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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$49,033,915--3,279--$14,954$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,501,212-61%4,3240$8,210$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,605,781-33%3,30668$2,906$62,085,8243Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,482,618-13%3,048118$2,455$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,750,593-26%2,701-478$2,129$245,128,3386Disney
6Rio 2$5,028,838-35%2,973-341$1,692$113,069,0825Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,311,083--1,044--$4,129$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,747,780--2,658--$1,410$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,743,676-20%1,233-406$1,414$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,643,574-55%1,954-693$841$18,491,3923Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,422,119-19%1,000-330$1,422$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$1,041,724-39%1,243-547$838$16,052,7684Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$719,214-64%1,133-894$635$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,545,746-13%770-114$2,007$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$849,939-39%820-534$1,037$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$734,67952%340230$2,161$2,029,1224Millennium Entertainment
4Noah$502,108-44%477-452$1,053$99,877,6507Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$488,384113%401181$1,218$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
6The Railway Man$437,644-13%18117$2,418$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
7Transcendence$353,264-70%515-1260$686$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
8A Haunted House 2$346,430-68%526-802$659$16,846,2164Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$328,145115%23618$1,390$91,104,08011Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$303,223-25%357-53$849$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Oculus$252,683-67%410-474$616$27,238,6405Relativity Media
12The Lunchbox$244,104-7%1534$1,595$3,428,46911Sony Pictures Classics
13Muppets Most Wanted$176,982-32%285-91$621$50,012,3288Disney
14RoboCop (2014)$129,736-68%146-85$889$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
15Need For Speed$116,02320%19663$592$43,189,6549Disney / DreamWorks
16300: Rise of an Empire$78,967-35%191-44$413$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
17The Monuments Men$77,395-30%122-23$634$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia
18Frozen (2013)$61,662-47%142-37$434$400,447,14825Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$487,109357%4541$10,825$634,2102Fox Searchlight
2Locke$223,01467%7348$3,055$523,2633A24
3Chef$204,961--6--$34,160$204,9611Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$177,160-8%9225$1,926$1,061,5215Sony Pictures Classics
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$131,508-2%36-1$3,653$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Under the Skin (2014)$127,685-25%93-32$1,373$2,067,1086A24
7Fed Up$126,028--18--$7,002$126,0281RADiUS-TWC
8Finding Vivian Maier$114,805-24%977$1,184$1,116,0947IFC Films
92 States$93,168-48%59-37$1,579$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
10Ida (2014)$85,55854%74$12,223$175,4822Music Box Films
11Journey to the South Pacific$71,4469%151$4,763$2,552,55724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
12Walking with the Enemy$68,754-46%72-55$955$736,8303Liberty Studios
13Palo Alto$63,461--4--$15,865$63,4611Tribeca Film
14The German Doctor$63,30244%3521$1,809$177,7393IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
15Le Week-End$57,050-41%65-25$878$2,096,9289Music Box Films
16Jerusalem 3D$49,29819%202$2,465$4,070,99934National Geographic
17Hubble 3D$47,532-5%190$2,502$43,994,772217Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Blue Ruin$46,170-37%611$757$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
19Jodorowsky's Dune$33,585-26%4-57$8,396$523,7308Sony Pictures Classics
20Godzilla: The Japanese Original$29,97669%1910$1,578$78,5974Rialto Pictures
21The Hornet's Nest$26,550--4--$6,638$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
22Space Station 3D$25,50819%10$25,508$90,588,123630IMAX
233 Days to Kill$22,702-17%42-22$541$30,688,36412Relativity Media
24God's Pocket$21,482--3--$7,161$21,4821IFC Films
25Son of God$20,353-36%68-58$299$59,666,58911Fox
26The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$19,715-25%12-1$1,643$179,6336Zeitgeist Films
27Sabotage (2014)$15,805-34%51-9$310$10,499,9687Open Road
28The Double (2014)$14,646--2--$7,323$14,6461Magnolia Pictures
29The Raid 2$13,961-52%22-16$635$2,586,1447Sony Pictures Classics
30Joe (2014)$10,382-61%23-16$451$364,5735Roadside Attractions
31On My Way$10,063-6%134$774$311,3729Cohen Media Group
3250 to 1$9,425-12%11-5$857$679,8328Ten Furlongs
33Dom Hemingway$8,604-65%19-28$453$518,1346Fox Searchlight
34Bad Words$8,525-53%29-11$294$7,738,1369Focus
35Dancing in Jaffa$8,061-68%13-10$620$122,6435IFC Films
36Young and Beautiful$7,594136%76$1,085$21,2863IFC Films
37Redwood Highway$6,730453%41$1,683$9,9505Monterey Media
38Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,255-33%13-2$481$753,7298Magnolia Pictures
39Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,033-11%13-2$464$309,0616Magnolia Pictures
40Under the Sea 3D$5,650-24%131$435$33,935,383274Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Wind Rises$5,539-61%11-15$504$5,194,64812Disney
42Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$4,985--1--$4,985$4,9851Cohen Media Group
43Philomena$4,971-53%13-9$382$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
44Rob the Mob$4,774-41%6-2$796$200,3718Millennium Entertainment
45Bicycling with Molière$4,581-55%51$916$28,1933Strand Releasing
46Tim's Vermeer$4,388-52%8-3$549$1,655,65415Sony Pictures Classics
47The M Word$4,289-59%3-7$1,430$21,1302Rainbow Releasing
48For No Good Reason$3,707-38%82$463$21,2513Sony Pictures Classics
49Hateship Loveship$3,671-50%8-7$459$47,1915IFC Films
50Stage Fright (2014)$3,562--11--$324$3,5621Magnolia / Magnet
51Gloria (2014)$3,013-35%7-2$430$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
52Watermark$2,889-47%5-6$578$82,8376eOne Films US
53Born to Be Wild 3D$2,82922%6-2$472$23,309,255162Warner Bros. / IMAX
54To the Arctic 3D$2,742-61%5-4$548$14,032,100108Warner Bros. / IMAX
55Enemy$2,547-47%124$212$1,004,5419A24
56Ilo Ilo$2,43616%21$1,218$37,4996Film Movement
57The Jewish Cardinal$2,151-19%30$717$125,34518Film Movement
58Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,835-30%10$1,835$43,72914Rialto Pictures
59That Demon Within$1,680-75%2-3$840$167,0064China Lion Film
60Deep Sea 3D$1,652--4--$413$46,041,297428Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Decoding Annie Parker$1,586-91%2-11$793$39,8502eOne Films US
62Alan Partridge$1,558-86%7-11$223$147,8316Magnolia Pictures
63The Invisible Woman$1,4380%40$360$1,233,34720Sony Pictures Classics
64For a Woman$1,410-78%20$705$11,1162Film Movement
65Manakamana$994-30%10$994$12,7064Cinema Guild
66No God, No Master$664-49%41$166$6,2427Monterey Media
67The Unknown Known$634-70%6-9$106$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
68The Protector 2$605124%10$605$1,0372Magnolia / Magnet
69Sweet Dreams (2013)$460-39%21$230$52,05928International Film Circuit
70In Bloom$409--2--$205$50,74618Big World Pictures
71Tasting Menu$31251%10$312$9,9044Magnolia Pictures
72The Missing Picture$312100%10$312$49,4368Strand Releasing
73Mistaken for Strangers$286-64%21$143$138,2787Abramorama
7420 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC
75Cheap Thrills$155-47%21$78$59,3798Drafthouse Films
76Big Men$126-79%10$126$43,6569Abramorama