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, Apr. 14 - Sun, Apr. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Fate of the Furious$98,786,705--4,310--$22,920$98,786,7051Universal
2The Boss Baby$16,012,349-39%3,743-86$4,278$116,793,5793Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Beauty and the Beast$13,705,122-42%3,592-377$3,815$454,720,8735Disney
4Smurfs: The Lost Village$6,714,300-49%3,6100$1,860$24,945,0592Sony / Columbia
5Going in Style$6,288,402-47%3,07615$2,044$23,318,8802Warner Bros. / New Line
6Gifted$3,079,308590%1,1461090$2,687$4,449,3302Fox Searchlight
7Get Out$2,985,945-26%1,424-150$2,097$167,615,9608Universal
8Power Rangers$2,814,175-55%2,171-807$1,296$80,527,9234Lionsgate
9The Case For Christ$2,758,271-30%1,386212$1,990$8,485,9752Pure Flix
10Kong: Skull Island$2,707,371-51%2,018-735$1,342$161,284,7756Warner Bros.
11Ghost in the Shell$2,463,906-66%2,135-1305$1,154$37,087,1893Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Zookeeper's Wife$2,023,845-25%1,057251$1,915$10,626,8003Focus Features
14The Shack$654,814-40%1,048-60$625$56,078,8747Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Your Name.$733,722-60%292-19$2,513$3,369,7792FUNimation Entertainment
2Life (2017)$632,193-73%605-1183$1,045$28,591,6494Sony / Columbia
3The LEGO Batman Movie$376,6811%344-1$1,095$173,818,34910Warner Bros.
5CHiPs$269,123-80%393-958$685$17,907,5064Warner Bros.
6T2: Trainspotting$234,714-12%331172$709$1,979,4887Sony
7Tommy's Honour$209,190--167--$1,253$209,1901Roadside Attractions
8John Wick: Chapter 2$164,0606%20846$789$55,588,12010Lionsgate / Summit
9Hidden Figures$155,018-42%194-94$799$168,557,51517Fox
10Frantz$138,311-6%10624$1,305$572,9695Music Box Films
11Spark: A Space Tail$116,873--365--$320$116,8731Open Road Films
12La La Land$105,008-35%219-5$479$150,885,84619Lionsgate / Summit
13A Dog's Purpose$93,325-29%149-26$626$64,014,90012Universal
14Lion$82,212-47%147-56$559$51,521,43821Weinstein Company
15Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$66,864-56%121-56$553$532,069,81118Disney
16Sing (2016)$61,755-40%132-47$468$270,229,08517Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

2Their Finest$346,779355%5248$6,669$460,5692EuropaCorp/STXfilms
3The Lost City of Z$110,175--4--$27,544$110,1751Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
4Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$99,211--5--$19,842$99,2111Sony Pictures Classics
5KEDi$88,016-23%87-11$1,012$2,359,85710Oscilloscope Laboratories
6Personal Shopper$72,343-47%85-56$851$1,152,5556IFC Films
7The Belko Experiment$71,870-65%88-98$817$9,584,7655BH Tilt
8The Void$50,026--31--$1,614$117,9792Cartilage Films
9A Quiet Passion$45,825--6--$7,638$45,8251Music Box Films
10The Devotion of Suspect X$41,687-72%21-25$1,985$659,8753China Lion Films
11The Last Word$33,423-67%36-84$928$1,717,8447Bleeker Street
13I am Not Your Negro$31,532-45%27-16$1,168$6,963,13511Magnolia Pictures
15Cezanne and I$29,12810%226$1,324$92,5443Magnolia Pictures
16After the Storm$25,477-30%383$670$201,7135Film Movement
17Raw$23,175-56%32-13$724$456,7596Focus World
18Before I Fall$22,917-65%70-198$327$12,193,1827Open Road
19A United Kingdom$18,975-55%31-26$612$3,822,67310Fox Searchlight
20Graduation$17,98174%75$2,569$38,6342IFC Films / Sundance Selects
21Land of Mine$16,976-18%26-10$653$400,65510Sony Pictures Classics
22Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$16,626--1--$16,626$16,6261Abramorama
23David Lynch: The Art Life$14,86351%74$2,123$50,8763Janus
24My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea$13,684--3--$4,561$13,6841GKIDS
25The Prison$11,117-69%2-13$5,559$188,8493Well Go USA
26Moonlight (2016)$9,509-51%12-16$792$27,829,49326A24
27Song To Song$9,289-71%15-29$619$421,8565Broad Green Pictures
28Neruda$8,525-17%142$609$924,73418The Orchard
29The Red Turtle$8,2470%153$550$882,52113Sony Pictures Classics
30The Women's Balcony$5,682-56%5-6$1,136$262,6897Menemsha Films
31Passengers$5,527-85%4-28$1,382$100,014,09217Sony / Columbia
32Toni Erdmann$4,748-51%6-9$791$1,459,66917Sony Pictures Classics
33Julieta$4,510-54%6-9$752$1,477,42517Sony Pictures Classics
34My Life As A Zucchini$4,381-28%17-1$258$301,1028GKIDS
35All These Sleepless Nights$4,118-9%52$824$11,1532The Orchard
36The Eagle Huntress$3,994-55%7-4$571$3,162,15324Sony Pictures Classics
37Glory$3,716--2--$1,858$4,9501Film Movement
38A Woman, A Part$3,672864%21$1,836$20,5344Strand Releasing
39Alive and Kicking$3,386-72%5-6$677$23,6492Magnolia Pictures
40To the Arctic 3D$3,028-6%20$1,514$14,502,962261Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Under the Sea 3D$2,700-27%5-1$540$35,344,097427Warner Bros. / IMAX
4220th Century Women$2,674-65%7-5$382$5,652,65616A24
43The Founder$2,618-66%10-15$262$12,780,71413Weinstein Company
44Finding Oscar$2,365--1--$2,365$2,3651FilmRise
45Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past$2,160--1--$2,160$14,28514First Run Features
46Wilson$1,778-86%8-20$222$652,9974Fox Searchlight
47Tim Timmerman, Hope of America$1,702-67%1-1$1,702$96,4407Purdie Distribution
48SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock$1,608-76%1-1$1,608$11,6992Magnolia Pictures
49Seven Beauties (1975)$1,536--1--$1,536$1,5361Kino Lorber
50Donald Cried$1,332-74%93$148$58,5667The Orchard
51The Transfiguration$1,323-71%10$1,323$7,7432Strand Releasing
52Born to Be Wild 3D$1,299-73%9-2$144$25,285,934315Warner Bros. / IMAX
53The Lure$1,07919%10$1,079$92,03311Janus
54Swept Away (1974)$1,011--1--$1,011$1,0111Kino Lorber
55Jackie$825-55%3-1$275$13,958,67920Fox Searchlight
56Manchester By the Sea$717-86%2-5$359$47,692,95522Roadside / Amazon
57Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$65492%10$654$172,60811Abramorama
58Tomorrow$589--3--$196$8,3776Under the Milky Way
59Contemporary Color$507-54%1-1$507$14,8427Oscilloscope Laboratories
60Lovesong$487306%10$487$9,5269Strand Releasing
61Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$351--2--$176$10,715,384159Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Journey to the South Pacific$19635%21$98$7,228,158177IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
63Apprentice$84--1--$84$2,5787Film Movement