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, Mar. 25 - Sun, Mar. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$23,751,502--3,167--$7,500$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$19,058,199--3,033--$6,284$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$15,055,249-20%2,80549$5,367$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$10,750,365-19%2,7070$3,971$28,717,5482Lionsgate
7Battle: Los Angeles$7,582,566-48%3,118-299$2,432$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$4,311,312-40%2,715-315$1,588$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$4,290,795-26%2,282-378$1,880$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$2,258,428-58%2,170-947$1,041$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$2,167,645-32%1,585-225$1,368$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Hall Pass$1,705,370-34%1,204-701$1,416$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$1,557,618-23%1,062-187$1,467$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
14Just Go With It$1,510,275-33%1,116-592$1,353$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia
15Gnomeo and Juliet$1,510,003-34%1,364-384$1,107$95,872,5377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Unknown (2011)$646,340-49%688-713$939$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$498,098-51%512-443$973$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$410,455-42%406-144$1,011$36,959,6816Fox
5Cedar Rapids$407,665-22%342-120$1,192$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
6Of Gods and Men$332,63513%12026$2,772$2,103,4255Sony Pictures Classics
7Yogi Bear$321,150-29%326-112$985$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
8The Green Hornet$220,485-23%246-36$896$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
9Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$214,107-54%289-191$741$72,556,9637Paramount
10The 5th Quarter$202,342--123--$1,645$202,3421Rocky Mountain
11Black Swan$184,3556%20716$891$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
12True Grit (2010)$182,049-27%205-63$888$170,058,65914Paramount
13Barney's Version$180,602-3%1559$1,165$7,054,14011Sony Pictures Classics
14No Strings Attached$136,249-15%213-19$640$70,477,77710Paramount
15The Fighter$110,318-50%179-137$616$93,571,80316Paramount
16The Grace Card$99,600-2%1140$874$2,295,7335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Rite$75,240-31%155-47$485$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Mechanic$48,376-13%1001$484$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jane Eyre (2011)$969,993108%9064$10,778$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$464,420209%2318$20,192$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Certified Copy$191,82845%4825$3,996$490,4713IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$154,5282%472$3,288$23,443,85954Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Kill the Irishman$153,4149%4120$3,742$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
6Potiche$86,017--7--$12,288$86,0171Music Box Films
7Under the Sea 3D$83,743-1%221$3,807$27,811,765111Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$80,88513%140$5,778$1,860,457463D Entertainment
9Biutiful$73,634-20%66-23$1,116$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
10TRON: Legacy$70,775-31%79-25$896$171,891,00015Disney
11Miral$66,244--4--$16,561$66,2441Weinstein Company
12Bill Cunningham New York$65,35894%32$21,786$148,4842Zeitgeist Films
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$58,805-12%85-9$692$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,9471%72-10$721$104,299,42116Fox
15The Last Lions$51,299-25%44-2$1,166$525,6526National Geographic
16The Music Never Stopped$48,667-36%331$1,475$150,5152Roadside Attractions
17I Am (2011)$48,25012%153$3,217$250,1946Paladin
18The Eagle$45,848-1%975$473$19,434,5967Focus
19Take Me Home Tonight$43,652-68%89-192$490$6,817,0814Relativity Media
20The Salvation Poem$43,054--11--$3,914$644,72424CanZion Films
21The Company Men$43,03230%48-10$897$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
22From Prada to Nada$41,551412%292$1,433$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Illusionist (2010)$36,431-27%49-9$743$2,124,96314Sony Pictures Classics
24Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$32,083-20%242$1,337$444,9816Vitagraph
25Blue Valentine (2010)$31,742-8%441$721$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
26Another Year$29,189-22%36-12$811$3,126,71013Sony Pictures Classics
27Drive Angry$27,549-30%72-23$383$10,558,2255Summit
28Winter in Wartime$26,15175%85$3,269$49,0712Sony Pictures Classics
29Space Station 3D$23,803-20%2-1$11,902$83,153,220467IMAX
30Poetry$20,98713%134$1,614$212,1537Kino International
31happythankyoumoreplease$20,92312%164$1,308$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
32My Perestroika$17,680--1--$17,680$25,0841International Film Circuit
33Inside Job$17,524-30%22-8$797$4,266,25925Sony Pictures Classics
34Gulliver's Travels (2010)$17,47413%34-9$514$42,732,11914Fox
35Mia and the Migoo$16,975--1--$16,975$16,9751GKIDS
36I Saw the Devil$15,762-9%121$1,314$83,8854Magnolia / Magnet
37Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$13,709-8%40$3,427$115,2444Strand Releasing
38Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$12,079--6--$2,013$74,71128Collective Eye
39Deep Sea 3D$11,582-22%20$5,791$44,123,562265Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$10,602-59%12-1$884$193,90312First Run Features
41Desert Flower$10,59438%63$1,766$22,2742National Geographic
42I Love You Phillip Morris$10,480-21%9-2$1,164$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
43Rabbit Hole$10,338-3%290$356$2,203,98015Lionsgate
44Made in Dagenham$9,428-25%12-4$786$1,083,52019Sony Pictures Classics
45Nostalgia for the Light$9,286-13%21$4,643$44,5752Icarus Films
46127 Hours$8,103-53%18-14$450$18,300,91721Fox Searchlight
47Casino Jack$7,740-21%8-11$968$1,030,00415IDP/ATO Pictures
48Cold Weather$6,9809%101$698$119,2418IFC Films
49Carancho$6,773389%31$2,258$51,6887Strand Releasing
50Peep World$6,702--3--$2,234$6,7021IFC Films
51Kaboom$6,63368%127$553$109,3009IFC Films
52The Human Resources Manager$6,00846%50$1,202$46,3404Film Movement
53The Housemaid (Hanyo)$5,760-30%7-5$823$148,50110IFC Films
54The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$5,698-76%10-27$570$42,9162China Lion Film
55Orgasm Inc.$5,4541749%21$2,727$31,8407First Run Features
56Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$5,001-45%12-4$417$1,343,8747Shorts International
57A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,84792%31$1,616$32,56711Strand Releasing
59All Good Things$4,088-35%60$681$573,96617Magnolia Pictures
61Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$2,972-39%2-1$1,486$17,3553Indican Pictures
62Heartbeats$2,959-36%3-2$986$48,3855IFC Films
63Clash (Bay Rong)$2,581-56%40$645$26,5153Variance Films
64Black Death$2,176-38%3-2$725$17,6353Magnolia / Magnet
65Into Eternity$1,858-43%3-3$619$23,2758International Film Circuit
66Putty Hill$1,812-33%1-1$1,812$37,4276Cinema Guild
67My Dog Tulip$1,540-49%30$513$230,74730New Yorker Films
68Marwencol$1,39848%32$466$111,14525Cinema Guild
69Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,383-74%2-3$692$85,2227Phase 4 Films
70Korkoro$1,224--1--$1,224$1,2241Lorber Films
71Kings of Pastry$1,223136%10$1,223$323,30928First Run
72The Little Traitor$1,119255%21$560$394,58368Westchester Films
73Elektra Luxx$1,11287%10$1,112$10,8223IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
74The Strange Case of Angelica$975--1--$975$41,84813Cinema Guild
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$819-94%41$205$42,12411Kino International
76Making The Boys$723-78%2-1$362$16,9183First Run Features
77Enemies of the People$490--1--$490$72,34535International Film Circuit
78Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$465--1--$465$41,59120Film Desk
79Illegal$404--1--$404$4041Film Movement
80Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$386-81%2-2$193$191,3919Variance Films
81Cracks$347-96%1-5$347$16,3492IFC Films
82Plastic Planet$27697%10$276$3,13611First Run Features
83The Trouble with Terkel$250-86%10$250$33,42453Indican
84Winter's Bone$202-79%1-3$202$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions
85The Woodmans$82--1--$82$33,96510Lorber Films