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, Mar. 10 - Sun, Mar. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Kong: Skull Island$61,025,472--3,846--$15,867$61,025,4721Warner Bros.
3Get Out$20,743,440-27%3,143205$6,600$110,725,2853Universal
4The Shack$10,007,551-38%2,8880$3,465$32,226,2422Lionsgate / Summit
5The LEGO Batman Movie$7,614,412-35%3,303-353$2,305$158,818,0725Warner Bros.
6Before I Fall$3,000,782-36%2,3460$1,279$8,929,5942Open Road
7Hidden Figures$2,761,002-28%1,421-161$1,943$162,861,18812Fox
8John Wick: Chapter 2$2,671,997-44%2,031-444$1,316$87,395,2085Lionsgate / Summit
9La La Land$1,773,669-41%1,578167$1,124$148,449,25814Lionsgate / Summit
10Fifty Shades Darker$1,652,095-54%1,498-707$1,103$112,945,3305Universal
11Fist Fight$1,303,187-54%1,285-1018$1,014$30,493,6834Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Great Wall$1,264,920-65%1,592-722$795$43,836,0054Universal
13A Dog's Purpose$1,095,500-38%1,022-472$1,072$61,795,5157Universal
14Rock Dog$1,031,963-55%1,376-701$750$8,247,5243Summit Premiere

Limited (100 — 999)

1Lion$1,324,172-38%960-300$1,379$48,647,61716Weinstein Company
3Moonlight (2016)$901,624-61%987-577$913$26,895,35121A24
4Badrinath Ki Dulhania$862,008--152--$5,671$862,0081FIP
5Table 19$841,403-47%8680$969$2,978,1032Fox Searchlight
6A United Kingdom$531,658-16%31746$1,677$2,611,9465Fox Searchlight
7Sing (2016)$443,16513%400117$1,108$268,744,86512Universal
9KEDi$317,28634%11459$2,783$1,002,8465Oscilloscope Laboratories
10I am Not Your Negro$302,129-37%197-38$1,534$6,076,4166Magnolia Pictures
11Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$209,647-6%1661$1,263$530,118,04713Disney
12The Salesman$168,062-33%105-10$1,601$2,048,0657Cohen Media Group
13Monster Trucks$157,442-20%181-6$870$33,243,8209Paramount
15Passengers$105,541-20%172-3$614$99,350,74512Sony / Columbia
16Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$100,034-22%188-4$532$233,818,59317Warner Bros.
17xXx: The Return of Xander Cage$96,204144%13967$692$44,850,3178Paramount
18Manchester By the Sea$67,374-74%113-274$596$47,532,13617Roadside / Amazon
19Resident Evil: The Final Chapter$46,210141%10262$453$26,763,8767Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1Why Him?$189,879-44%68-31$2,792$60,191,43812Fox
2The Last Word$81,854159%2521$3,274$121,5122Bleeker Street
3Personal Shopper$79,175--4--$19,794$79,1751IFC Films
4Paterson$64,1608%517$1,258$1,897,91711Bleecker Street
5Land of Mine$55,09847%4020$1,377$182,5345Sony Pictures Classics
6My Life As A Zucchini$54,8239%5223$1,054$183,4473GKIDS
7The Founder$49,242-28%57-21$864$12,573,7368Weinstein Company
8Bitter Harvest$43,552-58%32-52$1,361$501,2393Roadside Attractions
9The Women's Balcony$43,236160%119$3,931$66,4322Menemsha Films
10Trolls$42,01745%60-8$700$153,584,56919Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Rings (2017)$41,155-70%76-98$542$27,685,3846Paramount
12The Sense Of An Ending$39,692--4--$9,923$39,6921CBS Films
13Toni Erdmann$38,448-34%45-18$854$1,353,64012Sony Pictures Classics
14The Red Turtle$30,166-40%42-22$718$754,8288Sony Pictures Classics
15Neruda$29,62232%28-5$1,058$801,76913The Orchard
16Jackie$29,593-45%46-24$643$13,904,31715Fox Searchlight
17Everybody Loves Somebody$29,016-52%33-27$879$1,873,2534Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017$27,252-72%18-52$1,514$2,807,5175Magnolia
19Raw$24,825--2--$12,413$24,8251Focus World
2020th Century Women$23,3891%291$807$5,543,00511A24
21Julieta$21,60441%2813$772$1,398,31112Sony Pictures Classics
22The Eagle Huntress$19,74035%19-2$1,039$3,101,07119Sony Pictures Classics
23Doctor Strange$18,198-60%47-34$387$232,630,71819Disney
24Elle (2016)$16,365-11%16-11$1,023$2,299,43418Sony Pictures Classics
25Tim Timmerman, Hope of America$12,746-75%120$1,062$75,8902Purdie Distribution
26Under the Sea 3D$11,570153%71$1,653$35,255,634422Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$11,32065%84$1,415$139,9016Abramorama
28A Cure for Wellness$10,617-66%25-63$425$8,088,3564Fox
29Duckweed$7,519-37%3-2$2,506$462,2985China Lion Film
30To the Arctic 3D$5,77145%20$2,886$14,465,395256Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Donald Cried$4,865-39%42$1,216$16,0002The Orchard
32Born to Be Wild 3D$4,831-18%92$537$25,241,169310Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Confidential Assignment$3,452-57%2-2$1,726$472,7897CJ Entertainment
34Journey to the South Pacific$3,434640%31$1,145$7,205,331172IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
35The Lure$2,906-52%3-4$969$64,5026Janus
36Love & Taxes$2,79164%32$930$5,5212Abramorama
37Suntan$1,629--1--$1,629$1,6291Strand Releasing
38Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,528413%20$764$10,704,014154Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Tomorrow$1,480--1--$1,480$1,4801Under the Milky Way
40XX$1,395-68%5-7$279$30,0904Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
41Who's Crazy?$1,355--1--$1,355$1,3551Kino Lorber
42Lovesong$1,321-7%31$440$6,7004Strand Releasing
43Junction 48$1,210-78%20$605$9,0832The Orchard
44Keep Quiet$947--2--$474$43,7164Kino Lorber
45The Comedian$858-65%30$286$1,657,3926Sony Pictures Classics
46Fire At Sea$798--3--$266$114,04721
47The Daughter$708--1--$708$22,2237Kino Lorber
48Saigon Bodyguards$562-30%1-1$562$10,6606CJ Entertainment
49Deep Sea 3D$50052%10$500$46,236,970576Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Emily (2017)$477--1--$477$2,8827Hibernation
51The Son of Joseph$257--1--$257$19,3899Kino Lorber
52Staying Vertical$2240%10$224$10,3988Strand Releasing
53Mifune: The Last Samurai$150--1--$150$61,90116Strand
54Apprentice$125-82%10$125$1,1262Film Movement
55Pelle the Conqueror (2017 Re-release)$27-97%20$14$5,0033Film Movement