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. 9 - Sun, Mar. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Black Panther$40,817,579-38%3,942-142$10,355$561,697,1804Disney
2A Wrinkle in Time$33,123,609--3,980--$8,323$33,123,6091Walt Disney Pictures
3The Strangers: Prey At Night$10,402,271--2,464--$4,222$10,402,2711Aviron Pictures
4Red Sparrow$8,502,263-50%3,0648$2,775$31,471,006220th Century Fox
5Game Night$7,863,391-24%3,061-441$2,569$45,004,0233Warner Bros.
6Peter Rabbit$6,775,718-32%3,112-495$2,177$93,433,5245Sony / Columbia
7Death Wish$6,581,130-49%2,88235$2,284$23,856,4312MGM
8Annihilation$3,302,319-41%1,709-403$1,932$26,246,8333Paramount Pictures
9The Hurricane Heist$3,024,399--2,402--$1,259$3,024,3991Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$2,742,244-38%2,157-156$1,271$397,250,26412Sony / Columbia
11Gringo$2,722,420--2,404--$1,132$2,722,4201STX Entertainment
12The Shape of Water$2,347,66459%1,552720$1,513$60,940,80215Fox Searchlight
13Fifty Shades Freed$1,368,020-60%1,357-1257$1,008$98,382,6155Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Greatest Showman$1,914,157-29%952-455$2,011$167,614,55812Fox
2Thoroughbreds$1,224,430--549--$2,230$1,224,4301Focus Features
3Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$694,643-46%552-218$1,258$53,339,20522Fox Searchlight
4The Post$328,610-69%278-393$1,182$81,159,8661220th Century Fox
5Call Me by Your Name$293,406-63%309-605$950$17,458,15116Sony Pictures Classics
6A Fantastic Woman$271,632117%16677$1,636$1,157,3076Sony Pictures Classics
7Darkest Hour$265,545-62%245-668$1,084$56,088,29516Focus Features
8Star Wars: The Last Jedi$265,5135%24625$1,079$619,483,24413Disney
9The 15:17 to Paris$264,490-81%420-1383$630$35,772,8755Warner Bros.
10I, Tonya$263,031-52%243-268$1,082$29,509,37314Neon
12Every Day$251,513-84%615-1054$409$5,955,8103Orion Pictures
13Phantom Thread$235,490-69%184-531$1,280$20,713,02511Focus Features
15Maze Runner: The Death Cure$181,633-61%214-329$849$57,448,8337Fox
16Lady Bird$173,634-69%156-554$1,113$48,701,47119A24
17Winchester$167,629-68%261-315$642$24,871,6526Lionsgate / CBS Films
18Paddington 2$162,792-23%281-12$579$40,335,4519Warner Bros.
19Early Man$105,059-78%186-711$565$8,030,4184Lionsgate
20Den of Thieves$74,715-67%104-165$718$44,863,9748STX Entertainment
2112 Strong$63,761-61%111-146$574$45,304,9118Warner Bros.
22Wonder (2017)$54,854-41%138-12$397$132,221,52317Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Death of Stalin$184,807--4--$46,202$184,8071IFC Films
2Operation Red Sea$165,018-51%42-13$3,929$1,279,3973Well Go USA Entertainment
3The Leisure Seeker$113,708--28--$4,061$113,7081Sony Pictures Classics
4The Party$100,283-21%84-2$1,194$485,0814Roadside Attractions
5Samson$71,316-77%93-341$767$4,627,2454Pure Flix
62018 Oscar Nominated Short Films$64,060-85%56-215$1,144$3,465,8105Magnolia Pictures
7Hostiles$61,642-61%90-161$685$29,614,66612Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8Loveless$53,612-13%3712$1,449$302,8864Sony Pictures Classics
9Detective Chinatown 2$49,783-66%20-45$2,489$1,908,1144Warner Bros.
10Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$46,37935%212$2,209$414,05016Zeitgeist
11La Boda de Valentina$44,048-57%45-50$979$2,761,0915Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Thor: Ragnarok$41,864-65%70-40$598$315,034,96719Disney
13The Commuter$40,551-46%71-41$571$36,317,2859Lionsgate
14Forever My Girl$38,141-59%64-81$596$16,250,9148Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
15Oh Lucy!$32,873126%1613$2,055$53,1702Film Movement
16All the Money in the World$31,431117%4931$641$25,076,25911Sony / TriStar
17Justice League$30,018-41%62-39$484$229,007,31517Warner Bros.
18Foxtrot$27,420-13%62$4,570$110,2322Sony Pictures Classics
19Leaning Into The Wind$24,840--5--$4,968$24,8401Magnolia Pictures
20Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$21,061-30%41-12$514$810,40611Sony Pictures Classics
21The Insult$19,787-62%17-34$1,164$904,5219Cohen Media Group
22Agent Mr Chan$15,854-60%4-5$3,964$175,7903China Lion Film
23Girls vs Gangsters$15,044--4--$3,761$15,0441Well Go USA Entertainment
24Itzhak$14,350--2--$7,175$14,3501Greenwich Entertainment
25The Young Karl Marx$11,635-27%130$895$79,5303The Orchard
26Claire's Camera$11,489--1--$11,489$11,4891Cinema Guild
271945$11,385-34%6-2$1,898$408,48219Menemsha Films
28Faces Places$10,914-45%13-10$840$922,57623Cohen Media Group
29Mary and The Witch's Flower$8,663-38%110$788$2,374,4638GKIDS
30The Florida Project$7,899-23%122$658$5,888,30823A24
31Before We Vanish$6,934--42--$165$45,1906Super LTD
32In The Fade$6,546-15%140$468$300,21211Magnolia Pictures
33Happy End$4,53063%141$324$293,16312Sony Pictures Classics
34Tehran Taboo$3,71599%53$743$37,6374Kino Lorber
35In Between$3,372-33%82$422$84,90110Film Movement
36Western$3,16722%74$452$28,8244Cinema Guild
37Mind Game$2,895-60%30$965$21,0544GKIDS
38Double Lover$2,875-19%30$958$160,3074Cohen Media Group
40Have A Nice Day$2,4700%3-4$823$74,7477Strand Releasing
41BPM (Beats Per Minute)$2,27944%32$760$121,35521The Orchard
42The Square$1,740-76%3-7$580$1,495,86620Magnolia Pictures
43Our Blood is Wine$1,540--2--$770$1,5401Music Box Films
44Tom of Finland$1,335-39%2-1$668$375,30822Kino Lorber
45Beuys$1,244729%10$1,244$53,6768Kino Lorber
46Big Sonia$1,0770%21$539$186,48617Argot Pictures
47Souvenir$1,047-54%10$1,047$5,1772Strand Releasing
48Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition$999-76%30$333$17,64518Well Go USA Entertainment
49November$946--3--$315$8,6203Oscilloscope Laboratories
50Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead$752-93%1-5$752$103,5234Well Go USA Entertainment
51The Breadwinner$489-74%1-5$489$312,15717GKIDS
52The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$341-93%10$341$58,58921Kino Lorber
53Bob Le Flambeur$338-61%10$338$13,25410Rialto Pictures
54The Divine Order$223156%10$223$73,25020Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
55Thelma$201-74%10$201$147,18518The Orchard
56Vazante$179--1--$179$19,0569Music Box Films