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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Sep. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,469,422-12%2,721--$540$3,143,7850Focus
2Takers$1,189,819-5%2,206--$539$26,450,8251Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$852,729-9%2,874--$297$24,772,3841Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$845,206-2%3,023-59$280$64,104,0343Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$764,277-4%3,398128$225$85,567,7703Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$531,329-4%3,004-468$177$101,466,2114Sony / Columbia
7Inception$481,4102%1,923-478$250$272,573,2547Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$443,907-1%2,0175$220$18,375,1402Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$419,665-3%2,79814$150$18,865,9752Universal
10Piranha 3D$400,871-1%2,49121$161$20,095,8072Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$303,267-3%3,2330$94$29,298,6572Fox
12Despicable Me$253,650-3%1,691-545$150$237,450,9508Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$241,110-3%1,269-1551$190$27,281,9103Universal
14Lottery Ticket$222,613-9%1,818-155$122$18,357,6972Warner Bros.
15Salt$154,4382%1,012-782$153$113,960,9976Sony / Columbia
16Dinner for Schmucks$148,442-2%1,501-648$99$69,891,5135Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$323,618-8%812--$399$755,286,03937Fox
2Step Up 3D$128,1613%757-835$169$40,288,9124Disney
3Toy Story 3$115,0315%600-130$192$406,155,37311Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$62,438-1%719-861$87$41,566,1965Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$58,1243%342-62$170$19,397,2228Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$52,624-1%476-81$111$298,253,2219Summit
7Hubble 3D$40,9896%1510$271$14,723,24824Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$32,136-3%30683$105$130,736,9319Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,8440%354-34$79$24,939,4016Fox
10Knight and Day$18,2625%229-48$80$76,067,58910Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,3221%207-25$79$238,123,68515Paramount / DreamWorks
12Winter's Bone$13,75212%119-12$116$5,491,20512Roadside Attractions
13Charlie St. Cloud$13,5050%270-377$50$30,811,7905Universal
14Predators$13,355-1%187-47$71$51,675,0088Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,5053%160$657$24,026,70181Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$6,373-14%200$319$394,2466Weinstein Company
3Flipped$6,1476%26-3$236$700,1414Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$6,1107%92-59$66$77,120,41912Fox
5Marmaduke$4,1523%66-56$63$33,583,28213Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,507-11%51$701$124,0802Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$2,880-21%45-25$64$13UTV Communications
8Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,6972%21-6$128$459,3106NeoClassics
9Solitary Man$2,242-16%190$118$4,327,14615Anchor Bay
10Cyrus$1,994-18%32-24$62$7,363,58411Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,338-21%12-8$112$150,69237-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,087-12%7-1$155$135,4544Anchor Bay
13The People I've Slept With$688190%1--$688$12,4403People Pictures
14Princess Kaiulani$208-35%10$208$872,90916Roadside Attractions
15Tales From Earthsea$19735%1-4$197$48,6583Disney
16City Island$124107%1-3$124$6,671,03624Anchor Bay