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 Wed, Nov. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$12,437,56413%4,066--$3,059$171,415,7261Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$6,510,912--3,440--$1,893$6,510,9120Disney
3Happy Feet Two$2,907,46421%3,606--$806$28,310,8511Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$2,389,269--3,376--$708$2,389,2690Sony / Columbia
5Jack and Jill$1,922,78727%3,029-409$635$45,229,9552Sony / Columbia
6Immortals$1,813,3237%2,677-435$677$57,915,4232Relativity Media
7Hugo$1,681,250--1,277--$1,317$1,681,2500Paramount
8Puss in Boots (2011)$1,647,56310%3,005-898$548$126,630,9164Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$1,281,83532%2,489-881$515$56,468,5403Universal
10J. Edgar$832,01310%1,94737$427$22,889,2402Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$980,177696%390385$2,513$2,486,0711Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$377,170-28%960-1915$393$29,597,0023Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$156,034--123--$1,269$156,0340Weinstein Company
4In Time$148,287-49%470-2121$316$34,096,1874Fox
5Like Crazy (2011)$96,14941%15080$641$1,988,3884Paramount Vantage
6Footloose (2011)$61,922-58%384-1831$161$50,480,9136Paramount
7Paranormal Activity 3$55,064-60%355-2421$155$102,919,6675Paramount
8Moneyball$51,171-30%187-626$274$72,816,7649Sony / Columbia
9The Three Musketeers (2011)$44,67229%224-445$199$19,643,4295Summit
10Dolphin Tale$44,510-15%388-317$115$70,155,5919Warner Bros.
11Margin Call$42,991-13%170--$253$4,041,4835Roadside Attractions
12Courageous$41,507-42%211-694$197$32,506,0498Sony / TriStar
13The Ides of March$40,834-32%159-537$257$39,243,3147Sony / Columbia
1450/50$34,72661%210-214$165$34,326,8018Summit
15Contagion$33,15911%301-54$110$75,266,40211Warner Bros.
16The Way$31,562-6%137-34$230$3,134,4377Producers Distribution Agency
17Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,511-37%127-56$232$2,371,4345Fox Searchlight
18Abduction$25,50927%16336$156$27,688,4019Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,49018%120-44$137$176,496,31016Fox
20Johnny English Reborn$9,130-15%108-102$85$8,297,6755Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,627-25%490$421$14,353,84333Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Drive (2011)$14,19564%9318$153$34,392,84210FilmDistrict
3Anonymous (2011)$10,941-65%72-410$152$4,219,0624Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$9,683-58%54-893$179$12,892,2224FilmDistrict
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,8617%91-39$86$84,344,76717Warner Bros.
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,855-21%48-24$143$38,487,85114Weinstein Company
7The Mighty Macs$4,73627%28-33$169$1,875,5215Quaker Media
8The Big Year$4,0202%52-31$77$7,132,0776Fox
9Inni$2,912285%5-2$582$92,3604Cinema Purgatorio
10Sarah's Key$2,658-36%27-135$98$7,673,20918Weinstein Company
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,003-50%78-7$26$381,009,52519Warner Bros.
12Shark Night 3D$718-66%270$27$18,876,64212Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$590-45%11-2$54$7,698,85311CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$54035%9-3$60$532,8129Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$274-82%38-45$7$9,662,12210Weinstein Company
16Our Idiot Brother$266-45%6-6$44$24,815,89513Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$111-7%1-4$111$441,72413Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$82-71%5-13$16$17,687,62012Weinstein Company
19The Future$4-92%1-2$4$568,27917Roadside Attractions