind Rises$58,472-52%52-26$1,124$5,035,9427Disney
13Particle Fever$57,315-17%270$2,123$533,6235Abramorama / Bond 360
14Enemy$55,591-55%75-45$741$893,4104A24
15Jerusalem 3D$52,040-23%320$1,626$3,504,10529National Geographic
16Jodorowsky's Dune$49,99039%169$3,124$163,3253Sony Pictures Classics
17Rob the Mob$48,963119%2217$2,226$97,1963Millennium Entertainment
18Tim's Vermeer$48,855-46%64-30$763$1,522,04310Sony Pictures Classics
19Anita (2014)$40,804104%92$4,534$132,8343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20On My Way$37,952-36%25-6$1,518$216,8624Cohen Media Group
21The Face of Love$36,670--36--$1,019$268,6015IFC Films
22Veronica Mars$36,525-77%74-136$494$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
23Her (2013)$32,382-34%85-25$381$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
24Breathe In$31,704107%4123$773$56,1012Cohen Media Group
25Ernest & Celestine$31,5212%2412$1,313$171,8286GKIDS
26Dom Hemingway$29,276--4--$7,319$38,7281Fox Searchlight
27Dallas Buyers Club$28,832-49%52-47$554$27,242,01223Focus
28About Last Night$26,851-64%44-47$610$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
29Thor: The Dark World$22,93336%35-6$655$206,344,13122Disney
30Space Station 3D$21,268-28%3-1$7,089$90,284,944625IMAX
31The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$17,453-24%36-7$485$58,229,12015Fox
32Walking With Dinosaurs$13,473-27%33-9$408$36,073,23216Fox
33Alan Partridge$12,664--3--$4,221$12,6641Magnolia Pictures
34August: Osage County$11,924-64%42-39$284$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
35Saving Mr. Banks$11,335-64%36-19$315$83,289,48117Disney
36Gloria (2014)$10,821-48%17-19$637$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
37Alien Abduction$10,514--13--$809$10,5141IFC Midnight
38Veil of Tears$10,162--4--$2,541$48,0902Word Films
39The Book Thief$9,963-51%23-8$433$21,483,15422Fox
40Mistaken for Strangers$9,393-89%7-2$1,342$108,4742Abramorama
41Ilo Ilo$8,775--2--$4,388$8,7751Film Movement
42Cheap Thrills$8,733-4%1811$485$45,6993Drafthouse Films
43Under the Sea 3D$7,894-17%114$718$33,831,737269Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Great Beauty$7,798-68%7-13$1,114$2,815,30921Janus Films
45Watermark$7,724--2--$3,862$7,7241eOne Films US
46To the Arctic 3D$7,704-46%5-1$1,541$13,950,388103Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Players$6,674--50--$133$6,6741Weinstein Company
48The Missing Picture$6,261-19%95$696$34,7383Strand Releasing
49On the Other Side of the Tracks$5,923--50--$118$5,9231Weinstein Company
50The Invisible Woman$5,551-29%9-7$617$1,219,89715Sony Pictures Classics
51The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,185--1--$5,185$5,1851Zeitgeist Films
52Born to Be Wild 3D$4,619-57%10-2$462$23,260,849157Warner Bros. / IMAX
53The Jewish Cardinal$4,581--4--$1,145$85,36313Film Movement
54Child's Pose$4,1043%40$1,026$76,9607Zeitgeist Films
55Stranger By the Lake$3,022-31%51$604$320,81711Strand Releasing
56Vampire Academy$2,593-59%11-13$236$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
57Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$2,39568%4-1$599$120,1559Kino Lorber
58The Past$1,756-75%4-19$439$1,325,67216Sony Pictures Classics
59No God, No Master$1,591--5--$318$1,7522Monterey Media
60Stalingrad (2014)$1,577-86%10-56$158$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
61Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55155%31$517$28,1969Rialto Pictures
62Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,43848%2-1$719$43,30323International Film Circuit
63Grand Piano$1,204-53%5-1$241$20,8985Magnolia / Magnet
64Jews of Egypt$1,177-46%10$1,177$4,5062ArtMattan Productions
65When Comedy Went to School$1,082-61%3-2$361$365,54836International Film Circuit
66Big Men$1,021-89%1-2$1,021$39,5554Abramorama
67Fire in the Blood$885--3--$295$28,94831International Film Circuit
68In Bloom$880-56%10$880$42,45513Big World Pictures
69Refuge$796-38%10$796$2,5542Strand Releasing
70Girl on a Bicycle$769-25%32$256$88,2468Monterey Media
71Maidentrip$623-53%1-3$623$66,00516First Run Features
72Journey to the West$533-63%2-1$267$17,7345Magnolia / Magnet
73The Rocket (2013)$414--1--$414$52,58613Kino Lorber
7420 Feet from Stardom$154-91%1-3$154$4,940,78343RADiUS-TWC