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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$36,431,290--3,750--$9,715$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$35,611,637--3,395--$10,489$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$25,554,303-61%3,7150$6,879$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$21,977,093-54%4,145-230$5,302$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,104,303--3,020--$6,326$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$9,275,692-50%2,9260$3,170$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$7,189,365-40%2,510-594$2,864$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,086,311-49%2,604-771$2,337$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$4,301,893-51%2,418-797$1,779$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$2,349,142-58%1,763-905$1,332$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$1,777,625-66%1,632-773$1,089$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,156,947-36%471-150$2,456$46,851,96611Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$859,095-35%484-196$1,775$165,457,08012Universal
3Bad Teacher$842,740-68%765-1269$1,102$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
4Kung Fu Panda 2$662,153109%31969$2,076$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$467,542-50%412-179$1,135$64,625,4697Fox
6The Hangover Part II$399,02634%34671$1,153$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
7Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$348,092-48%1000$3,481$2,562,4583Eros International
8The Tree of Life$332,997-40%196-34$1,699$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$303,794-60%325-333$935$124,973,8318Paramount
10X-Men: First Class$287,509-17%254-41$1,132$144,723,8429Fox
11Larry Crowne$263,005-74%335-700$785$35,107,9455Universal
12Beginners$231,217-46%147-10$1,573$5,032,4059Focus
13Thor$207,531-39%190-46$1,092$180,580,79513Paramount
14Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$205,376-34%166-80$1,237$238,433,76811Disney
15Rio (2011)$184,065-39%174-36$1,058$143,021,06816Fox
16Green Lantern (2011)$183,505-52%135-286$1,359$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
17Buck$178,919-33%111-12$1,612$3,013,7577IFC Films
18Fast Five$138,110-19%125-49$1,105$209,688,23514Universal
19Monte Carlo$135,839-71%168-192$809$22,275,8955Fox
20A Better Life$76,724-64%108-74$710$1,585,5586Summit
21Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$64,068-53%161-29$398$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$366,690217%3328$11,112$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$244,633-1%491$4,993$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$183,896-8%9332$1,977$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Le Sens de l'humour$162,182-26%69-18$2,350$2,571,6184Alliance Films
5Attack the Block$139,506--8--$17,438$137,5801Sony / Screen Gems
6Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$125,811--18--$6,990$125,8111Viva Entertainment
7Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$117,549-19%43-11$2,734$791,6004Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$117,300-3%281$4,189$27,676,97472Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Another Earth$109,22641%2016$5,461$221,4922Fox Searchlight
10The Trip (2011)$99,394-23%559$1,807$1,420,8638IFC Films
11The Devil's Double$96,414--5--$19,283$96,4141Lionsgate
12The Guard$76,834--4--$19,209$76,8341Sony Pictures Classics
13Tabloid$73,322-39%376$1,982$392,4633IFC Films
14Singham$63,692-60%39-11$1,633$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
15Page One: Inside the New York Times$59,388-38%52-13$1,142$873,5497Magnolia Pictures
16Under the Sea 3D$53,01511%130$4,078$29,384,306129Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Life in a Day$45,202--11--$4,109$89,2021National Geographic
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,980-15%100$4,198$3,751,664643D Entertainment
19Point Blank$41,031--6--$6,839$41,0311Magnolia / Magnet
20Terri$39,313-55%24-12$1,638$450,0845IDP/ATO Pictures
21Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$35,584-38%80$4,448$199,0544International Film Circuit
22Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,546-35%32-6$1,111$5,102,89114IFC Films
23Project Nim$31,774-37%212$1,513$227,0484Roadside Attractions
24The Future$27,137--1--$27,137$27,1371Roadside Attractions
25The Names of Love$25,611162%91$2,846$208,8556Music Box Films
26Bride Flight$25,081-3%192$1,320$400,8688Music Box Films
27Water for Elephants$24,951-62%41-50$609$58,664,10015Fox
28Space Station 3D$22,35412%10$22,354$84,060,071485IMAX
29Incendies$20,217-50%22-7$919$6,747,43515Sony Pictures Classics
30Insidious$20,163-47%41-18$492$53,943,19218FilmDistrict
31A Little Help$19,360-57%240$807$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
32The Double Hour$17,841-39%17-3$1,049$1,459,26216IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,756--1--$12,756$20,6991Alive Mind Cinema
34Turtle: The Incredible Journey$12,068-53%7-5$1,724$282,8046Hannover House
35In a Better World$11,57878%157$772$963,91418Sony Pictures Classics
36Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,586-27%3-1$3,529$131,6096Abramorama
37Submarine$10,466-51%191$551$449,3039Weinstein Company
38Delhi Belly$9,228-74%7-18$1,318$1,524,3865UTV Communications
39Meek's Cutoff$9,03733%72$1,291$959,35117Oscilloscope
40Deep Sea 3D$8,5642%30$2,855$44,416,223283Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Interrupters$7,920--1--$7,920$7,9201Cinema Guild
42The Myth of the American Sleepover$7,704-11%21$3,852$19,7332IFC Films
43Trollhunter$7,588-26%12-9$632$206,7928Magnolia / Magnet
44Queen to Play$6,962-50%6-6$1,160$460,40918Zeitgeist Films
45Bill Cunningham New York$5,173-54%5-1$1,035$1,448,26820Zeitgeist Films
46The Salvation Poem$5,008--13--$385$908,90442CanZion Films
47How To Live Forever$4,974--2--$2,487$51,37912Variance Films
48Life, Above All$4,615-70%5-5$923$55,1013Sony Pictures Classics
49The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$4,2051505%97$467$634,90815Sony Pictures Classics
50The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,69690%32$1,232$48,6336Rialto Pictures
51Crime After Crime$3,460--2--$1,730$21,1415mTuckman Media
52Everything Must Go$3,245-46%8-1$406$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
53Good Neighbors$2,953--3--$984$2,9531Magnolia Pictures
54The Perfect Host$2,444-2%41$611$25,2675Magnolia Pictures
5513 Assassins$2,397-50%7-1$342$791,65314Magnolia / Magnet
56The Harvest$2,245--1--$2,245$2,2451Cinema Libre
57Hobo with a Shotgun$2,20512%4-1$551$701,37913Magnolia / Magnet
58The Tree$2,087-65%3-1$696$18,2173Zeitgeist Films
59The First Grader$1,773--3--$591$332,30612National Geographic
60The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,770--1--$1,770$24,48912Argot Pictures
61Salvation Boulevard$1,62668%20$813$16,4263IFC Films
62The Robber$1,515--1--$1,515$74,41214Kino International
63If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,349-78%3-2$450$53,0106Oscilloscope
64Hesher$1,30029%20$650$382,94612Wrekin Hill Entertainment
65Rapt$1,223-79%1-2$1,223$30,0604Lorber Films
66Tuesday, After Christmas$1,164--1--$1,164$24,47710Lorber Films
67The Sleeping Beauty$1,070-67%31$357$23,0924Strand Releasing
68Road to Nowhere$1,009-72%2-3$505$35,7388Monterey Media
69Viva Riva!$1,000-73%40$250$52,6848Music Box Films
70Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$985-52%20$493$232,67846Collective Eye
71Rejoice and Shout$895-60%3-1$298$88,0759Magnolia Pictures
72The Last Mountain$876-77%2-1$438$112,1709Dada Films
73Making The Boys$706--1--$706$33,44321First Run Features
74The Music Never Stopped$631227%2-2$316$256,59020Roadside Attractions
75Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$598-28%10$598$181,93122Strand Releasing
76Daylight (2011)$59615%0-1--$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio
77Winter in Wartime$594-89%2-3$297$542,86020Sony Pictures Classics
7835 and Ticking$571-47%2-1$286$94,65211Image Entertainment
79The Conspirator$510-91%3-7$170$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
80Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$461--1--$461$16,64612Strand Releasing
81Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$259,36230First Run Features
82Pianomania$338--1--$338$15,34410First Run Features
83Potiche$313-40%10$313$1,618,84419Music Box Films
84The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$286-86%1-2$286$149,40118Lorber Films
85Film Socialisme$25519%10$255$27,4329Lorber Films
86The Arbor$203-87%1-1$203$17,16214Strand Releasing