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. 11 - Sun, Jul. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$72,611,427--3,967--$18,304$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$16,302,415-56%3,913-320$4,166$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$12,555,151-42%3,4650$3,623$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$6,501,558-34%2,811-513$2,313$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$6,073,372-32%2,885-412$2,105$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$5,488,277-34%3,2300$1,699$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$4,750,289-51%3,0490$1,558$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$4,180,586-32%2,077-312$2,013$222,005,3947Disney
9Jersey Boys$2,517,430-51%1,968-662$1,279$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man Too$2,400,983-51%1,231-498$1,950$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$2,393,811-13%1,1050$2,166$8,211,7913Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$1,813,249-50%1,103-435$1,644$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,215-40%1,002-863$1,503$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$2,820,839124%939764$3,004$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$1,259,140-26%70115$1,796$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,025,365-46%655-389$1,565$229,162,4368Fox
4Snowpiercer$635,370-37%356106$1,785$2,635,4723RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$392,0996%285-26$1,376$129,626,91114Fox
6Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$380,011--101--$3,762$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
7Neighbors (2014)$357,625-14%267-48$1,339$148,636,11010Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$344,843-25%275-14$1,254$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
9Blended$342,8193%33530$1,023$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$246,234-41%303-49$813$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Third Person$238,026124%227193$1,049$556,5564Sony Pictures Classics
12Obvious Child$219,325-41%134-68$1,637$2,344,8456A24
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$213,468-36%215-36$993$258,258,22215Disney
14A Million Ways to Die in the West$213,320-24%188-39$1,135$42,615,6857Universal
15Million Dollar Arm$186,1582%22461$831$35,643,7529Disney
16Heaven is for Real$151,510-21%173-13$876$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
17Belle$137,810-27%107-16$1,288$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
18The LEGO Movie$78,61223%350110$225$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$387,618--5--$77,524$387,6181IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,5172%410$3,696$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ida (2014)$147,712-37%88-15$1,679$3,119,85411Music Box Films
4Life Itself (2014)$141,5558%6643$2,145$329,0212Magnolia Pictures
5The Grand Seduction$121,338-28%921$1,319$2,706,8687eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,321-31%63-9$1,100$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
7A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$65,488-70%56-46$1,169$427,5062Janus Films
8The Other Woman (2014)$65,152-32%96-46$679$83,742,26512Fox
9Journey to the South Pacific$59,243-8%180$3,291$3,682,42133IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$52,611-10%131$4,047$45,057,568226Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Words and Pictures$47,582-51%40-21$1,190$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
12Venus in Fur$42,21141%197$2,222$170,0774IFC Films
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$41,178-20%78-33$528$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Land Ho!$34,319--4--$8,580$34,3191Sony Pictures Classics
15Yves Saint Laurent$33,887-28%144$2,421$162,2713Weinstein Company
16Le Chef$30,782-31%12-6$2,565$169,8574Cohen Media Group
17Space Station 3D$28,5076%42$7,127$91,110,412639IMAX
18Moms' Night Out$22,680-56%54-42$420$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
19Jerusalem 3D$20,492-30%143$1,464$4,671,77143National Geographic
20Code Black$19,696147%76$2,814$75,3864Long Shot Factory
21Only Lovers Left Alive$17,22711%120$1,436$1,794,05914Sony Pictures Classics
22A Coffee in Berlin$15,4022%10-1$1,540$107,5195Music Box Films
23The Breakup Guru$14,390-60%6-4$2,398$183,6833China Lion Film
24A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$13,822-6%62$2,304$79,4244Big World Pictures
25God's Not Dead$11,622-68%25-35$465$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
26The Rover$10,1660%12-9$847$1,043,5725A24
27Under the Sea 3D$10,111-12%6-1$1,685$34,127,720283Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Under the Skin (2014)$9,855-14%9-3$1,095$2,565,63915A24
29Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$9,588-32%91$1,065$55,4403Magnolia Pictures
30Locke$8,741-16%10-1$874$1,329,64812A24
3150 to 1$8,019-14%7-1$1,146$798,53617Ten Furlongs
32Bears$7,107-40%22-9$323$17,769,44213Disneynature
33Fading Gigolo$6,736-43%10-2$674$3,763,97313Millennium Entertainment
34Ivory Tower$6,252163%30$2,084$99,5555IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Citizen Koch$6,218--9--$691$142,7296Variance Films
36The Last Sentence$6,002230%64$1,000$38,5904Music Box Films
37Muppets Most Wanted$5,892-46%23-18$256$51,178,89317Disney
38Fed Up$5,878-14%202$294$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
39Chinese Puzzle$5,784-28%102$578$335,4309Cohen Media Group
40Frozen (2013)$5,751-20%9-2$639$400,736,60034Disney
41Half of a Yellow Sun$5,1612381%43$1,290$44,7659Monterey Media
42Closed Curtain$5,002--1--$5,002$7,6561Variance Films
43Finding Vivian Maier$4,85453%81$607$1,479,30916IFC Films
44The Lunchbox$4,647-42%105$465$4,185,81720Sony Pictures Classics
45The Double (2014)$4,2136%70$602$178,96110Magnolia Pictures
46The Signal (2014)$4,079-39%15-20$272$597,4205Focus
47The Railway Man$3,284-53%11-3$299$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
48We Are the Best!$2,907-15%10-2$291$159,9717Magnolia Pictures
49For a Woman$2,575--1--$2,575$28,13111Film Movement
50Redwood Highway$2,537-7%20$1,269$119,24314Monterey Media
51Hellion$2,529-54%92$281$46,1105IFC Films
52Night Moves$2,213-77%6-5$369$248,3837Cinedigm
53Lucky Them$1,905-30%40$476$37,8377IFC Films
54Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,895-78%6-6$316$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
55Siddharth$1,718-11%10$1,718$13,3843Zeitgeist Films
56Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$1,534-69%60$256$133,2968IFC Films
57Borgman$1,499-61%5-2$300$51,7226Drafthouse Films
58A Long Way Down$1,426--1--$1,426$1,4261Magnolia Pictures
59The Empty Hours$1,366--1--$1,366$1,3661Strand Releasing
60The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$1,342-69%2-2$671$46,3793FilmBuff / Participant
61Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,218-87%10-13$122$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
62Cold in July$1,202-57%5-1$240$416,8438IFC Films
63To the Arctic 3D$1,114178%21$557$14,147,968117Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Jodorowsky's Dune$620-57%2-1$310$644,03617Sony Pictures Classics
65For No Good Reason$607402%32$202$63,03212Sony Pictures Classics
66Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$550-80%2-1$275$44,3839International Film Circuit
67Bicycling with Molière$525-28%1-1$525$57,09412Strand Releasing
68The Hornet's Nest$520-77%21$260$310,18010Freestyle Releasing
69Under the Electric Sky$473-93%1-8$473$196,0777Focus
70The Girl on the Train (2014)$468122%21$234$4682Monterey Media
71Ilo Ilo$441-89%1-1$441$54,07115Film Movement
72Deep Sea 3D$41983%21$210$46,069,917437Warner Bros. / IMAX
73Filth$404-64%2-1$202$33,4767Magnolia / Magnet
74Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$320-51%10$320$61,35222Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
75The Jewish Cardinal$198-4%10$198$130,66127Film Movement
76Born to Be Wild 3D$104-84%4-1$26$23,433,602171Warner Bros. / IMAX
77Nothing Bad Can Happen$65-85%1-1$65$4,6793Drafthouse Films
78The Amazing Catfish$50-96%1-1$50$11,2785Strand Releasing
79Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$12--1--$12$1,6145First Run Features