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. 13 - Sun, Jun. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$57,071,445--3,306--$17,263$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$49,451,322--4,253--$11,627$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$18,504,997-46%3,623-325$5,108$163,021,5293Disney
4Edge of Tomorrow$16,527,215-43%3,50515$4,715$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$14,791,933-69%3,273100$4,519$80,767,2002Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$9,816,449-35%3,042-597$3,227$206,256,6104Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$3,311,185-46%2,088-1022$1,586$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$3,246,400-56%2,413-747$1,345$37,107,0203Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$2,369,250-56%1,896-778$1,250$143,022,2156Universal
10Chef$2,187,526-17%1,102-196$1,985$13,987,9796Open Road
11Blended$1,739,108-58%1,581-1347$1,100$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$953,927-51%682-799$1,399$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$804,423-60%577-1066$1,394$33,471,3025Disney
3Alone Yet Not Alone$534,626--103--$5,191$668,17238Enthuse Entertainment
4Belle$510,282-34%338-138$1,510$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
5Rio 2$415,628-46%383-319$1,085$126,666,67010Fox
6Words and Pictures$394,79640%217119$1,819$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
7Divergent$382,46852%33638$1,138$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
8Heaven is for Real$334,518-15%53286$629$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$274,842-34%223-94$1,232$256,334,46711Disney
10The Grand Seduction$271,738-5%104-3$2,613$1,280,0883eOne Films US
11Ida (2014)$256,95114%11225$2,294$1,668,3557Music Box Films
12The Other Woman (2014)$244,550-51%244-245$1,002$82,733,1668Fox
13The LEGO Movie$227,240-21%30127$755$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$196,466-19%149-36$1,319$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
15Holiday (2014)$169,460-57%102-42$1,661$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
16The Signal (2014)$155,642--120--$1,297$155,6421Focus
17The Immigrant$152,542-21%140-5$1,090$1,686,8965Weinstein Company
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$143,620-19%207-17$694$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$129,978-25%150-50$867$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
20Muppets Most Wanted$67,329-33%158-39$426$50,972,37313Disney
21Noah$64,281-31%103-33$624$101,163,60712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$136,90519%412$3,339$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Obvious Child$133,85773%1815$7,437$251,4222A24
3The Rover$69,302--5--$13,860$69,3021A24
4Journey to the South Pacific$57,64326%190$3,034$3,216,35929IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Brick Mansions$55,951-27%85-14$658$20,222,2028Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$52,477-67%81-211$648$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
7Fading Gigolo$50,268-16%48-6$1,047$3,612,3069Millennium Entertainment
8Night Moves$48,393-1%5524$880$153,0363Cinedigm
9Hubble 3D$45,694-6%232$1,987$44,587,886222Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fed Up$42,084-53%56-32$752$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
11Cold in July$32,917-52%42-31$784$364,8364IFC Films
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30,95334%1814$1,720$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
13The Lunchbox$30,640-26%26-20$1,178$4,094,68116Sony Pictures Classics
14Jerusalem 3D$25,3939%15-6$1,693$4,434,48839National Geographic
15The Railway Man$25,307-53%50-127$506$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
16Space Station 3D$24,18415%70$3,455$90,857,048635IMAX
17We Are the Best!$23,7671%197$1,251$93,6233Magnolia Pictures
18Chinese Puzzle$22,611-27%21-6$1,077$270,8355Cohen Media Group
19Only Lovers Left Alive$22,417-12%27-3$830$1,663,22510Sony Pictures Classics
20Citizen Koch$20,796--11--$1,891$34,9872Variance Films
21Frozen (2013)$20,749-23%28-15$741$400,685,42330Disney
22Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$19,86824%113$1,806$87,4404IFC Films
23Draft Day$18,306-57%53-60$345$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
24Ivory Tower$17,857--2--$8,929$17,8571IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Bears$17,624-48%45-30$392$17,550,5019Disneynature
26Transcendence$17,267-31%58-47$298$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
27Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$14,688-60%43-41$342$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
28Need For Speed$14,004-48%39-19$359$43,568,50714Disney / DreamWorks
29Locke$11,546-57%23-21$502$1,253,4408A24
30Oculus$11,464-49%31-16$370$27,674,14510Relativity Media
31Finding Vivian Maier$10,857-21%14-7$776$1,418,67912IFC Films
32Under the Skin (2014)$9,584-57%16-12$599$2,467,93111A24
33A Long Way Off$8,005--13--$616$22,1832Moving Visions Entertainment
34Hellion$7,601--1--$7,601$7,6011IFC Films
35Under the Sea 3D$7,58131%12-4$632$34,040,044279Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Lucky Them$7,460184%75$1,066$16,4153IFC Films
37The Double (2014)$7,24816%10-1$725$140,8536Magnolia Pictures
38The German Doctor$6,835-52%8-4$854$414,9128IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
39Elena (2014)$6,129--1--$6,129$23,2783Variance Films
40Borgman$5,912--4--$1,478$15,8632Drafthouse Films
41Filmistaan$5,776-81%8-16$722$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
42To the Arctic 3D$5,427-16%51$1,085$14,096,449113Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Redwood Highway$5,045-49%6-10$841$88,94310Monterey Media
44Bicycling with Molière$4,80413%61$801$49,3438Strand Releasing
45Test$4,473--4--$1,118$11,8432Variance Films
46A Coffee in Berlin$3,918--1--$3,918$3,9181Music Box Films
47The Hornet's Nest$3,815-69%3-13$1,272$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
48Le Week-End$3,807108%91$423$2,211,59614Music Box Films
49For No Good Reason$3,699-38%20-1$185$56,0048Sony Pictures Classics
50Jodorowsky's Dune$3,348-50%6-10$558$621,55513Sony Pictures Classics
51The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,197-58%1-2$2,197$238,78111Zeitgeist Films
52The Sacrament$2,112262%54$422$4,0932Magnolia / Magnet
53Just a Sigh$1,878182%10$1,878$71,28013Distrib Films
5450 to 1$1,805--2--$903$720,11713Ten Furlongs
55The Raid 2$1,801-72%18-20$100$2,625,80312Sony Pictures Classics
56Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,677-53%5-3$335$30,5905International Film Circuit
57Half of a Yellow Sun$1,672736%42$418$27,8555Monterey Media
58Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,593--1--$1,593$14,3154Rialto Pictures
59Filth$1,444-74%50$289$23,6063Magnolia / Magnet
602 Autumns, 3 Winters$1,186-45%10$1,186$5,0302Film Movement
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,185--1--$1,185$59,04118Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62Born to Be Wild 3D$1,171-37%3-12$390$23,393,533167Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Particle Fever$1,102-13%1-2$1,102$862,44115Abramorama / Bond 360
64Blue Ruin$1,013-59%2-1$507$256,9068RADiUS-TWC
65Deep Sea 3D$925-61%82$116$46,063,526433Warner Bros. / IMAX
66Big Men$847-83%21$424$55,87914Abramorama
67The Amazing Catfish$733--1--$733$7331Strand Releasing
68In Bloom$681--3--$227$52,46923Big World Pictures
69Heropanti$671218%1-2$671$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
70The Unknown Known$565-55%30$188$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
71Godzilla: The Japanese Original$364-86%1-1$364$139,6019Rialto Pictures
72For a Woman$354-93%2-2$177$25,5567Film Movement
73Tasting Menu$199-75%1-1$199$18,6869Magnolia Pictures
74Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$189--1--$189$1891First Run Features
75Nymphomaniac: Volume I$183-92%1-3$183$785,66913Magnolia Pictures
76Nymphomaniac: Volume II$150-86%1-2$150$326,98311Magnolia Pictures
7720 Feet from Stardom$90-64%10$90$4,946,25053RADiUS-TWC
78Next Year Jerusalem$84-44%10$84$8,0935First Run Features