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. 22 - Sun, Jan. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Revenant (2015)$16,009,718-50%3,711152$4,314$119,202,2405Fox
2Star Wars: The Force Awakens$14,078,648-47%3,365-457$4,184$879,110,9946Disney
3Ride Along 2$12,456,050-65%3,19217$3,902$58,606,0902Universal
4Dirty Grandpa$11,111,875--2,912--$3,816$11,111,8751Lionsgate
5The Boy$10,778,392--2,671--$4,035$10,778,3921STX Entertainment
6The 5th Wave$10,326,356--2,908--$3,551$10,326,3561Sony / Columbia
713 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi$9,030,400-44%2,917528$3,096$32,763,8292Paramount
8Daddy's Home$4,940,848-48%2,789-533$1,772$138,451,1135Paramount
9Norm of the North$3,828,087-44%2,4110$1,588$14,024,2902Lionsgate
10The Big Short$3,176,529-40%1,351-414$2,351$56,390,3707Paramount
12The Forest$1,675,558-72%2,010-499$834$24,982,9753Focus / Gramercy
13The Hateful Eight$1,365,069-62%1,277-1108$1,069$50,975,7445Weinstein Company
14Spotlight$1,273,626-23%1,03045$1,237$32,902,97112Open Road
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$1,105,310-62%1,204-1017$918$82,521,0266Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Brooklyn$1,720,675-4%962275$1,789$27,584,99612Fox Searchlight
2Room (2015)$1,335,56376%862569$1,549$7,864,35715A24
4Ip Man 3$784,839--103--$7,620$784,8391Well Go USA
5Carol$644,746-56%692-98$932$10,579,77710Weinstein Company
6The Danish Girl$526,374-26%794315$663$9,719,7519Focus
7The Good Dinosaur$503,394-51%467-345$1,078$119,987,7999Disney
8The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$477,383-58%516-281$925$280,302,45710Lionsgate
9Creed$430,391-61%558-320$771$108,240,1509Warner Bros. / New Line
11Bridge of Spies$341,41572%523350$653$71,496,45915Disney / DreamWorks
12The Martian$281,167-38%2761$1,019$227,616,58117Fox
13Concussion (2015)$258,401-73%315-726$820$33,806,2105Sony / Columbia
14Spectre$170,228-42%217-71$784$199,270,55512Sony / Columbia
15The Peanuts Movie$151,058-35%220-39$687$129,739,75812Fox
16In the Heart of the Sea$136,023-27%202-34$673$24,701,7807Warner Bros.
17Hotel Transylvania 2$113,423-33%139-18$816$169,464,71918Sony / Columbia
18Point Break (2015)$95,267-78%138-366$690$28,263,5545Warner Bros.
19Trumbo (2015)$94,52510%13670$695$7,489,03412Bleecker Street
20Goosebumps$91,788-22%106-19$866$79,877,44915Sony / Columbia
21Caged No More$69,372--116--$598$69,3721Freestyle Releasing
22Bajirao Mastani$28,394-73%3020$94$6,529,7906Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Lady in the Van$175,280185%3026$5,843$317,7098Sony Pictures Classics
245 Years$159,85166%3925$4,099$680,2605IFC Films / Sundance Selects
3Son of Saul$91,715-25%3413$2,698$498,2396Sony Pictures Classics
4Youth (2015)$81,846-46%76-18$1,077$2,404,1308Fox Searchlight
5Detective Chinatown$70,211-75%352$2,006$435,7182China Lion Film
6Wazir$57,856-78%35-60$1,653$1,099,0503Reliance Entertainment
7Mustang$50,524--54--$936$438,07610Cohen Media Group
8The Himalayas$24,099-65%9-10$2,678$655,5846CJ Entertainment
9Burnt$21,7203835%6157$356$13,625,29113Weinstein Company
10Hubble 3D$21,3138%6-2$3,552$50,962,475306Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Monster Hunt$21,074--39--$540$21,0741FilmRise
12Aferim!$15,892--5--$3,178$15,8921Big World Pictures
13Boy and the World$13,232--17--$778$31,5437GKIDS
14Heart of a Dog$12,505370%73$1,786$351,34914Abramorama
15Theeb$10,37665%1810$576$200,85612Film Movement
16Ho Mann Jahaan$6,966-67%230$303$196,3364Eros International
17Pierrot le Fou (2015 re-issue)$6,816--1--$6,816$22,7316Rialto Pictures
18Macbeth (2015)$6,554-78%12-7$546$1,057,4008Weinstein Company
19Janis: Little Girl Blue$5,915-25%6-2$986$343,4059FilmRise
20Mr. Six$4,882-84%2-9$2,441$1,413,0545China Lion Film
21Grandma$4,70713%229$214$6,963,49723Sony Pictures Classics
22Chi-Raq$4,250-45%9-8$472$2,647,3788Roadside / Amazon
23Journey to the South Pacific$4,224268%31$1,408$7,102,104113IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
24Hitchcock/Truffaut$3,467--6--$578$243,1878Cohen Media Group
25Under the Sea 3D$3,45119%20$1,726$34,829,438363Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$3,0122%60$502$10,493,96595Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Synchronicity$2,859--5--$572$2,8591Magnolia / Magnet
29Born to Be Wild 3D$2,824180%51$565$24,482,747251Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Truth (2015)$2,345-67%9-5$261$2,534,91215Sony Pictures Classics
31Yosemite$2,177554%3-1$726$10,1534Monterey Media
32Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$1,970-40%30$657$59,57311Rialto Pictures
33Only Yesterday (2016 re-issue)$1,433-74%10$1,433$51,0334GKIDS
34Labyrinth of Lies$1,194-77%60$199$782,40717Sony Pictures Classics
35To the Arctic 3D$1,152--2--$576$14,408,017197Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art$1,081-68%30$360$19,0433First Run Features
37Woodlawn$1,043-50%42$261$14,391,19815Pure Flix
38The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes & the Course of Country Music$863--1--$863$18,3896Argot Pictures
39Dictator$836-97%190$44$104,3322Eros International
40The Letters$259-90%2-3$130$1,646,5748Freestyle Releasing
41Deep Sea 3D$26-96%1-2$26$46,154,771517Warner Bros. / IMAX