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. 18 - Sun, Apr. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$25,587,056-38%3,825-113$6,689$200,501,5103Disney
2Heaven is for Real$22,522,221--2,417--$9,318$29,556,4141Sony / TriStar
3Rio 2$22,159,742-44%3,97527$5,575$75,045,1222Fox
4Transcendence$10,886,386--3,455--$3,151$10,886,3861Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$8,843,875--2,310--$3,829$8,843,8751Open Road
6Draft Day$5,713,076-42%2,7810$2,054$19,360,8632Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$5,611,624-24%2,486-624$2,257$133,776,4915Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$5,156,880-57%2,6480$1,947$21,146,2712Relativity Media
9Noah$5,003,303-34%2,537-745$1,972$93,277,1294Paramount
10Bears$4,776,267--1,720--$2,777$4,776,2671Disneynature
11God's Not Dead$4,646,762-16%1,796-64$2,587$48,172,0755Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,415,528-16%1,280-187$2,668$44,964,9297Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$1,073,898--135--$7,955$1,073,8981UTV Motion Pictures
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,057,265-54%929-1332$1,138$48,307,8185Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$788,223-58%780-1221$1,011$107,164,8047Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Under the Skin (2014)$422,60750%176122$2,401$1,041,4753A24
5The LEGO Movie$399,466-20%340-270$1,175$252,259,05611Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$379,270-49%360-402$1,054$90,147,1308Universal
7The Raid 2$363,672-62%539-415$675$2,219,2614Sony Pictures Classics
8The Lunchbox$349,66323%15829$2,213$2,220,6098Sony Pictures Classics
9Need For Speed$294,059-57%258-355$1,140$42,648,9426Disney / DreamWorks
10Son of God$270,704-9%503-402$538$59,437,0418Fox
11Le Week-End$266,8206%1494$1,791$1,587,5416Music Box Films
12Frozen (2013)$258,894-33%290-54$893$399,877,96722Disney
13300: Rise of an Empire$232,168-47%265-260$876$105,481,7457Warner Bros.
14Bad Words$164,770-72%223-540$739$7,563,0886Focus
15Dom Hemingway$144,675106%12987$1,122$300,0143Fox Searchlight
16The Monuments Men$143,996-18%221-44$652$77,495,40511Sony / Columbia
17RoboCop (2014)$115,511-23%175-19$660$57,735,25910Sony / Columbia
18The Nut Job$110,117-41%201-60$548$64,015,09314Open Road
19Cesar Chavez$83,240-71%117-188$711$5,391,2874Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sabotage (2014)$81,182-78%130-621$624$10,353,4434Open Road
21Make Your Move$81,172--142--$572$81,1721High Top Releasing
22Gravity$71,447-47%145-57$493$273,980,13229Warner Bros.
233 Days to Kill$66,94569%11027$609$30,539,4219Relativity Media
24About Last Night$63,486370%10983$582$48,569,01810Sony / Screen Gems
25Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$46,002-45%114-21$404$15,925,7296Lionsgate
26Philomena$30,258-43%101-56$300$37,638,92222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,46331%370$4,985$816,4643Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fading Gigolo$180,801--5--$36,160$180,8011Millennium Entertainment
3The Railway Man$164,252166%2622$6,317$252,4022Weinstein Company
4Finding Vivian Maier$132,84634%3919$3,406$491,2414IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$116,94433%1713$6,879$247,1162Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$80,78410%151$5,386$2,135,70521IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Hubble 3D$78,67142%184$4,371$43,650,259214Warner Bros. / IMAX
8That Demon Within$77,130--17--$4,537$77,1301China Lion Film
9Joe (2014)$74,457-30%480$1,551$226,9512Roadside Attractions
1050 to 1$58,970-25%56-39$1,053$600,1105Ten Furlongs
11Jodorowsky's Dune$38,902-8%318$1,255$306,8505Sony Pictures Classics
12Space Station 3D$35,05545%32$11,685$90,432,432627IMAX
13The Unknown Known$33,589-47%49-31$685$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
14Particle Fever$33,129-20%230$1,440$655,4267Abramorama / Bond 360
15Frankie & Alice$29,870-77%43-128$695$674,1513Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
1612 Years a Slave$25,972-21%53-11$490$56,614,63327Fox Searchlight
17Pompeii$25,101-39%64-29$392$23,219,7489Sony / TriStar
18Nymphomaniac: Volume II$24,560-64%301$819$242,9393Magnolia Pictures
19The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$22,84323%84$2,855$60,1843Zeitgeist Films
20Nymphomaniac: Volume I$20,204-63%26-23$777$697,1865Magnolia Pictures
21Watermark$18,803127%85$2,350$42,8613eOne Films US
22Tim's Vermeer$18,621-6%28-1$665$1,598,89112Sony Pictures Classics
23Dancing in Jaffa$17,70268%97$1,967$36,4382IFC Films
24The Wind Rises$17,558-29%18-7$975$5,127,3609Disney
25Ernest & Celestine$13,870-44%31-8$447$241,9548GKIDS
26Alan Partridge$12,6537%114$1,150$82,2343Magnolia Pictures
27Rob the Mob$11,983-60%13-17$922$174,9275Millennium Entertainment
28Under the Sea 3D$11,26886%70$1,610$33,871,520271Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Godzilla: The Japanese Original$10,903--1--$10,903$10,9031Rialto Pictures
30Enemy$10,409-65%15-24$694$976,4946A24
3113 Sins$9,261--45--$206$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
32Dallas Buyers Club$8,634-51%14-19$617$27,289,11625Focus
33The Face of Love$7,768-66%13-19$598$328,7267IFC Films
34Cuban Fury$7,493-87%8-71$937$90,3102eOne Films US
35Gloria (2014)$6,922-41%13-11$532$2,083,11813Roadside Attractions
36To the Arctic 3D$6,7792%51$1,356$13,984,851105Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Hateship Loveship$6,4647%32$2,155$14,7932IFC Films
38Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$6,254--3--$2,085$25,44221Cinema Guild
39Tasting Menu$6,010--5--$1,202$6,0101Magnolia Pictures
40Kid Cannabis$5,565--10--$557$5,5651Well Go USA
41Main Tera Hero$5,343-88%770$69$274,5793Eros International
42Child's Pose$5,041179%42$1,260$87,3349Zeitgeist Films
43Veronica Mars$4,749-44%15-8$317$3,319,1096Warner Bros.
44American Mustang$4,658--1--$4,658$43,77514Vitagraph / Just Media
45Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$4,177-56%62$696$144,87011Kino Lorber
46The Retrieval$3,912--1--$3,912$23,1236Variance Films
47Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$3,843-55%7-9$549$301,7249IFC Films
48Manakamana$3,635--1--$3,635$3,6351Cinema Guild
49August: Osage County$3,252-58%16-11$203$37,726,51217Weinstein Company
50Hank and Asha$3,176-49%21$1,588$10,5442FilmRise Releasing
51Gabrielle (2014)$3,024--1--$3,024$3,0241eOne Films US
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,536-49%9-2$282$23,281,512159Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Big Men$2,168--2--$1,084$41,9776Abramorama
54The Final Member$2,064--7--$295$2,0641Drafthouse Films
55Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,73879%1-2$1,738$49,26225International Film Circuit
56No God, No Master$1,632--2--$816$2,8544Monterey Media
57Half the Road$1,613--2--$807$1,6131First Run Features
58The Great Beauty$1,549-72%4-1$387$2,852,40023Janus Films
59The Invisible Woman$1,083-44%1-6$1,083$1,226,03617Sony Pictures Classics
60Cheap Thrills$1,004-76%5-5$201$57,9625Drafthouse Films
61The Missing Picture$77242%2-1$386$41,1235Strand Releasing
62When Comedy Went to School$542--1--$542$367,91338International Film Circuit
63It Felt Like Love$285--1--$285$29,0985Variance Films
64Redwood Highway$233677%21$117$2632Monterey Media
6520 Feet from Stardom$150-69%1-1$150$4,941,72745RADiUS-TWC