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, Jun. 15 - Sun, Jun. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$34,055,474-44%4,2635$7,989$119,006,0062Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$20,712,174-59%3,44246$6,017$89,370,3012Fox
3Rock of Ages$14,437,269--3,470--$4,161$14,437,2691Warner Bros. / New Line
4That's My Boy$13,453,714--3,030--$4,440$13,453,7141Sony / Columbia
5Snow White and the Huntsman$13,265,635-42%3,701-76$3,584$122,062,6703Universal
6Men in Black 3$10,047,575-28%3,135-657$3,205$152,726,5584Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$8,905,467-21%2,582-547$3,449$586,794,3717Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,283,218-30%1,184-114$1,928$35,216,7137Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,203,381-57%1,216-871$990$38,639,3825Lionsgate
10The Dictator$1,109,454-51%1,119-532$991$57,677,7175Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$2,237,72643%17882$12,571$6,839,4624Focus
2Battleship$1,248,150-45%942-1012$1,325$62,151,8205Universal
3The Hunger Games$852,832-20%593-158$1,438$401,766,45213Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$623,388-56%680-870$917$75,156,0166Warner Bros.
5Bernie$618,746-25%300-32$2,062$5,870,6168Millennium Entertainment
6For Greater Glory$545,121-41%380-262$1,435$4,542,5583ARC Entertainment
7Hysteria$284,37792%218134$1,304$1,059,4885Sony Pictures Classics
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$260,380-23%277-13$940$212,490,25016Universal
9Mirror Mirror$235,632-31%278-25$848$63,915,26412Relativity Media
10The Lucky One (2012)$213,346-40%350-52$610$59,890,5749Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$204,303-20%201-44$1,016$43,442,67710Fox
12Think Like a Man$201,818-40%208-79$970$90,677,9649Sony / Screen Gems
1321 Jump Street$191,780-24%220-38$872$137,982,55014Sony / Columbia
14Chernobyl Diaries$177,498-79%255-925$696$17,637,7064Warner Bros.
15The Cabin in the Woods$173,134177%224111$773$41,507,32710Lionsgate
16Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$150,337--157--$958$150,3371Indomina Media
17The Five-Year Engagement$92,440-24%168-7$550$28,644,7708Universal
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$91,998-34%149-168$617$29,140,9538Sony / Columbia
19Wrath of the Titans$77,466-26%105-45$738$83,550,28412Warner Bros.
20Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$75,213-20%108-18$696$103,692,73519Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$357,028-7%770$4,637$1,552,6454Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$296,494203%4738$6,308$439,9992FilmDistrict
3Ferrari Ki Sawaari$240,792--99--$2,432$240,7921Eros International
4To the Arctic 3D$194,06813%510$3,805$3,611,2779Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$133,81626%7645$1,761$284,2832IFC Films
6Your Sister's Sister$109,221--13--$8,402$109,2211IFC Films
7Lola Versus$61,77994%5248$1,188$107,9912Fox Searchlight
8Crooked Arrows$56,754-74%97-181$585$1,731,0145Branded/Peck Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$56,21214%330$1,703$19,480,18363Warner Bros. / IMAX
10John Carter$56,079-38%79-23$710$72,996,04315Disney
11Hubble 3D$49,09536%171$2,888$33,109,130118Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Headhunters$45,524-34%40-20$1,138$937,1238Magnolia Pictures
13Chimpanzee$43,819-33%96-59$456$28,431,5959Disneynature
14Rowdy Rathore$36,980-74%32-68$1,156$744,1643UTV Communications
15Safe (2012)$35,501-35%76-35$467$17,120,0198Lionsgate
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,604-34%35-13$960$1,747,06434Music Box Films
17The Woman in the Fifth$33,011--9--$3,668$33,0111IDP/ATO Pictures
18Piranha 3DD$31,116-16%11-67$2,829$370,9043Weinstein Company
19First Position$26,667-45%36-16$741$848,3717IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,69919%100$2,270$5,667,3551103D Entertainment
21Deadly Renovations$22,386-47%130$1,722$92,6382Nocturnal Features
22Marley$22,366-14%19-8$1,177$1,333,6289Magnolia Pictures
23Darling Companion$20,090-55%20-31$1,005$733,8649Sony Pictures Classics
24Where Do We Go Now?$19,432-51%14-17$1,388$369,8946Sony Pictures Classics
25Girl in Progress$19,374-36%41-16$473$2,594,8786Lionsgate / Pantelion
26Jiro Dreams of Sushi$18,788-28%19-6$989$2,426,08415Magnolia Pictures
27Under the Sea 3D$17,41031%12-4$1,451$31,672,130175Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Bel Ami$16,619-56%12-4$1,385$72,8532Magnolia Pictures
29Damsels in Distress$15,85917%224$721$890,14911Sony Pictures Classics
30Footnote$15,366-31%21-4$732$1,971,11115Sony Pictures Classics
31Gerhard Richter Painting$13,6892969%65$2,282$203,52314Kino Lorber
32A Cat In Paris$13,097--8--$1,637$89,8213GKIDS
33The Raven$12,050-15%29-5$416$15,839,9928Relativity Media
34Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$11,041--2--$5,521$16,2871Music Box Films
35Dark Horse (2012)$10,209-25%21$5,105$30,5132Vitagraph
36The Girl From the Naked Eye$10,185--20--$509$10,1851Archstone Distribution
37Elena (2012)$9,884-31%7-6$1,412$87,5935Zeitgeist Films
38Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$9,39136%42$2,348$113,0186Rialto Pictures
39Polisse$8,253-33%91$917$171,3205IFC Films
40The Artist$6,969-51%21-15$332$44,667,09530Weinstein Company
41Sound of My Voice$6,819-20%13-11$525$398,7298Fox Searchlight
42Deep Sea 3D$6,18717%10$6,187$44,661,539329Warner Bros. / IMAX
43I Wish$5,633-44%9-1$626$73,9986Magnolia Pictures
44The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,222-21%81$653$1,087,17713Music Box Films
45OC87$4,991-36%61$832$28,7504Fisher Klingenstein Films
46Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,766144%54$753$87,97612New Yorker Films
47The Raid: Redemption$3,7253%80$466$4,101,36113Sony Pictures Classics
48The Perfect Family$2,9515%40$738$107,7217Variance Films
49Bonsai$2,869--2--$1,435$13,3976Strand Releasing
50Paul Williams Still Alive$2,855-53%21$1,428$10,4492Abramorama
51Bully (2012)$2,824-83%14-17$202$3,483,79512Weinstein Company
52The Highest Pass$2,733--1--$2,733$20,3868Cinema Libre
53The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,577--1--$2,577$29,79810Rialto
54Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$2,484279%30$828$10,6463First Run Features
556 Month Rule$2,435-52%1-2$2,435$11,1583Secret Identity Productions
56Payback (2012)$2,3451038%10$2,345$15,6548Zeitgeist Films
575 Broken Cameras$2,336-70%10$2,336$30,3483Kino Lorber
58God Bless America$2,255-54%7-2$322$107,6616Magnolia / Magnet
59Oslo, August 31st$2,188-61%2-3$1,094$49,2594Strand Releasing
60A Separation$1,968-39%3-1$656$7,098,49225Sony Pictures Classics
61Hide Away$1,92096%20$960$22,5794Joule Films
62Whores' Glory$1,882--1--$1,882$22,2088Kino Lorber
63Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,383-61%2-3$692$28,1275Magnolia / Magnet
64FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,264-69%3-3$421$86,9797International Film Circuit
65The Fairy$1,085-45%1-1$1,085$34,14917Kino Lorber
66Elles$1,054-72%2-4$527$138,3908Kino Lorber
67The Turin Horse$96118%1-1$961$50,22319Cinema Guild
68Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$924-44%6-2$154$102,6286Magnolia Pictures
69Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$774-59%1-1$774$10,3594Music Box Films
70The Women on the 6th Floor$666-45%1-1$666$718,90937Strand Releasing
71Nobody Else But You$620-86%20$310$14,9396First Run Features
72The Salt of Life$532-30%10$532$309,81616Zeitgeist Films
73How To Grow A Band$346-42%20$173$11,48610International Film Circuit
74Patagonia Rising$282-71%10$282$1,6742First Run Features
75Keyhole$262524%10$262$22,09911Monterey Media
76The Beat Hotel$141--1--$141$5,57112First Run Features