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. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,017,085-41%3,22257$4,350$93,619,6153Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,167,607--2,511--$5,244$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$10,682,037-33%3,35365$3,186$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,454,713-51%3,2230$3,244$47,916,3562Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,633-59%3,5552$2,860$51,967,8972Fox
6Dark Skies$8,189,166--2,313--$3,540$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$5,750,866-8%2,012-190$2,858$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,825,388-46%2,644-253$1,825$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,608,333-52%2,9500$1,223$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$3,357,039-46%2,070-535$1,622$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,230,084-26%1,197-330$1,863$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,684,532-52%1,425-678$1,182$52,945,0865Paramount
13Mama$1,173,900-56%1,163-485$1,009$70,230,5706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,827,165-16%802-101$2,278$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,605,3662%572-75$2,807$113,525,12614Fox
3Lincoln$1,481,081-9%875-132$1,693$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,125,886-14%35623$3,163$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$971,655-36%659-358$1,474$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Amour$716,1862%32822$2,183$5,147,24210Sony Pictures Classics
7Wreck-It Ralph$645,870-19%402-104$1,607$186,676,41117Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$634,825-26%462-214$1,374$146,696,6909Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$550,483-44%388-217$1,419$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kai Po Che$522,765--110--$4,752$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
11Bless Me, Ultima$470,109--263--$1,787$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
12Rise of The Guardians$370,176-12%305-33$1,214$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
13Parental Guidance$296,950-39%381-222$779$75,772,7339Fox
14The Impossible$289,277-40%273-149$1,060$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$263,830-29%246-20$1,072$1,920,8094ShortsHD
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$212,790-26%223-31$954$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$202,016-32%302-38$669$39,863,7207Open Road
18Skyfall$143,543-46%184-78$780$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
19Gangster Squad$140,156-31%202-8$694$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$137,528166%18698$739$36,961,59210Paramount
21Parker$122,878-72%212-493$580$17,365,6485FilmDistrict
22Jack Reacher$70,418-45%100-75$704$79,465,89010Paramount
23The Last Stand$55,665115%11460$488$12,026,6706Lionsgate
24Bullet to the Head$39,071-84%105-365$372$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$213,57541%73-119$2,926$12,572,08535Fox Searchlight
2The Gatekeepers$133,740196%1915$7,039$380,5804Sony Pictures Classics
3No (2013)$69,752-3%62$11,625$182,0342Sony Pictures Classics
4Hyde Park on Hudson$63,407-38%65-21$975$6,126,49212Focus
5Hubble 3D$58,389-24%254$2,336$36,537,671154Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$56,687-29%520$1,090$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
756 Up$55,669-20%325$1,740$464,6178First Run Features
8Broken City$49,534-41%98-35$505$19,583,5526Fox
9This is 40$47,970-52%96-71$500$67,523,38510Universal
10A Royal Affair$36,732-48%25-9$1,469$1,331,19316Magnolia Pictures
11Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$36,72241%169$2,295$107,4735Music Box Films
12Stand Up Guys$35,488-67%41-78$866$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
13The Master$34,08325%20-2$1,704$16,340,14624Weinstein Company
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$33,966-55%45-54$755$33,316,49310Disney
15Searching For Sugar Man$32,58340%3011$1,086$3,322,28931Sony Pictures Classics
16Born to Be Wild 3D$27,212-41%300$907$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Like Someone in Love$22,0041%96$2,445$56,1382IFC Films
18Koch$20,992-44%9-2$2,332$168,0384Zeitgeist Films
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,962-65%44-52$476$34,334,2568Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$20,325-22%30-3$678$1,980,99414Sony Pictures Classics
21Lore$20,263-47%80$2,533$124,7643Music Box Films
22John Dies at the End$20,20287%177$1,188$87,7445Magnolia / Magnet
23My Worst Nightmare$20,092--1--$20,092$21,45619Strand Releasing
24Space Station 3D$19,00665%42$4,752$87,249,009567IMAX
25Anna Karenina (2012)$16,597-59%28-23$593$12,802,90715Focus
26Sound City$15,924-32%170$937$314,1104Variance Films
27ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$15,392-71%9-13$1,710$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
28Hitchcock$13,82844%162$864$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
29Movie 43$12,163-34%21-14$579$8,799,3745Relativity Media
30West of Memphis$11,02491%124$919$141,9289Sony Pictures Classics
31The Sessions$9,552-21%160$597$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
32The Power of Few$9,35023%53$1,870$17,7012Steelyard Pictures
33Yossi$9,034-41%70$1,291$74,1715Strand Releasing
34Camp (2013)$7,785--1--$7,785$7,7851Freestyle Releasing
35Under the Sea 3D$5,714-54%8-2$714$32,576,151211Warner Bros. / IMAX
36A Late Quartet$5,432-58%7-6$776$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
37Deep Sea 3D$3,975-41%4-3$994$45,431,928365Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Frankenweenie$3,747233%30$1,249$35,287,78821Disney
3911 Flowers$3,516--2--$1,758$3,5161First Run Features
40Race 2$3,273-81%5-6$655$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
41Beware of Mr. Baker$2,445270%1-1$2,445$112,24813SnagFilms
42The Waiting Room$2,301-33%3-1$767$202,95422International Film Circuit
43Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$1,913--3--$638$14,6974First Run Features
44Masquerade (2012)$1,84555%42$461$914,42223CJ Entertainment
455 Broken Cameras$1,829-13%2-4$915$98,04139Kino Lorber
46Inescapable$1,545--2--$773$1,5451IFC Films
47Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$1,092--2--$546$10,34016APD/Cinema Conservancy
48The Sorcerer and the White Snake$977-64%1-3$977$16,3883Magnolia / Magnet
49Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$667-25%10$667$18,4274APD/Cinema Conservancy
50Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$327--1--$327$49,545194The Film Desk
51Breathing$311--1--$311$4,63026Kino Lorber
52Radio Unnameable$228--1--$228$20,34623Kino Lorber