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. 28 - Sun, Nov. 30

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$56,972,599-53%4,1510$13,725$225,680,9042Lionsgate
2Penguins of Madagascar$25,447,444--3,764--$6,761$35,438,8471Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Big Hero 6$18,816,798-6%3,365-285$5,592$167,219,5584Disney
5Horrible Bosses 2$15,457,418--3,375--$4,580$22,771,2431Warner Bros. / New Line
6Dumb and Dumber To$8,358,620-41%3,130-58$2,670$72,237,6103Universal
7Gone Girl$2,465,434-13%1,174-435$2,100$160,745,3459Fox
8St. Vincent$1,704,700-24%1,251-456$1,363$39,260,0868Weinstein Company
9Beyond the Lights$1,570,656-40%1,187-579$1,323$12,731,3903Relativity Media
10Fury (2014)$1,545,038-20%1,059-661$1,459$81,894,0807Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Theory of Everything$5,011,146231%802662$6,248$9,530,2094Focus
2Birdman$1,874,3691%710-152$2,640$17,220,4267Fox Searchlight
3Nightcrawler$845,362-30%570-532$1,483$28,677,3085Open Road
4John Wick$560,885-36%488-484$1,149$41,605,1556Lionsgate / Summit
5The Equalizer$482,56073%436167$1,107$100,011,78010Sony / Columbia
6Guardians of the Galaxy$461,937-6%285-39$1,621$331,855,38118Disney
7The Judge (2014)$439,666-20%415-90$1,059$46,054,9598Warner Bros.
8Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$399,235-35%376-378$1,062$64,134,0718Disney
10Rosewater$346,043-39%216-155$1,602$2,632,9203Open Road
11The Maze Runner$337,03311%275-95$1,226$101,043,32611Fox
12The Boxtrolls$268,59596%26692$1,010$49,899,67610Focus
13Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas$253,384-61%277-114$915$2,465,3543IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14The Book of Life (2014)$243,497-36%279-159$873$48,366,9447Fox
16Dr. Cabbie$118,732--220--$540$1,931,3991Eros International
17The Best of Me$101,358-63%165-267$614$26,433,1617Relativity Media
18Annabelle$89,092-31%171-54$521$84,146,5519Warner Bros. / New Line
19Dolphin Tale 2$62,348-30%145-46$430$41,964,40712Warner Bros.
20Happy Ending$34,243-83%1290$265$295,5792Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Imitation Game$479,352--4--$119,838$479,3521Weinstein Company
2The Homesman$216,65756%5015$4,333$486,4903Roadside Attractions
3Force Majeure$97,026-12%57-7$1,702$722,6606Magnolia Pictures
4Dear White People$77,157-24%46-24$1,677$4,196,3217Roadside Attractions
5Women Who Flirt$74,052--26--$2,848$135,0021China Lion Film
6Jerusalem 3D$53,33087%191$2,807$6,146,90563National Geographic
8Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,6096%400$1,140$8,197,52535Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Left Behind (2014)$41,459209%6532$638$13,913,5609Freestyle Releasing
10Awake: The Life of Yogananda$34,856-1%6-8$5,809$687,1408CounterPoint Films
11Hubble 3D$32,91536%81$4,114$46,554,596246Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Antarctica: A Year on Ice$32,238--8--$4,030$32,2381Music Box Films
13The Babadook$30,007--3--$10,002$30,0071IFC Midnight
14How to Train Your Dragon 2$29,012-13%74-2$392$176,980,23125Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Good Lie$27,334-3%21-8$1,302$2,567,9229Warner Bros.
16Journey to the South Pacific$25,46554%12-1$2,122$5,075,05653IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
17The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$24,59424%20-2$1,230$481,3097GKIDS
18Addicted$24,261-59%43-70$564$17,382,9828Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
19My Old Lady$19,424-26%17-9$1,143$3,914,80512Cohen Media Group
20Boyhood$17,243-8%10-4$1,724$24,004,73221IFC Films
21Flamenco, Flamenco$16,800230%54$3,360$42,90620Dada Films
23The Hundred-Foot Journey$15,494-38%27-18$574$54,235,44117Disney / DreamWorks
24This Is Where I Leave You$14,814-59%35-40$423$34,290,14211Warner Bros.
25Let's Be Cops$11,672-63%23-34$507$82,382,69416Fox
26Diplomacy$11,287-25%90$1,254$164,8417Zeitgeist Films
27The Skeleton Twins$10,159-51%15-15$677$5,264,19212Roadside Attractions
28The Giver$8,531-61%26-20$328$45,083,26916Weinstein Company
29Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$6,408-36%15-12$427$208,543,79521Fox
30The Way He Looks$6,33232%72$905$84,5854Strand Releasing
31Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$6,310-63%6-6$1,052$278,2906PCH Films / Area23a
32Viva la Liberta$4,506--3--$1,502$15,2864Distrib Films
33The Overnighters$3,958-6%60$660$90,3698Drafthouse Films
34The King and the Mockingbird$3,653-2%10$3,653$9,5542Rialto Pictures
35To the Arctic 3D$3,2263%30$1,075$14,245,252137Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Happy Valley (2014)$3,151-65%40$788$15,5852Music Box Films
37Born to Be Wild 3D$3,138-41%143$224$23,851,979191Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Before I Disappear$2,676--1--$2,676$2,6761IFC Films
39Under the Sea 3D$2,323-10%2-1$1,162$34,371,100303Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Two Faces of January$1,874-73%12-8$156$495,18410Magnolia Pictures
41Keep On Keepin' On$1,699-75%4-4$425$151,97111RADiUS-TWC
42Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$1,579--2--$790$83,2537Rialto Pictures
43Once Upon a Time Veronica$1,184--1--$1,184$2,2167Big World Pictures
44V/H/S Viral$1,147-6%51$229$2,5672Magnolia / Magnet
45Aftermath (2014) 2$1,124--1--$1,124$1,1241Freestyle Releasing
46Kill the Messenger$970-69%8-3$121$2,436,1618Focus
47Frank$80521%2-2$403$642,85816Magnolia Pictures
48Two-Bit Waltz$753211%10$753$1,4946Monterey Media
49White Bird in a Blizzard$688-15%1-4$688$32,9176Magnolia Pictures
50Hector and the Search for Happiness$563-59%5-3$113$942,15111Relativity Media
51Wetlands$531--2--$266$59,43713Strand Releasing
52The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears$294--1--$294$7,18214Strand Releasing