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, Jan. 12 - Sun, Jan. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$28,101,972-25%3,84948$7,301$284,237,8814Sony / Columbia
2The Post$19,361,9681040%2,8192783$6,868$23,851,205420th Century Fox
3The Commuter$13,701,452--2,892--$4,738$13,701,4521Lionsgate
4The Greatest Showman$12,467,471-9%2,938-404$4,244$95,221,3394Fox
5Insidious: The Last Key$12,419,715-58%3,15034$3,943$48,660,8552Universal
6Star Wars: The Last Jedi$11,854,481-50%3,090-1142$3,836$592,129,0655Disney
7Paddington 2$11,001,961--3,702--$2,972$11,001,9611Warner Bros.
8Proud Mary$9,959,053--2,125--$4,687$9,959,0531Sony / Screen Gems
9Pitch Perfect 3$5,994,400-42%2,505-953$2,393$94,993,6254Universal
10Darkest Hour$4,462,740-26%1,693-40$2,636$35,678,2928Focus Features
11Molly's Game$3,872,307-44%1,708100$2,267$20,701,4043STX Entertainment
12Ferdinand$3,529,153-54%2,154-1002$1,638$75,557,2475Fox
13Coco$3,331,878-38%1,362-532$2,446$196,875,3188Disney
14Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$2,518,115257%1,022712$2,464$28,726,57414Fox Searchlight
15All the Money in the World$1,223,993-66%1,408-715$869$23,050,0533Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I, Tonya$3,362,73837%517261$6,504$10,061,5546Neon
2The Shape of Water$2,834,613-10%723-81$3,921$26,556,5057Fox Searchlight
3Lady Bird$1,768,53613%65290$2,712$36,984,74511A24
4Wonder (2017)$1,210,294-49%970-288$1,248$128,598,8689Lionsgate
5Call Me by Your Name$710,773-5%17457$4,085$7,226,3688Sony Pictures Classics
6The Disaster Artist$461,484-38%371-107$1,244$20,325,5917New Line / A24
7Marshall$410,9287412%378337$1,087$9,895,11614Open Road
8Thor: Ragnarok$370,959-28%242-83$1,533$313,012,27911Disney
9Downsizing$302,309-86%412-1608$734$24,100,5484Paramount
10Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$257,346-43%272-42$946$101,985,70710Fox
11Justice League$255,287-54%266-252$960$227,461,2309Warner Bros.
12Condorito: La Pelicula$248,456--153--$1,624$248,4561Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Daddy's Home 2$199,245-58%201-228$991$103,251,20010Paramount
14The Star$105,721-25%160-108$661$40,587,5469Sony / Columbia
15Father Figures$97,380-92%201-1516$484$17,313,8224Warner Bros.
16Blade Runner 2049$70,014-30%125-8$560$91,917,74615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Phantom Thread$1,147,815378%6256$18,513$2,229,5933Focus Features
2Hostiles$273,2622%42-4$6,506$818,7324Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
3Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds$193,290-30%32-3$6,040$1,470,0294Well Go USA
4Ex-File 3 (Qian Ren 3)$112,424-37%247$4,684$724,5213China Lion Film
5The Florida Project$53,267-16%403$1,332$5,501,21115A24
6Mukabaaz$47,808--19--$2,516$47,8081Eros International
7Loving Vincent$42,594-41%40-18$1,065$6,478,81917Good Deed Entertainment
8Parchi$34,437--39--$883$34,4371Atlas Distribution
9Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$32,90544%95$3,656$130,0213Sony Pictures Classics
10Goldbuster$27,837-65%6-18$4,640$146,2192Well Go USA Entertainment
11Only The Brave$23,346-37%54-15$432$18,295,18513Sony Pictures
12Happy End$22,84567%115$2,077$116,3404Sony Pictures Classics
13Youth$20,837-74%7-23$2,977$1,871,0125China Lion Film
14Wastelander$20,768--22--$944$20,7681Indican Pictures
15The Square$20,700-37%19-6$1,089$1,322,35912Magnolia Pictures
16In The Fade$19,71554%60$3,286$70,1463Magnolia Pictures
17Jane$18,999-24%18-1$1,056$1,587,32013Abramorama
18Roman J. Israel, Esq.$12,773-54%42-38$304$11,915,4519Sony Pictures
19Namiya$10,475-74%7-14$1,496$64,9742China Lion Film
20Faces Places$9,772-16%7-6$1,396$696,98915Cohen Media Group
21My Friend Dahmer$9,65256%20$4,826$1,319,22311FilmRise
22Tom of Finland$8,959-28%41$2,240$340,75014Kino Lorber
23Memories of Underdevelopment$8,244--1--$8,244$8,2441Janus Films
24In Between$7,02019%42$1,755$23,8862Film Movement
25Birdboy: The Forgotten Children$6,912--9--$768$20,0695GKIDS
26Big Sonia$6,512-7%21$3,256$139,6869Argot Pictures
27Wonder Wheel$6,113-71%10-19$611$1,380,8477Amazon
28The Breadwinner$5,791-25%6-4$965$242,2709GKIDS
29The Man Who Invented Christmas$5,556-74%21-49$265$5,669,8548Bleecker Street
30My Art$5,538--1--$5,538$5,5381Film Movement
31Freak Show$4,809--1--$4,809$4,8091IFC Films
32Django$4,508-62%51$902$18,3482Under The Milky Way
33The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$3,709-55%31$1,236$36,49813Kino Lorber
34Same Kind of Different as Me$3,476-45%200$174$6,419,82413Pure Flix Entertainment
35Humor Me$3,342--1--$3,342$3,3421Shout! Factory
36The Other Side Of Hope$3,302-77%2-5$1,651$176,4647Janus Films
37The Crime of Monsieur Lange$3,301846%32$1,100$31,5349Rialto Pictures
38The Lucky Man$2,559--3--$853$15,6224Indican Pictures
39Just Getting Started$1,994-65%1-4$1,994$6,064,1306Broad Green
401945$1,822-52%40$456$264,30711Menemsha Films
41Porto$1,7192765%10$1,719$13,0729Kino Lorber
42Thelma$1,652-60%4-4$413$139,79810The Orchard
43Félicité$1,559--4--$390$10,23812Strand Releasing
44Let There Be Light$1,3621903%20$681$7,214,12612Atlas
45God's Own Country$1,200-49%2-1$600$323,39412Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
46Novitiate$1,052-43%4-1$263$572,30812Sony Pictures Classics
47BPM (Beats Per Minute)$631-4%3-4$210$96,15013The Orchard
48Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition$62442%10$624$7,05010Well Go USA Entertainment
49On the Beach at Night Alone$570150%31$190$32,4789Cinema Guild
5030 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story$356--1--$356$27,16023Indican Pictures
51Aida's Secrets$306-34%10$306$97,56413Music Box Films
52The Fencer$291-70%1-1$291$95,83526CFI Releasing
53Bad Lucky Goat$136--1--$136$4,93014Film Movement