Weekend Wrap-Up

The Boss vs Dawn of Justice, or Bad vs Bad

By John Hamann

April 10, 2016

The Boss beats Batman! And Superman!

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Fourth is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which is not seeing the holds the original did. This weekend, the Greek Wedding sequel earned $6.4 million, off 43% compared to last weekend. The Universal/Playtone release has now earned $46.8 million, an amount it took the original over 120 days to earn. It has also grabbed about $24 million overseas, so with its $18 million budget, this one will see a decent profit prior to exiting theaters.

Fifth is Hardcore Henry, the new action film that looks like a first-person shooter videogame. STX Entertainment picked this one up at Toronto last year for $10 million, and then sold off overseas rights to limit financial risk. This was likely not a good move, as Henry earned only $5.1 million this weekend. It already looks like this one will be more popular overseas than at home. STX likely reduced their production cost exposure to zero, but was still on the hook for a decent marketing spend. With its 51% fresh rating and C+ Cinemascore, legs do not appear to be in the cards for Hardcore Henry.

Miracles from Heaven is sixth, as this small film from Tri-Star is having a healthy run. In its fourth weekend, the Jennifer Garner flick earned another $4.8 million and dropped 33%. This $13 million film has brought its domestic total up to a strong $53.9 million. While its not going to be a hit like Heaven is for Real ($91 million domestic), this is still a strong showing for a faith based film.

God’s Not Dead 2 falls behind Miracles from Heaven after opening a position ahead last weekend. The other faith-based film in the top 10 pulled in $4.3 million and fell 43%. The sequel to the 2014 original has now earned $14.1 million.


The Divergent Series: Allegiant picked up $3.6 million, and with three new releases coming next weekend, this one is going to get flushed shortly. The Lionsgate threequel fell 38% and now has a total of $61.8 million. Remember, this one cost a grotesque $110 million to make and has a domestic total of $61.8 million and an overseas take of $80 million.

10 Cloverfield Lane is ninth, and is probably the second best box office story in the top ten after Zootopia. After opening solidly with $24.7 million due to excellent reviews, it has held very well, as it is a good film with an 89% fresh rating and a good-for-the-genre B- Cinemascore. In its fifth weekend, 10 Cloverfield Lane earned $3 million and fell only 34%. The JJ Abrams-produced film cost only $15 million to make and has earned almost 4.5 times that production cost through domestic sales only. It has passed the $25 million mark overseas and still has several more international markets where it has yet to open.

Our 10th place film is Eye in the Sky, the Helen Mirren/Alan Rickman thriller from Bleecker Street. Now playing in 1,089 locations, Eye in the Sky earned $2.8 million and fell only 29% from the previous frame. So far, the platformer has earned $10.4 million, and it has yet to debut in international markets.

In limited release, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition flopped. It earned only $1.1 million from 854 screens, for a venue average of $1,317. Better news came from Midnight Special, which expanded to 493 venues, where it earned $1.2 million. It had an average of $2,345 and brings its total up to $2.3 million. Lastly, Everybody Wants Some, the new film from Richard Linklater, expanded to 63 screens, and earned $510,000. That gives it an average of $8,095 and a total to date of $1 million.

Overall, the combined total for the top 12 films at the box office failed to reach $100 million for the first time since 2008. The top 12 earned $94.5 million this weekend, miles off of last year when the top 12 earned $125.5 million, when Furious 7 spent its second weekend on top. Next weekend openers include Disney’s The Jungle Book, a film that I think will open to $80 million, Barbershop: The Next Cut, and Criminal, with Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/8/16-4/10/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Boss Universal $23,480,000 New $23,480,000
2 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WARNER BROS. $23,435,000 - 54% $296,686,000
3 Zootopia Disney $14,353,000 - 26% $296,012,000
4 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal $6,420,000 - 43% $46,752,820
5 Hardcore Henry Stx Entertainment $5,096,000 New $5,096,000
6 Miracles From Heaven Sony $4,800,000 - 34% $53,900,000
7 God's Not Dead 2 Pure Flix $4,000,000 - 48% $13,800,000
8 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Lionsgate $3,600,000 - 38% $61,829,566
9 10 Cloverfield Lane Paramount $3,000,000 - 34% $67,976,000
10 Eye In the Sky Bleecker Street $2,829,207 - 29% $10,405,889
11 Meet the Blacks Freestyle $2,270,000 - 44% $7,519,551
12 Deadpool Fox $2,100,000 - 39% $358,424,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Demolition FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,125,000 New $1,125,000
  The Invitation Drafthouse Films $67,739 New $67,739
  High Strung Paladin $45,255 New $45,255
  Mr. Right Focus World $25,000 New $25,000
  Louder Than Bombs The Orchard $24,341 New $24,341
  Vita Activa: the Spirit of Hannah Arendt Zeitgeist $13,444 New $18,668
  Neon Bull Kino Lorber $7,133 New $7,133
  Everybody Wants Some!! Paramount $510,000 + 63% $974,000
  Miles Ahead Sony Classics $227,411 + 99% $377,374
  The Dark Horse Broad Green $6,991 - 14% $18,916
  I Saw the Light Sony Classics $307,195 - 55% $1,357,778
  Midnight Special WARNER BROS. $1,156,000 + 110% $2,300,000
  Hello, My Name Is Doris Roadside Attractions $1,650,000 - 30% $9,400,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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