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, Jan. 19 - Sun, Jan. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$19,505,170-31%3,704-145$5,266$316,450,3185Sony / Columbia
212 Strong$15,815,025--3,002--$5,268$15,815,0251Warner Bros.
3Den of Thieves$15,206,108--2,432--$6,253$15,206,1081STX Entertainment
4The Post$11,716,960-39%2,85132$4,110$44,758,362520th Century Fox
5The Greatest Showman$10,644,824-15%2,823-115$3,771$113,125,4315Fox
6Paddington 2$8,009,129-27%3,7020$2,163$24,810,3622Warner Bros.
7The Commuter$6,603,842-52%2,8920$2,283$25,627,3712Lionsgate
8Star Wars: The Last Jedi$6,555,435-45%2,456-634$2,669$604,273,9116Disney
9Insidious: The Last Key$5,874,055-53%2,546-604$2,307$58,658,3203Universal
10Forever My Girl$4,245,630--1,114--$3,811$4,245,6301Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
11Proud Mary$3,568,996-64%2,1250$1,680$16,850,6002Sony / Screen Gems
12Pitch Perfect 3$3,022,185-50%1,772-733$1,706$100,535,2305Universal
13Darkest Hour$2,729,810-39%1,341-352$2,036$40,792,9879Focus Features
15Molly's Game$1,622,177-58%1,091-617$1,487$24,280,6864STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1Phantom Thread$3,246,720183%896834$3,624$6,059,4494Focus Features
2I, Tonya$2,859,938-15%799282$3,579$14,508,6557Neon
3The Shape of Water$2,186,311-23%853130$2,563$30,195,3588Fox Searchlight
4Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$1,917,162-24%954-68$2,010$31,994,51915Fox Searchlight
6Mary and The Witch's Flower$1,515,939--161--$9,416$1,515,9391GKIDS
7Call Me by Your Name$1,437,889102%815641$1,764$9,135,2649Sony Pictures Classics
8Lady Bird$1,194,401-32%67523$1,769$39,053,63612A24
9Wonder (2017)$536,824-56%496-474$1,082$129,891,52510Lionsgate
10All the Money in the World$377,888-69%374-1034$1,010$24,106,9794Sony / TriStar
11Thor: Ragnarok$234,516-37%184-58$1,275$313,433,04712Disney
12Daddy's Home 2$210,6756%183-18$1,151$103,543,45511Paramount
13Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$181,210-30%202-70$897$102,303,32111Fox
14The Disaster Artist$174,999-62%147-224$1,190$20,726,0348New Line / A24
15Justice League$126,109-51%151-115$835$227,702,17910Warner Bros.
16Condorito: La Pelicula$76,014-69%134-19$567$400,4602Lionsgate / Pantelion
17The Star$73,445-31%132-28$556$40,715,37710Sony / Columbia
19Blade Runner 2049$49,170-30%124-1$397$92,001,20816Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hostiles$326,61420%497$6,666$1,306,9175Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
2Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds$103,706-46%24-8$4,321$1,684,7915Well Go USA
3The Final Year$67,971--35--$1,942$67,9711Magnolia Pictures
4The Florida Project$38,902-27%37-3$1,051$5,571,68816A24
5Ex-File 3 (Qian Ren 3)$38,658-66%21-3$1,841$808,3784China Lion Film
6Father Figures$38,300-61%96-105$399$17,388,3505Warner Bros.
7Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$35,2557%167$2,203$190,8294Sony Pictures Classics
8Happy End$30,40333%187$1,689$161,7835Sony Pictures Classics
9Loving Vincent$29,372-31%35-5$839$6,532,38818Good Deed Entertainment
10The Insult$23,222--3--$7,741$64,6422Cohen Media Group
11The Road Movie$17,175--19--$904$17,1751Oscilloscope Laboratories
12In The Fade$16,227-18%93$1,803$101,0824Magnolia Pictures
13Only The Brave$15,506-34%43-11$361$18,324,25814Sony Pictures
14Goldbuster$13,770-51%60$2,295$173,0063Well Go USA Entertainment
15The Square$13,064-37%9-10$1,452$1,351,20513Magnolia Pictures
16Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$12,346--6--$2,058$217,4599Zeitgeist
18Mukabaaz$11,406-76%190$600$74,0752Eros International
19Parchi$10,720-69%14-25$766$59,5872Atlas Distribution
20Beuys$9,084--2--$4,542$11,6131Kino Lorber
21My Friend Dahmer$7,311-24%20$3,656$1,329,65212FilmRise
22Wonder Wheel$6,3804%6-4$1,063$1,392,8308Amazon
23A Ciambra$6,330--1--$6,330$6,3301IFC Films
24Django$6,00533%72$858$29,2943Under The Milky Way
25In Between$5,898-16%73$843$33,6603Film Movement
26Roman J. Israel, Esq.$5,581-56%25-17$223$11,926,99410Sony Pictures
27Youth$5,241-75%3-4$1,747$1,888,3116China Lion Film
28Freak Show$4,9272%76$704$12,4892IFC Films
291945$3,733105%62$622$269,20412Menemsha Films
30Birdboy: The Forgotten Children$3,730-46%5-4$746$29,6926GKIDS
31Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba$3,495--1--$3,495$3,4951ArtMattan Films
32Big Sonia$3,330-49%20$1,665$146,69610Argot Pictures
33My Art$3,131-43%21$1,566$11,1262Film Movement
34Memories of Underdevelopment$2,916-65%10$2,916$19,4612Janus Films
35Humor Me$2,851-15%21$1,426$7,9842Shout! Factory
36The Breadwinner$2,796-52%4-2$699$250,72910GKIDS
37The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$2,677-28%30$892$41,44714Kino Lorber
38Thelma$2,58256%3-1$861$143,57511The Orchard
39Same Kind of Different as Me$2,492-28%9-11$277$6,421,63414Pure Flix Entertainment
41Just Getting Started$1,970-1%10$1,970$6,067,7357Broad Green
42Tom of Finland$1,874-79%2-2$937$347,03815Kino Lorber
43The Man Who Invented Christmas$1,778-68%8-13$222$5,675,5359Bleecker Street
44The Other Side Of Hope$1,718-48%1-1$1,718$179,8488Janus Films
45Novitiate$1,50443%62$251$574,80913Sony Pictures Classics
46Félicité$1,327-15%51$265$12,02213Strand Releasing
47The Paris Opera$1,312--1--$1,312$55,48214Film Movement
48The Divine Order$908--2--$454$66,25813Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
49The Crime of Monsieur Lange$877-73%1-2$877$33,54210Rialto Pictures
50Vazante$784--1--$784$6,3182Music Box Films
51Aida's Secrets$55983%21$280$98,46814Music Box Films
52Porto$278-84%21$139$13,78410Kino Lorber
53BPM (Beats Per Minute)$276-56%1-2$276$97,15114The Orchard
54God's Own Country$155-87%1-1$155$324,56913Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
55Shadowman$73--1--$73$11,5728Film Movement
56On the Beach at Night Alone$59-90%1-2$59$32,79910Cinema Guild