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. 25 - Sun, Dec. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Star Wars: The Force Awakens$149,202,860-40%4,1340$36,092$540,058,9142Disney
2Daddy's Home$38,740,203--3,271--$11,844$38,740,2031Paramount
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$13,143,329-8%3,70552$3,547$39,848,9822Fox
6The Big Short$10,531,0262684%1,5851577$6,644$16,022,4743Paramount
7Concussion (2015)$10,513,749--2,841--$3,701$10,513,7491Sony / Columbia
8Point Break (2015)$9,800,252--2,910--$3,368$9,800,2521Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$5,277,828-7%1,813-840$2,911$264,540,6856Lionsgate
10Creed$4,386,198-13%1,518-915$2,889$96,081,7655Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Good Dinosaur$3,783,746-13%2,134-621$1,773$105,350,9335Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Hateful Eight$4,610,676--100--$46,107$4,610,6761Weinstein Company
2The Danish Girl$1,536,275181%440359$3,492$3,236,3675Focus
3Bajirao Mastani$1,331,388-24%302-2$4,409$4,300,6772Eros International
4Carol$1,093,571373%180164$6,075$2,877,8826Weinstein Company
5Spotlight$1,083,976-24%480-345$2,258$24,899,0598Open Road
6Brooklyn$1,070,674-9%300-314$3,569$18,407,5898Fox Searchlight
7In the Heart of the Sea$965,800-72%685-2418$1,410$22,283,2303Warner Bros.
8Dilwale$915,795-52%227-38$4,034$3,962,5232UTV Motion Pictures
9Spectre$887,122-38%372-853$2,385$196,268,6678Sony / Columbia
10The Martian$487,4448%279-214$1,747$224,853,51913Fox
11The Peanuts Movie$449,944-16%359-412$1,253$127,586,7888Fox
12Youth (2015)$346,87744%14988$2,328$1,002,5254Fox Searchlight
13The Night Before$224,565-81%214-1021$1,049$42,760,3716Sony / Columbia
14Hotel Transylvania 2$195,470-1%200-30$977$168,200,71714Sony / Columbia
15Trumbo (2015)$177,977-57%119-154$1,496$6,702,1028Bleecker Street
16Goosebumps$166,276-12%191-71$871$78,928,72411Sony / Columbia
17Love the Coopers$148,734-50%245-348$607$25,943,3447CBS Films / Lionsgate
18Bridge of Spies$148,410-35%126-132$1,178$70,286,58911Disney / DreamWorks
19The Intern$103,988-21%151-81$689$75,469,60914Warner Bros.
20Room (2015)$88,481-51%100-71$885$4,758,42211A24
21The 33$54,168198%11156$488$12,004,5597Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Revenant (2015)$474,560--4--$118,640$474,5601Fox
2Mr. Six$332,117--30--$11,071$420,2701China Lion Film
3Mojin: The Lost Legend$250,600-10%275$9,281$816,9742China Lion Film
445 Years$65,775--3--$21,925$90,3571IFC Films / Sundance Selects
5Sicario (2015)$53,781-40%72-62$747$46,731,85015Lionsgate
6Macbeth (2015)$45,169-66%30-67$1,506$806,4324Weinstein Company
7The Himalayas$40,585203%30$13,528$74,9972CJ Entertainment
8Chi-Raq$36,830-69%20-56$1,842$2,543,4954Roadside / Amazon
9Son of Saul$34,060-10%41$8,515$97,9442Sony Pictures Classics
10Secret in Their Eyes$32,462-76%72-151$451$20,040,3266STX Entertainment
11Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$27,918-39%59-51$473$81,603,71615Fox
12Legend (2015)$23,780-82%19-66$1,252$1,834,3346Universal
13Mustang$19,17485%118$1,743$142,2046Cohen Media Group
14Pan (2015)$18,320-63%56-97$327$35,032,72712Warner Bros.
15The Last Witch Hunter$16,538-58%30-64$551$27,356,09010Lionsgate / Summit
16Janis: Little Girl Blue$14,376-40%12-8$1,198$230,0035FilmRise
17Hitchcock/Truffaut$12,544-52%12-11$1,045$190,7864Cohen Media Group
19Heart of a Dog$9,254-20%130$712$310,13110Abramorama
20Hubble 3D$7,512-73%5-3$1,502$50,805,246302Warner Bros. / IMAX
21NOMA: My Perfect Storm$5,65689%51$1,131$12,7262Magnolia Pictures
22Labyrinth of Lies$5,456-19%4-2$1,364$757,36713Sony Pictures Classics
23Woodlawn$3,551-73%8-39$444$14,370,65011Pure Flix
24Under the Sea 3D$3,53542%2-6$1,768$34,799,177359Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Letters$2,562-72%7-9$366$1,623,1194Freestyle Releasing
26Grandma$2,011-34%7-3$287$6,921,06819Sony Pictures Classics
27Truth (2015)$1,754-79%5-5$351$2,514,20111Sony Pictures Classics
28Victor Frankenstein$1,672-88%10-32$167$5,773,5195Fox
29Journey to the South Pacific$1,190-7%3-2$397$7,086,786109IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
30Born to Be Wild 3D$1,149--2--$575$24,452,115247Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Theeb$901-92%4-10$225$159,4668Film Movement
32The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun$688132%20$344$1,0862Magnolia Pictures
33Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$579-51%3-3$193$10,468,94091Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Burnt$407-88%3-7$136$13,594,1609Weinstein Company
35Entertainment$104-98%1-2$104$39,8007Magnolia Pictures
36The World of Kanako$55-82%10$55$12,7724Drafthouse Films