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, Nov. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Ralph Breaks the Internet$25,566,945-55%4,0170$6,365$119,105,1782Disney
2Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$17,926,785-41%3,934-26$4,557$203,705,9804Universal
3Creed II$16,639,048-53%3,576135$4,653$80,975,3322MGM / Warner Bros
4Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald$11,361,556-61%3,851-312$2,950$134,502,9623Warner Bros.
5Bohemian Rhapsody$8,008,587-43%3,00780$2,663$164,331,737520th Century Fox
6Instant Family$7,170,076-42%3,37690$2,124$45,947,8453Paramount Pictures
7The Possession of Hannah Grace$6,401,744--2,065--$3,100$6,401,7441Sony / Screen Gems
8Robin Hood$4,781,624-48%2,8270$1,691$21,809,3062Lionsgate / Summit
9Widows$4,403,153-47%2,393-410$1,840$33,063,398320th Century Fox
10Green Book$3,931,220-29%1,0652$3,691$14,045,7113Universal Pictures
11A Star is Born$1,829,567-39%1,081-121$1,692$193,747,0039Warner Bros.
12The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$1,343,556-52%1,392-365$965$51,103,4655Walt Disney Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Boy Erased$604,060-48%660-12$915$5,596,4975Focus Features
2Overlord$405,268-64%533-690$760$21,014,2834Paramount Pictures
3Nobody's Fool$382,417-58%385-223$993$31,070,4765Paramount
4Venom$377,396-51%425-160$888$212,268,0489Sony / Columbia
5Can You Ever Forgive Me?$338,735-43%272-154$1,245$6,580,5057Fox Searchlight
6The Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute Special Encore$307,686--647--$476$307,6861Fathom Events
7Showtime Championship Boxing: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury$304,482--486--$627$304,4821
8Free Solo$288,035-36%15812$1,823$10,116,91810National Geographic Entertainment
9The Front Runner$273,622-57%8070$339$1,630,9404Sony / Columbia
10Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us$273,1757%99910$273$789,0182Fathom Events
11Smallfoot$207,610-44%265-36$783$82,200,53610Warner Bros.
12The Hate U Give$191,831-41%250-10$767$29,207,970920th Century Fox
13Beautiful Boy$158,867-49%207-47$767$7,247,0358Amazon
14Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$131,253182%871692$151$46,631,3398Sony
15Night School$101,450-26%125-42$812$76,999,69010Universal
16The Girl in the Spider’s Web$87,605-75%196-787$447$14,666,2524Sony / Columbia
17The Old Man & The Gun$80,430-22%11423$706$10,922,17910Fox Searchlight
18First Man$75,040-39%1361$552$44,682,6558Universal
19The House With A Clock In Its Walls$59,555-54%127-18$469$68,371,09011Universal Pictures
20Halloween (2018)$56,160-53%130-41$432$159,192,6107Universal Pictures
21Crazy Rich Asians$39,566-54%118-45$335$173,947,25516Warner Bros.
22Burn the Stage: The Movie$3,549-69%421367$8$3,797,4583

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Favourite$1,072,282154%3430$31,538$1,646,5922Fox Searchlight
2Qué León (What A Lion)$291,936--34--$8,586$333,1171Spanglish
3At Eternity’s Gate$186,249-16%4817$3,880$675,7353CBS Films
4Maria By Callas$115,316-29%6914$1,671$872,3495Sony Pictures Classics
5A Cool Fish$99,82118%3617$2,773$369,1503China Lion Film
6Shoplifters$97,5889%149$6,971$229,8482Magnolia Pictures
9Wildlife$58,243-12%61-9$955$931,6327IFC Films
10Anna And The Apocalypse$52,588--5--$10,518$52,5881Orion Pictures
11A Private War$48,769-63%66-160$739$1,516,8765Aviron Pictures
12Unstoppable$42,133--22--$1,915$42,1331Well Go USA Entertainment
13Suspiria$31,388-33%33-1$951$2,397,4836Amazon Studios
14Burning$30,743-32%20-3$1,537$429,4926Well Go USA Entertainment
15Incredibles 2$29,342-49%93-13$316$608,546,98025Disney
17Becoming Astrid$18,969254%1512$1,265$26,9802Music Box Films
18The World Before Your Feet$14,528-35%75$2,075$53,5022Greenwich Entertainment
19Chef Flynn$13,33752%8-1$1,667$57,2584Kino Lorber Films
20Bad Times At The El Royale$10,712-50%41-7$261$17,831,436820th Century Fox
21Head Full of Honey$8,715--4--$2,179$8,7151Warner Bros.
22El Ángel$8,301-18%4-4$2,075$89,6114The Orchard
23The Guilty$6,663505%50$1,333$201,8027Magnolia Pictures
24The Sisters Brothers$6,220-18%5-2$1,244$3,128,88911Annapurna Pictures
25Tea With the Dames$5,901-57%14-1$422$844,22611IFC Films
26Detour (2018 re-release)$5,127--1--$5,127$5,1271Janus Films
27Sicilian Ghost Story$4,324--1--$4,324$4,3241Strand Releasing
28The Happy Prince$4,12168%83$515$456,0098Sony Pictures Classics
29Wings of Desire (2018 re-release)$3,149-24%1-1$3,149$95,8907Janus Films
30Searching for Ingmar Bergman$3,034190%61$506$30,9855Oscilloscope Laboratories
32Indivisible$2,747-73%8-14$343$3,492,1746Pure Flix
33Science Fair$2,155-56%83$269$271,96512National Geographic Documentary Films
34Senso$1,841--2--$921$23,5686Rialto Pictures
35Return of the Hero$1,51769%32$506$10,20914Distrib Films US
36The Rider$1,472-66%9-17$164$2,416,25434Sony Pictures Classics
37Last Letter$1,430-69%1-3$1,430$180,0514China Lion Film
38Kusama - Infinity$1,36415%2-1$682$356,38113Magnolia Pictures
39Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story$1,272-12%21$636$25,3727Abramorama
40Life and Nothing More$1,220495%32$407$15,0006CFI Releasing
41Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$1,20075%81$150$3,654,4688GVN Releasing
42The Wife$1,061-88%6-10$177$7,788,49016Sony Pictures Classics
43On Her Shoulders$1,008--3--$336$27,7677Oscilloscope Laboratories
44Weed the People$986604%21$493$11,0016Mangurama
45Studio 54$832--1--$832$184,4299Zeitgeist Films
47The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$492--1--$492$69,5216Rialto Pictures
48Memoir of War$37995%10$379$102,62416Music Box Films
49Under the Sea 3D$374-52%41$94$35,987,614512Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Born to Be Wild 3D$308--4--$77$25,790,197400Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Narcissister Organ Player$305-81%2-1$153$13,2034Film Movement
52Journey to the South Pacific$220--1--$220$7,641,704262IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
53Invisible Hands$210-54%10$210$1,0342First Run Features
54Of Fathers and Sons$130-62%10$130$6,1272Kino Lorber
55Hubble 3D$113-79%62$19$52,353,056455Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Hale County This Morning, This Evening$44-99%10$44$35,61912Cinema Guild