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. 10 - Sun, Feb. 12

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Batman Movie$53,003,468--4,088--$12,966$53,003,4681Warner Bros.
2Fifty Shades Darker$46,607,250--3,710--$12,563$46,607,2501Universal
3John Wick: Chapter 2$30,436,123--3,113--$9,777$30,436,1231Lionsgate / Summit
5Hidden Figures$8,002,670-21%2,667-734$3,001$131,454,9208Fox
6A Dog's Purpose$7,271,430-31%3,025-153$2,404$42,501,1053Universal
7Rings (2017)$5,649,575-57%2,9310$1,928$21,321,8612Paramount
8La La Land$4,943,811-33%2,065-1171$2,394$125,954,15610Lionsgate / Summit
9Lion$3,950,6105%1,337-68$2,955$30,236,33212Weinstein Company
10Sing (2016)$1,703,625-58%1,479-814$1,152$265,408,6208Universal
11The Space Between Us$1,686,364-55%2,758-54$611$6,511,5222STX Entertainment
12xXx: The Return of Xander Cage$1,514,592-61%1,178-1300$1,286$43,126,6404Paramount
13Resident Evil: The Final Chapter$1,386,438-71%1,213-1891$1,143$25,251,8683Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$1,495,988-49%929-684$1,610$527,162,9569Disney
2I am Not Your Negro$820,83120%11572$7,138$1,839,8712Magnolia Pictures
3Jolly LLB 2$774,355--173--$4,476$774,3551FIP
5The Founder$723,998-50%454-482$1,595$11,205,2434Weinstein Company
7Manchester By the Sea$702,254-47%454-520$1,547$45,083,30713Roadside / Amazon
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017$692,399--206--$3,361$692,3991Magnolia
9Monster Trucks$634,345-71%842-1059$753$32,210,2725Paramount
10Moonlight (2016)$528,772-47%351-491$1,506$20,362,53117A24
11Sleepless$461,502-48%385-287$1,199$20,090,2525Open Road
13Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$351,163106%277110$1,268$232,803,73413Warner Bros.
14Patriots Day$344,675-69%346-657$996$30,965,0408CBS Films / Lionsgate
15Passengers$236,196-73%215-889$1,099$97,986,7618Sony / Columbia
16The Comedian$202,398-77%612-236$331$1,469,9452Sony Pictures Classics
1720th Century Women$192,870-52%127-126$1,519$5,076,3367A24
18Jackie$192,745-48%149-178$1,294$13,252,10811Fox Searchlight
19Doctor Strange$186,539-21%171-19$1,091$232,185,34515Disney
20Trolls$162,298-28%186-33$873$153,244,70815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Un Padre No Tan Padre$152,702-66%117-195$1,305$1,939,9253Lionsgate / Pantelion Films.
22Gold (2017)$141,980-90%215-1951$660$7,015,0533The Weinstein Company / Dimension
23Why Him?$108,580-39%147-97$739$59,237,8688Fox
24Hacksaw Ridge$100,852-58%127-190$794$66,571,01615Lionsgate
25Assassin's Creed$92,692-30%145-42$639$54,488,4248Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Salesman$242,2522%6517$3,727$705,2393Cohen Media Group
2Paterson$175,3311%7012$2,505$1,285,4127Bleecker Street
3Duckweed$160,739--27--$5,953$160,7391China Lion Film
4Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back$126,558-73%670$1,889$731,6072Sony Pictures
5Toni Erdmann$119,60025%4925$2,441$676,2168Sony Pictures Classics
6Confidential Assignment$95,10847%135$7,316$236,3223CJ Entertainment
7Julieta$91,622-27%635$1,454$1,166,7088Sony Pictures Classics
8The Red Turtle$68,699-1%298$2,369$332,2934Sony Pictures Classics
9A United Kingdom$66,510--4--$16,628$66,5101Fox Searchlight
11Elle (2016)$62,386-24%57-47$1,094$2,033,08514Sony Pictures Classics
12The Bye Bye Man$50,557-77%62-343$815$22,377,4585STX Entertainment
13Neruda$43,920-24%42-4$1,046$601,6099The Orchard
14KEDi$40,103--1--$40,103$40,1031Oscilloscope Laboratories
15Underworld: Blood Wars$33,765-76%62-117$545$30,161,2246Sony / Screen Gems
16Kung Fu Yoga$30,246-65%15-12$2,016$305,1953Well Go USA
17The Eagle Huntress$28,249-35%34-14$831$2,983,50515Sony Pictures Classics
18Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$24,097-5%64$4,016$71,1972Abramorama
19Land of Mine$13,754--3--$4,585$13,7541Sony Pictures Classics
20The Lure$5,856-21%32$1,952$21,4002Janus
21Live By Night$5,004-57%12-23$417$10,338,5078Warner Bros.
22The Handmaiden$3,809-34%5-2$762$2,000,71017Magnolia Pictures
23Saving Banksy$3,700-50%3-3$1,233$41,2005Parade Deck Films
24Worlds Apart$3,196-45%10$3,196$59,1365Cinema Libre Studio
25Saigon Bodyguards$3,18341%21$1,592$6,3332CJ Entertainment
26Alone in Berlin$2,30775%4-1$577$33,1255IFC Films
27Speed Sisters$2,015--2--$1,008$2,7533First Run Features
28Things To Come$1,804-83%9-10$200$388,14011IFC Films
29Buddies in India$1,007-96%2-23$504$292,6623China Lion Entertainment
30Tampopo$741-92%10$741$224,09717Janus Films
31Ocean Waves$512-91%4-2$128$78,2167GKIDS
32Sophie and the Rising Sun$495-91%2-3$248$16,8474Monterey Media
33Panique (2017 Restoration)$451-67%10$451$31,2134Rialto Pictures
34We Are the Flesh$260-51%1-1$260$8,1105Cartilage Films
35Forest for the Trees (2017 re-release)$25929%10$259$1,0615Film Movement
36The Ardennes$40-67%10$40$5,4436Film Movement
37Trespass Against Us$37-78%1-1$37$5,6704A24