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, Dec. 5 - Sun, Dec. 7

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$22,026,762-61%4,054-97$5,433$258,153,5933Lionsgate
2Penguins of Madagascar$10,907,030-57%3,77511$2,889$49,397,5662Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Horrible Bosses 2$8,421,307-46%3,40025$2,477$35,896,0732Warner Bros. / New Line
4Big Hero 6$8,042,918-57%3,168-197$2,539$177,461,1575Disney
6Dumb and Dumber To$4,278,350-49%3,088-42$1,385$78,190,0854Universal
7Gone Girl$1,473,516-40%1,20531$1,223$162,834,54210Fox
8Nightcrawler$1,069,09426%1,269699$842$30,014,4816Open Road
9St. Vincent$1,068,829-37%1,432181$746$40,749,9059Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Theory of Everything$2,645,428-47%82624$3,203$13,590,8625Focus
2The Pyramid$1,369,935--589--$2,326$1,369,9351Fox
3Birdman$1,150,315-39%73828$1,559$18,919,8108Fox Searchlight
4Fury (2014)$911,696-41%952-107$958$83,275,9698Sony / Columbia
5Beyond the Lights$723,845-54%827-360$875$13,815,3824Relativity Media
6The Homesman$485,470124%154104$3,152$1,050,7354Roadside Attractions
7John Wick$315,128-44%407-81$774$42,101,6517Lionsgate / Summit
8The Equalizer$307,143-36%357-79$860$100,454,73811Sony / Columbia
9Guardians of the Galaxy$266,761-42%276-9$967$332,226,14519Disney
10The Judge (2014)$261,104-41%398-17$656$46,473,1139Warner Bros.
11The Maze Runner$233,342-31%2750$849$101,357,15612Fox
13Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$192,264-52%329-47$584$64,382,3269Disney
14Rosewater$172,784-50%202-14$855$2,906,4924Open Road
15Action Jackson (2014)$171,795--125--$1,374$171,7951Eros International
16The Book of Life (2014)$143,282-41%245-34$585$48,548,6458Fox
17The Boxtrolls$141,044-47%244-22$578$50,088,92811Focus
19Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas$128,388-49%29417$437$2,649,5134IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20The Best of Me$56,449-44%123-42$459$26,521,0728Relativity Media
21Annabelle$50,112-44%149-22$336$84,220,23610Warner Bros. / New Line
22Dolphin Tale 2$25,363-59%112-33$226$42,000,07213Warner Bros.
23Dr. Cabbie$8,738-93%2200$40$1,986,2092Eros International
24Happy Ending$6,259-82%1290$49$311,7293Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Wild (2014)$606,810--21--$28,896$654,0581Fox Searchlight
2The Imitation Game$389,260-19%84$48,658$1,000,4592Weinstein Company
3Hector and the Search for Happiness$158,73628095%5752$2,785$1,100,99112Relativity Media
4Force Majeure$81,610-16%6811$1,200$841,2017Magnolia Pictures
5The Babadook$78,102160%2320$3,396$123,9262IFC Midnight
6Women Who Flirt$75,1632%271$2,784$261,6022China Lion Film
7Left Behind (2014)$64,67456%672$965$13,998,28210Freestyle Releasing
8Dear White People$53,639-30%43-3$1,247$4,277,5448Roadside Attractions
9The One I Wrote For You$48,643--49--$993$48,6431Abramorama
10Awake: The Life of Yogananda$37,2497%71$5,321$860,1339CounterPoint Films
11Antarctica: A Year on Ice$31,172-3%135$2,398$75,2402Music Box Films
13Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,740-33%400$769$8,247,85836Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Good Lie$30,14810%298$1,040$2,607,84310Warner Bros.
15Hubble 3D$27,792-16%102$2,779$46,607,110247Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$22,692260%104$2,269$311,1837PCH Films / Area23a
17The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$18,256-26%15-5$1,217$506,9768GKIDS
18Diplomacy$15,47037%101$1,547$184,1138Zeitgeist Films
19My Old Lady$14,285-26%192$752$3,941,34413Cohen Media Group
20Journey to the South Pacific$14,178-44%142$1,013$5,101,31254IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
21How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,262-54%46-28$288$176,997,10726Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22She's Beautiful When She's Angry$10,505--1--$10,505$16,5891International Film Circuit
23Zero Motivation$9,427--1--$9,427$13,1441Zeitgeist Films
24The Passionate Thief (2014 re-issue)$8,677--1--$8,677$8,6771Rialto Pictures
25Kill the Messenger$8,343760%2719$309$2,445,6469Focus
26Viva la Liberta$7,10258%107$710$24,5215Distrib Films
27Flamenco, Flamenco$7,058-58%3-2$2,353$57,34721Dada Films
28Keep On Keepin' On$6,400277%62$1,067$159,36912RADiUS-TWC
29The Skeleton Twins$5,189-49%9-6$577$5,273,92013Roadside Attractions
30The Giver$3,586-58%15-11$239$45,089,04817Weinstein Company
31Let's Be Cops$3,419-71%10-13$342$82,389,56017Fox
32To the Arctic 3D$2,844-12%2-1$1,422$14,248,890138Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Life Partners$2,665--3--$888$2,6651Magnolia Pictures
34Happy Valley (2014)$2,397-24%40$599$20,0933Music Box Films
35The Way He Looks$2,068-67%5-2$414$89,1545Strand Releasing
36Under the Sea 3D$2,012-13%20$1,006$34,373,592304Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Pioneer$1,857--2--$929$1,8571Magnolia Pictures
38Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$1,7179%31$572$85,3408Rialto Pictures
39Born to Be Wild 3D$1,692-46%12-2$141$23,858,962192Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Frank$1,628102%20$814$644,90617Magnolia Pictures
41I Am Eleven$1,453--2--$727$68,69313International Film Circuit
42Why Don't You Play in Hell?$1,435--3--$478$13,4465Drafthouse Films
43Aftermath (2014) 2$1,41526%10$1,415$2,9552Freestyle Releasing
44The Two Faces of January$1,040-45%6-6$173$497,01511Magnolia Pictures
45The Overnighters$1,026-74%5-1$205$94,0809Drafthouse Films
46White Bird in a Blizzard$490-29%32$163$33,5187Magnolia Pictures
47Through a Lens Darkly$278--1--$278$60,05515First Run Features