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 Mon, Feb. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$12,632,036-25%3,7750$3,346$142,781,3962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$3,380,151-49%3,372--$1,002$30,007,1931Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$2,438,633-46%3,0830$791$46,582,7902Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$2,189,190-55%2,253--$972$27,838,2011Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$1,830,553-13%2,101-359$871$378,248,34713Disney
6Ride Along$1,120,065-48%2,517-283$445$117,202,6805Universal
7Endless Love (2014)$1,100,480-52%2,896--$380$14,407,6051Universal
8Winter's Tale$709,365-49%2,965--$239$8,007,0591Warner Bros.
9The Nut Job$688,2373%1,918-1086$359$58,277,7805Open Road
10Lone Survivor$563,655-52%2,013-856$280$118,976,2568Universal
11That Awkward Moment$417,532-48%1,922-887$217$21,960,9313Focus
12American Hustle$393,538-43%1,072-568$367$141,847,53410Sony / Columbia
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$344,888-42%1,278-861$270$48,024,0245Paramount
14Philomena$330,873-37%1,225721$270$30,928,44313Weinstein Company
15Vampire Academy$294,648-42%2,6760$110$6,958,2982Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$173,837-42%1,010-317$172$35,938,9448Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$159,969-47%1,664-920$96$12,605,2123Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$359,280-44%751-416$478$111,034,8048Paramount
2Gravity$214,657-36%355-346$605$268,172,92620Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$140,535-29%386-292$364$48,355,27518Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$110,038-42%324-201$340$15,910,82514Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,755-30%285-252$382$256,231,64110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$108,186-39%255-202$424$23,419,1319Warner Bros.
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,417-38%326-203$280$423,202,84813Lionsgate
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$71,715--167--$429$1,452,3833ShortsHD
9Dallas Buyers Club$70,350-41%223-265$315$24,344,52016Focus
10I, Frankenstein$70,329-49%468-959$150$18,409,3154Lionsgate
11Thor: The Dark World$58,409--212--$276$205,517,63415Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$50,557--212--$238$82,297,38210Disney
13Walking With Dinosaurs$48,511-19%248-3$196$35,458,2419Fox
14The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$40,966-16%201-41$204$57,497,5148Fox
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,284-45%261-85$120$125,118,1359Paramount
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$29,893-10%181-16$165$119,435,06421Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$12,582-45%135-47$93$106,871,72019Sony / Columbia
18Devil's Due$12,159-61%123-262$99$15,630,0135Fox
19Grudge Match$12,087-53%291-50$42$29,673,5868Warner Bros.
20Delivery Man$10,498--114--$92$30,485,80213Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$57,631-44%9833$588$1,011,2284Roadside Attractions
2Journey to the South Pacific$46,721--152$3,115$543,06812IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Beijing Love Story$28,270--9--$3,141$168,3761China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$21,808-45%86-43$254$12,961,93011CBS Films
5The Book Thief$21,114-10%94-41$225$21,099,43215Fox
6The Past$21,064--77--$274$1,017,5399Sony Pictures Classics
7The Great Beauty$21,045--52--$405$1,970,45414Janus Films
8Hasee Toh Phasee$20,568-56%77-11$267$575,9462Reliance Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$14,796--16-1$925$42,495,132205Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tim's Vermeer$12,925--12--$1,077$215,6713Sony Pictures Classics
11The Legend Of Hercules$11,546-51%90-158$128$18,530,3886Lionsgate / Summit
12The Invisible Woman$10,492--44--$238$1,051,4828Sony Pictures Classics
13Free Birds$9,432-16%75-34$126$55,618,21316Relativity Media
14Like Father, Like Son (2014)$8,711--15--$581$142,2865IFC Films
15Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,695-57%62-41$92$32,453,3457Paramount
16When Comedy Went to School$5,170--7--$739$273,86329International Film Circuit
17Stranger By the Lake$5,164--9--$574$174,6424Strand Releasing
18Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,344-20%34-12$128$8,221,85612Weinstein Company
19Space Station 3D$4,342--20$2,171$8,984,391618IMAX
20Under the Sea 3D$2,787--41$697$33,746,274262Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Blue Jasmine$2,730--16--$171$33,268,64230Sony Pictures Classics
22The Last of the Unjust$2,368--4--$592$30,9392Cohen Media Group
23Last Vegas$2,366-44%41-19$58$63,910,58316CBS Films
24Born to Be Wild 3D$2,217--6-2$370$23,173,685150Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Jimmy P$2,133--1--$2,133$9,3241IFC Films
26Visitors$1,704--10--$170$44,0994Cinedigm
27To the Arctic 3D$1,675--90$186$13,810,71496Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,577-26%15-61$105$1,354,4024Roadside Attractions
29Blue Is the Warmest Color$1,352--9--$150$2,190,51017IFC Films
30Knights of Badassdom$1,256-55%2-7$628$101,9604eOne Films US
31The Best Offer$889--8--$111$73,1687IFC Films
32Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$8406%10$840$15,9732Rialto Pictures
33Adult World$585--2--$293$4,3681IFC Films
34All Is Lost$562-50%9-3$62$6,259,62218Roadside Attractions
35The Pretty One$305-45%10$305$4,6392Dada Films
36Kill Your Darlings$295--4--$74$1,028,46718Sony Pictures Classics
37At Middleton$213-59%1-7$213$53,1393Anchor Bay / Freestyle
38Big Bad Wolves$181--3--$60$23,6375Magnolia / Magnet
39Muscle Shoals$72--3--$24$690,27121Magnolia Pictures
40Sweet Dreams (2013)$47--2--$24$33,83816International Film Circuit
41The Armstrong Lie$30--1--$30$381,70315Sony Pictures Classics