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. 30 - Sun, Jun. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$69,431,298--3,948--$17,586$69,431,2981Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$32,551,098-64%4,0015$8,136$162,020,2012Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$16,797,385--3,158--$5,319$16,797,3851Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$12,008,129-61%3,501-451$3,430$174,439,6863Warner Bros.
5Blended$8,144,303-43%3,5550$2,291$29,350,8392Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$8,080,645-42%2,939-327$2,749$128,966,3654Universal
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,778,605-52%2,152-1008$1,756$192,735,9025Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$3,588,444-49%2,329-690$1,541$27,985,0533Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$1,388,886-63%1,114-1040$1,247$81,076,0346Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,911,548-16%624126$3,063$6,826,4304Open Road
2Belle$1,258,965-24%52572$2,398$6,188,8985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$1,116,233-55%983-718$1,136$124,320,7378Fox
4Heaven is for Real$800,872-61%722-998$1,109$88,013,3477Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$627,266-64%539-834$1,164$255,176,5509Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$374,752-43%249-111$1,505$57,338,77113Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$327,133-53%373-271$877$148,640,55511Lionsgate / Summit
8The Immigrant$311,769-30%1503$2,078$1,085,3403Weinstein Company
9Moms' Night Out$293,047-62%383-478$765$9,590,2234Sony / TriStar
10The LEGO Movie$276,486-32%302-21$916$255,436,99717Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$217,942-61%496-104$439$4,049,4718Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$199,327-30%254-32$785$110,049,68213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$163,917-33%1042$1,576$1,025,2464RADiUS-TWC
14Noah$150,783-31%182-37$828$100,869,01310Paramount
15Muppets Most Wanted$134,741-31%233-36$578$50,646,20611Disney
16God's Not Dead$118,677-50%155-90$766$59,797,17611Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$97,148-78%180-494$540$8,157,2924Clarius Entertainment
18Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$89,042-85%1610$553$817,1922Eros International
19Draft Day$85,01210%17328$491$28,698,3588Lionsgate / Summit
20Bears$84,868-38%110-104$772$17,411,7087Disneynature
21Transcendence$48,178-49%128-74$376$22,930,4887Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$323,743--94--$3,444$323,7431eOne Films US
2Ida (2014)$237,45316%5824$4,094$958,2285Music Box Films
3Fading Gigolo$136,596-51%92-94$1,485$3,399,5357Millennium Entertainment
4Cold in July$115,813187%7064$1,654$175,0402IFC Films
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$115,293-23%390$2,956$2,393,2839Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Palo Alto$89,310-7%5715$1,567$510,8864Tribeca Film
7Words and Pictures$78,200-11%133$6,015$217,6792Roadside Attractions
8Chinese Puzzle$64,52452%2919$2,225$169,0683Cohen Media Group
9Locke$62,031-48%69-42$899$1,166,7976A24
10Journey to the South Pacific$56,040-22%16-2$3,503$2,983,79827IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The Lunchbox$55,420-43%54-14$1,026$3,972,11814Sony Pictures Classics
12The Hornet's Nest$50,641-39%42-15$1,206$255,8284Freestyle Releasing
13Only Lovers Left Alive$48,566-40%52-18$934$1,556,7938Sony Pictures Classics
14A Haunted House 2$48,496-35%74-14$655$17,263,7677Open Road
15Hubble 3D$45,404-32%222$2,064$44,387,401220Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Oculus$38,558-34%83-22$465$27,603,0308Relativity Media
17Jerusalem 3D$35,676-24%15-6$2,378$4,315,42237National Geographic
18Space Station 3D$33,59123%76$4,799$90,755,881633IMAX
19Need For Speed$31,104-24%74-15$420$43,496,67212Disney / DreamWorks
20The Dance of Reality$30,17622%86$3,772$76,0442ABKCO Films
21Under the Skin (2014)$28,784-44%28-4$1,028$2,395,3569A24
22The Quiet Ones$27,135-30%72-20$377$8,496,1126Lionsgate
23Frozen (2013)$22,921-34%57-16$402$400,617,40928Disney
24Night Moves$21,488--2--$10,744$21,4881Cinedigm
25Brick Mansions$20,834-87%45-123$463$20,031,3746Relativity Media
26Finding Vivian Maier$18,403-35%29-11$635$1,362,27710IFC Films
27The German Doctor$18,240-46%17-6$1,073$378,2466IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
28We Are the Best!$17,664--3--$5,888$17,6641Magnolia Pictures
29Korengal$14,630--1--$14,630$14,6301Saboteur Media
30Elena (2014)$10,341--1--$10,341$10,3411Variance Films
31Redwood Highway$9,128-39%7-1$1,304$60,0348Monterey Media
32Jodorowsky's Dune$8,877-24%14-3$634$596,77011Sony Pictures Classics
33Heropanti$8,454-74%11-5$769$57,1502UTV Motion Pictures
34Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$8,309-40%20$4,155$32,0462IFC Films
35Filth$7,526--3--$2,509$7,5261Magnolia / Magnet
36Under the Sea 3D$6,73347%123$561$33,983,419277Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Double (2014)$6,205-74%14-2$443$117,7494Magnolia Pictures
38Walking with the Enemy$5,725-54%9-12$636$839,5836Liberty Studios
39Particle Fever$5,446-22%41$1,362$854,15713Abramorama / Bond 360
4050 to 1$4,460-70%5-5$892$714,55711Ten Furlongs
41Son of God$4,32615%210$206$59,696,17614Fox
42Lucky Them$3,728--1--$3,728$3,7281IFC Films
43Nymphomaniac: Volume I$3,718-24%2-3$1,859$778,83511Magnolia Pictures
44For No Good Reason$3,56269%73$509$39,5606Sony Pictures Classics
45Le Week-End$3,405-74%9-12$378$2,198,82512Music Box Films
46The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$3,246-60%5-6$649$226,4129Zeitgeist Films
47Born to Be Wild 3D$3,24651%153$216$23,342,561165Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Half of a Yellow Sun$3,198-67%60$533$22,9853Monterey Media
49To the Arctic 3D$2,352-52%61$392$14,070,653111Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Young and Beautiful$2,309-63%6-2$385$48,0226IFC Films
51Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,193585%30$731$56,58031International Film Circuit
52Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,113-4%3-3$704$322,5929Magnolia Pictures
53Next Year Jerusalem$2,067147%21$1,034$6,9313First Run Features
54Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,962-71%40$491$134,1207Rialto Pictures
55Blue Ruin$1,93673%61$323$250,0146RADiUS-TWC
56Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,779--2--$890$46,58517Rialto Pictures
57Half the Road$1,709--1--$1,709$4,6327First Run Features
58Before You Know It (2014)$1,591--1--$1,591$1,5911Untitled Films
59Bicycling with Molière$1,315-28%20$658$37,8616Strand Releasing
60For a Woman$1,298110%10$1,298$17,0305Film Movement
61Just a Sigh$1,226--3--$409$66,97011Distrib Films
62Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,015-78%4-1$254$21,2903International Film Circuit
63The Retrieval$947--2--$474$48,82812Variance Films
64Manakamana$855--2--$428$19,9877Cinema Guild
65That Demon Within$76421%10$764$172,0107China Lion Film
66Deep Sea 3D$588-15%2-1$294$46,049,670431Warner Bros. / IMAX
67The Jewish Cardinal$502-46%20$251$129,40721Film Movement
68Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$367-57%10$367$57,73616Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
69The Raid 2$356-84%2-4$178$2,611,78910Sony Pictures Classics
70Tasting Menu$204-60%10$204$15,6247Magnolia Pictures
71The Unknown Known$177-85%1-4$177$269,1519RADiUS-TWC
72Stage Fright (2014)$133-56%10$133$7,0784Magnolia / Magnet
7320 Feet from Stardom$125-62%1-1$125$4,945,91051RADiUS-TWC