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. 21 - Sun, Nov. 23

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$121,897,634--4,151--$29,366$121,897,6341Lionsgate
2Big Hero 6$20,124,166-42%3,650-123$5,513$135,746,2353Disney
4Dumb and Dumber To$14,076,545-61%3,18834$4,415$57,729,4452Universal
5Gone Girl$2,836,019-38%1,609-350$1,763$156,844,2318Fox
6Beyond the Lights$2,634,224-58%1,766-23$1,492$10,128,0012Relativity Media
7St. Vincent$2,249,311-40%1,707-625$1,318$36,507,9627Weinstein Company
8Fury (2014)$1,942,949-48%1,720-662$1,130$79,193,0676Sony / Columbia
9Nightcrawler$1,213,633-58%1,102-1001$1,101$27,175,2164Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Birdman$1,853,664-25%8625$2,150$14,405,7716Fox Searchlight
2The Theory of Everything$1,511,676106%14099$10,798$2,807,8533Focus
3John Wick$876,324-61%972-786$902$40,610,0255Lionsgate / Summit
4Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas$651,276-34%391-19$1,666$1,912,2632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$612,169-62%754-879$812$63,302,4587Disney
6Rosewater$567,038-51%3710$1,528$2,065,9332Open Road
7The Judge (2014)$551,293-48%505-298$1,092$45,339,0137Warner Bros.
8Guardians of the Galaxy$491,66168%32491$1,517$331,062,44417Disney
9The Book of Life (2014)$379,882-61%438-568$867$47,912,2926Fox
10The Maze Runner$304,092-52%370-154$822$100,498,26610Fox
11The Equalizer$279,154-40%269-106$1,038$99,304,6659Sony / Columbia
12The Best of Me$272,617-61%432-290$631$26,214,3326Relativity Media
13Happy Ending$198,702--129--$1,540$198,7021Eros International
14The Boxtrolls$136,827-15%174-7$786$49,505,5949Focus
15Annabelle$128,295-3%225-27$570$83,990,9748Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dracula Untold$106,260-70%195-188$545$55,942,8307Universal
17Dolphin Tale 2$89,388-45%191-74$468$41,842,29011Warner Bros.
18Addicted$59,069-51%113-33$523$17,336,4387Lionsgate / Codeblack Films

Platform (1 — 99)

2The Homesman$139,311207%3531$3,980$201,4262Roadside Attractions
3Force Majeure$109,9961%6416$1,719$580,7145Magnolia Pictures
4Dear White People$102,110-48%70-35$1,459$4,068,4196Roadside Attractions
6Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,930-12%400$1,073$8,105,25534Warner Bros. / IMAX
7This Is Where I Leave You$36,017-53%75-76$480$34,262,28910Warner Bros.
8Awake: The Life of Yogananda$35,316-26%14-1$2,523$641,3537CounterPoint Films
9How to Train Your Dragon 2$33,441-34%76-21$440$176,933,92724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Let's Be Cops$31,921-49%57-37$560$82,355,86115Fox
11Jerusalem 3D$28,555--18--$1,586$6,027,01362National Geographic
12The Good Lie$28,247-27%291$974$2,522,4568Warner Bros.
13My Old Lady$26,292-42%26-16$1,011$3,871,61111Cohen Media Group
14The Hundred-Foot Journey$24,984-41%45-26$555$54,203,39116Disney / DreamWorks
15Hubble 3D$24,26614%7-2$3,467$46,481,308245Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Giver$21,957-57%46-47$477$45,062,35115Weinstein Company
17The Skeleton Twins$20,899-21%30-1$697$5,244,61711Roadside Attractions
18The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$19,900-35%22-6$905$442,7636GKIDS
19Boyhood$18,76333%14-4$1,340$23,977,54820IFC Films
21Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$17,076-45%12-4$1,423$267,6245PCH Films / Area23a
22Journey to the South Pacific$16,5101%130$1,270$5,028,78852IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23Meet the Mormons$16,301-62%35-23$466$5,833,6657Purdie Distribution
24Diplomacy$15,080-30%9-5$1,676$146,1066Zeitgeist Films
25On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter$13,586-72%16-57$849$507,3253Hanover House
26Left Behind (2014)$13,409-35%33-17$406$13,854,7708Freestyle Releasing
27Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$9,974-58%27-27$369$208,532,32620Fox
28Happy Valley (2014)$9,047--4--$2,262$9,9611Music Box Films
29Le jour se lève (2014 re-issue)$6,982-41%1-2$6,982$25,8692Rialto Pictures
30The Two Faces of January$6,955-25%200$348$491,0119Magnolia Pictures
31Keep On Keepin' On$6,68540%84$836$146,85210RADiUS-TWC
32Born to Be Wild 3D$5,33710%111$485$23,845,366190Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Flamenco, Flamenco$5,086-13%10$5,086$22,30219Dada Films
34The Way He Looks$4,807-75%5-9$961$74,9273Strand Releasing
35The Overnighters$4,211-49%6-11$702$83,5497Drafthouse Films
36Tracks (2014)$4,075-52%6-7$679$508,80610Weinstein Company
37The King and the Mockingbird$3,721--1--$3,721$3,7211Rialto Pictures
38To the Arctic 3D$3,1257%3-3$1,042$14,238,216136Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Watchers of the Sky$3,118--2--$1,559$19,0816Music Box Films
40Kill the Messenger$3,084-68%11-7$280$2,433,6097Focus
41The Blue Room$2,733-10%6-8$456$245,5098IFC Films
42The Sleepwalker$2,636--1--$2,636$2,6361IFC Films
43Under the Sea 3D$2,577-2%3-1$859$34,368,623302Warner Bros. / IMAX
4420,000 Days on Earth$1,45713%2-3$729$273,35910Drafthouse Films
45Hector and the Search for Happiness$1,366-46%8-9$171$941,38210Relativity Media
46V/H/S Viral$1,221--4--$305$1,2211Magnolia / Magnet
47The Green Prince$860-68%52$172$257,77911Music Box Films
48White Bird in a Blizzard$806-18%5-1$161$31,7145Magnolia Pictures
49I Am Eleven$72415%1-1$724$66,01411International Film Circuit
50Frank$665-44%40$166$641,47115Magnolia Pictures
51Through a Lens Darkly$526-74%10$526$58,55013First Run Features
52Why Don't You Play in Hell?$437-79%3-7$146$10,4373Drafthouse Films
53ABC's of Death 2$25767%21$129$7,0164Magnolia / Magnet
54Two-Bit Waltz$242--1--$242$6425Monterey Media
55Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$194-67%1-1$194$18,07811First Run Features
56Rhymes for Young Ghouls$50-46%10$50$1,3865Monterey Media