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. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$17,094,132--3,775--$4,528$17,094,1321Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$6,914,842--3,083--$2,243$6,914,8421Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,603,945271%2,800-67$930$98,326,5354Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,724,174182%2,8090$614$13,032,2092Focus
5Vampire Academy$1,423,731--2,676--$532$1,423,7311Weinstein Company
6Lone Survivor$1,391,465135%2,869-416$485$108,677,7517Universal
7Frozen (2013)$1,388,839159%2,460-294$565$363,153,46512Disney
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$923,54198%2,139-768$432$41,792,9564Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$904,787122%2,5840$350$7,847,1832Paramount
10American Hustle$750,65597%1,640-576$458$135,767,7359Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$720,187121%3,004-468$240$51,992,8514Open Road
12The Wolf of Wall Street$636,72790%1,167-440$546$105,950,5517Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$379,44140%1,427-1326$266$16,386,7343Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$370,10219%1,327-992$279$33,179,2227Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$375,48370%701-431$536$265,178,28319Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$194,45116%678-494$287$46,725,72517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$189,45440%504-63$376$28,064,37612Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$183,93948%457-346$402$21,916,8268Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$170,01613%525-350$324$14,410,08413Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$164,611103%529-293$311$421,915,39612Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$157,70743%537-396$294$254,867,8859Warner Bros. / New Line
8Dallas Buyers Club$144,93518%488-564$297$23,217,42115Focus
9Devil's Due$93,86849%385-905$244$15,178,5534Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$70,283138%346-74$203$124,604,5488Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$57,62032%248-350$232$18,213,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,33971%242-168$229$57,064,1687Fox
13Grudge Match$38,688354%341100$113$29,415,4207Warner Bros.
14Inside Llewyn Davis$37,29923%129-85$289$12,633,93310CBS Films
15Walking With Dinosaurs$31,899137%251-72$127$35,059,1148Fox
16Captain Phillips$30,23652%182-63$166$106,655,01718Sony / Columbia
17The Book Thief$30,05416%135-43$223$20,877,12614Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,831149%197-23$131$119,177,75820Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,246201%103-47$177$32,334,5966Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$15,469143%115-48$135$52,474,3139Lionsgate
21Free Birds$5,87064%109-26$54$55,538,93715Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$92,197--88--$1,048$92,1971Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$56,568273%6536$870$361,3053Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$13,645-43%76-271$180$1,293,8203Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$5,924-28%60-44$99$63,864,61415CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,705-36%46-31$102$8,170,11511Weinstein Company
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,066--1--$2,066$2,0661Rialto Pictures
7Knights of Badassdom$1,367-82%9-2$152$82,9943eOne Films US
8All Is Lost$858-38%12-13$72$6,250,84717Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$832-68%8-12$104$47,3272Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$456-64%11-41$41$116,629,94426Weinstein Company
11Love Is in the Air$415-10%3-3$138$6,9482Focus World
12The Pretty One$309--1--$309$3091Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$206--1--$206$2061Rialto Premieres