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. 23 - Sun, Mar. 25

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games$152,535,747--4,137--$36,871$152,535,7471Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$20,471,187-44%3,1210$6,559$70,222,5152Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$13,182,045-42%3,677-92$3,585$177,412,0554Universal
4John Carter$5,073,832-63%3,212-537$1,580$62,407,2123Disney
5Act of Valor$2,041,362-45%2,219-546$920$65,921,0865Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,950,154-46%1,787-108$1,091$14,950,3223Paramount
7Project X (2012)$1,931,336-52%2,065-857$935$51,733,4844Warner Bros.
8Safe House$1,403,035-48%1,330-590$1,055$122,582,3507Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,357,412-43%1,340-595$1,013$97,139,5017Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$985,981-54%1,188-472$830$52,270,7186Fox
11The Vow$841,576-60%1,258-917$669$122,776,3507Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$639,958-70%1,202-922$532$11,962,7313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1October Baby$1,697,130--390--$4,352$1,896,57222IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2Casa de mi Padre$1,181,943-48%47593$2,488$4,030,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$853,046-38%621-395$1,374$33,952,5895Lionsgate
4Friends With Kids$822,842-43%558-82$1,475$5,519,5233Roadside Attractions
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$702,60253%12462$5,666$1,628,8023CBS Films
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$586,909-31%2540$2,311$1,774,2672Paramount Vantage
7The Artist$474,532-55%576-579$824$43,037,87018Weinstein Company
8Agent Vinod$427,043--122--$3,500$427,0431Eros International
9A Separation$331,715-30%261-21$1,271$6,078,03913Sony Pictures Classics
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$318,834-63%511-513$624$50,350,1136Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$254,368-40%327-129$778$29,100,07913Weinstein Company
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$243,324-12%248-38$981$132,017,31215Fox
15The Woman in Black$198,250-18%180-125$1,101$53,749,2098CBS Films
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$183,482-23%200-29$917$209,065,11915Paramount
17The Secret World of Arrietty$167,416-31%229-75$731$18,274,3296Disney
18The Descendants$145,849-50%199-148$733$82,278,71719Fox Searchlight
20Big Miracle$124,315-5%224-12$555$19,966,2308Universal
21We Bought a Zoo$124,259-12%155-33$802$75,105,21314Fox
22The Grey$118,933-22%204-15$583$51,359,0589Open Road
23War Horse$93,429-28%170-30$550$79,667,04114Disney / DreamWorks
25Red Tails$74,180-19%131-21$566$49,600,63010Fox
26One For the Money$73,82917%15139$489$26,300,8219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Raid: Redemption$213,785--14--$15,270$213,7851Sony Pictures Classics
2Jiro Dreams of Sushi$175,16292%2721$6,487$381,5553Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$155,601132%2317$6,765$319,6863Sony Pictures Classics
4Kahaani$136,753-48%48-5$2,849$824,4053Viva Entertainment
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$123,841--31--$3,995$123,8411Music Box Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$106,687-18%400$2,667$17,460,70151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kid With A Bike$104,567128%2421$4,357$169,7192IFC Films
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$96,538-4%8015$1,207$1,348,90116Oscilloscope
9Being Flynn$75,653-48%73-15$1,036$402,9114Focus
10Pina$64,268-25%51-4$1,260$3,285,78314IFC Films
11In Darkness$60,017-18%51-1$1,177$793,7517Sony Pictures Classics
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$58,93222%120$4,911$5,126,760983D Entertainment
13Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$52,824-38%86-39$614$186,764,25815Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$52,544-3%233$2,285$31,608,079106Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,722-66%74-82$658$43,171,4637Fox
16Under the Sea 3D$34,516-21%120$2,876$30,933,371163Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Seeking Justice$32,064-87%74-157$433$390,5712Anchor Bay Films
18Rampart$30,600-59%67-39$457$834,7067Millennium Entertainment
19Albert Nobbs$30,307-1%44-4$689$2,895,0689Roadside Attractions
20A Dangerous Method$29,604-21%47-12$630$5,651,91818Sony Pictures Classics
21Thin Ice$28,477-13%39-2$730$652,5396IDP/ATO Pictures
22Undefeated$27,450-48%17-4$1,615$379,0106Weinstein Company
23Coriolanus$22,711-33%19-2$1,195$569,72210Weinstein Company
24Gerhard Richter Painting$21,88762%65$3,648$54,2132Kino Lorber
25Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,079-52%50-55$402$31,836,74514Warner Bros.
26W.E.$18,673-30%18-2$1,037$462,0188Weinstein Company
27Chico & Rita$18,335-51%231$797$283,0077GKIDS
29Shame$14,463-4%16-2$904$3,946,34317Fox Searchlight
30My Week with Marilyn$13,269-50%44-6$302$14,581,67718Weinstein Company
31The Muppets$12,381-44%35-17$354$88,605,09218Disney
32Free Men$9,5485%42$2,387$22,5782Film Movement
33Musical Chairs$9,092--9--$1,010$9,0921Paladin
344:44 Last Day on Earth$8,355--3--$2,785$8,3551IFC Films
35Let The Bullets Fly$7,70915%71$1,101$50,3864Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,8429%10$6,842$31,9313Janus Films
37The Salt of Life$6,708-72%4-9$1,677$119,2524Zeitgeist Films
38The Forgiveness of Blood$6,348-8%90$705$106,6515IFC Films
39Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$6,313-45%14-12$451$181,2944Magnolia Pictures
40The Women on the 6th Floor$6,12611%51$1,225$665,65325Strand Releasing
41Sound of Noise$6,072507%54$1,214$18,1223Magnolia Pictures
42Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,5952%63$933$894,95838International Film Circuit
432012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$5,554-23%8-2$694$1,698,8157Shorts International
44Deep Sea 3D$5,522597%20$2,761$44,540,735317Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The FP$5,215-66%8-20$652$27,7862Drafthouse Films
46The Trouble with Bliss$4,618--1--$4,618$4,61817A Productions
47Brake$4,330--2--$2,165$4,3301IFC Films
48Natural Selection (2011)$4,300-59%21$2,150$16,9542Cinema Guild
49Love$3,444-37%4-1$861$303,8886China Lion Film
50Reuniting The Rubins$3,209337%42$802$4,4252Monterey Media
51Carnage (2011)$3,168-45%9-4$352$2,531,77715Sony Pictures Classics
52The Turin Horse$2,646--2--$1,323$33,7877Cinema Guild
53Starry, Starry Night$2,312--1--$2,312$2,3121China Lion Film
54The Understudy$2,014-12%1-1$2,014$6,4222Indican Pictures
55Around June$1,846-40%1-1$1,846$6,8282Indican Pictures
56Falling Away$1,372193%10$1,372$9,1504Indican Pictures
57Young Goethe In Love$1,199--2--$600$152,47221Music Box Films
58My Reincarnation$1,148--1--$1,148$90,43722Long Shot Factory
59On the Ice$94828%1-1$948$50,6696PMK*BNC
60This Is Not A Film$920-35%10$920$38,6254Palisades Tartan
61Beauty and the Beast 3D$831-71%2-3$416$47,281,07411Disney
62The Skin I Live In$79225%21$396$3,185,19324Sony Pictures Classics
63Sing Your Song$596-88%20$298$40,36711S2BN Films
64The Fairy$560--1--$560$6,6825Kino Lorber
65Addiction Incorporated$509-63%1-3$509$37,50115Variance Films
66The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$436-13%10$436$3,3423The Film Desk
67Kung Fu Joe$40261%10$402$13,7907Indican Pictures
68Le Havre$370-84%1-3$370$602,16323Janus Films
69The Whale$266--1--$266$76,44729Paladin
70Khodorkovsky$163--1--$163$38,62017Kino Lorber