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, Feb. 5 - Sun, Feb. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Kung Fu Panda 3$21,242,181-49%3,98732$5,328$69,293,1382Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Hail, Caesar!$11,355,225--2,232--$5,087$11,355,2251Universal
3Star Wars: The Force Awakens$6,973,316-37%2,262-294$3,083$906,044,7858Disney
4The Revenant (2015)$6,939,795-46%3,018-312$2,299$149,543,1987Fox
5The Choice$6,050,443--2,631--$2,300$6,050,4431Lionsgate
6Pride and Prejudice and Zombies$5,324,240--2,931--$1,817$5,324,2401Sony / Screen Gems
7The Finest Hours$4,826,239-53%3,1430$1,536$18,491,8992Disney
8Ride Along 2$4,560,715-46%2,172-240$2,100$77,247,5454Universal
9The Boy$4,083,822-46%2,214-457$1,845$26,881,5063STX Entertainment
10Dirty Grandpa$4,040,023-47%2,567-345$1,574$29,379,7763Lionsgate
11The 5th Wave$3,773,788-47%2,346-562$1,609$25,738,9883Sony / Columbia
1213 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi$2,850,304-55%2,059-744$1,384$47,742,8964Paramount
13Fifty Shades of Black$2,080,924-65%2,0750$1,003$9,371,5442Open Road
14Daddy's Home$1,477,840-52%1,018-700$1,452$145,237,7967Paramount
15Jane Got a Gun$137,523-84%1,031-179$133$1,397,2842Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Big Short$1,710,205-44%860-123$1,989$63,660,6819Paramount
2Brooklyn$1,179,319-33%703-45$1,678$32,380,26214Fox Searchlight
3Spotlight$835,514-30%668-47$1,251$36,104,34814Open Road
4Room (2015)$731,117-41%631-164$1,159$11,201,50017A24
545 Years$475,9080%15461$3,090$1,986,8207IFC Films / Sundance Selects
6The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films$427,455-24%17047$2,514$1,213,8542ShortsHD
7The Hateful Eight$343,989-52%373-132$922$53,007,8307Weinstein Company
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$295,929-36%300-153$986$83,650,8608Fox
9Ip Man 3$275,786-48%108-7$2,554$2,126,5113Well Go USA
12Carol$222,152-49%236-77$941$11,816,00812Weinstein Company
13Creed$211,265-25%242-6$873$108,988,79611Warner Bros. / New Line
14Norm of the North$189,228-81%338-1168$560$16,326,9524Lionsgate
15The Good Dinosaur$186,350-37%194-91$961$120,669,65311Disney
16The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$162,227-40%208-46$780$280,976,00012Lionsgate
18The Danish Girl$139,426-46%155-69$900$10,613,78511Focus
19The Forest$130,770-70%162-370$807$26,190,2645Focus / Gramercy
20The Martian$113,717-46%173-57$657$228,120,05619Fox
21Point Break (2015)$100,170-34%166-6$603$28,617,2827Warner Bros.
22Concussion (2015)$90,283-44%116-42$778$34,255,1697Sony / Columbia
23Bridge of Spies$87,572-56%139-79$630$72,051,54817Disney / DreamWorks
24In the Heart of the Sea$69,802-31%131-24$533$24,985,6129Warner Bros.
25Spectre$67,322-49%115-80$585$199,591,46614Sony / Columbia
26The Peanuts Movie$65,679-40%145-34$453$129,984,19314Fox
27Regression$33,915--100--$339$33,9151Weinstein / Dimension
28Bajirao Mastani$4,009-51%3020$13$6,557,0478Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Lady in the Van$353,22718%8232$4,308$1,217,44910Sony Pictures Classics
2The Monkey King 2 in 3D$166,391--38--$4,379$166,3911China Lion Film
3Son of Saul$90,059-45%54-1$1,668$874,2008Sony Pictures Classics
4Goosebumps$40,082-43%70-18$573$80,021,74017Sony / Columbia
5Trumbo (2015)$38,908-51%61-17$638$7,707,29414Bleecker Street
6Hotel Transylvania 2$38,062-45%92-17$414$169,611,75220Sony / Columbia
7Mustang$34,521-22%30-2$1,151$574,18312Cohen Media Group
8Hubble 3D$29,45043%94$3,272$51,055,668308Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Youth (2015)$26,839-55%41-3$655$2,577,09410Fox Searchlight
10Sanam Teri Kasam$22,121--32--$691$22,1211Eros International
11Boy and the World$13,90450%194$732$69,1249GKIDS
12Rams$13,289--3--$4,430$16,0141Cohen Media Group
13Eisenstein in Guanajuato$9,823--4--$2,456$9,8231Strand Releasing
14I Knew Her Well (2016 re-issue)$9,312--1--$9,312$9,3121Janus Films
15Macbeth (2015)$8,685-20%10-3$869$1,092,12210Weinstein Company
16Janis: Little Girl Blue$7,88799%41$1,972$368,69211FilmRise
17Tumbledown$7,331--2--$3,666$7,3311Starz Digital
18Lazer Team$6,981-94%10-25$698$1,149,8782Rooster Teeth
19Aferim!$6,607-66%3-3$2,202$60,5193Big World Pictures
20The Club$6,514--2--$3,257$6,5141Music Box Films
21Heart of a Dog$5,482172%4-1$1,371$373,60716Abramorama
22Theeb$4,139-47%9-6$460$230,47814Film Movement
23Under the Sea 3D$3,725-6%21$1,863$34,838,635365Warner Bros. / IMAX
24The Himalayas$3,696-74%2-3$1,848$696,7178CJ Entertainment
25Rabin, The Last Day$3,569-55%21$1,785$15,1052Kino Lorber
26Caged No More$3,513-63%1-13$3,513$114,9033Freestyle Releasing
27Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$3,29916%73$471$10,503,66497Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Ho Mann Jahaan$3,202-32%230$139$208,6116Eros International
29River of Fundament$2,67810%21$1,339$20,70310International Film Circuit
30Chimes at Midnight (2016 re-issue)$2,529-64%2-2$1,265$98,0146Janus Films
31Mastizaade$2,233-93%460$49$43,4032Eros International
32Born to Be Wild 3D$2,183-4%52$437$24,491,026253Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Burnt$1,811-77%13-14$139$13,650,73815Weinstein Company
34Labyrinth of Lies$1,566-45%62$261$788,65419Sony Pictures Classics
35Hitchcock/Truffaut$1,543-66%50$309$251,24910Cohen Media Group
36Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art$1,280-34%2-1$640$24,9245First Run Features
37Truth (2015)$1,214-61%2-2$607$2,541,55417Sony Pictures Classics
38To the Arctic 3D$1,032--1--$1,032$14,409,331199Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One$906--2--$453$11,09810Kino Lorber
40Grandma$824-82%6-13$137$6,975,27225Sony Pictures Classics
41Wazir$817-90%3-9$272$1,123,7485Reliance Entertainment
42In the Shadow of Women$811-88%2-1$406$33,3914Distrib Films
43Journey to the South Pacific$775-77%41$194$7,109,358115IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
44Woodlawn$578-64%20$289$14,393,86217Pure Flix
45Sembene!$519-94%10$519$22,12413Kino Lorber
47Deep Sea 3D$278-48%1-2$278$46,157,607519Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Jafar Panahi's Taxi$166-96%1-1$166$308,18119Kino Lorber
49Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One$142--1--$142$5,4429Kino Lorber
50Yosemite$29-12%10$29$12,1536Monterey Media