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. 2 - Sun, Dec. 4

Wide (1000+)

2Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$18,118,111-60%3,988-156$4,543$183,080,5143Warner Bros.
5Doctor Strange$6,684,552-51%2,935-73$2,278$215,507,7295Disney
6Trolls$4,688,393-56%3,156-166$1,486$141,459,8385Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Hacksaw Ridge$3,341,027-39%2,494162$1,340$57,205,9835Lionsgate
8Bad Santa 2$3,286,338-47%2,94525$1,116$14,287,3812Broad Green Pictures
9Incarnate$2,534,884--1,737--$1,459$2,534,8841High Top / BH Tilt
10Almost Christmas$2,532,050-56%1,556-213$1,627$38,179,2004Universal
11The Edge of Seventeen$1,608,183-46%1,608-337$1,000$12,716,6733STX Entertainment
12Rules Don't Apply$543,058-66%2,3864$228$3,310,713220th Century Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Manchester By the Sea$2,270,91185%156108$14,557$4,330,8543Roadside / Amazon
3Moonlight (2016)$845,817-31%574-44$1,474$9,826,1737A24
4The Accountant$748,652-28%60852$1,231$84,244,1228Warner Bros.
5Nocturnal Animals$700,187-16%1270$5,513$2,719,4753Focus
6Believe (2016)$477,387--638--$748$477,3871Freestyle Releasing
7Dear Zindagi$436,335-55%1562$2,797$2,097,9912Reliance Entertainment
8Bleed for This$295,675-68%649-900$456$4,847,8653Open Road
9Jack Reacher: Never Go Back$230,873-36%298-47$775$57,764,9777Paramount
10Storks$203,98748%26288$779$71,465,62911Warner Bros.
11Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$166,413-29%23318$714$86,379,83210Fox
12The Girl on the Train (2016)$131,235-40%177-10$741$75,085,3509Universal
13Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween$130,080-60%235-104$554$72,994,8347Lionsgate
14Sully$120,495-43%202-51$597$124,628,67213Warner Bros.
15The Secret Life of Pets$116,220-48%189-20$615$368,023,24522Universal
16Deepwater Horizon$111,913-40%166-21$674$61,284,94710Lionsgate / Summit
17Inferno$94,559-40%154-11$614$33,944,6356Sony / Columbia
18The Magnificent Seven (2016)$74,556-46%150-19$497$93,268,39711Sony / Columbia
19Shut In$62,292-72%121-156$515$6,800,5254EuropaCorp Films
20Chaar Sahibzaade 2 - Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur$23,504-52%1030$228$694,2804Eros Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1Kahaani 2$279,009--81--$3,445$279,0091Eros Entertainment
2Jackie$278,715--5--$55,743$278,7151Fox Searchlight
3The Eagle Huntress$204,776-22%8117$2,528$1,190,2905Sony Pictures Classics
4Lion$116,554-6%73$16,651$275,7022Weinstein Company
5Elle (2016)$83,010-29%32-4$2,594$537,8194Sony Pictures Classics
6A Man Called Ove$67,674-45%75-13$902$3,151,57210Music Box Films
7The Handmaiden$48,850-38%51-10$958$1,708,5857Magnolia Pictures
8Don't Breathe$48,810611%7964$618$89,135,36315Sony / TriStar
9Miss Sloane$44,853-25%41$11,213$123,8892EuropaCorp
10Keeping Up with the Joneses$43,543-28%91-19$478$14,811,9147Fox
11Sky On Fire$39,589--21--$1,885$39,5891Well Go USA
12Pete's Dragon (2016)$34,061-66%86-41$396$76,204,45417Disney
13Things To Come$31,936--3--$10,645$31,9361IFC Films
14Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk$28,560-86%75-1101$381$1,721,5244Sony / TriStar
15I Am Not Madame Bovary$24,041-65%9-18$2,671$409,7993Well Go USA Entertainment
16Denial$17,820-15%312$575$4,046,62010Bleeker Street
17Seasons$17,008-37%207$850$58,1452Music Box Films
18Harry & Snowman$15,80616%7-5$2,258$525,05810FilmRise
19Queen of Katwe$11,878-55%27-3$440$8,765,43611Disney
20Christine (2016)$11,12939%285$397$286,3978The Orchard
21The Eyes Of My Mother$8,908--5--$1,782$8,9081Magnet Releasing
22Tampopo$8,54695%41$2,137$126,4797Janus Films
23Finding Dory$8,411-81%34-44$247$486,292,98425Disney
24The Love Witch$8,303-57%8-7$1,038$125,0714Oscilloscope Pictures
25Gimme Danger$8,066-47%17-1$474$417,8006Magnolia Pictures / Amazon Studios
26Certain Women$7,859-46%16-9$491$1,051,9568
27Anonymous (2016)$6,716--13--$517$6,7161Archstone Distribution
28The Dressmaker$6,455-53%16-4$403$2,007,98011Broad Green Pictures
29Mifune: The Last Samurai$6,34248%32$2,114$12,7472Strand
30Always Shine$6,15746%1312$474$11,8912Oscilloscope
31The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years$5,769-50%5-2$1,154$2,896,21412Abramorama
32Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$4,531--2--$2,266$167,60119Kino Lorber
33Evolution$3,801-47%52$760$15,6192IFC Midnight
34King Cobra$2,709104%53$542$73,4507IFC Films
35Tower (2016)$2,680923%21$1,340$94,3298Kino Lorber
36Being 17$1,844--3--$615$49,4789Strand Releasing
37The Wanderers (2016 Re-Release)$1,840223%31$613$11,8274Kino Lorber
38Hubble 3D$1,807-47%41$452$51,748,311351Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Born to Be Wild 3D$1,734-56%71$248$25,102,586296Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Old Stone$1,676--1--$1,676$3,0191Zeitgeist Films
41Best and Most Beautiful Things$1,591--2--$796$1,5911First Run Features
42Closet Monster$1,584--1--$1,584$41,86611Strand Releasing
43Under the Sea 3D$1,253271%30$418$35,111,090408Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Priceless (2016)$1,199--4--$300$1,497,2458Roadside Attractions
45Train To Busan$1,114--1--$1,114$2,125,78620 Inc. Well Go USA
46Ixcanul$1,08933%10$1,089$290,88016Kino Lorber
47Spa Night$1,044--1--$1,044$38,57816Strand Releasing
48Peter And The Farm$981143%51$196$15,4045Magnolia Pictures
49We Are X$928-8%20$464$45,0287Drafthouse Films
50American Honey$914-41%30$305$662,78610A24
51Don't Call Me Son$789--2--$395$11,6785Zeitgeist Films
52The Battle Of Algiers (50th Anniversary)$72531%1-1$725$55,1029Rialto
53Cameraperson$564-51%1-1$564$101,07413Janus Films
54As I Open My Eyes$547--1--$547$30,92413Kino Lorber
55Made In France$504--2--$252$9,62111Distrib Films Under the Milky Way
56The Greasy Strangler$441--1--$441$43,5809FilmRise
57Fire At Sea$4381%32$146$62,0297
58Mr. Donkey$437-81%10$437$356,0236China Lion
59Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$430--3--$143$10,683,695140Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Greater$260--1--$260$1,990,08515Hammond Entertainment
62National Bird$223-43%10$223$9,1014FilmRise
63Kiki, Love to Love$170-91%1-1$170$11,1504Strand Releasing
64The Hollars$143-91%1-6$143$1,016,87215Sony Pictures Classics