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, Apr. 3 - Sun, Apr. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Furious 7$147,187,040--4,004--$36,760$147,187,0401Universal
2Home (2015)$27,011,303-48%3,80193$7,106$95,241,3972Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Get Hard$13,128,219-61%3,21237$4,087$57,215,6362Warner Bros.
4Cinderella (2015)$10,178,750-40%3,404-411$2,990$167,139,8684Disney
5The Divergent Series: Insurgent$10,126,715-53%3,442-433$2,942$103,511,5293Lionsgate / Summit
6It Follows$2,513,459-34%1,655437$1,519$8,589,1444RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
7Kingsman: The Secret Service$1,808,652-39%1,327-458$1,363$122,366,1828Fox
8Do You Believe?$1,544,423-33%1,218-138$1,268$9,855,2363Pure Flix
9The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,079,747-49%1,060-438$1,019$30,140,3295Fox Searchlight
10Run All Night$635,146-71%1,015-1362$626$25,298,2354Warner Bros.
11The Gunman$385,194-81%1,027-1789$375$10,089,6693Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Woman In Gold$2,091,551--258--$8,107$2,187,3021Weinstein Company
2American Sniper$628,060-28%623-347$1,008$346,386,48915Warner Bros.
3McFarland, USA$618,631-45%703-423$880$41,774,1297Disney
4Focus (2015)$448,150-65%625-635$717$52,824,7726Warner Bros.
5The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$253,506-59%482-872$526$160,839,1119Paramount
6Fifty Shades of Grey$245,890-56%381-173$645$165,463,1258Universal / Focus
7CHAPPiE$235,607-70%329-673$716$30,797,4025Sony / Columbia
8Paddington$188,833-31%340-114$555$75,023,93212Weinstein / Dimension
9What We Do in the Shadows$180,393-25%125-21$1,443$2,459,1438Unison / Paladin
10The Lazarus Effect$144,862-70%284-388$510$25,263,1966Relativity Media
11The Imitation Game$139,523-44%202-69$691$90,790,63019Weinstein Company
12Jupiter Ascending$135,349-30%222-29$610$46,924,1389Warner Bros.
13The DUFF$106,267-74%246-405$432$33,507,0827CBS Films / Lionsgate
14Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$89,878-26%160-24$562$113,302,75816Fox
15Big Hero 6$71,716-20%151-35$475$222,245,77022Disney
17The Wedding Ringer$49,714-45%107-54$465$64,460,21112Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1While We're Young$483,688112%3430$14,226$789,0412A24
2Danny Collins$347,81559%8354$4,191$735,3933Bleecker Street
3Detective Byomkesh Bakshy$338,637--82--$4,130$338,6371Yash Raj Films
4Let's Get Married$180,929--39--$4,639$180,9291China Lion Film
5David and Goliath$154,901--31--$4,997$154,9011Ripple Effect
6Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$101,84016%7140$1,434$289,9273Amplify
7'71$83,942-54%95-26$884$1,144,0716Roadside Attractions
8The Wrecking Crew$71,502-28%6511$1,100$440,7964Magnolia Pictures
9Seymour: An Introduction$66,177-19%4817$1,379$303,0174IFC Films
10Jerusalem 3D$53,9868%14-1$3,856$7,619,20081National Geographic
11Taken 3$53,334-42%91-41$586$89,058,44113Fox
12White God$52,290224%119$4,754$75,8572Magnolia Pictures
13Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$51,397-57%64-9$803$793,9498Music Box Films
14Hubble 3D$47,76911%100$4,777$48,162,869264Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,312-16%350$923$9,220,82353Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Unfinished Business$31,20419%76-27$411$10,188,4795Fox
17Into the Woods$30,597-58%80-50$382$127,955,03915Disney
18Journey to the South Pacific$26,12423%132$2,010$6,152,99271IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
19Penguins of Madagascar$24,184-33%64-14$378$83,259,87919Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20Serena$23,802-76%32-27$744$156,9282Magnolia Pictures
21Birdman$21,366-46%39-7$548$42,312,50025Fox Searchlight
22Merchants of Doubt$20,156--30--$672$192,3625Sony Pictures Classics
23The Hunting Ground$19,40684%2412$809$160,7026RADiUS-TWC
245 to 7$18,006--2--$9,003$18,0061IFC Films
25Red Army$17,953--47--$382$694,64711Sony Pictures Classics
26Wild (2014)$16,987-30%28-9$607$37,828,26618Fox Searchlight
27An Honest Liar$15,83332%155$1,056$124,2255Abramorama
28Strange Magic$15,793-35%46-16$343$12,406,09311Disney
29Man from Reno$14,948-1%73$2,135$35,7302First Pond Entertainment
30The Theory of Everything$14,082-30%20-19$704$35,868,93822Focus
31A Most Violent Year$10,717-19%11-7$974$5,707,40814A24
32Song of the Sea$9,455-20%21-7$450$816,18316GKIDS
33Black or White$8,447-57%21-24$402$21,420,38210Relativity Media
34NH10$8,294-70%400$207$319,4104Eros International
35Above and Beyond$7,460-51%4-4$1,865$256,87810International Film Circuit
36The Mafia Kills Only in Summer$6,615132%30$2,205$14,1095Distrib Films
37Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police$6,550--4--$1,638$13,6793Cinema Libre
38Butterfly Girl$5,697--2--$2,849$6,5626Indican Pictures
39Lost and Love$5,541-83%5-13$1,108$180,1213China Lion Film
40Under the Sea 3D$5,06974%2-2$2,535$34,493,098321Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Ballet 422$5,003-51%13-8$385$309,3009Magnolia Pictures
42Jauja$4,194-62%2-1$2,097$32,9223Cinema Guild
43Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$4,157--3--$1,386$52,52330First Run Features
45SBK The-Movie$2,650--6--$442$2,6501Hanover Multimedia
46She's Beautiful When She's Angry$2,397-56%9-3$266$330,03318International Film Circuit
47Human Capital$2,278-43%3-1$759$153,51012Film Movement
48Spring$2,014-69%4-9$504$43,2053Drafthouse / FilmBuff
49Girlhood (2015)$2,003120%53$401$52,69810Strand Releasing
50Zombeavers$1,929453%20$965$14,9473Freestyle Releasing
51Cupcakes$1,606-38%32$535$5,1832Strand Releasing
52The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$1,589121%10$1,589$68,9744Rialto Pictures
53Like Sunday, Like Rain$1,552-48%4-2$388$24,6785Monterey Media
54Ode to My Father$1,469-76%1-1$1,469$2,298,68615CJ Entertainment
55After the Ball$1,429-71%50$286$153,2966Freestyle Releasing
56Ida (2014)$1,428-44%40$357$3,822,78449Music Box Films
57Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal$1,061-63%10$1,061$162,9696Well Go USA
58Eastern Boys$808--1--$808$12,3826First Run Features
59Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks$778-54%10$778$105,20517Dada Films
60Born to Be Wild 3D$717-54%4-1$179$23,970,643209Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Amour Fou$334-59%10$334$10,9953Film Movement
62To the Arctic 3D$110--1--$110$14,314,808155Warner Bros. / IMAX
63The Living$74--1--$74$741Monterey Media
643 Nights in the Desert$58-91%2-1$29$1,2979Monterey Media