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 Fri, Feb. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$4,162,673--2,511--$1,658$4,162,6731Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$4,092,850169%3,22257$1,270$83,695,3803Universal
3Safe Haven$3,545,935182%3,2230$1,100$41,007,5782Relativity Media
4Dark Skies$3,094,178--2,313--$1,338$3,094,1781Weinstein / Dimension
5A Good Day to Die Hard$2,821,694109%3,5552$794$44,623,9582Fox
6Escape From Planet Earth$2,359,750172%3,35365$704$26,490,4122Weinstein Company
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,535,102177%2,012-190$763$102,960,24815Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,443,438187%2,644-253$546$54,861,4914Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,047,323145%2,9500$355$14,009,5882Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,000,002100%2,070-535$483$22,742,5183Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$575,720120%1,197-330$481$89,884,71110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$424,67563%1,425-678$298$51,685,2295Paramount
13Mama$337,525115%1,163-485$290$69,394,1956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$479,475179%802-101$598$128,305,81220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$362,429107%572-75$634$112,282,18914Fox
3Lincoln$353,976121%875-132$405$177,476,46616Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$319,481101%35623$897$8,038,5457Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$262,85470%659-358$399$158,074,6299Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$163,78067%462-214$355$146,225,6459Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$147,216127%402-104$366$186,177,75717Disney
8Kai Po Che$139,527--110--$1,268$139,5271UTV Motion Pictures
9Bless Me, Ultima$138,848--263--$528$615,9681Arenas Entertainment
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$130,20565%388-217$336$300,532,10111Warner Bros. / New Line
11Rise of The Guardians$84,616146%305-33$277$101,731,56314Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Impossible$79,91569%273-149$293$17,843,39810Lionsgate / Summit
13Parental Guidance$78,07393%381-222$205$75,553,8569Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$56,725143%223-31$254$291,967,15615Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$49,011128%302-38$162$39,710,7157Open Road
16Skyfall$44,572--184-78$242$304,065,78916Sony / Columbia
17Gangster Squad$41,126118%202-8$204$45,496,1897Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$39,740543%18698$214$36,863,80410Paramount
19Parker$34,647-24%212-493$163$17,277,4175FilmDistrict
20Jack Reacher$23,02598%100-75$230$79,418,49710Paramount
21The Last Stand$15,221622%11460$134$11,986,2266Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$10,416-58%105-365$99$9,368,8684Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$20,12098%520$387$11,351,24045Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$17,14851%65-21$264$6,080,23312Focus
3This is 40$14,85077%96-71$155$67,490,26510Universal
4Broken City$14,52569%98-35$148$19,548,5436Fox
5Stand Up Guys$10,070-26%41-78$246$3,238,6994Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,89711%300$230$22,024,95099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$6,571--1--$6,571$6,5711Freestyle Releasing
8Anna Karenina (2012)$4,613-13%28-23$165$12,790,92315Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,592-10%44-52$104$34,317,8868Lionsgate
10Hitchcock$4,168143%162$261$5,953,94814Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$4,042127%21-14$192$8,791,2535Relativity Media
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,89229%9-13$432$206,7573UTV Motion Pictures
13The Sessions$2,58522%160$162$5,965,51119Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,94164%7-6$277$1,541,27917Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$472-31%5-6$94$1,576,1955UTV Motion Pictures