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. 5 - Sun, May. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$146,510,104--4,347--$33,704$146,510,1041Disney
2The Fate of the Furious$8,577,175-57%3,595-482$2,386$207,184,7054Universal
3The Boss Baby$5,976,818-36%3,284-455$1,820$156,537,3436Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4How to Be A Latin Lover$5,144,904-58%1,20385$4,277$20,548,2242Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Beauty and the Beast$5,087,749-25%2,680-475$1,898$487,739,3648Disney
6The Circle$3,959,045-56%3,1630$1,252$15,654,1582EuropaCorp/STXfilms
7Gifted$2,024,001-40%1,874-341$1,080$19,209,3325Fox Searchlight
8Smurfs: The Lost Village$1,838,424-48%1,902-652$967$40,588,9985Sony / Columbia
9Going in Style$1,835,383-49%2,033-728$903$40,536,3015Warner Bros. / New Line
10Born in China$1,219,025-49%1,414-94$862$10,942,9363Disneynature
11Unforgettable$670,067-72%1,003-1414$668$10,630,1783Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Baahubali 2: The Conclusion$3,402,524-67%419-6$8,121$16,338,4882Great India Films
2The Lost City of Z$1,035,875-43%815-51$1,271$6,632,0684Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
3Sleight$768,005-55%59126$1,300$3,001,2002High Top Releasing
4Get Out$711,155-58%818-745$869$173,836,14011Universal
5The Dinner$653,944--505--$1,295$653,9441The Orchard
6The Zookeeper's Wife$528,500-47%655-342$807$15,796,6616Focus Features
7Kong: Skull Island$507,959-55%653-280$778$166,300,0399Warner Bros.
8Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$447,43896%12578$3,580$1,061,0254Sony Pictures Classics
9Their Finest$411,190-20%323-7$1,273$2,444,3175EuropaCorp/STXfilms
10The Case For Christ$388,432-61%585-465$664$13,872,1435Pure Flix
11Logan$327,887-57%444-170$738$225,078,08810Fox
12The Promise$278,205-81%331-1920$840$7,968,2763Open Road
13Power Rangers$227,436-73%512-377$444$84,654,5397Lionsgate
14Colossal$200,060-62%250-77$800$2,500,4875Neon
15The LEGO Batman Movie$185,114-39%235-38$788$174,932,90213Warner Bros.
16Phoenix Forgotten$128,927-83%186-1277$693$3,450,3033Cinelou Films
17Ghost in the Shell$115,571-74%211-245$548$40,252,2906Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Shack$80,654-55%178-107$453$57,161,78510Lionsgate / Summit
19Life (2017)$63,548-79%132-371$481$30,001,0607Sony / Columbia
20CHiPs$63,396-48%146-58$434$18,463,4837Warner Bros.
21Hidden Figures$58,584-32%113-11$518$169,085,26620Fox
22A Dog's Purpose$54,745-26%103-20$532$64,304,94015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Quiet Passion$160,34658%8440$1,909$492,2804Music Box Films
2This Is Not What I Expected$135,252--36--$3,757$135,2521Well Go USA
3Battle of Memories$97,576-57%40-2$2,439$434,2782China Lion Film
4Your Name.$90,140-56%74-49$1,218$4,677,0865FUNimation Entertainment
5Risk$76,327--34--$2,245$76,3271Neon
6The Lovers$66,286--4--$16,572$66,2861A24
7Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$39,45439%2014$1,973$131,3113IFC Films
8Chuck$34,565--4--$8,641$34,5651IFC Films
9Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$27,854-22%2913$960$110,8823The Orchard
10Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$27,322-18%171$1,607$150,3694Abramorama
11The Belko Experiment$26,250-41%69-14$380$9,742,1408BH Tilt
12T2: Trainspotting$22,886-37%45-22$509$2,335,34610Sony
13KEDi$22,122-38%30-9$737$2,565,60213Oscilloscope Laboratories
14Stalker$20,540--1--$20,540$20,5401Janus
15The King's Case Note$19,328128%64$3,221$31,4872CJ Entertainment
16Tommy's Honour$18,813-54%35-25$538$533,3434Roadside Attractions
173 Generations$18,131--6--$3,022$18,1311Weinstein Company
18Graduation$15,703-54%26-10$604$140,9765IFC Films / Sundance Selects
19Obit.$15,411-5%31$5,137$56,3982Kino Lorber
20Buster's Mal Heart$15,349115%109$1,535$24,6552Well Go USA
21Buster Mal's Heart$15,349115%109$1,535$24,6552Well Go USA
22David Lynch: The Art Life$15,0404%83$1,880$118,2966Janus
23Truman$13,474-41%14-8$962$163,5685Filmrise
24I am Not Your Negro$12,321-41%10-8$1,232$7,081,73014Magnolia Pictures
25A Woman's Life$11,483--2--$5,742$11,4831Kino Lorber Films
26Frantz$11,065-69%23-22$481$836,6248Music Box Films
27Cezanne and I$10,552-46%14-7$754$214,7606Magnolia Pictures
28The Mayor$10,401-78%7-22$1,486$83,8492Well Go USA
29My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea$8,234-5%21-4$392$57,3394GKIDS
30Free Fire$7,565-97%36-781$210$1,789,3793A24
31Personal Shopper$5,924-67%7-13$846$1,277,4119IFC Films
32Like Crazy$5,799--2--$2,900$5,7991Strand Releasing
337 Witches$5,637-30%3-1$1,879$18,7883Indican Pictures
34Bang! The Bert Berns Story$5,25834%21$2,629$16,7252Abramorama
35The Last Word$4,892-64%28-25$175$1,774,32610Bleeker Street
36Panique (2017 Restoration)$3,727--1--$3,727$37,23416Rialto Pictures
37Burden (2017)$3,231--2--$1,616$3,2311Magnolia Pictures
38Mr. Chibbs$3,163--1--$3,163$7,0431Abramorama
39Land of Mine$2,876-43%10-5$288$429,19113Sony Pictures Classics
40After the Storm$2,79123%7-1$399$241,2768Film Movement
41A United Kingdom$2,738-73%11-9$249$3,887,85313Fox Searchlight
42One Week and a Day$2,627-62%30$876$12,6392Oscilloscope
43Take Me$2,583--2--$1,292$2,5831The Orchard
44Finding Oscar$2,432-61%4-12$608$21,2464FilmRise
45Seven Beauties (1975)$2,17952%21$1,090$7,5194Kino Lorber
46The Death of Louis XIV$2,1507%63$358$26,6176Cinema Guild
47The Red Turtle$2,043-37%6-1$341$915,85116Sony Pictures Classics
48Toni Erdmann$1,865-49%3-5$622$1,476,44020Sony Pictures Classics
49Slack Bay$1,791-68%2-2$896$37,6023Kino Lorber Films
50Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$1,527-31%2-1$764$168,9926Arrow Films
51Tomorrow$1,148-63%6-4$191$37,7889Under the Milky Way
52Alive and Kicking$99866%52$200$41,3305Magnolia Pictures
53The Void$936-81%2-10$468$148,4085Cartilage Films
54A Woman, A Part$736--3--$245$22,8967Strand Releasing
55The Eagle Huntress$680-37%3-1$227$3,168,66427Sony Pictures Classics
56The Women's Balcony$618-47%10$618$271,87610Menemsha Films
57Neruda$497-79%2-4$249$938,87521The Orchard
58All These Sleepless Nights$409-47%2-3$205$20,3425The Orchard
59Swept Away (1974)$351-52%10$351$4,1644Kino Lorber
60Behind the White Glasses$255--1--$255$1,6713Kino Lorber
61The Transfiguration$194-90%2-5$97$17,2215Strand Releasing
62Glory$143--1--$143$10,6884Film Movement
63The Levelling$120216%21$60$3,0407Monterey Media
64Donald Cried$60-61%10$60$61,03310The Orchard