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. 11 - Sun, Apr. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$41,274,861-57%3,9380$10,481$158,883,0322Disney
2Rio 2$39,327,869--3,948--$9,961$39,327,8691Fox
3Oculus$12,005,402--2,648--$4,534$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$9,783,603--2,781--$3,518$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$7,553,607-56%3,282-289$2,302$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$7,380,460-43%3,110-521$2,373$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$5,540,678-29%1,860102$2,979$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$4,069,245-33%1,467204$2,774$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$2,275,944-63%2,261-791$1,007$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,872,803-64%2,001-930$936$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid 2$956,672631%954928$1,003$1,369,7973Sony Pictures Classics
2Non-Stop (2014)$750,225-58%762-962$985$89,454,5307Universal
3Need For Speed$682,317-62%613-1166$1,113$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$596,236-63%763-311$781$7,126,3425Focus
5The LEGO Movie$502,033-64%610-740$823$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
6300: Rise of an Empire$441,465-70%525-1030$841$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$385,006-4%34423$1,119$399,445,24821Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$361,438-82%751-1735$481$10,069,5693Open Road
9Son of God$297,567-3%905424$329$58,969,6407Fox
10Cesar Chavez$285,502-70%305-359$936$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Lunchbox$283,903-11%12926$2,201$1,735,9117Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Week-End$250,586-14%14542$1,728$1,201,6475Music Box Films
13The Nut Job$186,577-32%261-24$715$63,799,50513Open Road
14The Monuments Men$174,646-20%265-43$659$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
15RoboCop (2014)$149,157174%19476$769$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
16Ride Along$144,995-21%177-59$819$134,141,53013Universal
17Gravity$133,931-45%202-53$663$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
18Frankie & Alice$129,337-63%1710$756$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
19Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,975-74%135-290$622$15,850,3815Lionsgate
20Philomena$52,665-39%157-40$335$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
21The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,379-55%101-29$271$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Skin (2014)$281,650112%5450$5,216$472,6472A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$140,315-25%370$3,792$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$105,881--48--$2,206$105,8811Roadside Attractions
4Finding Vivian Maier$99,02319%207$4,951$309,0243IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$87,989--4--$21,997$87,9891Sony Pictures Classics
650 to 1$78,924-62%95-38$831$507,4864Ten Furlongs
7Journey to the South Pacific$73,139-18%14-3$5,224$1,977,87520IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Dom Hemingway$70,118140%4238$1,669$119,9412Fox Searchlight
9Nymphomaniac: Volume II$68,443-9%29-1$2,360$191,4372Magnolia Pictures
10Jerusalem 3D$68,44032%331$2,074$3,638,73930National Geographic
11The Unknown Known$63,835-1%8062$798$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
12The Railway Man$61,845--4--$15,461$61,8451Weinstein Company
13Cuban Fury$57,105--79--$723$57,1051eOne Films US
14Hubble 3D$55,218-13%14-4$3,944$43,438,528213Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Nymphomaniac: Volume I$54,878-44%49-10$1,120$648,1984Magnolia Pictures
16Main Tera Hero$45,272-72%770$588$253,2122Eros International
17Jodorowsky's Dune$42,392-15%237$1,843$237,3934Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$41,309-28%23-4$1,796$598,6476Abramorama / Bond 360
19Pompeii$41,025-42%93-41$441$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
203 Days to Kill$39,516-41%83-48$476$30,455,3868Relativity Media
2112 Years a Slave$32,935-50%64-64$515$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
22Rob the Mob$30,293-38%308$1,010$147,3844Millennium Entertainment
23Enemy$29,874-46%39-36$766$950,5125A24
24The Wind Rises$24,870-57%25-27$995$5,089,1618Disney
25Ernest & Celestine$24,601-22%3915$631$212,1797GKIDS
26Space Station 3D$24,19314%1-2$24,193$90,348,592626IMAX
27The Face of Love$22,857-38%32-4$714$309,4276IFC Films
28Tim's Vermeer$19,790-59%29-35$682$1,569,30611Sony Pictures Classics
29The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$18,535257%43$4,634$27,0452Zeitgeist Films
30Afflicted$18,328-74%34-10$539$121,1792CBS Films
31Dallas Buyers Club$17,577-39%33-19$533$27,272,14524Focus
32Her (2013)$16,523-49%38-47$435$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
33On My Way$14,587-62%14-11$1,042$247,9825Cohen Media Group
34About Last Night$13,495-50%26-18$519$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
35Anita (2014)$12,845-69%123$1,070$154,8274IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36Alan Partridge$11,875-6%74$1,696$63,8012Magnolia Pictures
37Gloria (2014)$11,6348%247$485$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
38Dancing in Jaffa$10,564--2--$5,282$10,5641IFC Films
39Thor: The Dark World$10,322-55%16-19$645$206,360,01823Disney
40Veil of Tears$9,953-2%2-2$4,977$69,8303Word Films
41Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,412293%40$2,353$134,68510Kino Lorber
42Breathe In$8,853-72%15-26$590$81,4263Cohen Media Group
43Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$8,548--16--$534$288,8968IFC Films
44Veronica Mars$8,540-77%23-51$371$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
45Watermark$8,2677%31$2,756$20,2142eOne Films US
46August: Osage County$7,681-36%27-15$284$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
47To the Arctic 3D$6,631-14%4-1$1,658$13,967,001104Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Hank and Asha$6,192--1--$6,192$6,1921FilmRise Releasing
49Under the Sea 3D$6,074-23%7-4$868$33,843,931270Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Hateship Loveship$6,015--1--$6,015$6,0151IFC Films
51The Great Beauty$5,578-28%5-2$1,116$2,835,88622Janus Films
52Mistaken for Strangers$5,065-46%4-3$1,266$121,6613Abramorama
53Born to Be Wild 3D$4,9647%111$451$23,269,886158Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Saving Mr. Banks$4,436-61%15-21$296$83,299,76118Disney
55Cheap Thrills$4,224-52%10-8$422$53,6824Drafthouse Films
56The Past$2,59448%3-1$865$1,330,59617Sony Pictures Classics
57Interior. Leather Bar.$2,439--2--$1,220$40,86215Strand Releasing
58The Invisible Woman$1,941-65%7-2$277$1,222,86316Sony Pictures Classics
59Child's Pose$1,809-56%2-2$905$81,0858Zeitgeist Films
60The Butterfly Room$1,081--1--$1,081$1,0811Archstone Distribution
61Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-32%31$324$45,31024International Film Circuit
62Maidentrip$93650%10$936$67,70517First Run Features
63Grand Piano$909-25%2-3$455$22,3536Magnolia / Magnet
64Peter Brook: The Tightrope$824--1--$824$18,92911First Run Features
65Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$552-64%1-2$552$29,39710Rialto Pictures
66The Missing Picture$545-91%3-6$182$39,8604Strand Releasing
6720 Feet from Stardom$480212%21$240$4,941,26344RADiUS-TWC
68The Rocket (2013)$377-9%32$126$52,96314Kino Lorber
69Girl on a Bicycle$328-57%2-1$164$89,8529Monterey Media
70Stranger By the Lake$302-90%1-4$302$323,07012Strand Releasing
71Redwood Highway$30--1--$30$301Monterey Media