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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 25 - Sun, Feb. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$13,535,374--2,950--$4,588$13,535,3741Warner Bros. / New Line
2Gnomeo and Juliet$13,400,130-30%3,03723$4,412$74,334,2363Disney
3Unknown (2011)$12,571,282-42%3,0430$4,131$42,976,4502Warner Bros.
4I Am Number Four$11,016,126-43%3,1562$3,491$37,723,9402Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$10,532,244-43%3,544-4$2,972$78,787,0663Sony / Columbia
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,387,250-29%2,810-308$3,341$62,963,7413Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,623,276-53%2,8210$2,702$28,647,5192Fox
8The King's Speech$7,339,75912%2,385299$3,077$114,231,03014Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$5,187,625--2,290--$2,265$5,187,6251Summit
10True Grit (2010)$1,947,092-19%1,222-243$1,593$167,132,44210Paramount
11The Roommate$1,940,609-50%1,726-434$1,124$35,818,2274Sony / Screen Gems
12The Eagle$1,587,177-56%1,568-728$1,012$18,341,8243Focus
13No Strings Attached$1,450,649-53%1,366-600$1,062$68,760,0386Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,576,1031%668-91$2,359$90,369,46312Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,8440%617-39$2,152$103,576,41813Fox Searchlight
3The Grace Card$1,010,299--352--$2,870$1,010,2991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Cedar Rapids$664,730-27%13634$4,888$2,349,9963Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$663,895-56%667-598$995$96,637,3217Sony / Columbia
6Barney's Version$568,751-24%299-23$1,902$5,387,9477Sony Pictures Classics
7The Rite$479,351-58%545-503$880$32,310,5295Warner Bros. / New Line
8Biutiful$460,500-12%18226$2,530$3,783,8189Roadside Attractions
9Tangled$421,474-21%337-52$1,251$194,881,26214Disney
10Sanctum$358,515-78%392-985$915$23,070,0454Universal
11TRON: Legacy$330,462-27%276-36$1,197$170,999,94311Disney
12The Mechanic$322,039-68%404-548$797$28,677,7195CBS Films
13127 Hours$301,367-6%220-20$1,370$17,915,44817Fox Searchlight
14Yogi Bear$247,874-47%366-359$677$97,857,39311Warner Bros.
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$239,617-33%303-18$791$294,325,81015Warner Bros.
16Little Fockers$234,770-12%261-24$900$147,980,23010Universal
17The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$234,241-18%248-16$945$103,777,01712Fox
18The Company Men$215,434-28%185-57$1,165$3,880,6396Weinstein Company
19Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$211,115-26%1179$1,804$1,104,8763Shorts International
20Blue Valentine (2010)$209,786-36%167-68$1,256$9,224,0119Weinstein Company
21Gulliver's Travels (2010)$156,440-18%204-31$767$42,439,63810Fox
22The Illusionist (2010)$148,769-21%12519$1,190$1,725,53610Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tourist$141,477-30%194-30$729$67,483,18512Sony / Columbia
24The Dilemma$139,725-21%243-50$575$48,430,3557Universal
25Another Year$134,859-35%107-14$1,260$2,733,3299Sony Pictures Classics
26The Social Network$109,95624%269156$409$96,917,89722Sony / Columbia
27Season of the Witch$102,987209%17139$602$24,648,1068Relativity Media
28Winter's Bone$71,703305%135115$531$6,502,66638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$308,895--33--$9,360$308,8951Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$160,777-14%50-2$3,216$22,307,54650Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$95,141--13--$7,319$1,307,371423D Entertainment
4Under the Sea 3D$70,230-5%191$3,696$27,301,994107Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$64,78821%168$4,049$146,8382Vitagraph
6From Prada to Nada$56,600-39%81-47$699$2,905,5255Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Rabbit Hole$53,034-6%835$639$2,063,10711Lionsgate
87 Khoon Maaf$44,955-73%683$661$253,2742UTV Communications
9Unstoppable (2010)$35,627-48%66-39$540$81,528,42116Fox
10Space Station 3D$35,216-10%3-2$11,739$82,906,844463IMAX
11Inside Job$33,56843%5329$633$4,019,20321Sony Pictures Classics
12The Last Lions$27,035-49%40$6,759$117,1902National Geographic
13Somewhere (2010)$25,907-23%27-2$960$1,768,41610Focus
14Poetry$19,87311%63$3,312$76,4113Kino International
15The Way Back (2011)$19,46331%150$1,298$2,701,8596Newmarket Films
16I Am (2011)$19,297--2--$9,649$32,7502Paladin
17Cold Weather$12,71249%41$3,178$63,2084IFC Films
18Casino Jack$12,46919%175$733$967,67811IDP/ATO Pictures
19Galapagos$12,002-15%2-1$6,001$17,886,603592IMAX
20Kaboom$9,003-22%115$818$79,0595IFC Films
21Waste Land$9,00168%62$1,500$169,21518Arthouse Films
22The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,803-40%82$1,100$103,7736IFC Films
23Deep Sea 3D$8,690-13%3-1$2,897$44,044,578261Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Brotherhood (2010)$8,4457%21$4,223$17,9602Phase 4 Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,880--3--$2,627$743,94430National Geographic
26Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,674--1--$7,674$7,6741Rialto
27Heartbeats$7,197--1--$7,197$7,1971IFC Films
28Vanishing on 7th Street$6,962140%65$1,160$11,6332Magnolia / Magnet
29Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$6,656-59%31$2,219$49,3393Phase 4 Films
30I Love You Phillip Morris$6,53728%156$436$1,954,17813Roadside Attractions
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$6,505290%31$2,168$415,42220Zeitgeist Films
32Public Speaking$6,260--1--$6,260$11,0001Rialto
33Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$4,610-36%6-1$768$176,4535Variance Films
34Made in Dagenham$4,562-49%10-5$456$1,031,14015Sony Pictures Classics
35The Salvation Poem$4,336-9%40$1,084$599,21220CanZion Films
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,224--2--$2,112$23,534,728178National Geographic
37The Other Woman (2011)$3,93632%94$437$20,5854IFC
38A Somewhat Gentle Man$3,644--2--$1,822$13,2727Strand Releasing
39My Dog Tulip$3,389119%21$1,695$213,56026New Yorker Films
40All Good Things$3,205-12%40$801$542,91813Magnolia Pictures
41Carancho$3,008-59%1-3$3,008$37,5313Strand Releasing
42Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,777-60%2-1$1,389$98,2178First Run Features
43Every Day (2011)$2,72874%20$1,364$34,2937Image Entertainment
44Four Lions$2,0708%1-5$2,070$306,68617Drafthouse Films
45Enemies of the People$1,839-23%2-2$920$67,94931International Film Circuit
46Nenette$1,6861305%21$843$15,91310Kino International
47Zero Bridge$1,663-50%10$1,663$8,2472The Film Desk
48Putty Hill$1,468-70%10$1,468$7,9722Cinema Guild
49Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,183-55%10$1,183$89,01610Saint Juste International
50Immigration Tango$1,087-92%2-28$544$23,8122Roadside Attractions
51What Women Want (2011)$1,017-82%1-2$1,017$122,0734China Lion Film
52The Woodmans$917--2--$459$31,5576Lorber Films
53Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$917171%21$459$106,57336Kino International
54The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$8926%31$297$5,188,97218Music Box
55Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$40,62416Film Desk
56Marwencol$629-59%1-2$629$99,11421Cinema Guild
57Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$520--1--$520$56,02437The Film Desk
58The Taqwacores$443--1--$443$9,79019Strand Releasing
59Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$39356%1-1$393$66,44418Variance Films
60Animal Kingdom$336-25%1-1$336$1,041,72329Sony Pictures Classics
61Orgasm Inc.$198-95%1-2$198$21,3653First Run Features
62Mesrine: Killer Instinct$129-60%10$129$551,66027Music Box