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, Nov. 19 - Sun, Nov. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$125,017,372--4,125--$30,307$125,017,3721Warner Bros.
2Megamind$16,012,831-45%3,779-170$4,237$109,313,4293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$13,005,855-43%3,2092$4,053$41,867,7692Fox
4Due Date$8,912,182-42%3,229-136$2,760$72,431,5943Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$6,542,779--2,564--$2,552$6,542,7791Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$5,200,233-43%2,54426$2,044$19,823,1362Paramount
7Skyline$3,560,985-70%2,8833$1,235$17,772,7602Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$2,483,043-50%2,034-844$1,221$83,589,9656Summit
9For Colored Girls$2,299,956-65%1,216-911$1,891$34,439,6533Lionsgate
10Secretariat$971,909-56%1,010-1009$962$56,378,5037Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$945,460-68%1,101-1302$859$83,583,2305Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$1,455,81943%386211$3,772$3,724,5463Summit
2The Social Network$935,677-47%571-517$1,639$89,244,4648Sony / Columbia
3127 Hours$916,533109%10886$8,486$1,902,3363Fox Searchlight
4Saw 3D$846,029-70%806-1170$1,050$45,287,1754Lionsgate
5Jackass 3D$737,351-67%687-920$1,073$116,094,4426Paramount
6Life As We Know It$536,379-59%558-681$961$51,630,9627Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$488,121--108--$4,520$488,1211UTV
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$401,819-23%179-15$2,245$3,433,1164Music Box
9Inside Job$338,938-29%185-65$1,832$2,139,3937Sony Pictures Classics
10Hereafter$285,230-78%403-1288$708$32,185,4466Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$269,335-26%268-5$1,005$249,169,37520Universal
12The Town$209,488-52%165-210$1,270$90,982,26910Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$195,780173%252129$777$24,803,07310Lionsgate
14Conviction$175,913-71%190-303$926$6,437,7076Fox Searchlight
15Inception$153,650-34%198-64$776$292,068,09519Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$125,155-40%204-37$614$414,806,93223Disney
17Waiting for 'Superman'$109,011-49%118-86$924$6,130,4669Paramount Vantage
18Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$103,727-33%185-64$561$52,316,0759Fox
19Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$79,295-53%138-102$575$54,470,1529Warner Bros.
20Easy A$64,902-60%105-92$618$57,646,63010Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$149,241-23%571$2,618$18,355,28936Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Today's Special$90,639--1--$90,639$90,6391Alerion
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$62,162-40%44-31$1,413$3,033,7649Sony Pictures Classics
4Golmaal 3$59,096-77%860$687$1,132,1923Eros
5Tamara Drewe$51,86089%3413$1,525$331,0787Sony Pictures Classics
6You Again$41,541-51%93-60$447$25,328,5049Disney
7Made in Dagenham$37,563--3--$12,521$37,5631Sony Pictures Classics
8Mao's Last Dancer$36,487-36%42-13$869$4,734,67714Samuel Goldwyn
9White Material$34,613--3--$11,538$34,6131IFC
10Stone$34,321-54%55-32$624$1,711,8317Relativity / Overture
11Under the Sea 3D$34,293-33%13-1$2,638$24,856,63293Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Nowhere Boy$33,976-49%60-51$566$1,394,4587Weinstein Company
13Monsters (2010)$29,952-38%19-6$1,576$181,4344Magnolia
14Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$26,690-21%177$1,570$185,3466Zeitgeist Films
15Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$26,161-13%172$1,539$97,0393Magnolia
16Four Lions$25,031-38%140$1,788$139,0963Drafthouse Films
17Let Me In$22,284-60%85-58$262$12,114,8228Relativity / Overture
18It's Kind of a Funny Story$21,367-52%46-21$465$6,350,0587Focus
19Tiny Furniture$16,384-23%10$16,384$49,4202IFC
20Waste Land$14,52476%83$1,816$57,0974Arthouse Films
21Cool It$10,734-60%421$256$52,9352Roadside Attractions
22Never Let Me Go$10,555-57%18-14$586$2,353,34610Fox Searchlight
23Howl$10,544-45%10-6$1,054$506,3139Oscilloscope
24Leaving$9,71652%61$1,619$128,1608IFC
25Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,5552%30$3,185$23,424,567164National Geographic
26Catfish$9,555-60%13-12$735$3,221,15310Universal / Rogue
27Kings of Pastry$9,511125%4-1$2,378$164,75710First Run
28Animal Kingdom$9,503176%157$634$1,000,69015Sony Pictures Classics
29My Dog Tulip$8,622235%129$719$123,22112New Yorker Films
30Welcome to the Riley's$8,329-38%6-1$1,388$115,5474Samuel Goldwyn
31The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,860-51%7-2$1,123$648,70516National Geographic
32Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,603-4%21$3,802$22,1432Film Desk
33Last Train Home$7,076-24%60$1,179$250,77812Zeitgeist Films
34Get Low$7,033-56%16-10$440$9,080,26517Sony Pictures Classics
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$6,510--1--$6,510$10,6121Oscilloscope
36Enter the Void$6,504-45%7-1$929$286,9259IFC Films
37The Salvation Poem$6,279-61%5-6$1,256$441,1446CanZion Films
38Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$6,23359%62$1,039$144,84011Lorber
39Wild Target$6,073-12%72$868$64,6924Freestyle
40Carlos$5,802--4--$1,451$108,7936IFC
41The Girl Who Played With Fire$5,23343%142$374$7,628,62020Music Box
42Deep Sea 3D$5,228-55%40$1,307$43,889,786247Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Jack Goes Boating$4,982-54%18-16$277$521,92210Relativity / Overture
44Inspector Bellamy$4,862-53%20$2,431$78,2724IFC Films
45Mademoiselle Chambon$4,18995%41$1,047$517,52926Lorber
46Heartbreaker$3,746-38%12-7$312$483,38811IFC
47Marwencol$3,744-58%32$1,248$30,9257Cinema Guild
48The Trouble with Terkel$3,244-34%2-2$1,622$26,34835Indican
49Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$2,903-43%30$968$41,5594Variance Films
50What If...$2,727-67%5-7$545$756,54514Five & Two Pictures
51The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,475-59%21$1,238$136,14233International Film Circuit
52The Tillman Story$2,286-73%11-10$208$788,85414Weinstein Company
53Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,24457%50$449$256,48412Music Box
54Heartless$2,033--1--$2,033$2,0331IFC
55I Am Love$1,988-12%3-1$663$5,002,41123Magnolia
56Enemies of the People$1,861-77%1-5$1,861$45,05217International Film Circuit
57Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,679-59%20$840$68,00622Kino International
58Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,564-37%62$261$525,36113Music Box
59Freakonomics$1,557-55%3-4$519$99,4368Magnolia
60Lebanon$1,46878%4-3$367$364,29258Sony Pictures Classics
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,21557%50$243$10,087,57936Music Box
62A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,033-39%60$172$185,59712Sony Pictures Classics
63Winter's Bone$1,007-59%4-6$252$6,225,41424Roadside Attractions
64Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$920--1--$920$53,90723The Film Desk
65Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$877-50%10$877$7,8163Variance Films
66The Sicilian Girl$848--1--$848$70,90516Music Box
67Hideaway (2009)$629--2--$315$30,82911Strand
68Army of Crime$519-62%1-2$519$34,48114Lorber
69The Kids Grow Up$189-85%10$189$10,2414Shadow Distribution
70Restrepo$119-87%10$119$1,330,05822National Geographic