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. 3 - Sun, Aug. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Fallout$35,323,815-42%4,3959$8,037$124,811,1862Paramount
2Disney's Christopher Robin$24,585,139--3,602--$6,825$24,585,1391Disney
3The Spy Who Dumped Me$12,103,043--3,111--$3,890$12,103,0431Lionsgate
4Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$9,003,030-40%3,359-155$2,680$91,247,5803Universal Pictures
5The Equalizer 2$8,755,907-38%2,725-663$3,213$79,812,1723Sony / Columbia
6Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$8,004,571-35%3,162-843$2,531$136,260,4526Sony / Columbia
7Ant-Man and the Wasp$6,364,500-27%2,233-780$2,850$195,645,9355Disney
8The Darkest Minds$5,842,609--3,127--$1,868$5,842,609120th Century Fox
9Incredibles 2$4,980,232-31%1,802-814$2,764$583,112,5228Disney
10Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$4,776,775-54%3,1880$1,498$20,701,3322Warner Bros.
11Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$3,956,735-41%1,914-771$2,067$405,564,8107Universal
12Eighth Grade$2,850,892125%1,084926$2,630$6,562,3664A24
13Death of a Nation$2,356,522--1,005--$2,345$2,356,5221Quality Flix / Pure Flix
14Skyscraper$2,247,685-58%1,523-1250$1,476$64,477,8504Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Three Identical Strangers$1,008,176-16%405-28$2,489$8,434,1056Neon
2The First Purge$930,325-58%708-692$1,314$67,758,4055Universal Pictures
3Sorry To Bother You$802,152-42%404-398$1,986$14,908,7545Annapurna Pictures
4Blindspotting$663,849-48%5230$1,269$3,176,3353Lionsgate / Summit
5Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$500,790-29%284-180$1,763$21,037,3979Focus Features
6Sicario: Day of the Soldado$364,345-46%216-358$1,687$49,436,7356Sony / Black Label
7The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary (1998) presented by TCM$330,067--624--$529$330,0671Fathom Events
8Ocean's 8$289,046-55%248-270$1,166$138,022,2239Warner Bros.
9Leave No Trace$270,776-42%169-122$1,602$5,206,3336Bleeker Street
10Avengers: Infinity War$253,846-37%205-87$1,238$678,070,67915Disney
11Unfriended: Dark Web$223,945-85%208-1339$1,077$8,635,9103OTL Releasing
12Solo: A Star Wars Story$192,92327%20035$965$213,029,42411Disney
13Uncle Drew$191,864-60%202-330$950$41,878,6806Lionsgate / Summit
14Deadpool 2$184,930-34%196-71$944$318,024,45912Fox
15Tag (2018)$184,898-34%202-106$915$53,918,5058Warner Bros.
16Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$149,222-55%177-89$843$1,210,2294Amazon Studios
17Bishôjo senshi Sailor Moon Super S Special$109,707--520--$211$109,7071Fathom Events

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days$311,743--47--$6,633$422,6711Well Go USA Entertainment
2McQueen$181,638118%3429$5,342$490,9663Bleecker Street
3Puzzle$122,786101%1611$7,674$220,1242Sony Pictures Classics
4RBG$107,634-12%75-22$1,435$13,582,98514Magnolia Pictures
5Karwaan$98,460--58--$1,698$98,4601Pack Your Bags Films
6Hereditary$66,527-47%71-56$937$43,899,8059A24
7The Fall of The American Empire$65,575-37%32-18$2,049$1,812,6286Sony Pictures Classics
8The Cakemaker$54,527-19%32-2$1,704$575,7426Strand Releasing
9Generation Wealth$50,88344%4433$1,156$169,0523Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
10The Miseducation of Cameron Post$48,638--2--$24,319$48,6381FilmRise
11Book Club$47,867-42%91-54$526$68,531,10312Paramount Pictures
12Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood$46,32165%54$9,264$83,1962Greenwich Entertainment
13Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings$42,295-67%20-11$2,115$226,6832Well Go USA
14Black Panther$37,3891395%2510$1,496$700,006,41525Disney
15Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$29,347-9%477$624$827,9745Abramorama
16Far From The Tree$27,70490%1411$1,979$73,9163IFC Films / Sundance Selects
17Sanju$24,199-69%16-28$1,512$7,883,0416FIP
18Whitney$21,051-23%29-10$726$2,949,0025Roadside Attractions
19The King$16,35320%29-6$564$236,3787Oscilloscope Laboratories
20Superfly$14,99387%3716$405$20,537,1378Sony Pictures
211945$13,324539%118$1,211$803,33740Menemsha Films
22Hearts Beat Loud$13,278-51%33-16$402$2,354,0269Gunpowder & Sky
23Nico, 1988$12,309--2--$6,155$12,3091Magnolia Pictures
24Show Dogs$11,95021%5816$206$17,793,50112Global Road Entertainment
25Never Goin' Back$10,322--2--$5,161$10,3221A24
26Custody$9,24642%72$1,321$62,8706Kino Lorber
27The Catcher Was A Spy$8,659-49%11-12$787$694,6637IFC Films
28Love, Cecil$7,684-12%71$1,098$85,6886Zeitgeist Films
29The Third Murder$7,515-26%62$1,253$43,6393Film Movement
30Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$7,297-23%40$1,824$80,8865Cartilage Films
31The Captain (2018)$6,221-18%21$3,111$19,0352Music Box Films
32Rendezvous in July$6,080--2--$3,040$8,5611Rialto Pictures
33Woman Walks Ahead$5,8457%63$974$55,0946A24
34The Guardians$5,163--3--$1,721$169,51914Music Box Films
35Boundaries$5,152-59%11-19$468$679,6347Sony Pictures Classics
36American Animals$4,690-48%8-14$586$2,819,85810The Orchard
37Isle of Dogs$4,5444%7-3$649$31,982,24820Fox Searchlight
38The Atomic Cafe$4,098--1--$4,098$6,6471Kino Lorber
39What Will People Say$3,908609%10$3,908$30,8644Kino Lorber
40Winning Formula$3,876-14%4-1$969$13,3912Indican Pictures
41Damsel$3,77710%134$291$299,7697Magnolia Pictures
42Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$3,28533%43$821$8,0622Distrib Films Us
4393Queen$3,146-50%10$3,146$26,8012Abramorama
44No Date, No Signature$3,105--1--$3,105$4,5991Distrib Films US
45Wanda$2,771-28%21$1,386$32,8193Janus Films
46The Rider$2,573-56%9-6$286$2,368,87617Sony Pictures Classics
47Poor Boy$2,232-1%3-1$744$25,8814Indican Pictures
48La Familia$2,030--1--$2,030$2,0301Film Movement
49The Gospel According to André$2,02015%3-3$673$398,79611Magnolia Pictures
50Holy Hell$1,736-56%2-5$868$33,5413Indican Pictures
51Mrs. Hyde$1,518977%10$1,518$18,62715Cartilage Films
52The Seagull$1,126-62%5-5$225$1,251,61913Sony Pictures Classics
53Under the Sea 3D$1,076-53%50$215$35,950,860495Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Under the Tree$1,010-74%5-3$202$57,9445Magnolia Pictures
55Hubble 3D$984423%20$492$52,327,376438Warner Bros. / IMAX
56The Desert Bride$948-41%1-1$948$27,45014Strand Releasing
57The Doctor From India$866-73%1-1$866$53,40716Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
58Journey to the South Pacific$602-30%10$602$7,636,837245IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
59Bye Bye Germany$514-69%1-1$514$67,30417Film Movement
60Jet Trash$40246%10$402$22,96715Indican Pictures
61En el Séptimo Día$393-92%3-1$131$71,0859Cinema Guild
62Milford Graves Full Mantis$297-89%1-2$297$21,8004Cinema Guild
63The Day After$141-33%10$141$24,36713Cinema Guild
64Filmworker$118-38%10$118$96,73413Kino Lorber
65Gabriel and the Mountain$90--1--$90$14,9158Strand Releasing
66Born to Be Wild 3D$11-95%75$2$25,740,034383Warner Bros. / IMAX