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, Jul. 9 - Sun, Jul. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$56,397,125--3,476--$16,225$56,397,1251Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$31,708,438-51%4,4680$7,097$235,370,8152Summit
3Predators$24,760,882--2,669--$9,277$24,706,8821Fox
4Toy Story 3$21,015,958-31%3,753-275$5,600$339,240,8574Disney
5The Last Airbender$16,635,471-59%3,20334$5,194$99,712,7572Paramount
6Grown Ups$15,806,738-17%3,463-71$4,564$110,721,5313Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$7,719,251-26%2,628-476$2,937$61,808,1103Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$5,365,636-33%2,458-651$2,183$164,301,1245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$1,752,421-45%1,236-917$1,418$73,923,5945Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,280,47065%200123$6,402$3,426,5454Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$904,998--108--$8,380$904,9981Music Box
3Get Him to the Greek$711,625-42%442-442$1,610$59,424,0556Universal
4I Am Love$503,008-5%11131$4,532$2,003,0594Magnolia
5Shrek Forever After$502,392-44%461-496$1,090$233,784,8978Paramount / DreamWorks
6Winter's Bone$456,4956%10623$4,307$2,512,4555Roadside Attractions
7Solitary Man$419,338-16%172-4$2,438$3,505,2798Anchor Bay
8Iron Man 2$392,755-38%333-189$1,179$309,237,29410Paramount
9Marmaduke$353,815-1%383-92$924$31,545,7376Fox
10Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$348,308-50%275-325$1,267$89,004,4407Disney
11Letters to Juliet$336,221-59%241-99$1,395$51,726,0649Summit
12How to Train Your Dragon$317,923-7%254-49$1,252$216,893,96716Paramount / DreamWorks
13Robin Hood (2010)$287,925-12%300-78$960$104,494,8059Universal
14Killers (2010)$268,769-43%269-458$999$45,845,6086Lionsgate
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$255,063-22%1154$2,218$2,000,5485IFC
16Sex and the City 2$208,711-45%156-199$1,338$94,701,6897Warner Bros. / New Line
17Date Night$188,5631%205-37$920$98,002,74614Fox
18Splice$131,698-22%20464$646$16,762,2086Warner Bros
19The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$129,810-26%110-17$1,180$5,876,72013Sony Pictures Classics
20Please Give$125,392-27%100-45$1,254$3,691,42211Sony Pictures Classics
21Clash of the Titans (2010)$84,260-27%130-45$648$163,102,60015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$491,971--7--$70,282$491,9711Focus
2Hubble 3D$255,6113%531$4,823$10,272,71717Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$150,597-22%91-18$1,655$9,335,53217Music Box
4I Hate Luv Storys$123,836--79--$1,568$748,3752UTV
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$115,605-10%4743$2,460$764,7005Sony Pictures Classics
6Restrepo$93,59060%2515$3,744$265,4623National Geographic
7City Island$83,115-21%65-16$1,279$6,498,01017Anchor Bay
8Grease Sing-a-Long$60,759--12--$5,063$95,7691Paramount
9Under the Sea 3D$56,51726%130$4,347$22,816,25574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Micmacs$56,388-7%45-5$1,253$945,2717Sony Classics
11Just Wright$53,480-1%80-15$669$21,416,3939Fox Searchlight
12Furry Vengeance$50,461-47%86-21$587$17,596,25611Summit
13Exit Through the Gift Shop$46,021-26%21-10$2,191$2,890,21513Producers Distribution Agency
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$40,67328%1711$2,393$166,0383Sony Pictures Classics
15Jonah Hex$40,382-67%65-285$621$10,083,2394Warner Bros.
16Mother and Child$38,970-35%44-33$886$1,000,10110Sony Pictures Classics
17Avatar$36,97129%90$4,108$749,657,40930Fox
18The Back-up Plan$36,432-30%61-36$597$37,447,76712CBS Films
19Ondine$33,961-30%32-6$1,061$421,19919Magnolia
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$32,305-24%51-19$633$63,870,49717Fox
21A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$28,805-29%53-57$543$63,059,65511Warner Bros. / New Line
22Harry Brown$28,718-49%33-12$870$1,758,63011Samuel Goldwyn
23South of the Border$23,370-33%71$3,339$111,0453Cinema Libre
24La Mission$22,112294%2520$884$1,034,96114Screen Media
25Deep Sea 3D$20,23640%30$6,745$43,480,207228Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$19,788389%42$4,947$192,9137Rialto
27The Last Song$18,889-43%41-38$461$62,933,79315Disney
28Love Ranch$17,945-59%8-3$2,243$109,6612E1 Entertainment
29Winnebago Man$16,469--2--$8,235$16,4691Kino International
30Oceans$15,890-63%35-44$454$19,406,40612Disneynature
31Stonewall Uprising$14,090227%106$1,409$84,9644First Run Features
32The Killer Inside Me$13,862-68%14-3$990$146,4444IFC Films
33God of Vampires$13,44029%8-2$1,680$32,0652Nocturnal Features
34Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$11,57260%90$1,286$608,19817Zeitgeist
35Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$8,716--4--$2,179$266,93810Kino International
36The City of Your Final Destination$8,480-48%10-4$848$456,56813Screen Media Films
37[REC] 2$8,191--5--$1,638$8,1911Magnolia
38Best Worst Movie$6,70496%10$6,704$72,50012Area23a
39Holy Rollers$6,197-44%5-8$1,239$294,07924First Independent Pictures
40Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$5,840--2--$2,920$27,8413Kino International
41Racing Dreams$5,529139%1-2$5,529$55,5898Hanover House
42Princess Kaiulani$5,500-1%61$917$846,7719Roadside Attractions
43Around a Small Mountain$5,326--1--$5,326$5,3261Cinema Guild
44The Oath$5,196--3--$1,732$38,86010Zeitgeist
45Mademoiselle Chambon$5,173--4--$1,293$172,9017Lorber
46Agora$3,944-28%1-1$3,944$213,2027Newmarket
47In My Sleep$3,911--1--$3,911$28,84112Morning Star
48The Lottery$3,4326%20$1,716$46,8205Variance Films
49John Rabe$3,301232%31$1,100$50,0508Strand
50Cropsey$3,281229%32$1,094$33,7336Cinema Purgatorio
51The Secret of Kells$3,247-70%10-4$325$681,17119GKIDS
52The Square (2010)$3,080-41%50$616$400,87514Apparition
53Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,909-26%30$970$23,245,005145National Geographic
54The Joneses$2,455-7%21$1,228$1,474,50813Roadside Attractions
55Great Directors$2,418--2--$1,209$10,1062Paladin
56The Little Traitor$2,281--1--$2,281$366,10331Westchester Films
57The Nature of Existence$2,184-63%30$728$15,4034Walking Shadows
58Survival of the Dead$1,91457%2-2$957$101,0557Magnolia / Magnet
59Raajneeti$1,726--5--$345$1,514,5576UTV Communications
60OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,288-45%2-1$644$84,28465Music Box
61The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,214--1--$1,214$83,77914International Film Circuit
62Behind the Burly Q$1,174117%21$587$18,27712First Run Features
63Only the Brave (2010)$876-81%10$876$142,0607Indican Pictures
64Only When I Dance$820-62%10$820$4,8372Film Movement
65Kings of the Evening$738-72%10$738$80,12722Indican Pictures
66Sweetgrass$648-69%2-2$324$196,18942Cinema Guild
67Chloe$577-46%2-1$289$3,074,83816Sony Pictures Classics
68Everyone Else$562-83%1-2$562$75,44256Cinema Guild
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$502-69%10$502$25,7714The Film Desk
70A Town Called Panic$403-58%10$403$163,18830Zeitgeist Films
71The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$343--1--$343$453,33624First Run Features