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, Jan. 15 - Sun, Jan. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Ride Along 2$35,243,095--3,175--$11,100$35,243,0951Universal
2The Revenant (2015)$31,796,633-20%3,559184$8,934$89,971,4024Fox
3Star Wars: The Force Awakens$26,342,117-38%3,822-312$6,892$852,274,9585Disney
413 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi$16,194,738--2,389--$6,779$16,194,7381Paramount
5Daddy's Home$9,548,275-36%3,322-161$2,874$129,504,3774Paramount
6Norm of the North$6,844,137--2,411--$2,839$6,844,1371Lionsgate
7The Forest$5,977,741-53%2,50958$2,383$21,311,3752Focus / Gramercy
8The Big Short$5,302,839-14%1,765-764$3,004$50,623,7216Paramount
10The Hateful Eight$3,568,832-44%2,385-553$1,496$47,717,3234Weinstein Company
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$2,931,390-49%2,221-751$1,320$79,644,4155Fox
13Concussion (2015)$947,443-69%1,041-1015$910$32,991,6734Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Met: Live in HD - Les PĂȘcheurs de Perles (2016)$2,200,000--900--$2,444$2,200,0001Fathom Events
2Brooklyn$1,792,59470%687393$2,609$24,742,20711Fox Searchlight
3Spotlight$1,650,13378%985617$1,675$30,623,29611Open Road
4Carol$1,458,049-2%790265$1,846$9,153,9039Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$1,132,136-46%797-430$1,420$279,311,0049Lionsgate
6Creed$1,114,581-26%878-123$1,269$107,279,1848Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Good Dinosaur$1,025,736-41%812-378$1,263$118,819,3498Disney
8Room (2015)$759,761556%293205$2,593$6,031,27114A24
9The Danish Girl$713,632-16%47962$1,490$8,758,2698Focus
10The Martian$453,07221%2754$1,648$227,126,11216Fox
11Point Break (2015)$432,900-80%504-1477$859$27,933,2014Warner Bros.
12Spectre$291,401-28%288-91$1,012$198,951,01411Sony / Columbia
13The Peanuts Movie$233,290-16%259-27$901$129,443,39711Fox
14Bridge of Spies$198,26192%17378$1,146$71,031,93714Disney / DreamWorks
15In the Heart of the Sea$187,2054%23614$793$24,452,2216Warner Bros.
16Hotel Transylvania 2$169,715-15%157-20$1,081$169,263,69717Sony / Columbia
17Goosebumps$117,598-18%125-39$941$79,724,34314Sony / Columbia
18Bajirao Mastani$103,405-58%3020$342$6,457,4325Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

2Detective Chinatown$280,281--33--$8,493$280,2811China Lion Film
3Wazir$258,425-56%95-16$2,720$973,6362Reliance Entertainment
4Youth (2015)$150,699-19%94-1$1,603$2,231,3067Fox Searchlight
5Son of Saul$121,643392%2117$5,793$342,5715Sony Pictures Classics
645 Years$96,25225%145$6,875$471,0344IFC Films / Sundance Selects
7Trumbo (2015)$86,101-25%66-24$1,305$7,341,60411Bleecker Street
8The Himalayas$69,200-62%19-17$3,642$587,5825CJ Entertainment
9The Lady in the Van$61,566--4--$15,392$109,2387Sony Pictures Classics
10Dictator$30,593--19--$1,610$92,7591Eros International
11Macbeth (2015)$29,784-17%19-3$1,568$1,026,7677Weinstein Company
12Mr. Six$29,624-77%11-21$2,693$1,395,5084China Lion Film
13Ho Mann Jahaan$21,198-57%230$922$180,3293Eros International
14Hubble 3D$19,6741%8-2$2,459$50,912,451305Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Dilwale$17,465-63%12-30$1,455$4,863,4795UTV Motion Pictures
16The 33$15,108-66%34-48$444$12,220,14410Warner Bros.
17Band of Robbers$14,827--11--$1,348$14,8271Gravitas Ventures
18Mojin: The Lost Legend$11,608-73%5-6$2,322$1,243,8105China Lion Film
19In the Shadow of Women$10,431--2--$5,216$10,4311Distrib Films
20Chimes at Midnight (2016 re-issue)$8,826-55%20$4,413$75,0723Janus Films
21Janis: Little Girl Blue$7,900-60%8-1$988$331,5218FilmRise
22Chi-Raq$7,721-24%173$454$2,634,2197Roadside / Amazon
23Truth (2015)$7,028152%147$502$2,529,03614Sony Pictures Classics
24Entertainment$6,68456%32$2,228$55,50610Magnolia Pictures
25Theeb$6,282180%82$785$178,50211Film Movement
26Devil and Angel$5,977-79%5-4$1,195$127,6913China Lion Film
27Only Yesterday (2016 re-issue)$5,446-32%10$5,446$44,1273GKIDS
28Labyrinth of Lies$5,21411%6-2$869$777,77716Sony Pictures Classics
29Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$4,345-75%12-27$362$81,696,69518Fox
30Grandma$4,150-71%13-25$319$6,956,83922Sony Pictures Classics
31Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art$3,403-37%3-1$1,134$13,8112First Run Features
32Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$3,270-41%31$1,090$55,65710Rialto Pictures
33Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,94924%62$492$10,488,11694Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Under the Sea 3D$2,90461%21$1,452$34,825,766362Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Heart of a Dog$2,658-30%40$665$335,78513Abramorama
36The Letters$2,586-48%50$517$1,644,7217Freestyle Releasing
37Flowers$2,443-36%4-1$611$59,47712Music Box Films
38Woodlawn$2,085-56%2-6$1,043$14,389,33114Pure Flix
39The Masked Saint$1,974-98%26-456$76$181,6092Freestyle Releasing
40Censored Voices$1,182-75%2-1$591$36,8739Music Box Films
41Journey to the South Pacific$1,1477%20$574$7,093,803112IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
42Born to Be Wild 3D$1,00747%41$252$24,465,823250Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Deep Sea 3D$73723%31$246$46,154,160516Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Burnt$552-65%41$138$13,601,43312Weinstein Company
45River of Fundament$518-4%10$518$15,5007International Film Circuit
46Yosemite$333-76%42$83$7,5863Monterey Media
47NOMA: My Perfect Storm$154-93%2-2$77$21,0185Magnolia Pictures
48The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun$8431%10$84$2,1295Magnolia Pictures