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. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$116,619,362--4,207--$27,720$128,681,4861Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$20,719,162--3,055--$6,782$33,027,2971Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$11,016,473-42%3,08262$3,574$80,705,9163Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$9,583,330-51%3,375-396$2,840$219,723,9554Universal
5The Purge$8,317,995-76%2,59155$3,210$51,962,8452Universal
6The Internship$7,148,551-59%3,39933$2,103$31,099,9122Fox
7Epic$6,284,905-47%3,151-443$1,995$95,713,5284Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$6,256,254-45%2,331-821$2,684$211,086,9485Paramount
9After Earth$4,052,042-62%2,432-969$1,666$54,516,0573Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$2,956,855-49%1,649-702$1,793$399,659,0947Disney
11The Hangover Part III$2,782,149-62%1,901-1341$1,464$108,032,7014Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,674,333-60%1,175-985$1,425$139,977,8746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$1,382,719163%897845$1,541$3,054,9684Sony Pictures Classics
242 (2013)$606,12166%44474$1,365$93,701,48910Warner Bros.
3The Croods$570,353-21%368-46$1,550$182,651,45013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Mud$542,785-53%405-175$1,340$19,618,4478Roadside Attractions
5Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$310,774-61%1610$1,930$3,394,0103Eros International
6Frances Ha$293,566-46%212-21$1,385$2,876,7325IFC Films
7The East$287,95526%11574$2,504$709,2603Fox Searchlight
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$244,191-35%259-63$943$234,176,72815Disney
9Oblivion (2013)$183,180-26%258-40$710$88,777,8909Universal
10Olympus Has Fallen$170,121-14%201-35$846$98,388,50613FilmDistrict
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$110,984-39%170-66$653$122,108,91112Paramount
12Scary Movie 5$86,268506%14190$612$31,529,52510Weinstein / Dimension
13The Big Wedding$80,37759%16573$487$21,477,2818Lionsgate
14Escape From Planet Earth$61,320-43%151-31$406$56,690,66718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$214,395--5--$42,879$214,3951A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$161,727-6%2318$7,032$388,7612Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$154,850-27%6319$2,458$546,7943CBS Films
4Love Is All You Need$100,521-52%72-29$1,396$1,169,3307Sony Pictures Classics
5Fill the Void$90,27115%185$5,015$396,6694Sony Pictures Classics
6Stories We Tell$83,354-41%63-7$1,323$1,244,1576Roadside Attractions
7Kon-Tiki$76,749-32%70-5$1,096$1,212,2368Weinstein Company
8Fukrey$74,110--57--$1,300$74,1101Eros International
9Hubble 3D$61,78112%18-3$3,432$38,783,519170Warner Bros. / IMAX
1020 Feet from Stardom$54,596--3--$18,199$54,5961RADiUS-TWC
11What Maisie Knew$53,035-65%51-71$1,040$900,0467Millenium Entertainment
12Dirty Wars$48,469-24%1410$3,462$137,2472IFC Films
13Pain and Gain$37,279-63%70-105$533$49,290,5708Paramount
14The Place Beyond the Pines$33,275-54%76-58$438$21,330,18412Focus
15Renoir$31,156-51%33-24$944$2,073,52012IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Company You Keep$30,915-29%6615$468$4,991,78511Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Arctic 3D$29,779-16%520$573$12,806,24761Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Hannah Arendt$26,828-26%61$4,471$153,3333Zeitgeist Films
19Shadow Dancer$25,788107%148$1,842$57,8363Magnolia Pictures
20Pandora's Promise$22,495--16--$1,406$23,4191Abramorama
21The Sapphires$22,409-44%39-16$575$2,325,74513Weinstein Company
22Space Station 3D$17,99225%40$4,498$88,066,763583IMAX
23The Iceman$17,155-74%30-37$572$1,902,0817Millennium Entertainment
24Born to Be Wild 3D$16,69929%300$557$22,800,080115Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Life of Pi$12,56812%250$503$124,953,84630Fox
26Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,955-52%14-15$854$473,6157eOne Films US
27Under the Sea 3D$11,632-30%10-1$1,163$33,062,229227Warner Bros. / IMAX
28We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,516-71%11-14$956$158,9324Focus World
29Quartet$10,142-70%25-89$406$18,336,15623Weinstein Company
30Lost and Found in Armenia$8,275-83%2-7$4,138$82,7102High Top Releasing
31Deep Sea 3D$8,0090%3-3$2,670$45,605,690381Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Storm Surfers 3D$7,915--2--$3,958$30,8928XLrator Media
33Not Today$7,454-67%7-12$1,065$291,82710Freestyle Releasing
34Berberian Sound Studio$6,602--5--$1,320$6,6021IFC Midnight
35So Young$5,281--3--$1,760$5,2811China Lion Film
36More Than Honey$5,225--1--$5,225$7,5311Kino Lorber
37Wish You Were Here (2013)$5,207-80%6-5$868$40,9522eOne Films US
38Lore$4,948-32%2-1$2,474$961,05819Music Box Films
39To the Wonder$4,7833%5-7$957$573,10610Magnolia Pictures
40Tiger Eyes$4,676-57%6-11$779$21,7172Freestyle Releasing
41From Up on Poppy Hill$4,516-8%9-1$502$1,000,87814GKIDS
42One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,392--3--$1,464$50,9636Zeitgeist Films
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,2880%82$536$341,79216International Film Circuit
44Camp (2013)$4,27893%21$2,139$323,62817Freestyle Releasing
45The English Teacher$3,919-36%2-1$1,960$48,8195Cinedigm
46The Wall (2013)$3,875146%43$969$11,0893Music Box Films
47Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$3,837-20%84$480$71,7509Kino Lorber
48Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,700--1--$3,700$3,7001First Run Features
49Call Me Kuchu$3,476--1--$3,476$3,4761Cinedigm
50The Guillotines$3,296--10--$330$3,2961Well Go USA
51An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,205-18%2-1$1,603$46,4198Variance Films
52No Place on Earth$2,824-42%3-1$941$182,30611Magnolia Pictures
53In the Fog$2,327--1--$2,327$2,3271Strand Releasing
54At Any Price$2,108-72%5-13$422$352,1228Sony Pictures Classics
55The Stroller Strategy$1,799--1--$1,799$1,7991Rialto Premieres
56Venus and Serena$1,623103%31$541$48,2806Magnolia Pictures
57The History of Future Folk$1,535-29%21$768$11,2753Variance / FilmBuff
58You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,518-72%20$759$10,6802Kino Lorber
59Searching For Sugar Man$1,420-40%40$355$3,684,59847Sony Pictures Classics
60Augustine$1,192-11%20$596$47,6185Music Box Films
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$965-85%4-3$241$111,5499Kino Lorber
62Sound City$916-30%21$458$417,54020Variance Films
63Paradise: Love$908241%10$908$23,1658Strand Releasing
64The Silence (2010)$761--2--$381$91,68715Music Box Films
65√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$725-82%3-2$242$6,6092Magnolia Pictures
66No (2013)$684-87%3-11$228$2,341,22618Sony Pictures Classics
67Post Tenebras Lux$665-86%2-4$333$35,5867Strand Releasing
68Free the Mind$661-91%3-1$220$69,5867International Film Circuit
6956 Up$485--2--$243$696,39624First Run Features
70The Gatekeepers$416-72%2-2$208$2,408,55320Sony Pictures Classics
71Syrup$278-8%10$278$6562Magnolia Pictures
72Pieta$220-76%1-1$220$21,0885Drafthouse Films
73Dead Man's Burden$172-68%10$172$29,6347Cinedigm