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, Jun. 27 - Sun, Jun. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$100,038,390--4,233--$23,633$100,038,3901Paramount
222 Jump Street$15,842,375-42%3,426120$4,624$140,279,2673Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,237,697-46%3,750-518$3,530$121,952,2293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$10,316,397-65%2,2250$4,637$48,084,7572Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$8,376,674-35%3,073-377$2,726$202,010,0645Disney
6Jersey Boys$7,712,264-42%2,9050$2,655$27,444,7502Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$5,404,290-45%2,535-677$2,132$84,348,9224Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$5,130,777-40%2,845-495$1,803$109,875,7954Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,321,427-46%2,014-667$1,649$223,414,8996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,657,391-3%801-160$2,069$19,413,4408Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$935,038-50%750-615$1,247$197,020,1387Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$785,770-43%510-523$1,541$147,241,1558Universal
4Blended$593,070-41%475-367$1,249$43,545,8596Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$562,975-65%483-934$1,166$41,721,9305Universal
6Obvious Child$549,878124%196141$2,806$1,279,5084A24
7Rio 2$443,1997%32212$1,376$128,146,33312Fox
8Ek Villain$414,116--104--$3,982$414,1161Eros International
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$403,920105%28197$1,437$257,225,89713Disney
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$322,430-49%274-160$1,177$200,185,5119Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$300,252-44%273-171$1,100$35,012,4187Disney
12Ida (2014)$264,794-1%132-1$2,006$2,488,6579Music Box Films
13Belle$255,293-20%175-69$1,459$9,655,4859Fox Searchlight
14The Grand Seduction$238,614-1%119-5$2,005$2,164,2845eOne Films US
15Heaven is for Real$236,59132%21110$1,121$90,175,14111Sony / TriStar
16Divergent$195,788-28%210-79$932$150,544,46415Lionsgate / Summit
17The Other Woman (2014)$161,818-25%195-36$830$83,403,92510Fox
18The LEGO Movie$146,534-15%33520$437$257,000,26021Warner Bros.
19Words and Pictures$136,262-37%105-70$1,298$1,731,6246Roadside Attractions
20The Rover$96,083-80%247-361$389$975,3903A24
21Moms' Night Out$83,74571%11767$716$10,276,5268Sony / TriStar
22Mr. Peabody & Sherman$79,885-27%141-38$567$111,017,44517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23The Signal (2014)$69,811-53%180-24$388$556,0993Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$171,187--8--$21,398$171,1871RADiUS-TWC
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$144,56712%410$3,526$3,546,21513Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Begin Again$134,064--5--$26,813$134,0641Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$119,673-10%90-22$1,330$58,550,01417Fox Searchlight
5Third Person$74,53592%1813$4,141$130,2652Sony Pictures Classics
6The Immigrant$68,510-23%61-49$1,123$1,984,7437Weinstein Company
7The Breakup Guru$62,717--12--$5,226$62,7171China Lion Film
8God's Not Dead$60,010-35%90-22$667$60,605,10415Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Brick Mansions$53,43166%31-29$1,724$20,358,68710Relativity Media
10Journey to the South Pacific$53,2358%181$2,958$3,431,06831IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Hubble 3D$45,510-11%220$2,069$44,811,002224Warner Bros. / IMAX
12America (2014)$38,608--3--$12,869$38,6081Lionsgate
13Le Chef$35,523215%1918$1,870$55,2762Cohen Media Group
14Space Station 3D$33,20419%31$11,068$90,980,158637IMAX
15Muppets Most Wanted$30,443-22%67-49$454$51,132,82015Disney
16Citizen Koch$28,686--24--$1,195$109,4274Variance Films
17Bears$26,054-55%72-42$362$17,713,53911Disneynature
18Venus in Fur$24,9561%108$2,496$65,5872IFC Films
19Fading Gigolo$24,535-19%24-7$1,022$3,713,94211Millennium Entertainment
20Fed Up$24,280-14%32-15$759$1,454,2558RADiUS-TWC
21Yves Saint Laurent$24,207--2--$12,104$35,8611Weinstein Company
22Jerusalem 3D$24,1447%141$1,725$4,559,63641National Geographic
23Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$24,096-46%31-15$777$175,8034RADiUS-TWC
24Under the Electric Sky$23,560--9--$2,618$169,2985Focus
25A Coffee in Berlin$23,50193%104$2,350$52,4503Music Box Films
26Code Black$21,905247%21$10,953$32,7592Long Shot Factory
27The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$21,705--12--$1,809$21,7051FilmBuff / Participant
28Ivory Tower$20,635-1%123$1,720$77,6503IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
29Only Lovers Left Alive$19,596-1%22-1$891$1,731,53412Sony Pictures Classics
3050 to 1$17,017-18%120$1,418$770,03915Ten Furlongs
31The Railway Man$16,549-53%38-46$436$4,407,45812Weinstein Company
32Night Moves$15,3778%14-16$1,098$223,6845Cinedigm
33Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,287--3--$4,762$14,2871Magnolia Pictures
34Alone Yet Not Alone$14,016-83%20-60$701$883,59840Enthuse Entertainment
35Under the Skin (2014)$12,54748%14-2$896$2,519,75013A24
36The Lunchbox$12,339-44%16-10$771$4,161,44118Sony Pictures Classics
37Locke$11,54733%15-3$770$1,296,45210A24
38Chinese Puzzle$11,41228%143$815$310,0767Cohen Media Group
39A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$11,351-12%20$5,676$33,3162Big World Pictures
40Hellion$10,50556%85$1,313$29,7463IFC Films
41The Last Sentence$9,97111%64$1,662$24,1482Music Box Films
42Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,802-73%21-31$467$8,433,8628Clarius Entertainment
43We Are the Best!$7,536-49%19-4$397$147,3155Magnolia Pictures
44Finding Vivian Maier$7,346-8%10-1$735$1,455,76214IFC Films
45Under the Sea 3D$7,011-25%70$1,002$34,703,419281Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$6,743-8%6-3$1,124$117,9586IFC Films
47Radio Free Albemuth$5,553--10--$555$5,5531Freestyle Releasing
48Redwood Highway$5,3029%7-1$757$109,97112Monterey Media
49Frozen (2013)$5,181-41%14-9$370$400,716,69832Disney
50Ilo Ilo$5,029--2--$2,515$46,54113Film Movement
51Cold in July$4,686-66%8-10$586$409,9156IFC Films
52Siddharth$4,564--1--$4,564$4,5641Zeitgeist Films
53The Double (2014)$4,511-36%9-5$501$162,3228Magnolia Pictures
54Jodorowsky's Dune$4,17453%73$596$635,25915Sony Pictures Classics
55In Bloom$3,238--2--$1,619$55,70725Big World Pictures
56Nothing Bad Can Happen$2,853--4--$713$2,8531Drafthouse Films
57Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,72749%72$390$37,7557International Film Circuit
58Borgman$2,635-77%4-9$659$39,5824Drafthouse Films
59Le Week-End$2,442-28%3-2$814$2,223,38016Music Box Films
60Lucky Them$2,274-35%6-3$379$28,5385IFC Films
61The Amazing Catfish$2,134-29%31$711$8,5743Strand Releasing
62The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,662--1--$1,662$6,6177First Run Features
63To the Arctic 3D$1,496-72%2-1$748$14,141,127115Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Particle Fever$1,226-51%21$613$869,83817Abramorama / Bond 360
65Filth$1,205-42%3-1$402$30,6265Magnolia / Magnet
66Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$9492057%10$949$1,3503First Run Features
67Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$947142%21$474$60,37920Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
68For No Good Reason$877-10%51$175$61,66210Sony Pictures Classics
69Jackpot$806--2--$403$8061Doppelgänger Releasing
70Test$797--2--$399$18,1724Variance Films
71The Hornet's Nest$717-76%2-1$359$306,9478Freestyle Releasing
72Manakamana$680386%10$680$23,49911Cinema Guild
73Bicycling with Molière$642-50%20$321$54,72910Strand Releasing
74Half of a Yellow Sun$562-88%41$141$37,1267Monterey Media
75The Sacrament$468-64%2-3$234$9,0394Magnolia / Magnet
76The Unknown Known$425-11%1-1$425$276,38113RADiUS-TWC
77Deep Sea 3D$3188%42$80$46,067,438435Warner Bros. / IMAX
78The Jewish Cardinal$162--1--$162$130,04025Film Movement
79Born to Be Wild 3D$94-94%6-5$16$23,419,618169Warner Bros. / IMAX