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, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Aquaman$52,114,571-23%4,1250$12,634$189,048,1863Warner Bros.
2Mary Poppins Returns$28,353,11721%4,0900$6,932$99,263,8752Disney
3Bumblebee$20,906,146-3%3,5500$5,889$67,184,1662Paramount Pictures
4Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$18,794,53214%3,8130$4,929$104,320,0003Sony / Columbia
5The Mule$12,162,02428%2,787131$4,364$61,109,2093Warner Bros.
7Holmes and Watson$7,411,522--2,776--$2,670$19,817,9302Sony Pictures
8Second Act$7,359,69113%2,6070$2,823$21,923,7532STX Entertainment
9Ralph Breaks the Internet$6,726,18443%2,343-152$2,871$175,907,7676Disney
10Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$4,122,245-51%2,555-225$1,613$265,457,7308Universal
11Welcome to Marwen$2,237,545-5%1,9110$1,171$7,774,6352Universal Pictures
12Creed II$1,584,4792%1,068-59$1,484$112,148,1256MGM / Warner Bros
13Mortal Engines$1,023,900-42%2,995-108$342$14,676,8053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mary Queen of Scots$2,703,06519%84146$3,214$9,054,3854Focus Features
2The Favourite$2,428,28516%81020$2,998$15,249,3076Fox Searchlight
3Bohemian Rhapsody$2,350,52720%881-287$2,668$189,207,042920th Century Fox
4Green Book$1,895,00036%621-111$3,052$31,487,8167Universal Pictures
5Simmba$1,758,576--301--$5,842$1,758,5761Reliance Entertainment
6Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald$987,70110%515-167$1,918$156,549,7017Warner Bros.
7Instant Family$954,15547%7440$1,282$64,569,9307Paramount Pictures
8Ben Is Back$538,84735%158-4$3,410$1,751,3134Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment / Lionsgate
9A Star is Born$491,97141%236-26$2,085$201,033,45213Warner Bros.
10The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$177,533-14%218-23$814$54,549,6839Walt Disney Pictures
11Widows$148,00410%121-28$1,223$41,877,335720th Century Fox
12Smallfoot$133,17869%1840$724$82,949,88914Warner Bros.
13Robin Hood$111,47924%189-41$590$30,623,6746Lionsgate / Summit
14Venom$93,64010%115-15$814$213,298,82113Sony / Columbia
15The Possession of Hannah Grace$56,2062%790702$71$14,617,0025Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1If Beale Street Could Talk$766,224601%6560$11,788$1,965,0343Annapurna
2On The Basis Of Sex$686,355--33--$20,799$1,497,7781Focus Features
3Racetime$262,55554%812$3,241$1,195,0644Entertainment One
4Shoplifters$210,88129%595$3,574$1,202,4866Magnolia Pictures
5Free Solo$115,05914%59-14$1,950$11,216,94814National Geographic Entertainment
6Stan & Ollie$78,104--5--$15,621$78,1041Sony Pictures Classics
7At Eternity’s Gate$74,910-20%50-33$1,498$1,834,8357CBS Films
8Can You Ever Forgive Me?$68,1063%61-11$1,116$7,525,60611Fox Searchlight
9Destroyer$55,347--3--$18,449$112,5361Annapurna Pictures
10Qué León (What A Lion)$55,06310%260$2,118$1,045,7385Spanglish
11Cold War$44,330-18%30$14,777$143,5462Amazon Studios
12Night School$39,17555%50-11$784$77,312,03014Universal
13Once Upon A Deadpool$35,488-96%68-1360$522$6,013,671320th Century Fox
14Capernaum$29,55324%92$3,284$114,2393Sony Pictures Classics
15First Man$27,380102%28-5$978$44,918,63512Universal
16Swing Kids$24,969-43%13-2$1,921$135,5582Well Go USA Entertainment
17Boy Erased$22,2752%34-13$655$6,771,1029Focus Features
18Vox Lux$21,574-55%35-40$616$700,0584Neon
19The Hate U Give$21,45422%33-15$650$29,665,1411320th Century Fox
20Take Point$21,189--2--$10,595$21,1891CJ Entertainment
21The House With A Clock In Its Walls$17,68066%45-8$393$68,532,44515Universal Pictures
22Beautiful Boy$14,61946%283$522$7,585,06912Amazon
23The Old Man & The Gun$13,50622%25-7$540$11,193,48214Fox Searchlight
24The World Before Your Feet$13,114132%85$1,639$108,4746Greenwich Entertainment
25Burning$11,2669%9-1$1,252$583,76310Well Go USA Entertainment
26Airpocalypse$9,934-72%12-9$828$87,6932China Lion Film
27Halloween (2018)$8,96031%23-6$390$159,335,55511Universal Pictures
28Kedarnath$8,484-68%5-10$1,697$893,5814PackYourBag Films
29Crazy Rich Asians$7,38640%19-171$389$174,517,02020Warner Bros.
30Maria By Callas$7,161-3%14-2$512$1,213,4199Sony Pictures Classics
31Anna And The Apocalypse$7,010-71%50-11$140$539,0925Orion Pictures
34The House That Jack Built$5,837-2%12-1$486$235,7045IFC Films
35Wings of Desire (2018 re-release)$5,237--2--$2,619$116,32911Janus Films
36Tea With the Dames$4,484546%20$2,242$867,26115IFC Films
37Wildlife$4,472167%80$559$1,007,17811IFC Films
39The Wife$2,391-39%4-1$598$8,197,53120Sony Pictures Classics
40A Private War$2,366-17%4-2$592$1,616,9519Aviron Pictures
41Indivisible$1,999-6%9-8$222$3,509,45510Pure Flix
42The Last Resort$1,844-78%1-1$1,844$17,5722Kino Lober Films
43Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki$1,7020%31$567$185,7723GKIDS
44A Cool Fish$1,322-83%1-2$1,322$548,2447China Lion Film
45Hubble 3D$1,227622%3-4$409$52,361,823459Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Becoming Astrid$90517%2-1$453$72,6276Music Box Films
47Swimming with Men$724-57%4-3$181$24,1384IFC Films
48Chef Flynn$584--2--$292$66,1408Kino Lorber Films
49Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes$577-23%1-1$577$36,6974Magnolia Pictures
50Life and Nothing More$531--3--$177$16,91910CFI Releasing
51Under the Sea 3D$524-24%2-6$262$35,995,958516Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Hale County This Morning, This Evening$510--1--$510$37,47716Cinema Guild
53Tyrel$205-49%1-1$205$11,6454Magnolia Pictures
54To the Arctic 3D$90--1--$90$14,537,513350Warner Bros. / IMAX