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 Sat, Jan. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$12,655,50714%3,584--$3,531$23,751,9321Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,776,30510%2,940--$2,305$12,950,5301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$4,605,41442%3,459335$1,331$123,071,8404Paramount
4The King's Speech$3,860,92458%1,543785$2,502$41,827,5318Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$3,272,84336%2,328744$1,406$70,541,0587Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$3,037,63049%3,394-281$895$132,159,6404Universal
7Yogi Bear$2,454,793140%2,702-586$909$80,228,7055Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$2,410,88773%2,439-574$988$155,040,8795Disney
9The Fighter$2,127,02243%2,414-114$881$64,263,4106Paramount
10Season of the Witch$1,873,87646%2,82711$663$16,655,7872Relativity Media
11Tangled$1,769,264112%2,048-335$864$179,904,7058Disney
12Country Strong$1,484,46635%1,4240$1,042$12,192,0874Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$998,14387%1,704-1110$586$97,275,7126Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$912,69199%1,666-1298$548$36,900,8764Fox
15The Tourist$699,84339%1,420-1022$493$63,780,6126Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$580,24567%941-566$617$289,330,9559Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$572,76745%230190$2,490$2,427,7253Weinstein Company
3Megamind$294,541101%341-34$864$145,196,08111Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$195,14928%422--$462$347,0821Freestyle
5How Do You Know$162,40528%615-1287$264$29,829,4735Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$152,82654%322-281$475$94,594,32716Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$123,73035%34197$363$99,959,01011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$118,49152%10066$1,185$878,1145Lionsgate
9Burlesque$104,79448%29567$355$38,544,2408Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$99,07942%303-95$327$80,317,88610Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$62,56637%166-46$377$31,923,8158Fox
12Red (2010)$57,33037%206-55$278$90,024,41014Summit
13Life As We Know It$36,27045%132-56$275$53,246,15815Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$27,385122%137-41$200$251,453,69528Universal
15Morning Glory (2010)$22,44631%127-51$177$30,967,34110Paramount
16For Colored Girls$11,40288%11190$103$37,705,08011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$108,59363%5336$2,049$907,2064Focus
2127 Hours$68,23855%76-12$898$11,022,91711Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$56,88454%480$1,185$20,562,80144Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$54,30761%95-5$572$1,615,9987Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$40,82870%45-3$907$337,9712UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$18,83532%79-24$238$9,308,90711Summit
7Faster (2010)$15,60351%77-2$203$22,986,0858CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$9,43769%7745$123$5,627,8137Relativity Media
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,376156%41-54$156$55,663,50317Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,45053%40-50$136$84,743,19013Paramount
11Jackass 3D$4,82328%22-48$219$117,217,24014Paramount
12Every Day (2011)$3,5261%3--$1,175$7,0261Image Entertainment
13Summer Wars$2,64729%9-5$294$51,1984GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$2,11664%71$302$6,260,43532Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$38-66%4-34$10$1,076,1234UTV Communications