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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$37,050,185-63%4,2330$8,753$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$21,577,049--3,465--$6,227$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$9,803,332-38%3,324-102$2,949$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,740,471--3,049--$3,195$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,961,088-32%3,297-453$2,718$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,364,658--3,230--$2,590$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,159,176-26%2,389-684$2,578$213,919,6646Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,155,145-33%2,630-275$1,960$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,874,105-53%1,729-496$2,819$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,660,337-32%1,538-997$2,380$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,743,7537007%1,1051102$2,483$4,062,7212Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,515,113-51%1,865-980$1,349$115,918,6425Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,893,127-43%1,044-970$1,813$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,695,6782%686-115$2,472$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$1,256,583837%175170$7,180$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$1,007,926489%250242$4,032$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$460,40343%28915$1,593$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$419,108-55%352-398$1,191$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$417,425-47%315-195$1,325$148,039,0559Universal
7Obvious Child$374,447-32%2026$1,854$1,918,5215A24
8Rio 2$369,686-17%311-11$1,189$128,872,81413Fox
9Blended$334,203-44%305-170$1,096$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$332,370-18%251-30$1,324$257,842,26114Disney
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$281,535-50%227-256$1,240$42,264,7056Universal
12Ida (2014)$233,333-12%103-29$2,265$2,865,41710Music Box Films
13A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$220,542--102--$2,162$220,5421Janus Films
14Heaven is for Real$191,964-19%186-25$1,032$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
15Belle$188,738-26%123-52$1,534$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
16Million Dollar Arm$182,805-39%163-110$1,122$35,361,0558Disney
17Divergent$145,082-26%184-26$788$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
18Ek Villain$116,279-72%1040$1,118$684,7002Eros International
19The Other Woman (2014)$96,108-41%142-53$677$83,602,71511Fox
20The LEGO Movie$63,962-56%240-95$267$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,473-36%111-30$464$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$168,661-29%91-28$1,853$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$149,2043%410$3,639$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Life Itself (2014)$131,411--23--$5,714$131,4111Magnolia Pictures
4Third Person$106,37043%3416$3,129$278,3053Sony Pictures Classics
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$100,089-16%72-18$1,390$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$98,049-28%61-44$1,607$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
7Journey to the South Pacific$64,64121%180$3,591$3,557,51132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Hubble 3D$58,54029%12-10$4,878$44,938,115225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Moms' Night Out$51,157-39%96-21$533$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
10Yves Saint Laurent$47,14195%108$4,714$101,7022Weinstein Company
11Le Chef$44,54725%18-1$2,475$120,5863Cohen Media Group
12God's Not Dead$36,204-40%60-30$603$60,720,58316Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Breakup Guru$36,194-42%10-2$3,619$147,3912China Lion Film
14Venus in Fur$29,94720%122$2,496$112,2083IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$29,12121%11-3$2,647$4,617,11842National Geographic
16Space Station 3D$26,822-19%2-1$13,411$91,044,043638IMAX
17Only Lovers Left Alive$15,521-21%12-10$1,293$1,766,79513Sony Pictures Classics
18A Coffee in Berlin$15,085-36%111$1,371$82,6764Music Box Films
19A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$14,66829%42$3,667$56,9283Big World Pictures
20Lekar Hum Deewana Dil$14,418--50--$288$14,4181Eros International
21Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,183-1%85$1,773$35,8362Magnolia Pictures
22Fading Gigolo$11,804-52%12-12$984$3,747,83312Millennium Entertainment
23Bears$11,787-55%31-41$380$17,748,88212Disneynature
24Under the Sea 3D$11,53865%70$1,648$34,099,549282Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Under the Skin (2014)$11,452-9%12-2$954$2,549,90914A24
26Muppets Most Wanted$10,954-64%41-26$267$51,163,44716Disney
27Locke$10,444-10%11-4$949$1,315,49611A24
28The Rover$10,147-89%21-226$483$1,024,7714A24
29Night Moves$9,741-37%11-3$886$241,1186Cinedigm
30Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,359-5%232$407$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
3150 to 1$9,350-45%8-4$1,169$785,96516Ten Furlongs
32Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,534-65%12-19$711$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
33Chinese Puzzle$8,077-29%8-6$1,010$316,3238Cohen Media Group
34Code Black$7,978-64%1-1$7,978$52,3323Long Shot Factory
35The Lunchbox$7,949-36%5-11$1,590$4,178,28119Sony Pictures Classics
36Frozen (2013)$7,22639%11-3$657$400,728,42433Disney
37The Railway Man$6,986-58%14-24$499$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
38Fed Up$6,832-72%18-14$380$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
39The Signal (2014)$6,740-90%35-145$193$588,2054Focus
40Under the Electric Sky$6,540-72%90$727$188,9056Focus
41Hellion$5,553-47%7-1$793$40,7534IFC Films
42Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$4,901-27%60$817$127,7437IFC Films
43The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$4,397-80%4-8$1,099$40,8162FilmBuff / Participant
44The Double (2014)$3,958-12%7-2$565$170,7559Magnolia Pictures
45Borgman$3,87347%73$553$44,3335Drafthouse Films
46Ilo Ilo$3,845-24%20$1,923$52,60314Film Movement
47We Are the Best!$3,405-55%12-7$284$156,0806Magnolia Pictures
48Finding Vivian Maier$3,167-57%7-3$452$1,466,91615IFC Films
49Coherence$3,023--3--$1,008$40,4073Oscilloscope
50Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,7862%3-4$929$41,5248International Film Circuit
51Cold in July$2,764-41%6-2$461$414,6237IFC Films
52Redwood Highway$2,720-49%2-5$1,360$115,12413Monterey Media
53Lucky Them$2,70719%4-2$677$32,8536IFC Films
54Ivory Tower$2,381-88%3-9$794$90,5964IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
55The Hornet's Nest$2,219209%1-1$2,219$309,5519Freestyle Releasing
56Siddharth$1,922-58%10$1,922$10,3622Zeitgeist Films
57The Last Sentence$1,820-82%2-4$910$31,7933Music Box Films
58Jodorowsky's Dune$1,449-65%3-4$483$641,74416Sony Pictures Classics
59The Amazing Catfish$1,203-44%2-1$602$10,6704Strand Releasing
60Filth$1,123-7%30$374$31,8406Magnolia / Magnet
61The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$886-47%10$886$10,0518First Run Features
62Godzilla: The Japanese Original$805--1--$805$144,56212Rialto Pictures
63Bicycling with Molière$73414%20$367$55,92011Strand Releasing
64Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$653-31%1-1$653$61,03221Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
65Born to Be Wild 3D$653595%5-1$131$23,423,237170Warner Bros. / IMAX
66Nothing Bad Can Happen$444-84%2-2$222$4,2862Drafthouse Films
67To the Arctic 3D$401-73%1-1$401$14,143,113116Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Deep Sea 3D$229-28%1-3$229$46,068,008436Warner Bros. / IMAX
69The Girl on the Train (2014)$211--1--$211$2111Monterey Media
70Half of a Yellow Sun$208-63%1-3$208$38,6178Monterey Media
71The Jewish Cardinal$20728%10$207$130,46326Film Movement
72For No Good Reason$121-86%1-4$121$62,28611Sony Pictures Classics