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, Aug. 8 - Sun, Aug. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$65,575,105--3,845--$17,055$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$42,124,922-55%4,0888$10,305$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$17,346,427--3,434--$5,051$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$10,979,290--2,023--$5,427$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$9,488,805-48%3,147-55$3,015$97,511,6103Universal
6Step Up All In$6,469,857--2,072--$3,123$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$5,746,891-48%2,896-699$1,984$63,508,1383Paramount
8Get On Up$5,195,150-62%2,4691$2,104$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$4,334,532-50%2,306-977$1,880$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,451,526-59%2,280-961$1,075$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$2,285,060-61%1,602-1054$1,426$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$1,204,696-63%1,111-705$1,084$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$2,198,557-32%80175$2,745$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,973,656-18%506196$3,901$10,537,0435IFC Films
3Sex Tape$1,124,492-68%944-1556$1,191$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
4Magic in the Moonlight$763,0153%170105$4,488$2,397,2333Sony Pictures Classics
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$690,037-43%526-335$1,312$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Transformers: Age of Extinction$576,456-74%580-1152$994$242,880,0317Paramount
7Maleficent$538,694-58%370-311$1,456$236,053,66811Disney
8Tammy$502,001-68%550-865$913$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
922 Jump Street$353,208-70%313-515$1,128$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
10Edge of Tomorrow$332,385-47%265-137$1,254$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
11Chef$320,277-51%242-108$1,323$28,944,19914Open Road
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$278,47649%22737$1,227$232,077,84612Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$201,701-36%223-59$904$123,846,54710Fox
14Begin Again$178,812-73%245-482$730$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
15James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D$149,879--304--$493$149,8791DisruptiveLA
16Earth to Echo$148,820-68%217-319$686$37,458,6396Relativity Media
17Godzilla (2014)$134,584-44%178-99$756$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
18Rio 2$120,066-30%166-46$723$131,261,54818Fox
19Jersey Boys$113,609-60%150-136$757$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
20Captain America: The Winter Soldier$111,144-72%105-76$1,059$259,657,01119Disney
21Blended$104,046-30%144-43$723$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
22The Fluffy Movie$95,860-82%156-276$614$2,705,0413Open Road
23Wish I Was Here$95,326-84%202-551$472$3,459,6674Focus
24Neighbors (2014)$91,560-47%139-38$659$149,939,69014Universal
25America (2014)$66,792-81%121-357$552$14,320,8577Lionsgate
26The Amazing Spider-Man 2$57,873-52%104-57$556$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$253,981243%4440$5,772$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,393-15%410$3,449$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$133,898--20--$6,695$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$97,350-78%74-88$1,316$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
5Snowpiercer$67,633-39%71-29$953$4,280,9707RADiUS-TWC
6Hubble 3D$64,154-15%112$5,832$45,613,675230Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Admiral: Roaring Currents$51,431--1--$51,431$51,4311CJ Entertainment
8Journey to the South Pacific$51,227-27%180$2,846$4,268,31037IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Million Dollar Arm$42,233-45%66-35$640$36,404,90513Disney
10Obvious Child$37,412-45%35-9$1,069$2,968,94310A24
11I Origins$33,826-50%88-34$384$308,5854Fox Searchlight
12Mood Indigo$26,544-30%3515$758$170,9854Drafthouse Films
13The Grand Seduction$25,012-48%33-17$758$3,273,95311eOne Films US
14Heaven is for Real$24,231-54%60-36$404$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
15Ida (2014)$23,416-35%29-4$807$3,593,86715Music Box Films
16A Five Star Life$22,863-20%125$1,905$111,4094Music Box Films
17Think Like a Man Too$22,388-80%31-84$722$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
18Jerusalem 3D$21,06816%133$1,621$4,917,11847National Geographic
19Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$19,575-79%44-53$445$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
20Belle$16,634-46%28-15$594$10,682,94915Fox Searchlight
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$15,881-37%36-23$441$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22Land Ho!$14,095-27%12-7$1,175$200,7515Sony Pictures Classics
23The Dog$12,431--3--$4,144$12,4311Drafthouse Films
24Life Itself$11,855-30%30-14$395$742,0326Magnolia Pictures
25Le Chef$11,188-52%13-5$861$329,7378Cohen Media Group
26Under the Sea 3D$9,198-35%71$1,314$34,244,970287Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Born to Be Wild 3D$8,894-10%6-1$1,482$23,507,507175Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Third Person$7,858-18%8-1$982$888,2598Sony Pictures Classics
29The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,282-51%16-7$455$59,051,48623Fox Searchlight
3050 to 1$6,970-44%4-6$1,743$858,35921Ten Furlongs
31The Other Woman (2014)$6,464-36%14-8$462$83,906,11416Fox
32Words and Pictures$6,082-51%12-6$507$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
33Yves Saint Laurent$5,316-47%6-2$886$275,3187Weinstein Company
34The Rover$4,985-14%5-1$997$1,099,7169A24
35Only Lovers Left Alive$4,968-40%5-2$994$1,850,04018Sony Pictures Classics
36A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$4,920-11%70$703$143,4578Big World Pictures
37Child of God$4,578-83%5-3$916$37,9492Well Go USA
38Venus in Fur$4,551-56%21-10$217$342,1838IFC Films
39Persecuted$4,453-79%10-22$445$1,557,4944Millennium Entertainment
40The Last Sentence$4,362433%31$1,454$54,2708Music Box Films
41The LEGO Movie$4,255-39%17-21$250$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
42Locke$3,335-21%40$834$1,370,64616A24
43The Lunchbox$3,20518%51$641$4,212,45824Sony Pictures Classics
44Fifi Howls from Happiness$2,728--1--$2,728$2,7281Music Box Films
45Happy Christmas$2,632-62%8-1$329$24,1693Magnolia Pictures
46Under the Skin (2014)$2,587-60%3-2$862$2,611,94919A24
47To the Arctic 3D$2,327129%3-1$776$14,163,846121Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Finding Vivian Maier$2,164-3%5-4$433$1,509,13120IFC Films
49A Master Builder$1,987-52%21$994$26,1683Abramorama
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,713770%10$1,713$64,77526Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Code Black$1,556-88%5-5$311$150,2908Long Shot Factory
52What Now? Remind Me$1,434--1--$1,434$1,4341Cinema Guild
53Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,14061%42$285$75,0507Magnolia Pictures
54Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,13313%10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
55The Double (2014)$877-78%4-5$219$199,80614Magnolia Pictures
56Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$692-19%3-1$231$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
57Half of a Yellow Sun$576--1--$576$53,64513Monterey Media
58For No Good Reason$573-20%1-1$573$67,10516Sony Pictures Classics
59The Empty Hours$347--1--$347$7,8795Strand Releasing
60For a Woman$338168%10$338$32,62415Film Movement
61As It Is in Heaven (2014)$300-12%21$150$10,3965Embark Visuals
62Redwood Highway$282--2--$141$131,33818Monterey Media
63Fed Up$255-92%2-5$128$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
64Deep Sea 3D$132--1--$132$46,091,580441Warner Bros. / IMAX
65We Are the Best!$120-89%1-2$120$174,59811Magnolia Pictures
66Moebius$72-92%10$72$2,3402RAM Releasing
67Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$64--1--$64$2,3639First Run Features
68The Jewish Cardinal$9-99%10$9$133,23231Film Movement