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. 24 - Sun, Feb. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$24,476,632--3,039--$8,054$24,476,6321Relativity Media
2Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$15,583,924--2,132--$7,310$15,583,9241Lionsgate
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$13,389,102-33%3,350-150$3,997$76,645,4533Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$10,926,145-54%3,052-69$3,580$97,622,7053Universal
5The Vow$9,916,774-57%3,03880$3,264$102,924,1173Sony / Screen Gems
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$9,006,135-59%3,1740$2,837$38,038,2172Sony / Columbia
7This Means War$8,425,010-52%3,1890$2,642$33,495,6462Fox
8Wanderlust$6,526,650--2,002--$3,260$6,526,6501Universal
9Gone$4,770,360--2,186--$2,182$4,770,3601Summit
10The Secret World of Arrietty$4,351,115-33%1,5220$2,859$14,508,9202Disney
11Chronicle$3,685,036-52%1,797-759$2,051$57,984,9634Fox
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,174,955-60%1,618-1037$1,962$40,444,5853Fox
13The Woman in Black$2,722,485-59%1,727-832$1,576$50,451,6814CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,905,85820%966158$3,008$31,779,65714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$2,133,442-27%889-354$2,400$78,460,13515Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$1,510,760-9%501-57$3,015$69,354,70414Paramount
4The Grey$800,285-75%917-1190$873$50,179,0915Open Road
5The Iron Lady$694,982-35%522-101$1,331$25,721,5799Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$668,805-70%628-1006$1,065$18,903,5804Universal
7Red Tails$437,013-70%489-520$894$48,670,0986Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$377,069-24%311-89$1,212$130,384,57911Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$350,335-37%333-70$1,052$185,888,95311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$341,549-31%164-20$2,083$23,276,12612Focus
11My Week with Marilyn$304,95954%402282$759$14,074,65114Weinstein Company
12We Bought a Zoo$284,720-5%280-7$1,017$74,096,24610Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$274,988-29%272-31$1,011$76,901,74210Paramount
142012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$274,264-26%1468$1,879$1,470,4723Shorts International
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$258,148-59%280-297$922$31,215,13210Warner Bros.
16Underworld Awakening$242,887-79%260-566$934$62,149,8336Sony / Screen Gems
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,227-51%178-97$1,333$207,771,02711Paramount
18Joyful Noise$183,920-16%277-63$664$30,586,6397Warner Bros.
19The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$178,163-48%125-64$1,425$101,701,26710Sony / Columbia
20War Horse$175,780-41%213-181$825$79,041,41210Disney / DreamWorks
21Contraband$172,375-68%197-223$875$66,173,3857Universal
22Midnight in Paris$159,6221530%164148$973$56,720,57941Sony Pictures Classics
23The Muppets$145,905-30%205-64$712$88,355,06814Disney
24One For the Money$137,867-82%229-704$602$25,951,3365Lionsgate
25Albert Nobbs$129,051-33%100-19$1,291$2,610,6285Roadside Attractions
26Puss in Boots (2011)$116,725-38%138-25$846$149,234,74718Paramount / DreamWorks
27Jack and Jill$80,972-33%109-25$743$74,158,15716Sony / Columbia
28The Help$22,594141%138125$164$169,697,33329Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$366,33019%8329$4,414$2,532,8609Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$192,128-35%835$2,315$2,558,45110IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$117,164-22%40-5$2,929$16,625,10847Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rampart$98,394-22%4517$2,187$375,4873Millennium Entertainment
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$94,583--48--$1,970$94,5831UTV Communications
6A Dangerous Method$93,224-39%81-15$1,151$5,344,81014Sony Pictures Classics
7In Darkness$88,7137%228$4,032$278,1383Sony Pictures Classics
8Thin Ice$79,878-56%46-7$1,736$342,6872IDP/ATO Pictures
9The Darkest Hour$65,568-34%94-19$698$21,426,80510Summit
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$55,057-78%59-155$933$47,228,7867Disney
11Man on a Ledge$54,636-84%76-325$719$18,600,9115Lionsgate
12Jodi Breakers$52,618--1--$52,618$52,6181Yash Raj Films
13Happy Feet Two$51,661-47%85-50$608$63,934,37015Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$48,272-22%18-1$2,682$31,178,184102Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Under the Sea 3D$46,065-1%110$4,188$30,669,995159Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Shame$42,820-36%25-19$1,713$3,807,64313Fox Searchlight
17Love$41,260-50%81$5,158$172,4092China Lion Film
18Chico & Rita$40,56332%127$3,380$118,6223GKIDS
19Haywire$40,071-43%37-42$1,083$18,827,1656Relativity Media
20Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$39,866-83%35-63$1,139$1,130,8423UTV Communications
21We Need to Talk About Kevin$37,540-47%160$2,346$671,86712Oscilloscope
22W.E.$27,627-48%15-5$1,842$265,2764Weinstein Company
23The Forgiveness of Blood$26,724--3--$8,908$26,7241IFC Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,875188%120$2,156$4,830,343943D Entertainment
25Coriolanus$22,032-44%8-5$2,754$365,1696Weinstein Company
26The Sitter$20,167-33%30-13$672$30,505,21212Fox
27Undefeated$19,313-42%50$3,863$70,1952Weinstein Company
28Carnage (2011)$18,560-44%22-13$844$2,464,07611Sony Pictures Classics
29The Flowers of War$16,696231%74$2,385$242,7326Wrekin Hill Entertainment
30Pariah (2011)$12,759-38%130$981$712,7059Focus
31Deep Sea 3D$10,90439%20$5,452$44,513,390313Warner Bros. / IMAX
32On the Ice$8,257-54%51$1,651$36,8252PMK*BNC
33The Women on the 6th Floor$7,506-31%5-1$1,501$617,85921Strand Releasing
34The Skin I Live In$7,168524%1410$512$3,169,33220Sony Pictures Classics
35The Devil Inside$7,049-51%25-9$282$53,193,9258Paramount
36Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,394141%20$2,697$869,50134International Film Circuit
37The Fairy$4,199--3--$1,400$4,1991Kino Lorber
38Michael (2012)$4,16324%21$2,082$11,0062Strand Releasing
39Declaration of War$4,008-15%114$364$41,0925IFC Films
40In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,787-47%4-4$947$292,86510FilmDistrict
41Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,59859%42$900$67,3718Cinema Guild
42The Conquest$3,070626%31$1,023$189,48516Music Box Films
43My Reincarnation$2,356639%1-1$2,356$85,14518Long Shot Factory
44Young Goethe In Love$1,990-32%2-3$995$148,85717Music Box Films
45Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,98183%1-1$1,981$289,33919Submarine Deluxe
46Kung Fu Joe$1,894-32%10$1,894$10,7943Indican Pictures
47Take Shelter$1,805461%3-1$602$1,726,54922Sony Pictures Classics
48Khodorkovsky$1,639-43%21$820$36,98813Kino Lorber
49The Innkeepers$1,576-54%5-2$315$77,5014Magnolia / Magnet
50The Whale$1,496121%10$1,496$71,87325Paladin
51Death of the Virgin$1,482-69%1-1$1,482$21,7303Indican Pictures
52Melancholia$1,433-48%3-2$478$3,029,87016Magnolia Pictures
53The Turin Horse$1,342-60%20$671$21,8293Cinema Guild
54The Way$1,234-63%2-3$617$4,426,00521Producers Distribution Agency
55Hell and Back Again$62812%20$314$39,16521Docurama Films
56Eames: The Architect and the Painter$59415%10$594$147,52515First Run Features
57Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$555-61%10$555$50,53129Lorber Films
58The Man Nobody Knew$173--1--$173$183,34223First Run Features
59Putin's Kiss$155-90%10$155$2,6592Kino Lorber
60Windfall$54--1--$54$2,5294First Run Features