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, Dec. 13 - Sun, Dec. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$73,645,197--3,903--$18,869$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$22,568,138-29%3,716-26$6,073$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,007,634--2,194--$7,296$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,671,666-48%3,563-600$3,837$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$2,820,055-41%2,264-810$1,246$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$2,425,978-54%2,1010$1,155$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$1,968,891-47%2,041-864$965$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$1,734,679-34%1,158-158$1,498$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$1,706,286-50%2,102-468$812$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,820,479-17%8350$2,180$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,174,269-22%574-160$2,046$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$1,055,690-60%922-655$1,145$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$912,45275%250137$3,650$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$745,457-38%503-397$1,482$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$732,825-36%497-585$1,474$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$606,753-52%726-813$836$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$290,176-43%323-317$898$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$267,858-67%456-701$587$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$214,239-56%331-277$647$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$159,36250%263116$606$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Despicable Me 2$143,835-16%223-29$645$367,355,88524Universal
13Black Nativity$143,611-86%260-1265$552$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
14Blue Jasmine$102,465275%302267$339$32,900,32721Sony Pictures Classics
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,022-37%175-137$583$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Free Birds$101,559-70%283-919$359$53,982,5927Relativity Media
17About Time$95,765-57%143-123$670$15,196,8787Universal
18Escape Plan$94,487154%16786$566$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
19The Christmas Candle$90,859-47%190-116$478$2,115,8705EchoLight Studios
20Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$44,815-18%123-17$364$68,378,13319Fox
21Oldboy (2013)$33,580-89%151-432$222$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$740,455--6--$123,409$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$413,373--15--$27,558$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$356,785-12%1511$23,786$910,3172CBS Films
4The Great Beauty$86,525-4%388$2,277$530,9325Janus Films
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$61,429-18%58-20$1,059$1,891,8438IFC Films
6Enough Said$44,016-32%72-22$611$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$35,084-53%40$8,771$241,0793Weinstein Company
8Don Jon$31,457-39%92-33$342$24,423,14112Relativity Media
9The Armstrong Lie$30,136-17%46-31$655$292,2736Sony Pictures Classics
10Insidious: Chapter 2$28,812-41%99-23$291$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
11Kill Your Darlings$28,479-22%40-32$712$879,3429Sony Pictures Classics
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,282-90%61-946$431$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
13Narco Cultura$22,462-66%29-17$775$131,9954Cinedigm
14Hubble 3D$21,873-12%142$1,562$41,530,975196Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Counselor$16,382-30%60-11$273$16,923,0428Fox
16Space Station 3D$16,125-2%50$3,225$89,571,785609IMAX
17Planes$15,647-49%70-61$224$90,282,58019Disney
18The Family (2013)$14,233-50%56-40$254$36,887,95014Relativity Media
1920 Feet from Stardom$12,327376%3222$385$4,794,40727RADiUS-TWC
20The Saratov Approach$12,054-25%21-6$574$1,466,58710Purdie Distribution
21Wadjda$11,46816%193$604$1,371,16414Sony Pictures Classics
22Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,084-3%157$739$99,7434IFC Films
23The Punk Singer$10,924-56%204$546$87,8223IFC Films
24Monsters University$10,232-38%48-27$213$268,488,32926Disney
25Baggage Claim$9,938-21%30-12$331$21,564,61612Fox Searchlight
26Bettie Page Reveals All$9,128-61%17-4$537$62,2384Music Box Films
27The Last Days on Mars$8,47884%1310$652$15,9282Magnolia / Magnet
28To the Arctic 3D$6,3587%8-2$795$13,702,55687Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Liv & Ingmar$5,451--2--$2,726$5,4511Janus Films
30The Act of Killing$5,415--5--$1,083$456,89022Drafthouse Films
31Spinning Plates$4,715-45%60$786$109,7568The Film Arcade
32Muscle Shoals$4,120-37%11-2$375$656,57512Magnolia Pictures
33Camille Claudel 1915$3,459--4--$865$26,2049Kino Lorber
34Let the Fire Burn$3,198-25%2-1$1,599$59,03311Zeitgeist Films
35Sweet Dreams (2013)$3,065-62%5-2$613$22,8537International Film Circuit
36Austenland$2,868-10%121$239$2,148,72918Sony Pictures Classics
37Inequality for All$2,615-79%11-3$238$1,187,35412RADiUS-TWC
38Journey to the South Pacific$2,481-22%10$2,481$18,6923IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
39Museum Hours$2,326170%20$1,163$551,02525Cinema Guild
40Nuclear Nation$2,268--1--$2,268$3,6001First Run Features
41Deep Sea 3D$1,99823%21$999$45,997,737407Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Tricked$1,930--1--$1,930$1,9301Kino Lorber
43The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,77087%21$885$53,2417Zeitgeist Films
44I Am Divine$1,4454%2-1$723$55,70310The Film Collaborative
45Under the Sea 3D$1,291-31%60$215$33,685,939253Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Faust$1,17713%52$235$36,6645Leisure Time Features
47Short Term 12$9258%2-2$463$1,008,50717Cinedigm
48Big Sur$855--2--$428$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
49Here Comes the Devil$783--2--$392$7831Magnolia / Magnet
50A Touch of Sin$742-71%2-1$371$103,05211Kino Lorber
51Paradise: Hope$679-75%32$226$4,1472Strand Releasing
52The Last Time I Saw Macao$481--1--$481$5,64114Cinema Guild
53The Trials of Muhammad Ali$432--1--$432$58,07317Kino Lorber
54Free the Mind$320--1--$320$147,32233International Film Circuit
55Born to Be Wild 3D$221-90%4-2$55$23,110,134141Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Fire in the Blood$182--2--$91$18,46015International Film Circuit
57When Comedy Went to School$171-84%2-1$86$231,08820International Film Circuit
58M (2013 re-issue)$76--1--$76$35,49140Kino Lorber
59Linsanity$72--2--$36$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment