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. 17 - Sun, Mar. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Beauty and the Beast$174,750,616--4,210--$41,508$174,750,6161Disney
2Kong: Skull Island$27,832,142-54%3,8460$7,237$109,107,4362Warner Bros.
4Get Out$13,437,220-35%2,979-164$4,511$133,305,3654Universal
5The Shack$6,005,739-40%2,825-63$2,126$42,490,3693Lionsgate / Summit
6The LEGO Batman Movie$4,602,235-40%2,735-568$1,683$167,325,5876Warner Bros.
7The Belko Experiment$4,137,230--1,341--$3,085$4,137,2301BH Tilt
8Hidden Figures$1,475,280-47%1,162-259$1,270$165,534,34913Fox
9John Wick: Chapter 2$1,183,506-56%1,065-966$1,111$89,774,3106Lionsgate / Summit
10Before I Fall$985,631-67%1,551-795$635$11,246,3083Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Lion$734,336-45%621-339$1,183$50,000,95017Weinstein Company
2La La Land$531,568-70%585-993$909$149,765,75215Lionsgate / Summit
4Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$502,905140%17913$2,810$530,748,43714Disney
5The Sense Of An Ending$480,4061110%282278$1,704$533,0032CBS Films
6A Dog's Purpose$477,890-56%594-428$805$62,932,9208Universal
7Fist Fight$460,166-65%533-752$863$31,537,9145Warner Bros. / New Line
8Fifty Shades Darker$453,590-73%607-891$747$114,030,0756Universal
9Badrinath Ki Dulhania$418,202-51%1564$2,681$1,584,7112FIP
11Sing (2016)$321,415-27%278-122$1,156$269,359,76513Universal
12A United Kingdom$303,959-43%257-60$1,183$3,162,2126Fox Searchlight
13The Great Wall$300,055-76%439-1153$683$44,757,6955Universal
14KEDi$287,008-10%13016$2,208$1,420,4586Oscilloscope Laboratories
15Rock Dog$249,490-76%444-932$562$9,090,8434Summit Premiere
16Moonlight (2016)$243,174-73%283-704$859$27,495,64522A24
17I am Not Your Negro$172,611-43%110-87$1,569$6,421,3437Magnolia Pictures
18Table 19$125,045-85%209-659$598$3,500,2013Fox Searchlight
19Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$80,027-20%153-35$523$233,948,96818Warner Bros.
20Rings (2017)$62,02851%11640$535$27,766,7167Paramount
21The Founder$47,120-4%10245$462$12,651,4249Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Last Word$197,797142%9469$2,104$353,7523Bleeker Street
2T2: Trainspotting$170,575--5--$34,115$170,5753Sony
3Personal Shopper$152,47893%3531$4,357$263,8832IFC Films
4The Salesman$96,769-42%75-30$1,290$2,207,4948Cohen Media Group
6Passengers$58,334-45%90-82$648$99,466,84513Sony / Columbia
7Song To Song$50,559--4--$12,640$50,5591Broad Green Pictures
8Raw$48,46895%97$5,385$83,6302Focus World
9Paterson$48,184-25%39-12$1,235$1,981,25312Bleecker Street
10Why Him?$43,350-77%16-52$2,709$60,312,92513Fox
11The Women's Balcony$42,390-2%176$2,494$138,1093Menemsha Films
12Land of Mine$37,935-31%38-2$998$241,8766Sony Pictures Classics
13My Life As A Zucchini$29,309-47%38-14$771$232,2774GKIDS
14Manchester By the Sea$28,596-58%47-66$608$47,621,45018Roadside / Amazon
15After the Storm$27,880--6--$4,647$27,8801Film Movement
1620th Century Women$22,430-4%334$680$5,580,13812A24
17Trolls$22,292-47%699$323$153,671,94020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Neruda$20,357-31%22-6$925$835,26314The Orchard
19Frantz$18,745--2--$9,373$22,9401Music Box Films
20Resident Evil: The Final Chapter$17,765-62%45-57$395$26,809,3158Sony / Screen Gems
21Toni Erdmann$17,002-56%21-24$810$1,388,80513Sony Pictures Classics
22Everybody Loves Somebody$16,572-43%352$473$1,906,2945Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Bitter Harvest$14,946-66%20-12$747$542,5594Roadside Attractions
24The Red Turtle$14,156-53%22-20$643$788,3969Sony Pictures Classics
25Under the Sea 3D$13,42216%5-2$2,684$35,284,544423Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Donald Cried$12,650160%1713$744$31,2603The Orchard
27Jackie$12,560-58%25-21$502$13,935,86116Fox Searchlight
28Elle (2016)$11,115-32%11-5$1,010$2,314,09519Sony Pictures Classics
29Julieta$10,037-54%17-11$590$1,418,47713Sony Pictures Classics
30The Eagle Huntress$9,886-50%12-7$824$3,113,88020Sony Pictures Classics
31A Cure for Wellness$8,721-18%20-5$436$8,103,1395Fox
32Taipei Story$7,333--1--$7,333$7,3331Janus Films
33The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017$5,149-81%7-11$736$2,824,6616Magnolia
34Love & Taxes$4,97778%41$1,244$11,4033Abramorama
35To the Arctic 3D$4,701-19%1-1$4,701$14,473,873257Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$4,543-60%5-3$909$151,7767Abramorama
37The Lure$3,59624%41$899$71,5547Janus
38Contemporary Color$3,060--5--$612$9,4553Oscilloscope Laboratories
39Tim Timmerman, Hope of America$2,918-77%7-5$417$84,1403Purdie Distribution
40Born to Be Wild 3D$2,780-42%7-2$397$25,250,365311Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,62772%31$876$10,706,641155Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Son of Joseph$2,244773%32$748$21,70310Kino Lorber
43Duckweed$2,166-71%2-1$1,083$469,7066China Lion Film
44Journey to the South Pacific$1,650-52%30$550$7,209,802173IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
45Remember the Goal$1,579--1--$1,579$113,99430Five & Two Pictures
46Confidential Assignment$1,546-55%1-1$1,546$475,6188CJ Entertainment
47My Scientology Movie$1,433--4--$358$16,2883Magnolia Pictures
48Panique (2017 Restoration)$1,050--2--$525$33,5079Rialto Pictures
49Pelle the Conqueror (2017 Re-release)$9743507%20$487$6,6624Film Movement
50The Comedian$636-26%1-2$636$1,658,7067Sony Pictures Classics
51Hubble 3D$573--5--$115$51,806,692366Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Suntan$429-74%10$429$3,1972Strand Releasing
53The Daughter$373-47%21$187$22,5968Kino Lorber
54Fire At Sea$346-57%1-2$346$114,53522
55Staying Vertical$33851%10$338$10,8759Strand Releasing
56XX$336-76%3-2$112$30,6115Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
57Saigon Bodyguards$296-47%10$296$11,3147CJ Entertainment
58Emily (2017)$239-50%10$239$3,3108Hibernation
59Apprentice$107-14%21$54$1,5883Film Movement