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. 25 - Sun, Apr. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$24,763,752--3,205--$7,727$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$16,219,025-37%3,620-205$4,480$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$14,351,252-36%2,705288$5,305$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$13,881,457-37%3,703-272$3,749$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$9,516,855--2,647--$3,595$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$4,265,176-61%3,4550$1,234$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,880,053--2,027--$1,914$3,880,0531Lionsgate
8Bears$3,734,588-22%1,7200$2,171$11,281,5252Disneynature
9Divergent$3,658,966-35%2,066-420$1,771$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$3,202,679-64%2,3100$1,386$14,183,3352Open Road
11God's Not Dead$2,805,833-40%1,600-196$1,754$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$2,783,208-51%2,080-701$1,338$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,459,171-28%1,021-259$2,409$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
14Noah$2,283,681-54%1,604-933$1,424$97,314,5525Paramount
15Oculus$2,184,015-58%1,881-767$1,161$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$578,452252%156130$3,708$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Muppets Most Wanted$566,362-46%565-364$1,002$49,411,3896Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$552,283-30%468-312$1,180$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$434,587-60%1372$3,172$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$355,963-11%303-37$1,175$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
6Walking with the Enemy$331,855--258--$1,286$331,8551Liberty Studios
7The Lunchbox$322,434-8%1657$1,954$2,696,3299Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Skin (2014)$273,167-35%158-18$1,729$1,531,5874A24
9300: Rise of an Empire$231,5630%32560$713$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
10Non-Stop (2014)$203,175-46%252-108$806$90,490,7059Universal
11Frozen (2013)$189,962-27%227-63$837$400,175,40123Disney
12Need For Speed$171,085-42%187-71$915$42,904,6367Disney / DreamWorks
13Le Week-End$149,496-44%129-20$1,159$1,844,0187Music Box Films
14The Monuments Men$115,638-20%166-55$697$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
15The Nut Job$101,646-8%160-41$635$64,165,44415Open Road
16RoboCop (2014)$94,185-18%147-28$641$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
17Son of God$70,088-74%211-292$332$59,569,9289Fox
18Dom Hemingway$64,619-55%119-10$543$435,1874Fox Searchlight
19Bad Words$48,339-71%114-109$424$7,678,8687Focus
20Gravity$39,367-45%105-40$375$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fading Gigolo$300,56666%3732$8,123$545,0592Millennium Entertainment
2Only Lovers Left Alive$200,94372%5336$3,791$500,9643Sony Pictures Classics
3Finding Vivian Maier$147,20211%6021$2,453$702,0385IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,474-23%370$3,824$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$84,7755%161$5,298$2,304,28722IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Locke$81,006--4--$20,252$81,0061A24
7The Raid 2$80,706-78%71-468$1,137$2,480,8015Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$53,869-32%180$2,993$43,789,282215Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jodorowsky's Dune$48,75925%4110$1,189$381,1466Sony Pictures Classics
10Particle Fever$43,72032%22-1$1,987$718,0948Abramorama / Bond 360
11Cesar Chavez$42,920-48%45-72$954$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
123 Days to Kill$41,717-38%85-25$491$30,610,84410Relativity Media
13Joe (2014)$38,315-49%41-7$935$298,3523Roadside Attractions
14Sabotage (2014)$36,215-55%75-55$483$10,431,7685Open Road
15The German Doctor$34,259--5--$6,852$34,2591IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16About Last Night$33,563-47%67-42$501$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
17Blue Ruin$32,608--7--$4,658$32,6081RADiUS-TWC
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$28,94127%146$2,067$109,5834Zeitgeist Films
19Alan Partridge$28,688127%2211$1,304$117,3044Magnolia Pictures
20That Demon Within$28,441-63%12-5$2,370$140,6332China Lion Film
21Dancing in Jaffa$23,31432%134$1,793$66,7013IFC Films
2250 to 1$21,063-64%23-33$916$642,9646Ten Furlongs
23Space Station 3D$20,898-40%30$6,966$90,492,991628IMAX
24Nymphomaniac: Volume II$17,158-30%311$553$278,9484Magnolia Pictures
2512 Years a Slave$17,141-34%32-21$536$56,651,94328Fox Searchlight
26Beneath the Harvest Sky$16,768--8--$2,096$16,7681Tribeca Film
27The Wind Rises$15,855-10%268$610$5,153,72610Disney
28Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,781-66%87-27$181$15,968,1247Lionsgate
29Philomena$14,654-52%33-68$444$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
30Nymphomaniac: Volume I$14,205-30%16-10$888$726,0746Magnolia Pictures
31Ernest & Celestine$13,102-6%20-11$655$258,9609GKIDS
32Tim's Vermeer$12,986-30%23-5$565$1,623,54113Sony Pictures Classics
33Watermark$11,364-40%168$710$64,2664eOne Films US
34On My Way$10,929--5--$2,186$280,1267Cohen Media Group
35Hateship Loveship$10,13657%1613$634$27,8433IFC Films
36Last Passenger$9,326--10--$933$9,3261Cohen Media Group
37The Unknown Known$8,419-75%22-27$383$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
38Under the Sea 3D$7,194-36%81$899$33,893,053272Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Enemy$7,081-32%150$472$992,7207A24
40To the Arctic 3D$6,451-5%61$1,075$14,004,225106Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Gloria (2014)$6,105-12%9-4$678$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
42Who Is Dayani Cristal?$5,712--2--$2,856$5,7121Kino Lorber
43August: Osage County$5,44067%7-9$777$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
44Frankie & Alice$5,067-83%24-19$211$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
45Bright Days Ahead$4,919--4--$1,230$4,9191Tribeca Film
46The Final Member$4,759131%103$476$7,9492Drafthouse Films
47Make Your Move$4,660-94%40-102$117$122,2932High Top Releasing
48Young and Beautiful$4,607--1--$4,607$4,6071IFC Films
49The Missing Picture$4,526486%53$905$46,2236Strand Releasing
50For No Good Reason$4,516--2--$2,258$4,5161Sony Pictures Classics
51Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$4,240--2--$2,120$34,03312Rialto Pictures
52Born to Be Wild 3D$4,18865%112$381$23,293,356160Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Child's Pose$4,063-19%51$813$94,85310Zeitgeist Films
54Dallas Buyers Club$3,978-54%12-2$332$27,296,51426Focus
55The Retrieval$3,9531%54$791$27,9497Variance Films
56Bicycling with Molière$3,896--1--$3,896$5,2661Strand Releasing
57Anita (2014)$3,742--6--$624$173,6346IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
58Rob the Mob$3,363-72%4-9$841$182,5986Millennium Entertainment
59Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$3,225-23%3-3$1,075$155,04612Kino Lorber
60Just a Sigh$2,013--2--$1,007$55,3676Distrib Films
61It Felt Like Love$1,814536%32$605$31,1736Variance Films
62Manakamana$1,562-57%10$1,562$7,6112Cinema Guild
63American Mustang$1,513-68%10$1,513$47,67915Vitagraph / Just Media
64The Invisible Woman$1,32222%21$661$1,228,29518Sony Pictures Classics
65Godzilla: The Japanese Original$936-91%10$936$21,8742Rialto Pictures
66Gabrielle (2014)$892-71%10$892$4,8042eOne Films US
6720 Feet from Stardom$887491%10$887$4,943,11446RADiUS-TWC
68Stranger By the Lake$688--4--$172$324,02614Strand Releasing
69Mistaken for Strangers$646--2--$323$135,2755Abramorama
70No God, No Master$623-62%20$312$3,5375Monterey Media
71In Bloom$426--1--$426$49,06816Big World Pictures
72Tasting Menu$236-96%1-4$236$9,0852Magnolia Pictures
73Redwood Highway$130-44%1-1$130$4273Monterey Media