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 Tue, Mar. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$4,036,85512%3,121--$1,293$43,947,0311Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,620,67012%3,76923$430$161,459,5103Universal
3John Carter$1,221,86212%3,7490$326$55,539,1942Disney
4Project X (2012)$504,49321%2,922-133$173$49,091,8113Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$392,87810%2,765-186$142$63,204,7874Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$308,02228%1,8955$163$12,533,5042Paramount
7Safe House$278,40016%1,920-224$145$120,728,1356Universal
8The Vow$231,36830%2,175-303$106$121,566,5646Sony / Screen Gems
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$228,25125%1,935-590$118$95,404,3636Warner Bros. / New Line
10Silent House (2012)$216,04323%2,1240$102$10,997,6562Open Road
11This Means War$213,03024%1,660-289$128$50,927,0485Fox
12The Artist$130,75522%1,155-350$113$42,346,06317Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$101,3824%1,016-500$100$32,929,7784Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$81,22318%1,024-780$79$49,892,4525Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$153,48134%640271$240$4,452,4812Roadside Attractions
2Casa de mi Padre$152,627-5%382--$400$2,600,9581Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$98,90620%254--$389$1,037,2071Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$73,29040%698-522$105$16,869,7654Universal
5The Iron Lady$67,41033%4569$148$28,734,01512Weinstein Company
6Hugo$58,18326%38370$152$73,098,23217Paramount
7Chronicle$44,8126%432-163$104$63,246,3037Fox
8The Descendants$40,33232%347-170$116$82,067,04218Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$34,34820%286-1$120$131,711,29314Fox
10Seeking Justice$31,21117%231--$135$307,7691Anchor Bay Films
11Gone$28,16428%476-668$59$11,409,9144Summit
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,08222%2290$123$208,833,96614Paramount
13The Woman in Black$21,55510%305-128$71$53,514,9397CBS Films
14The Grey$19,58019%21968$89$51,206,0968Open Road
15We Bought a Zoo$19,08915%188-40$102$74,944,47413Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,1677%156-102$91$43,142,1076Fox
17Big Miracle$12,98010%236-2$55$19,817,2057Universal
18Red Tails$12,75941%152-26$84$49,502,5799Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,9724%125-83$72$186,694,90314Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$8,61828%11248$77$26,211,4118Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$7,17130%123-30$58$77,576,72213Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,54024%105-97$43$31,807,10613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,51236%6244$782$853,2382CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$28,03781%400$701$17,304,67550Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$19,21246%8876$218$298,9193Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$12,64030%86-23$147$24,126,46215Focus
5Undefeated$5,3300%218$254$341,5425Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$4,70132%212$224$539,5479Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$4,63515%483$97$2,854,9818Roadside Attractions
8The Devil Inside$4,3003%7767$56$53,253,52411Paramount
9My Week with Marilyn$3,82520%50-70$77$14,561,95717Weinstein Company
10W.E.$3,73215%20-4$187$435,9547Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$3,40441%65-38$52$30,925,98110Warner Bros.
12Haywire$2,07142%69-13$30$18,938,3859Relativity Media