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. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$43,892,895-47%4,0036$10,965$228,376,7752Universal
2Grown Ups 2$41,508,572--3,491--$11,890$41,508,5721Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$37,285,325--3,275--$11,385$37,285,3251Warner Bros.
4The Heat$14,002,080-43%3,128-56$4,476$112,365,5573Fox
5The Lone Ranger$11,506,100-61%3,9040$2,947$71,467,2922Disney
6Monsters University$10,631,576-46%3,142-597$3,384$237,771,0034Disney
7World War Z$9,314,862-49%3,003-313$3,102$176,971,7824Paramount
8White House Down$6,162,633-54%2,566-656$2,402$62,975,5663Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$4,719,084-59%2,150-755$2,195$280,888,9625Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$2,850,571-51%1,394-710$2,045$91,639,0115Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$4,754,152-53%89216$5,330$26,132,4612Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$1,334,164-53%850-756$1,570$113,311,8667Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$686,181-48%403-162$1,703$224,360,9059Paramount
4Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$647,112--139--$4,655$647,1121Reliance Entertainment
5Fast & Furious 6$547,815-49%392-225$1,397$236,533,1708Universal
620 Feet from Stardom$497,2663%13142$3,796$1,770,4055RADiUS-TWC
7Epic$480,879-6%352-76$1,366$104,872,2938Fox
8Before Midnight$293,836-39%154-60$1,908$7,070,5058Sony Pictures Classics
9After Earth$273,432-28%238-32$1,149$59,383,5747Sony / Columbia
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$256,699-43%138-32$1,860$3,526,8266Roadside Attractions
11The Croods$255,632-25%243-26$1,052$185,630,10117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Iron Man 3$241,289-50%199-95$1,213$406,850,97711Disney
13The Internship$217,751-53%233-146$935$43,220,7056Fox
14The Hangover Part III$199,820-43%265-73$754$111,651,6078Warner Bros.
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$168,297-41%125-60$1,346$143,218,77610Warner Bros.
16The Purge$161,995-50%179-77$905$63,833,9756Universal
17Mud$135,921-16%1132$1,203$21,070,58112Roadside Attractions
18Lootera$78,765-75%1000$788$550,6512Eros International
19Pain and Gain$75,007-36%150-20$500$49,663,15712Paramount
2042 (2013)$60,809-49%105-77$579$94,927,85014Warner Bros.
21Raanjhanaa$12,078-74%1020$118$901,1064Eros International
22Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$7,686-61%1610$48$3,820,3777Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,121,851103%7960$14,201$1,866,3362Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$386,291--7--$55,184$386,2911Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$239,700-2%9121$2,634$785,1864Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$157,907-51%97-62$1,628$5,458,1525A24
5Fill the Void$132,216-18%645$2,066$1,401,5618Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$105,420-26%226$4,792$469,5703Sony Pictures Classics
7The East$93,838-43%71-31$1,322$2,126,0907Fox Searchlight
8Scary Movie 5$79,846350%33-10$2,420$31,957,94414Weinstein / Dimension
9The Kings of Summer$72,006-25%565$1,286$1,206,7117CBS Films
10Frances Ha$67,381-40%57-13$1,182$3,766,6149IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$66,213-25%101$6,621$39,413,552174Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Escape From Planet Earth$62,002572%55-7$1,127$56,958,05122Weinstein Company
13A Hijacking$52,033-15%3212$1,626$276,6314Magnolia Pictures
14The Hunt$43,045--4--$10,761$43,0451Magnolia Pictures
15Love Is All You Need$38,334-14%354$1,095$1,505,91011Sony Pictures Classics
16Hannah Arendt$35,548-13%162$2,222$347,5957Zeitgeist Films
17Killing Season$27,713--15--$1,848$27,7131Millenium Entertainment
18Space Station 3D$25,786-23%20$12,893$88,492,317587IMAX
19Stories We Tell$25,669-26%281$917$1,484,07410Roadside Attractions
20Crystal Fairy$25,052--2--$12,526$25,0521IFC Films
21Museum Hours$22,277-29%30$7,426$123,1253Cinema Guild
22Kon-Tiki$21,777-12%21-3$1,037$1,445,03412Weinstein Company
23To the Arctic 3D$20,302-20%182$1,128$13,185,32765Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$20,300-29%60$3,383$33,236,559231Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Still Mine$19,920--4--$4,980$449,9211IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
26G.I. Joe: Retaliation$17,811-48%41-22$434$122,512,05216Paramount
27Storm Surfers 3D$14,88680%64$2,481$62,04612XLrator Media
28Born to Be Wild 3D$13,183-30%130$1,014$22,705,233119Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Stuck in Love$12,872-63%15-6$858$61,8042Millennium Entertainment
30Oz: The Great and Powerful$12,623-65%43-53$294$234,903,07619Disney
31Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$12,028-20%75$1,718$39,6532Magnolia Pictures
32Byzantium$12,019-5%137$925$63,2453IFC Films
33What Maisie Knew$11,075-27%131$852$1,046,03611Millenium Entertainment
34Deep Sea 3D$9,943-10%3-1$3,314$45,673,253385Warner Bros. / IMAX
35V/H/S/2$9,932--12--$828$9,9321Magnolia / Magnet
36The Sapphires$9,720-30%150$648$2,439,25317Weinstein Company
37Renoir$9,449-9%10-1$945$2,198,71316IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38Dealin' with Idiots$8,508--1--$8,508$8,5081IFC Films
39Dirty Wars$8,151-32%130$627$332,9476IFC Films
40Augustine$7,9181%8-1$990$87,0099Music Box Films
41One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$7,769--4--$1,942$71,23610Zeitgeist Films
42More Than Honey$7,541175%42$1,885$34,1225Kino Lorber
43A Band Called Death$7,468-62%10-4$747$91,7163Drafthouse Films
44Pandora's Promise$6,969--4--$1,742$51,9915Abramorama
45Viola$6,109--1--$6,109$6,1091Cinema Guild
46Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$5,5296561%43$1,382$20,1165First Run Features
47Pawn Shop Chronicles$4,924--15--$328$4,9241Anchor Bay Films
48The Iceman$4,691-19%5-1$938$1,947,93011Millennium Entertainment
49The Company You Keep$4,620-48%9-4$513$5,106,48615Sony Pictures Classics
50Terms and Conditions May Apply$4,446--1--$4,446$4,4461Variance Films
51Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,236101%31$1,412$508,43011eOne Films US
52Copperhead$4,071-72%5-10$814$119,1433Brainstorm Media
53Not Today$4,018741%1-1$4,018$317,16514Freestyle Releasing
54At Any Price$3,792-9%6-1$632$372,18412Sony Pictures Classics
55Revelation Road 2$3,722--5--$744$3,7221Freestyle Releasing
56Shadow Dancer$2,928174%42$732$94,1597Magnolia Pictures
57The Look of Love$2,429-52%2-1$1,215$10,3792IFC Films
5856 Up$2,215-6%10$2,215$701,27828First Run Features
59Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$2,176-47%10$2,176$129,92813Kino Lorber
60The History of Future Folk$1,951--2--$976$15,3667Variance / FilmBuff
61Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,560-2%41$390$358,84920International Film Circuit
62In the Fog$1,485--3--$495$8,2805Strand Releasing
63Night Across the Street$1,108--1--$1,108$15,71223Cinema Guild
64No Place on Earth$1,016236%20$508$192,34415Magnolia Pictures
65Free the Mind$58814%31$196$80,12911International Film Circuit
66Call Me Kuchu$571--1--$571$8,9415Cinedigm
67Searching For Sugar Man$456-46%10$456$3,690,57551Sony Pictures Classics
68You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$454-73%20$227$14,4036Kino Lorber
69Hammer of the Gods$24751%20$124$4382Magnolia / Magnet
70100 Bloody Acres$236-53%2-1$118$5,9723Doppelgänger Releasing
71√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$190-61%21$95$13,5036Magnolia Pictures
72Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$116-94%1-4$116$99,11813Kino Lorber
73A Girl and a Gun$84-95%1-8$84$3,0062First Run Features