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. 16 - Sun, May. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$93,188,384--3,952--$23,580$93,188,3841Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$25,065,895-49%3,31132$7,570$90,591,1002Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$16,803,227-53%3,991-333$4,210$172,169,8643Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$10,515,659--3,019--$3,483$10,515,6591Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$6,307,823-34%3,054-252$2,065$71,672,0164Fox
6Heaven is for Real$4,380,052-41%2,893-155$1,514$82,228,5935Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$3,739,890-26%2,371-602$1,577$117,991,2156Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,664,058-36%2,271-430$1,613$250,532,3047Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,957,456-48%2,578-80$759$6,564,4772Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$1,773,470-59%1,0462$1,695$7,200,9022Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$1,164,742-33%991-242$1,175$146,789,7429Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,041,698-33%630-140$1,653$55,478,50411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$940,44693%173128$5,436$1,767,7443Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$737,811-48%780-220$946$58,924,1639Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$524,5987%355-46$1,478$254,342,25015Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$506,100-69%724-1230$699$19,609,9464Relativity Media
7Fading Gigolo$398,857-46%35616$1,120$2,681,3455Millennium Entertainment
8Bears$375,653-64%580-663$648$16,839,7225Disneynature
9Draft Day$369,998-56%495-325$747$28,393,6176Lionsgate / Summit
10The Railway Man$305,568-30%1832$1,670$2,749,9466Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$304,7541%319-38$955$109,303,05411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Transcendence$279,951-21%315-200$889$22,635,8405Warner Bros.
13Non-Stop (2014)$268,295-18%220-16$1,220$91,439,40012Universal
14Noah$211,230-58%286-191$739$100,262,3518Paramount
15Locke$204,922-8%12148$1,694$820,0474A24
16The Lunchbox$162,421-33%130-23$1,249$3,681,95312Sony Pictures Classics
17300: Rise of an Empire$162,271105%155-36$1,047$106,488,12811Warner Bros.
18The Quiet Ones$161,124-78%341-792$473$8,357,4634Lionsgate
19Need For Speed$124,2237%160-36$776$43,369,17910Disney / DreamWorks
20Muppets Most Wanted$104,091-41%195-90$534$50,154,1799Disney
21A Haunted House 2$92,425-73%124-402$745$17,059,6495Open Road
22Oculus$81,161-68%140-270$580$27,431,0316Relativity Media
23Frozen (2013)$43,107-30%112-30$385$400,523,07926Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$708,690246%7266$9,843$991,5622Open Road
2Fed Up$184,00746%5537$3,346$369,2082RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$142,8029%371$3,860$1,833,4177Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ida (2014)$127,06749%2114$6,051$346,5123Music Box Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$122,498-31%953$1,289$1,288,5366Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$106,19467%3632$2,950$199,3592Tribeca Film
7RoboCop (2014)$101,754-22%81-65$1,256$58,607,00714Sony / Columbia
8Under the Skin (2014)$77,587-39%56-37$1,385$2,224,8257A24
9God's Pocket$75,558252%8077$944$104,4012IFC Films
10Journey to the South Pacific$72,6552%150$4,844$2,696,69025IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The German Doctor$63,1920%394$1,620$275,5534IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Finding Vivian Maier$63,005-45%64-33$984$1,240,1468IFC Films
13Hubble 3D$57,10220%16-3$3,569$44,130,086218Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Monuments Men$53,495-31%94-28$569$78,031,62015Sony / Columbia
15The Immigrant$44,064--3--$14,688$44,0641Weinstein Company
162 States$35,949-61%32-27$1,123$2,221,6765UTV Motion Pictures
17Jerusalem 3D$34,438-30%14-6$2,460$4,139,61335National Geographic
18Le Week-End$34,143-40%40-25$854$2,155,85710Music Box Films
19Walking with the Enemy$30,085-56%47-25$640$799,6944Liberty Studios
20The Double (2014)$29,690103%1210$2,474$53,3442Magnolia Pictures
21Chinese Puzzle$23,544--2--$11,772$23,5441Cohen Media Group
22The Hornet's Nest$23,039-13%1713$1,355$53,5262Freestyle Releasing
23Bad Words$21,032147%8354$253$7,764,02710Focus
24Particle Fever$18,841--11--$1,713$829,58411Abramorama / Bond 360
25Space Station 3D$17,677-31%32$5,892$90,630,015631IMAX
26The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$15,046-24%153$1,003$205,4687Zeitgeist Films
27Jodorowsky's Dune$10,662-68%1410$762$556,8839Sony Pictures Classics
28Blue Ruin$9,240-80%24-37$385$239,0564RADiUS-TWC
29Under the Sea 3D$7,94441%7-6$1,135$33,952,720275Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Son of God$7,843-61%46-22$171$59,681,11712Fox
31To the Arctic 3D$7,516174%50$1,503$14,048,157109Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,444-75%8-11$931$117,8825Rialto Pictures
33The Raid 2$6,850-51%11-11$623$2,602,1228Sony Pictures Classics
34Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,8039%7-6$972$763,0869Magnolia Pictures
35Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$5,066--1--$5,066$5,0661International Film Circuit
36Half of a Yellow Sun$4,843--1--$4,843$4,8431Monterey Media
37The Wind Rises$4,830-13%132$372$5,201,87913Disney
38Young and Beautiful$4,684-38%3-4$1,561$31,7454IFC Films
39Redwood Highway$4,515-33%3-1$1,505$17,6746Monterey Media
40Rob the Mob$4,466-6%60$744$206,9099Millennium Entertainment
41Dancing in Jaffa$4,348-46%8-5$544$134,4846IFC Films
42For No Good Reason$4,27515%7-1$611$28,2644Sony Pictures Classics
43Tim's Vermeer$4,056-8%7-1$579$1,662,56616Sony Pictures Classics
44Philomena$3,716-25%9-4$413$37,707,71926Weinstein Company
45Born to Be Wild 3D$3,21814%104$322$23,318,874163Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Alan Partridge$2,64069%4-3$660$152,2117Magnolia Pictures
47Next Year Jerusalem$2,590--1--$2,590$2,5901First Run Features
4850 to 1$2,530-73%6-5$422$685,7319Ten Furlongs
49Tasting Menu$2,482696%43$621$12,7385Magnolia Pictures
50Joe (2014)$2,334-78%10-13$233$371,8976Roadside Attractions
51Horses of God$2,251--1--$2,251$3,7791Kino Lorber
52Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,980-67%6-7$330$314,9197Magnolia Pictures
53The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,846--1--$1,846$1,8461First Run Features
54Bicycling with Molière$1,823-60%4-1$456$32,9274Strand Releasing
55Hateship Loveship$1,783-51%3-5$594$50,5736IFC Films
56Manakamana$1,48750%10$1,487$14,8675Cinema Guild
57Stage Fright (2014)$1,455-59%10-1$146$6,0212Magnolia / Magnet
58For a Woman$1,4040%42$351$13,9193Film Movement
59Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$1,190-76%10$1,190$11,2782Cohen Media Group
60That Demon Within$1,156-31%1-1$1,156$169,5965China Lion Film
61Ilo Ilo$1,060-56%31$353$37,6907Film Movement
62The Protector 2$99865%10$998$2,3173Magnolia / Magnet
63The Jewish Cardinal$860-60%30$287$127,35619Film Movement
64The Unknown Known$6594%3-3$220$266,8707RADiUS-TWC
65A People Uncounted$390--1--$390$3901First Run Features
66The Missing Picture$3326%21$166$49,7689Strand Releasing
6720 Feet from Stardom$220-12%10$220$4,945,35949RADiUS-TWC
68In Bloom$128-69%1-1$128$51,21419Big World Pictures
69No God, No Master$79-88%1-3$79$6,7388Monterey Media