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. 17 - Sun, Feb. 19

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Batman Movie$32,655,114-38%4,0880$7,988$97,221,4282Warner Bros.
2Fifty Shades Darker$20,276,260-56%3,7144$5,459$88,972,7152Universal
3The Great Wall$18,469,620--3,325--$5,555$18,469,6201Universal
4John Wick: Chapter 2$16,216,961-47%3,1130$5,209$58,409,0442Lionsgate / Summit
5Fist Fight$12,201,873--3,185--$3,831$12,201,8731Warner Bros. / New Line
6Hidden Figures$7,218,957-10%2,217-450$3,256$142,710,7879Fox
8A Dog's Purpose$5,713,775-21%2,400-625$2,381$50,829,2854Universal
9La La Land$4,590,758-7%1,587-478$2,893$133,594,82411Lionsgate / Summit
10A Cure for Wellness$4,356,941--2,704--$1,611$4,356,9411Fox
11Lion$4,203,5296%1,542205$2,726$36,459,01213Weinstein Company
12Rings (2017)$2,348,423-58%1,560-1371$1,505$25,771,6413Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

2I am Not Your Negro$1,012,40823%259144$3,909$3,246,8303Magnolia Pictures
3Everybody Loves Somebody$924,201--333--$2,775$924,2011Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$791,308-47%435-494$1,819$528,602,77610Disney
6George Takei's Allegiance On Broadway (Fathom)$784,850--476--$1,649$784,8501Fathom Events
7Sing (2016)$739,395-57%561-918$1,318$266,670,5009Universal
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017$640,818-7%27064$2,373$1,681,0652Magnolia
9Moonlight (2016)$540,9292%455104$1,189$21,164,32318A24
10Manchester By the Sea$525,747-25%393-61$1,338$45,987,08414Roadside / Amazon
11xXx: The Return of Xander Cage$433,412-71%435-743$996$44,301,7585Paramount
12The Founder$412,293-43%253-201$1,630$11,950,8775Weinstein Company
13Passengers$395,98468%658443$602$98,517,7249Sony / Columbia
14Resident Evil: The Final Chapter$389,724-72%508-705$767$26,396,6074Sony / Screen Gems
15Jolly LLB 2$365,409-53%166-7$2,201$1,429,6352FIP
17Patriots Day$281,897-18%257-89$1,097$31,409,3509CBS Films / Lionsgate
18The Space Between Us$280,404-83%317-2441$885$7,607,0213STX Entertainment
19Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$270,275-23%235-42$1,150$233,198,01314Warner Bros.
20Toni Erdmann$200,39468%10253$1,965$935,6899Sony Pictures Classics
21Monster Trucks$191,546-70%230-612$833$32,591,4136Paramount
22Sleepless$180,748-61%152-233$1,189$20,543,9476Open Road
23Jackie$154,908-20%130-19$1,192$13,505,03112Fox Searchlight
2420th Century Women$138,147-28%115-12$1,201$5,301,9058A24
25Doctor Strange$124,514-33%136-35$916$232,382,90516Disney
26Trolls$88,069-46%130-56$677$153,374,09216Fox / DreamWorks Animation
27Why Him?$72,647-33%123-24$591$59,363,0749Fox
28Underworld: Blood Wars$69,816107%10644$659$30,248,2357Sony / Screen Gems
29Gold (2017)$51,091-64%107-108$477$7,149,9704The Weinstein Company / Dimension
30Assassin's Creed$47,368-49%103-42$460$54,576,7809Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Salesman$353,66546%9429$3,762$1,164,7484Cohen Media Group
2A United Kingdom$267,179302%4541$5,937$357,3212Fox Searchlight
3Paterson$155,681-11%64-6$2,433$1,530,0228Bleecker Street
4Hacksaw Ridge$139,93239%87-40$1,608$66,758,63516Lionsgate
5Duckweed$101,408-37%303$3,380$338,3212China Lion Film
6KEDi$79,92399%76$11,418$144,3822Oscilloscope Laboratories
7The Red Turtle$64,406-6%367$1,789$433,5615Sony Pictures Classics
9Julieta$53,005-42%31-32$1,710$1,265,2039Sony Pictures Classics
10Elle (2016)$52,627-16%43-14$1,224$2,112,53515Sony Pictures Classics
11Neruda$46,2955%442$1,052$673,94910The Orchard
12Un Padre No Tan Padre$46,079-70%36-81$1,280$2,049,6644Lionsgate / Pantelion Films.
13Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back$29,029-77%14-53$2,074$839,9523Sony Pictures
14The Comedian$27,726-86%41-571$676$1,621,3473Sony Pictures Classics
15The Eagle Huntress$24,687-13%28-6$882$3,027,84416Sony Pictures Classics
16Land of Mine$13,7570%52$2,751$43,3502Sony Pictures Classics
17Kung Fu Yoga$13,183-56%5-10$2,637$353,8514Well Go USA
18The Lure$9,09755%41$2,274$34,6813Janus
19Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$8,425-65%3-3$2,808$96,4433Abramorama
20Under the Sea 3D$6,231-35%4-5$1,558$35,212,178419Warner Bros. / IMAX
21XX$6,222--7--$889$6,2221Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,528-27%100$553$25,203,897307Warner Bros. / IMAX
23From Nowhere$5,408--2--$2,704$5,4081FilmRise
24Sophie and the Rising Sun$5,278966%42$1,320$22,1255Monterey Media
25The Handmaiden$2,536-33%2-3$1,268$2,004,91918Magnolia Pictures
26Live By Night$2,077-58%5-7$415$10,343,9409Warner Bros.
27Hubble 3D$1,942--5--$388$51,793,811362Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Lovesong$1,718--1--$1,718$1,7181Strand Releasing
29Ocean Waves$1,680228%95$187$81,2588GKIDS
30Harry & Snowman$699--1--$699$560,27021FilmRise
31We Are the Flesh$32826%10$328$8,4386Cartilage Films
32The Ardennes$6563%10$65$5,5587Film Movement