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, Feb. 23 - Sun, Feb. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Black Panther$111,658,835-45%4,0200$27,776$403,613,2572Disney
2Game Night$17,005,332--3,488--$4,875$17,005,3321Warner Bros.
3Peter Rabbit$12,760,382-27%3,707-18$3,442$71,506,0843Sony / Columbia
4Annihilation$11,071,584--2,012--$5,503$11,071,5841Paramount Pictures
5Fifty Shades Freed$7,147,285-59%3,265-503$2,189$89,793,0653Universal
6Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$5,650,497-29%2,519-281$2,243$387,284,71210Sony / Columbia
7The 15:17 to Paris$3,573,259-53%2,752-290$1,298$32,231,0113Warner Bros.
8The Greatest Showman$3,411,649-32%1,601-335$2,131$160,778,51910Fox
9Every Day$3,016,149--1,667--$1,809$3,016,1491Orion Pictures
10Early Man$1,773,963-44%2,4940$711$6,853,3852Lionsgate
11Samson$970,708-50%1,140-109$851$3,743,2042Pure Flix

Limited (100 — 999)

1Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$1,370,863-9%691-89$1,984$50,275,44220Fox Searchlight
2Puccini: La Bohème$1,326,339--687--$1,931$1,326,3391Fathom Events
3The Shape of Water$1,311,276-21%721-236$1,819$55,497,12013Fox Searchlight
4The Post$1,242,239-38%795-255$1,563$78,890,2401020th Century Fox
5Phantom Thread$993,20538%651296$1,526$19,145,2999Focus Features
6Maze Runner: The Death Cure$962,619-63%952-940$1,011$56,329,2235Fox
7Winchester$929,450-58%852-627$1,091$23,735,2244Lionsgate / CBS Films
8Darkest Hour$745,625-20%795193$938$54,465,46714Focus Features
9Lady Bird$669,6407%601194$1,114$47,459,09917A24
10I, Tonya$582,853-36%423-79$1,378$28,096,62612Neon
11The Dark Crystal (Fathom Re-Issue)$548,354--609--$900$548,3541Fathom
12Call Me by Your Name$523,2063%675343$775$15,764,11614Sony Pictures Classics
132018 Oscar Nominated Short Films$488,311-28%232-38$2,105$2,634,5913Magnolia Pictures
15Den of Thieves$395,974-58%357-373$1,109$44,306,5296STX Entertainment
1612 Strong$385,032-59%448-367$859$44,893,9676Warner Bros.
17Detective Chinatown 2$381,886-46%111-4$3,440$1,537,4642Warner Bros.
18Star Wars: The Last Jedi$352,838-43%292-59$1,208$618,728,55611Disney
19Hostiles$350,326-58%418-349$838$29,133,14710Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
21La Boda de Valentina$228,501-57%141-190$1,621$2,508,1353Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Paddington 2$213,231-47%281-112$759$39,802,6417Warner Bros.
23Mary and The Witch's Flower$203,4393520%448445$454$2,160,4326GKIDS
24Wonder (2017)$168,350-16%158-35$1,066$131,947,08215Lionsgate
25Forever My Girl$162,660-62%218-183$746$16,024,8926Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
26Thor: Ragnarok$137,366-30%131-18$1,049$314,812,36817Disney
27Molly's Game$125,445-38%104-66$1,206$28,595,5349STX Entertainment
28The Commuter$113,208-1%138-10$820$36,114,8587Lionsgate
29Pitch Perfect 3$90,250-35%135-22$669$104,782,73510Universal
30Justice League$85,256-36%137-7$622$228,890,34915Warner Bros.
31Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$74,979-35%102-5$735$700,8519Sony Pictures Classics
32Insidious: The Last Key$74,065-51%110-59$673$67,325,6208Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Operation Red Sea$436,059--46--$9,480$436,0591Well Go USA Entertainment
3A Fantastic Woman$158,25468%7849$2,029$585,3334Sony Pictures Classics
4Pad Man$103,019-70%95-57$1,084$1,602,1643Sony Pictures Releasing International
5Monster Hunt 2$99,768-71%55-14$1,814$611,2672Lionsgate
6The Party$98,505163%3027$3,284$151,9762Roadside Attractions
7The Insult$76,270-10%518$1,495$762,1717Cohen Media Group
8Agent Mr Chan$62,234--10--$6,223$62,2341China Lion Film
9Loveless$60,25699%129$5,021$126,7682Sony Pictures Classics
10Proud Mary$40,206-1%7412$543$20,828,9457Sony / Screen Gems
11The Young Karl Marx$26,097--3--$8,699$26,0971The Orchard
12All the Money in the World$25,737-32%30-7$858$25,004,0029Sony / TriStar
131945$23,709-27%81$2,964$356,88417Menemsha Films
14Double Lover$21,350-66%22-28$970$139,8502Cohen Media Group
15The Monkey King 3$20,476-79%14-20$1,463$167,3352Well Go USA Entertainment
16Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead$17,655-42%8-1$2,207$74,2512Well Go USA Entertainment
17Nostalgia$16,7015%1613$1,044$36,4422Bleecker Street
18Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$16,498-40%37-14$446$102,816,68916Fox
19Faces Places$15,238279%163$952$863,28121Cohen Media Group
20The Florida Project$12,953-34%21-2$617$5,854,55721A24
21Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$10,5133%84$1,314$300,78114Zeitgeist
22But Deliver Us from Evil$10,131--0----$197,2603Indican Pictures
23Survivors Guide To Prison$8,982--4--$2,246$8,9821Gravitas Ventures
24The Square$7,920-6%123$660$1,473,96618Magnolia Pictures
25Have A Nice Day$7,24216%157$483$63,2345Strand Releasing
26Happy End$6,976-31%182$388$277,96410Sony Pictures Classics
27In Between$6,779124%84$847$68,2258Film Movement
28The Disaster Artist$6,495-55%12-11$541$21,108,21913New Line / A24
29Tehran Taboo$6,01221%32$2,004$25,6512Kino Lorber
30Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$5,774-24%50$1,155$11,152,769204Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Deep Sea 3D$5,594-14%30$1,865$46,302,583626Warner Bros. / IMAX
32The Lodgers$5,053--17--$297$5,0531
33The Cured$4,875--3--$1,625$4,8751IFC Films
34Western$4,836-28%10$4,836$16,9982Cinema Guild
35Tom of Finland$4,541573%21$2,271$366,78420Kino Lorber
36Hubble 3D$4,46513%3-1$1,488$52,036,703415Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Golden Exits$4,413-48%3-8$1,471$37,8013Vertical Entertainment
38Under the Sea 3D$4,042-46%60$674$35,727,987472Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Breadwinner$3,9285%160$246$305,00315GKIDS
41In The Fade$3,849-58%11-9$350$279,5169Magnolia Pictures
42King Of Hearts (2018 re-release)$3,443--1--$3,443$3,4431Cohen Media Group
43El Mar La Mar$3,375--1--$3,375$3,3751Cinema Guild
44November$3,354--1--$3,354$3,3541Oscilloscope Laboratories
45The Boy Downstairs$2,829-53%10$2,829$12,2572FilmRise
46Big Sonia$2,80518%21$1,403$181,70215Argot Pictures
47Born to Be Wild 3D$2,52828%93$281$25,643,876360Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds$2,059-37%2-1$1,030$1,908,37810Well Go USA
49Bilal: A New Breed of Hero$1,979-76%6-10$330$490,5154Vertical Entertainment
50Bob Le Flambeur$1,827--2--$914$11,2348Rialto Pictures
51BPM (Beats Per Minute)$1,660583%31$553$113,37319The Orchard
5224 Frames$1,498-18%10$1,498$26,3114Janus Films
53Humor Me$1,262--2--$631$34,7817Shout! Factory
54Mind Game$1,213-78%2-5$607$6,8222GKIDS
55The Final Year$940-63%3-5$313$189,8866Magnolia Pictures
56On the Beach at Night Alone$739--1--$739$35,40515Cinema Guild
57The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai$690-90%20$345$11,1402IronFlix
58Before We Vanish$526--2--$263$31,1994Super LTD
59The Crime of Monsieur Lange$493--1--$493$35,33015Rialto Pictures
60My Friend Dahmer$473--1--$473$1,355,66417FilmRise
61The Lucky Man$456-25%10$456$24,81310Indican Pictures
62Ridge Runners$397-36%10$397$25,7626Indican Pictures
63Beuys$202-87%1-1$202$50,4626Kino Lorber
64The Divine Order$9929%10$99$71,92118Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films