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 Sat, Apr. 14 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 14 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rampage$13,884,58920%4,101--$3,386$25,427,9101Warner Bros
2A Quiet Place$13,494,90128%3,58981$3,760$91,034,4162Paramount
3Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$6,831,590-18%3,029--$2,255$15,115,4751Universal
4Ready Player One$4,933,14666%3,661-573$1,347$111,308,7753Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
5Blockers$4,545,16039%3,41839$1,330$34,454,9752Universal
6Black Panther$2,505,56973%2,180-567$1,149$672,410,3849Disney
7Isle of Dogs$2,126,94136%1,9391385$1,097$17,145,9774Fox Searchlight
8I Can Only Imagine$1,724,57358%2,573-321$670$73,966,6195Roadside Attractions
9Tyler Perry's Acrimony$1,620,60249%1,332-674$1,217$36,881,1873Lionsgate
10Chappaquiddick$1,242,73547%1,64585$755$10,067,3102Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11Sherlock Gnomes$1,050,554150%2,116-617$496$36,294,7654Paramount / MGM
12The Miracle Season$937,82148%1,7070$549$6,402,3492LD Entertainment
13Pacific Rim Uprising$641,03067%1,537-1090$417$57,177,9154Universal
14A Wrinkle in Time$578,83676%1,112-589$521$92,004,3056Walt Disney Pictures
15Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$492,23179%1,633--$301$761Fun Academy

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 14 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beirut$713,30649%755--$945$1,565,1531Bleecker Street
2Love, Simon$436,27238%889-575$491$39,022,311520th Century Fox
3Paul, Apostle of Christ$235,09843%581-681$405$16,182,6494Sony Pictures Entertainment
4The Death of Stalin$207,55574%330-218$629$6,164,7526IFC Films
5Tomb Raider$202,25639%502-1171$403$56,114,5335Warner Bros.
6Peter Rabbit$171,608136%519-508$331$113,726,95410Sony / Columbia
7Game Night$151,03333%356-448$424$67,808,1818Warner Bros.
8Finding Your Feet$115,40041%277220$417$487,3043Roadside Attractions
9The Greatest Showman$104,85164%209-39$502$173,239,38317Fox
10Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$89,339105%183-295$488$403,897,77017Sony / Columbia
11God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$49,85663%193-1184$258$5,394,6863Pure Flix
12Red Sparrow$49,78340%152-92$328$46,481,436720th Century Fox
13Midnight Sun$44,29557%251-500$176$9,385,9514Open Road
14Annihilation$44,09441%119-26$371$32,658,2158Paramount Pictures
15Death Wish$34,40655%111-36$310$33,776,5247MGM

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 14 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1You Were Never Really Here$115,9734%5148$2,274$414,2152Amazon Studios
2Pandas$48,47738%330$1,469$336,5222Warner Bros.
3The Strangers: Prey At Night$39,0745%61-188$641$24,213,0146Aviron Pictures
4Lean on Pete$28,7984%1814$1,600$118,9352A24
5Baaghi 2$22,79261%48-75$475$1,287,8793FIP
6Borg vs. McEnroe$20,72941%51--$406$35,4251Neon
7Ferdinand$16,964181%85-28$200$84,271,75018Fox
8Coco$16,426125%85-14$193$209,666,48121Disney
9Gemini$6,81829%33-23$207$173,9943Neon
10Forever My Girl$4,82272%197$254$16,346,21713Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
11I, Tonya$3,576-18%25-13$143$30,002,60419Neon
12Star Wars: The Last Jedi$2,71686%28-33$97$620,176,92618Disney
13Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$2,35511%1--$2,355$4,4701Rialto Pictures
14Getting Grace$1,90326%6-1$317$159,0604Hannover House
15Blood Feast$1,390304%32$463$6,1962Hannover House
16Claire's Camera$1,10387%4-1$276$59,2876Cinema Guild
17The Hurricane Heist$949144%80$119$6,107,7256Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18The Party$896-34%14-6$64$729,5819Roadside Attractions
19Big Sonia$818192%31$273$199,39022Argot Pictures
20Outside In$718-35%6-10$120$54,0693The Orchard
21Hostiles$63513%7-6$91$29,811,35517Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
22Flower$458-8%4-33$115$325,7505The Orchard
23The Young Karl Marx$360157%2-3$180$120,6718The Orchard
24Western$78212%2--$39$32,6929Cinema Guild
25El Mar La Mar$34-15%0----$6,1148Cinema Guild