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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jul. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$7,732,244-26%4,233--$1,827$128,685,3511Paramount
2Tammy$6,211,368--3,400--$1,827$6,211,3680Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,854,714--3,049--$936$2,854,7140Sony / Screen Gems
4Earth to Echo$2,649,920--3,230--$820$2,649,9200Relativity Media
522 Jump Street$1,970,361-14%3,32418$593$146,974,3433Sony / Columbia
6How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,970,305-25%3,311-957$595$128,810,2523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Maleficent$1,205,106-23%2,443-1007$493$206,231,0095Disney
8Jersey Boys$879,264-23%2,630-275$334$30,440,3672Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$825,420-30%1,729-496$477$51,207,1572Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fault in Our Stars$691,168-34%1,866-1474$370$112,635,7754Fox
11America (2014)$650,02538047%1,105--$588$692,3201Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$525,400-31%1,538-1674$342$86,414,7854Warner Bros.
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$292,623-46%1,040-1641$281$224,809,7306Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,386-3%686-275$301$20,055,3018Open Road
2Begin Again$163,1031181%175--$932$323,3041Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$112,833364%250--$451$336,1941RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$87,729-6%299-11$293$128,412,37712Fox
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$76,10740%289-145$263$200,376,3639Sony / Columbia
6Neighbors (2014)$69,895-24%298-735$235$147,530,6408Universal
7Godzilla (2014)$69,095-51%352-1013$196$197,378,5177Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$42,130-40%201-1216$210$41,923,8105Universal
9Blended$42,043-52%305-537$138$43,785,8946Warner Bros.
10Heaven is for Real$40,497-10%186-15$218$90,302,26411Sony / TriStar
11Divergent$33,695-2%210-79$160$150,646,72315Lionsgate / Summit
12Belle$31,865-23%134-110$238$9,767,1969Fox Searchlight
13The LEGO Movie$30,878-2%240-75$129$257,092,04521Warner Bros.
14The Grand Seduction$25,968-40%119-5$218$2,274,6445eOne Films US
15The Other Woman (2014)$21,661-17%168-63$129$83,478,43710Fox
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,486-14%136-43$129$111,071,24217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Words and Pictures$12,581-27%105-70$120$1,778,6446Roadside Attractions
18The Signal (2014)$1,162-89%180-24$6$579,9573Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,8241%410$1,191$3,687,03613Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,124-13%80-32$189$58,601,55917Fox Searchlight
3God's Not Dead$9,121-22%90-22$101$60,635,58415Freestyle / Pure Flix
4The Immigrant$8,865-16%61-49$145$2,013,4567Weinstein Company
5Brick Mansions$8,11437%31-29$262$20,381,93810Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$8,059-51%9646$84$10,315,8778Sony / TriStar
7Fed Up$6,370-28%18-29$354$1,480,7778RADiUS-TWC
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,02336%20$2,512$48,4591Weinstein Company
9The Railway Man$2,338-5%38-46$62$4,415,42912Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,600-45%12-34$133$183,6364RADiUS-TWC
11Radio Free Albemuth$1,0838%10--$108$8,4931Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$918-58%9-43$102$8,438,5828Clarius Entertainment
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$318-22%1--$318$143,55711Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$72-49%1-2$72$307,2448Freestyle Releasing
15The Unknown Known$50--1-1$50$276,43113RADiUS-TWC