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, Sep. 27 - Sun, Sep. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,017,930--4,001--$8,502$34,017,9301Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$10,865,262-48%3,29030$3,303$38,549,1942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$10,014,9205247%2,2972292$4,360$10,275,8292Universal
4Baggage Claim$9,031,102--2,027--$4,455$9,031,1021Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$8,677,009--2,422--$3,583$8,677,0091Relativity Media
6Insidious: Chapter 2$6,552,114-53%3,120-35$2,100$69,349,5093FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$3,732,432-47%2,894-197$1,290$31,754,6023Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$2,807,479-38%2,405-598$1,167$142,360,9318Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,401,793-43%2,062-869$1,165$110,265,8627Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$2,023,792-56%2,0080$1,008$7,492,0842Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$1,607,145-56%1,826-1196$880$40,056,7104Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$801,522-55%1,007-466$796$65,380,2738Fox
13Planes$759,290-72%1,426-1020$532$87,681,4498Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,465,408-36%948-30$3,655$38,652,8965Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,098,902802%227223$9,246$2,466,3812Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$1,576,561--305--$5,169$1,576,5611Picturehouse
4Despicable Me 2$792,895-42%748-256$1,060$361,774,71513Universal
5Blue Jasmine$624,245-49%528-319$1,182$30,662,23210Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$557,233-82%305-13$1,827$5,081,0492Warner Bros.
7Grown Ups 2$551,295120%390132$1,414$131,964,54012Sony / Columbia
8Elysium$501,998-66%562-830$893$91,851,0608Sony / TriStar
92 Guns$286,145-56%403-349$710$75,002,5559Universal
10The Wolverine$269,477-41%329-133$819$131,304,65010Fox
11The Smurfs 2$250,441-53%353-243$709$69,915,4189Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$250,026-39%282-51$887$81,963,43811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Conjuring$201,292-52%338-223$596$136,972,05511Warner Bros. / New Line
14The World's End$191,973-73%281-552$683$25,694,5456Focus
15The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$190,982-71%329-718$580$31,046,2016Sony / Screen Gems
16The Heat$183,109-33%251-59$730$158,948,63614Fox
17Thanks for Sharing$159,812-70%251-18$637$898,4032Roadside Attractions
18Monsters University$158,367-48%178-136$890$266,068,49215Disney
19One Direction: This Is Us$141,289-88%228-1478$620$28,818,9675Sony / TriStar
20This Is The End$122,431-62%205-322$597$101,362,89416Sony / Columbia
21The Spectacular Now$115,175-70%142-429$811$6,656,9549A24
22In a World...$112,729-52%121-23$932$2,597,3868Roadside Attractions
23Pacific Rim$112,099-36%140-62$801$101,624,60212Warner Bros.
24The Grandmaster$105,090-56%143-330$735$6,505,6166Weinstein Company
25Austenland$95,890-59%107-127$896$1,732,5247Sony Pictures Classics
26The Way, Way Back$90,652-58%158-166$574$21,324,65613Fox Searchlight
27World War Z$88,130-53%160-43$551$202,278,85815Paramount
28Salinger$64,581-65%134-4$482$504,5734Weinstein Company
29Red 2$64,410-34%110-68$586$52,869,28711Lionsgate / Summit
30You're Next$30,750-84%112-420$275$18,409,9646Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Generation Iron$150,000-39%8429$1,786$407,0002The Vladar Company
2Inequality for All$140,888--28--$5,032$140,8881RADiUS-TWC
3Alone Yet Not Alone$125,775--11--$11,434$125,7751Enthuse Entertainment
4Wadjda$73,70311%167$4,606$308,3393Sony Pictures Classics
5Phata Poster Nikla Hero$73,688-72%940$784$390,2072Eros International
6The Lone Ranger$60,725-36%89-49$682$89,237,14813Disney
7Short Term 12$58,391-55%55-20$1,062$811,5966Cinedigm
8On the Job$56,098--29--$1,934$56,0981Well Go USA
9Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$32,795--35--$937$32,7951AMC Entertainment
10Haute Cuisine$32,202109%1411$2,300$55,3052Weinstein Company
11Hubble 3D$29,980-25%151$1,999$40,803,709185Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Jobs$27,384-70%84-68$326$16,117,4437Open Road
13Getaway$25,111-87%74-441$339$10,494,4945Warner Bros.
14Fruitvale Station$24,272-44%42-61$578$16,011,61012Weinstein Company
1520 Feet from Stardom$21,745--30--$725$4,651,65916RADiUS-TWC
16Wedding Palace$19,908--6--$3,318$19,9081GoGoGo Entertainment
17Blue Caprice$19,85959%2516$794$56,6743IFC Films
18Paranoia$19,152-69%66-22$290$7,376,0277Relativity Media
19Grand Masti$18,706-74%640$292$404,7893Eros International
20Space Station 3D$18,54634%52$3,709$89,054,813598IMAX
21The Ultimate Life$17,020-82%47-137$362$1,311,2354High Top Releasing
22Good Ol' Freda$15,245-18%176$897$80,6414Magnolia Pictures
23Museum Hours$14,642-54%16-3$915$491,31114Cinema Guild
24Muscle Shoals$13,901--1--$13,901$13,9011Magnolia Pictures
25We Are What We Are (2013)$13,727--2--$6,864$13,7271eOne Films US
26Blackfish$13,4003%22-6$609$2,043,69111Magnolia Pictures
27Populaire$12,985-53%244$541$130,0884Weinstein Company
28You Will Be My Son$12,066-59%17-4$710$187,1317Cohen Media Group
29GMO OMG$12,031--9--$1,337$41,9023Submarine Deluxe
30The Citizen (2013)$11,654--3--$3,885$12,6014Monterey Media
31Still Mine$10,694-32%16-3$668$1,127,45812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
32Drinking Buddies$9,880-73%22-11$449$320,0516Magnolia Pictures
33Born to Be Wild 3D$9,66712%90$1,074$22,983,103130Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Arctic 3D$9,574-4%10-1$957$13,554,04576Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Unfinished Song$9,565-24%19-4$503$1,697,29415Weinstein Company
36Under the Sea 3D$9,29348%7-1$1,328$33,619,887242Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Chennai Express$8,388-62%9-11$932$5,306,7298UTV Motion Pictures
38Ip Man: The Final Fight$7,165-54%6-8$1,194$29,4692Well Go USA
39The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,734838%98$748$19,0416Kino Lorber
40Jewtopia$6,628-75%8-8$829$42,2932Le Petit Canyon Productions
41Ain't Them Bodies Saints$6,581-61%21-22$313$387,6067IFC Films
42The Hunt$6,475112%113$589$610,96812Magnolia Pictures
43The Attack$6,375-61%9-6$708$1,714,71015Cohen Media Group
44My Lucky Star$5,988-87%7-16$855$61,2562China Lion Film
45The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,493--1--$5,493$5,4931Rialto Pictures
46C.O.G.$5,438-83%9-11$604$49,6912Screen Media / Focus World
47The Short Game$5,326-81%8-12$666$38,8562Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
48Zaytoun$5,01822%53$1,004$11,6352Strand Releasing
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,460-59%8-10$558$4,319,24317Roadside Attractions
50Mademoiselle C$4,423-57%3-4$1,474$44,7963Cohen Media Group
51Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$4,147--1--$4,147$5,6741Rialto Pictures
52Computer Chess$4,0901014%31$1,363$99,14911Kino Lorber
53Adore$3,641-81%9-23$405$317,1254Exclusive Media
54The Patience Stone$3,544-71%9-6$394$115,6327Sony Pictures Classics
55I Used to Be Darker$3,533--1--$3,533$3,5331Strand Releasing
56Deep Sea 3D$3,412-27%20$1,706$45,884,461396Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Before Midnight$3,350-41%6-4$558$8,102,19619Sony Pictures Classics
58Hannah Arendt$3,304-71%3-3$1,101$688,07518Zeitgeist Films
59Free the Mind$3,166557%43$792$131,01822International Film Circuit
60When Comedy Went to School$3,106-48%7-1$444$166,8569International Film Circuit
61Morning$2,876--4--$719$2,8761Anchor Bay Films
62Prince Avalanche$2,64410%92$294$186,5018Magnolia Pictures
63Hotel Normandy$2,552--1--$2,552$2,5521Rialto Premieres
64Fill the Void$2,4281%4-5$607$1,774,63919Sony Pictures Classics
65Touchy Feely$2,306-47%3-2$769$30,5684Magnolia Pictures
66The Act of Killing$2,2161%10-1$222$438,05511Drafthouse Films
67A Hijacking$1,9051069%53$381$413,27615Magnolia Pictures
68Shepard & Dark$1,226--1--$1,226$2,8951Music Box Films
69Informant$1,21673%31$405$7,6373Music Box Films
70Love Is All You Need$1,05022%2-1$525$1,631,30622Sony Pictures Classics
71Rising From Ashes$658-68%1-2$658$33,4019First Run Features
72Satyagraha$649-88%2-7$325$738,5255UTV Motion Pictures
73I'm So Excited$560-74%2-7$280$1,357,09114Sony Pictures Classics
74Il Futuro$52061%10$520$9,3354Strand Releasing
75Europa Report$44893%21$224$123,2639Magnolia / Magnet
76Stories We Tell$447-55%4-1$112$1,598,11421Roadside Attractions
77Leviathan (2013)$42161%10$421$75,21531Cinema Guild
78Our Nixon$370-24%1-1$370$18,5735Cinedigm
79You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$325--2--$163$18,45517Kino Lorber
80Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$166-55%10$166$151,38924Kino Lorber
81Hava Nagila (The Movie)$95--1--$95$368,72431International Film Circuit
82Night Across the Street$50--1--$50$16,77834Cinema Guild
83I Declare War$28-84%1-2$28$14,7725Drafthouse Films