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. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,202,212-32%3,371-326$5,103$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,725,447-41%3,864-116$4,329$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$15,679,190--2,907--$5,394$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$10,810,533-39%3,14046$3,443$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$8,381,509--2,673--$3,136$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$6,485,385-59%3,2210$2,013$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$6,434,240-48%3,0030$2,143$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,317,683--2,894--$2,183$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,339,006-26%1,944-99$2,746$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,803,309-52%2,375-1059$1,601$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$3,463,590-37%1,768-752$1,959$113,698,8605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,663,411-17%723-48$2,301$1,632,5497IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,211,276-32%787-177$1,539$6,700,6015Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$1,076,581-46%733-529$1,469$203,937,5517Fox
4Get On Up$932,595-52%579-522$1,611$28,697,5854Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$853,510-32%433-211$1,971$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$849,796-60%622-853$1,366$69,936,0925Paramount
7Step Up All In$724,072-73%948-1124$764$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$668,855-22%680-107$984$2,221,3093CBS Films
9Maleficent$591,07360%344100$1,718$237,602,29413Disney
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$570,505-44%589-371$969$56,917,1346Disney
11Calvary$511,49426%240110$2,131$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$500,324-14%353-24$1,417$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$382,45986%28377$1,351$243,822,0629Paramount
14Earth to Echo$306,531238%781627$392$38,034,5728Relativity Media
15The Purge: Anarchy$305,530-52%295-280$1,036$70,711,2456Universal
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$260,94272%302261$864$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Singham Returns$218,164-67%1270$1,718$1,085,3282Eros International
1822 Jump Street$176,499-26%135-37$1,307$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
19And So It Goes$152,398-54%156-206$977$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$146,406-39%188-35$779$232,749,98714Fox
21Tammy$145,820-31%157-119$929$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
22Chef$141,473-16%105-17$1,347$29,517,27616Open Road
23The Fault in Our Stars$135,945-28%185-21$735$124,431,13412Fox
24Edge of Tomorrow$120,757-45%192-69$629$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
25Sex Tape$88,080-73%111-206$794$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$435,128-23%4212$10,360$1,516,4213CJ Entertainment
2Love Is Strange$117,276--5--$23,455$117,2761Sony Pictures Classics
3The Trip to Italy$106,44648%107$10,645$213,7262IFC Films
4Land Ho!$77,48765%5221$1,490$353,9087Sony Pictures Classics
5Frank$55,161244%1211$4,597$86,5012Magnolia Pictures
6The One I Love$48,059--8--$6,007$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
7Yves Saint Laurent$46,350-56%213$2,207$492,2159Weinstein Company
8Jersey Boys$44,457-31%64-51$695$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
9Hubble 3D$43,797-17%8-2$5,475$45,824,150232Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Journey to the South Pacific$43,184-24%17-1$2,540$4,493,05539IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Blended$36,064-48%66-45$546$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
12Begin Again$35,727-36%39-23$916$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$34,892-57%70-48$498$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
14A Five Star Life$32,70357%140$2,336$194,3926Music Box Films
15Rio 2$28,394-58%72-56$394$131,482,65220Fox
16Snowpiercer$24,617-42%28-14$879$4,428,2099RADiUS-TWC
17To Be Takei$22,846--22--$1,038$22,8461Starz Digital Media
18America (2014)$22,54018%7210$313$14,412,5829Lionsgate
19Third Person$22,154137%2414$923$940,27810Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,883-7%110$1,626$5,004,90849National Geographic
21The Grand Seduction$16,147-34%19-6$850$3,366,79913eOne Films US
22The Fluffy Movie$14,713-64%30-21$490$2,820,9395Open Road
23Wish I Was Here$11,607-63%19-35$611$3,560,9456Focus
24Ida (2014)$10,658-10%171$627$3,648,92117Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$10,470-3%3-3$3,490$34,298,296289Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Mood Indigo$8,689-64%13-12$668$247,0266Drafthouse Films
27Jealousy$8,67457%43$2,169$18,6982Distrib Films
28Belle$8,198-24%18-5$455$10,722,99017Fox Searchlight
29Born to Be Wild 3D$7,114-3%3-2$2,371$23,535,103177Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,064-25%17-7$416$111,479,54625Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3150 to 1$6,7853%2-1$3,393$882,20223Ten Furlongs
32Expedition to the End of the World$6,635--1--$6,635$9,4341Argot Pictures
33The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,424-18%8-1$803$59,073,77325Fox Searchlight
34A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,407429%41$1,602$160,57510Big World Pictures
35Abuse of Weakness$4,957-46%54$991$17,1472Strand Releasing
36Life Itself (2014)$4,620-39%8-14$578$768,0368Magnolia Pictures
37NightLights$3,982-43%1-1$3,982$11,8682Indican Pictures
38The Dog$3,143-55%11-5$286$36,2353Drafthouse Films
39Only Lovers Left Alive$2,670-13%2-1$1,335$1,864,94420Sony Pictures Classics
40Siddharth$2,491--1--$2,491$59,8089Zeitgeist Films
41Kabbalah Me$2,196--1--$2,196$2,1961First Run Features
42To the Arctic 3D$2,169361%2-1$1,085$14,168,039123Warner Bros. / IMAX
43We Are the Best!$1,99047%30$663$179,43013Magnolia Pictures
44The Olivia Experiment$1,862--1--$1,862$1,8621Indican Pictures
45The Lunchbox$1,830-21%4-1$458$4,218,68826Sony Pictures Classics
46K2: Siren of the Himalayas$1,421--2--$711$1,4211First Run Features
47The Last Sentence$1,364-57%1-2$1,364$60,74210Music Box Films
48A Master Builder$965-74%2-2$483$34,3655Abramorama
49Happy Christmas$885233%32$295$27,8625Magnolia Pictures
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$709-42%10$709$66,70328Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Fort McCoy$606-85%1-1$606$5,8062Monterey Media
52Ragnarok$522--1--$522$5221Magnolia / Magnet
53The Girl on the Train (2014)$382-1%1-1$382$1,7558Monterey Media
54The LEGO Movie$377-89%7-8$54$257,749,64729Warner Bros.
55Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
56The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$284--1--$284$11,61515First Run Features
57Redwood Highway$101-31%10$101$131,91920Monterey Media