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. 24 - Sun, Mar. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Beauty and the Beast$90,426,717-48%4,2100$21,479$319,032,6042Disney
2Power Rangers$40,300,288--3,693--$10,913$40,300,2881Lionsgate
3Kong: Skull Island$14,670,653-47%3,666-180$4,002$133,747,8913Warner Bros.
4Life (2017)$12,501,936--3,146--$3,974$12,501,9361Sony / Columbia
6Get Out$8,851,845-34%2,474-505$3,578$147,669,8805Universal
7CHiPs$7,258,248--2,464--$2,946$7,258,2481Warner Bros.
8The Shack$3,859,551-36%2,330-495$1,656$49,146,5954Lionsgate / Summit
9The LEGO Batman Movie$2,100,951-54%1,638-1097$1,283$170,972,2037Warner Bros.
10The Belko Experiment$1,878,370-55%1,3410$1,401$7,648,9352BH Tilt

Limited (100 — 999)

1Hidden Figures$753,140-49%640-522$1,177$167,015,01214Fox
2The Last Word$535,939171%380286$1,410$988,6634Bleeker Street
3John Wick: Chapter 2$457,414-61%403-662$1,135$90,851,4217Lionsgate / Summit
4Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$446,992-11%26788$1,674$531,314,49115Disney
5Passengers$397,472581%506416$786$99,886,69214Sony / Columbia
6Lion$394,481-46%320-301$1,233$50,736,32118Weinstein Company
7Wilson$336,227--310--$1,085$336,2271Fox Searchlight
8The Sense Of An Ending$276,816-42%235-47$1,178$1,031,0403CBS Films
9A Dog's Purpose$258,310-46%299-295$864$63,397,5409Universal
10Personal Shopper$214,65541%10772$2,006$543,4003IFC Films
11Sing (2016)$209,575-35%228-50$919$269,687,88514Universal
13KEDi$207,513-28%107-23$1,939$1,762,1387Oscilloscope Laboratories
14Before I Fall$198,518-80%351-1200$566$11,906,3084Open Road
15La La Land$195,343-63%212-373$921$150,229,03016Lionsgate / Summit
17A United Kingdom$187,253-38%159-98$1,178$3,521,4257Fox Searchlight
18Fifty Shades Darker$131,960-71%189-418$698$114,376,8857Universal
19Fist Fight$95,560-79%153-380$625$31,857,4106Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Great Wall$95,135-68%158-281$602$45,009,4156Universal
22Rock Dog$60,968-76%122-322$500$9,235,3125Summit Premiere
23The Red Turtle$32,390129%127105$255$828,16510Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1T2: Trainspotting$389,535128%5954$6,602$622,8094Sony
3Badrinath Ki Dulhania$139,808-67%93-63$1,503$1,888,3663FIP
4Song To Song$136,747170%8076$1,709$136,7472Broad Green Pictures
5I am Not Your Negro$117,504-32%80-30$1,469$6,640,3378Magnolia Pictures
6Raw$77,03059%2718$2,853$189,7393Focus World
7Moonlight (2016)$72,602-70%62-221$1,171$27,685,07123A24
8Frantz$47,570154%108$4,757$79,8112Music Box Films
9The Salesman$46,905-52%35-40$1,340$2,295,9899Cohen Media Group
10Paterson$46,834-3%36-3$1,301$2,053,62113Bleecker Street
11The Women's Balcony$34,120-20%15-2$2,275$194,4964Menemsha Films
12Land of Mine$34,017-10%26-12$1,308$298,3067Sony Pictures Classics
13Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$32,784-59%88-65$373$234,018,65719Warner Bros.
14The Founder$29,902-37%57-45$525$12,710,44410Weinstein Company
15Resident Evil: The Final Chapter$26,30748%17-28$1,547$26,844,6929Sony / Screen Gems
16After the Storm$23,500-16%104$2,350$72,6922Film Movement
17Neruda$20,5551%19-3$1,082$866,62515The Orchard
18Table 19$17,124-86%33-176$519$3,591,0474Fox Searchlight
19My Life As A Zucchini$15,895-46%34-4$468$262,5825GKIDS
2020th Century Women$14,742-34%14-19$1,053$5,613,68913A24
21I Called Him Morgan$14,154--1--$14,154$14,1541Submarine Deluxe
22Manchester By the Sea$13,085-54%23-24$569$47,660,57919Roadside / Amazon
23Toni Erdmann$11,104-35%16-5$694$1,408,49314Sony Pictures Classics
24Trolls$9,674-57%21-48$461$153,694,57421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25The Eagle Huntress$9,309-6%120$776$3,128,76121Sony Pictures Classics
26The Lure$7,253102%40$1,813$83,3758Janus
27Julieta$6,851-32%12-5$571$1,443,27614Sony Pictures Classics
28A Woman, A Part$5,869--1--$5,869$10,8751Strand Releasing
29Under the Sea 3D$5,497-59%61$916$35,302,505424Warner Bros. / IMAX
30To the Arctic 3D$5,45616%21$2,728$14,483,011258Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Bluebeard$5,347--6--$891$39,7452Well Go USA
32Elle (2016)$5,244-53%6-5$874$2,325,00920Sony Pictures Classics
33Donald Cried$5,032-60%9-8$559$43,0424The Orchard
34Jackie$3,996-68%14-11$285$13,949,93517Fox Searchlight
35The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017$3,974-23%6-1$662$2,833,4417Magnolia
36The Daughter$3,543850%20$1,772$26,3769Kino Lorber
37Keep Quiet$3,143--2--$1,572$48,9666Kino Lorber
38Love & Taxes$2,789-44%2-2$1,395$22,7754Abramorama
39Born to Be Wild 3D$2,440-12%81$305$25,255,862312Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,909-27%2-1$955$10,708,550156Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$1,750-61%4-1$438$159,5118Abramorama
42The Son of Joseph$1,504-33%1-2$1,504$24,70511Kino Lorber
43Suntan$1,367219%10$1,367$5,0833Strand Releasing
44Bitter Harvest$1,344-91%5-15$269$555,5185Roadside Attractions
45My Scientology Movie$1,296-10%51$259$18,5744Magnolia Pictures
46Contemporary Color$1,134-63%2-3$567$11,6554Oscilloscope Laboratories
47Journey to the South Pacific$1,069-35%2-1$535$7,216,687174IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
48Hubble 3D$76433%2-3$382$51,810,398367Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Sophie and the Rising Sun$754--2--$377$29,05910Monterey Media
50Tim Timmerman, Hope of America$628-78%2-5$314$87,1904Purdie Distribution
51Lovesong$482--3--$161$8,1576Strand Releasing
52Pelle the Conqueror (2017 Re-release)$353-64%1-1$353$8,7185Film Movement
53Staying Vertical$249-26%10$249$11,12410Strand Releasing
54The Levelling$160--1--$160$1601Monterey Media
55Apprentice$52-51%1-1$52$1,6784Film Movement