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, Nov. 14 - Sun, Nov. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Dumb and Dumber To$36,111,775--3,154--$11,450$36,111,7751Universal
2Big Hero 6$34,662,707-38%3,77312$9,187$110,306,5982Disney
4Beyond the Lights$6,200,284--1,789--$3,466$6,200,2841Relativity Media
5Gone Girl$4,561,432-27%1,959-265$2,328$152,635,3177Fox
6St. Vincent$3,768,670-30%2,332-123$1,616$33,001,3546Weinstein Company
7Fury (2014)$3,761,558-33%2,382-452$1,579$75,892,6275Sony / Columbia
9Nightcrawler$2,917,380-46%2,103-663$1,387$24,879,8983Open Road
10John Wick$2,224,552-46%1,758-394$1,265$38,917,0944Lionsgate / Summit
11Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$1,614,223-54%1,633-748$989$62,392,2766Disney
12The Book of Life (2014)$963,947-65%1,006-1160$958$47,352,5165Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Birdman$2,471,4717%857397$2,884$11,596,8385Fox Searchlight
2Rosewater$1,154,303--371--$3,111$1,154,3031Open Road
3The Judge (2014)$1,053,266-40%803-412$1,312$44,378,1466Warner Bros.
4Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas$992,087--410--$2,420$992,0871IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Whiplash$719,740127%419331$1,718$2,401,4886Sony Pictures Classics
6The Best of Me$692,600-51%722-388$959$25,740,3445Relativity Media
7The Maze Runner$632,918-49%524-488$1,208$100,062,3039Fox
8The Equalizer$463,683-49%375-241$1,236$98,877,7498Sony / Columbia
9Dracula Untold$356,190-66%383-447$930$55,725,5006Universal
10Guardians of the Galaxy$292,787-30%233-63$1,257$330,487,14116Disney
11Dear White People$195,661-50%105-72$1,863$3,897,1005Roadside Attractions
12Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$185,784-30%207-29$898$191,163,71515Paramount
13Dolphin Tale 2$161,458-24%265-20$609$41,719,70810Warner Bros.
14The Boxtrolls$161,030-23%181-162$890$49,328,2198Focus
15Annabelle$131,774-75%252-378$523$83,825,3547Warner Bros. / New Line
16Addicted$119,433-62%146-95$818$17,240,7536Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
18This Is Where I Leave You$76,236-34%151-39$505$34,196,0479Warner Bros.
1922 Jump Street$64,356-25%118-11$545$191,719,33723Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Theory of Everything$735,398252%4136$17,937$1,030,8702Focus
2Foxcatcher$270,877--6--$45,146$270,8771Sony Pictures Classics
4Force Majeure$108,748-1%4813$2,266$429,4584Magnolia Pictures
5Let's Be Cops$62,482-33%94-22$665$82,299,38914Fox
6The Giver$51,477-34%93-26$554$45,024,07314Weinstein Company
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$50,843-26%971$524$176,884,93423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,0523%400$1,226$8,030,07733Warner Bros. / IMAX
9On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter$48,602-85%73-158$666$474,3772Hanover House
10Awake: The Life of Yogananda$47,591-46%15-6$3,173$557,7966CounterPoint Films
11My Old Lady$45,492-22%42-4$1,083$3,814,32110Cohen Media Group
12The Homesman$45,435--4--$11,359$45,4351Roadside Attractions
13Meet the Mormons$43,116-16%588$743$5,767,9676Purdie Distribution
14Before I Go to Sleep$42,996-87%49-771$877$3,216,9003Clarius Entertainment
15The Hundred-Foot Journey$42,428-29%71-15$598$54,157,75715Disney / DreamWorks
16The Good Lie$38,926-12%28-2$1,390$2,474,6377Warner Bros.
18Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$31,198-13%165$1,950$231,4984PCH Films / Area23a
19The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$30,391-46%28-1$1,085$408,6965GKIDS
20Pride (2014)$27,747-45%32-21$867$1,431,0198CBS Films
21Into the Storm$27,093-25%55-33$493$47,594,61715Warner Bros. / New Line
22The Skeleton Twins$26,411-42%31-20$852$5,206,39110Roadside Attractions
23Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$24,031-27%54-9$445$208,514,87219Fox
24Diplomacy$21,650-11%144$1,546$121,8375Zeitgeist Films
25Hubble 3D$21,218-23%9-1$2,358$46,430,100244Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Left Behind (2014)$20,548-56%50-32$411$13,831,0457Freestyle Releasing
27The Way He Looks$19,580-26%145$1,399$60,4662Strand Releasing
28Journey to the South Pacific$16,327-33%131$1,256$5,000,26651IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
29Boyhood$14,083-30%18-5$782$23,937,96019IFC Films
30God the Father$12,0000%6-6$2,000$111,4585Rocky Mountain Pictures
31Le jour se lève (2014 re-issue)$11,864--3--$3,955$11,8641Rialto Pictures
3223 Blast$11,551-33%23-2$502$545,8734Ocean Avenue Entertainment
33Magic in the Moonlight$11,4894%38-5$302$10,534,51017Sony Pictures Classics
34Kill the Messenger$9,629-57%18-14$535$2,425,9586Focus
35The Two Faces of January$9,223-10%20-1$461$481,7718Magnolia Pictures
36Tracks (2014)$8,50620%130$654$501,4649Weinstein Company
37The Overnighters$8,191-26%173$482$66,4396Drafthouse Films
38Flamenco, Flamenco$5,860--1--$5,860$15,14618Dada Films
39Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain$5,794-3%21$2,897$12,1112Revolver Films / Vitagraph
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,863208%103$486$23,835,042189Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Keep On Keepin' On$4,762-8%4-4$1,191$137,9999RADiUS-TWC
42Love Is Strange$4,235-17%10-3$424$2,260,03713Sony Pictures Classics
43Levitated Mass$4,217--2--$2,109$15,25211First Run Features
44The Blue Room$3,046-53%14-6$218$239,3877IFC Films
45To the Arctic 3D$2,920-46%63$487$14,230,137135Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Green Prince$2,688-26%3-4$896$256,23510Music Box Films
47Under the Sea 3D$2,636-18%42$659$34,366,026301Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Hector and the Search for Happiness$2,551-18%173$150$938,9549Relativity Media
49Why Don't You Play in Hell?$2,092-59%107$209$8,8302Drafthouse Films
501,000 Times Good Night$2,073-58%5-4$415$53,0254Film Movement
51Through a Lens Darkly$2,0619714%10$2,061$56,90312First Run Features
52Viva la Liberta$1,908-64%1-1$1,908$9,8762Distrib Films
53Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$1,469-70%1-3$1,469$80,3875Rialto Pictures
5420,000 Days on Earth$1,289109%54$258$270,4459Drafthouse Films
55Frank$1,178-37%4-3$295$640,07914Magnolia Pictures
56White Bird in a Blizzard$988-8%62$165$30,4494Magnolia Pictures
57Björk: Biophilia Live$931-78%4-4$233$127,7548Cinema Purgatorio
58I Am Eleven$6302%20$315$64,14210International Film Circuit
59Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$58011%21$290$17,43110First Run Features
60The Notebook (2014)$550-2%21$275$66,23512Sony Pictures Classics
61The Golden Era$484-58%1-1$484$101,3835China Lion Film
62The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears$4251081%32$142$6,86312Strand Releasing
63Wetlands$270214%10$270$58,61911Strand Releasing
64K2: Siren of the Himalayas$244--1--$244$9,46713First Run Features
65ABC's of Death 2$154-89%1-1$154$6,7593Magnolia / Magnet
66Rhymes for Young Ghouls$92-63%10$92$1,3364Monterey Media