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. 1 - Sun, Mar. 3

Wide (1000+)

1How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$30,028,540-45%4,28627$7,006$97,678,8155Universal / DreamWorks Animation
2Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$27,062,332--2,442--$11,082$27,062,3321Lionsgate
3Alita: Battle Angel$7,221,417-41%3,096-706$2,332$72,452,725320th Century Fox
4The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$6,600,258-32%3,458-375$1,909$91,660,2986Warner Bros.
5Fighting With My Family$4,661,991-40%2,855144$1,633$14,916,6123MGM
6Green Book$4,573,320115%2,6411388$1,732$75,782,93116Universal Pictures
7Isn't It Romantic$4,514,602-37%3,325-119$1,358$40,168,6053Warner Bros.
8Greta$4,481,910--2,411--$1,859$4,481,9101Focus Features
9What Men Want$2,763,886-47%2,018-371$1,370$49,704,8904Paramount
10Happy Death Day 2U$2,456,240-50%2,331-881$1,054$25,222,8503Universal Pictures
11Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$2,151,246143%2,4041661$895$187,437,45612Sony / Columbia
12The Upside$2,011,496-37%1,607-541$1,252$102,800,1168STX Entertainment
13A Star is Born$1,854,207204%1,235490$1,501$212,883,54622Warner Bros.
14Cold Pursuit$1,656,170-48%1,765-555$938$29,918,2994Lionsgate / Summit
15Run The Race$1,313,318-39%1,075222$1,222$4,150,3652Roadside Attractions

Limited (100 — 999)

1Apollo 11$1,607,040--120--$13,392$1,607,0401Neon
2Bohemian Rhapsody$961,92654%839415$1,147$214,453,5231820th Century Fox
4The Favourite$813,94146%742454$1,097$33,205,98015Fox Searchlight
5Everybody Knows$467,52049%209138$2,237$1,263,2564Focus Features
6Aquaman$458,206-40%434-307$1,056$333,658,28512Warner Bros.
7Total Dhamaal$439,983-56%2097$2,105$1,736,9092FIP
8The Prodigy$422,837-62%533-798$793$14,376,4024Orion Pictures
9Free Solo$372,119155%238148$1,564$16,955,80023National Geographic Entertainment
10Arctic$365,049-27%26811$1,362$1,632,5585Bleecker Street
11They Shall Not Grow Old$353,968-35%368-80$962$17,000,07511Warner Bros.
13Ralph Breaks the Internet$225,327-40%204-202$1,105$200,188,01715Disney
14Mary Poppins Returns$211,6939%24511$864$171,224,58511Disney
15Bumblebee$157,679-28%157-71$1,004$127,150,76611Paramount Pictures
16If Beale Street Could Talk$137,228-8%126-1$1,089$14,643,24212Annapurna
17Cold War$134,119-55%128-131$1,048$4,358,69011Amazon Studios
18Never Look Away$130,955-14%12242$1,073$666,3676Sony Pictures Classics
19A Dog's Way Home$127,406-53%211-206$604$41,384,3598Sony Pictures
20Escape Room$124,581-38%158-106$788$56,327,1869Sony Pictures
21Miss Bala$108,295-70%146-369$742$14,870,7025Sony Pictures
22The Mule$108,171-39%166-69$652$103,635,50112Warner Bros.
23The Kid Who Would Be King$54,187-19%111-77$488$16,662,792620th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Furie$156,120--14--$11,151$156,1201Well Go USA Entertainment
3The 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films$108,588-82%97-318$1,119$3,434,5964ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
4Extreme Job$93,736-30%17-9$5,514$1,379,8216CJ Entertainment
5Capernaum$73,873-42%58-57$1,274$1,371,84812Sony Pictures Classics
6On The Basis Of Sex$62,555-45%96-33$652$24,587,79710Focus Features
7The Iron Orchard$61,04233%4234$1,453$116,7322mTuckman Media
8Sonchiriya$60,170--70--$860$60,1701PackYourBag Films
9Birds of Passage$57,28556%3121$1,848$158,4703The Orchard
10Stan & Ollie$47,005-63%71-57$662$5,070,01010Sony Pictures Classics
11Saint Judy$39,275--55--$714$39,2751Blue Fox Entertainment
12The Wife$35,147-76%78-126$451$9,522,41829Sony Pictures Classics
13Uri: The Surgical Strike$34,511-53%15-23$2,301$4,154,9478PackYourBag Films
14Transit$31,931--2--$15,966$31,9311Music Box Films
15To Dust$22,36120%236$972$98,7704Good Deed Entertainment
16Lords of Chaos$20,099-63%35-35$574$219,8464Gunpowder & Sky
17Shoplifters$19,666-50%22-20$894$3,201,08815Magnolia Pictures
18CATVIDEOFEST 2019$19,52630%31$6,509$58,7593Oscilloscope
19Woman At War$18,370--5--$3,674$18,3701Magnolia Pictures
20The Wedding Guest$18,266--4--$4,567$18,2661IFC Films
21The Last Resort$16,1824%136$1,245$119,67111Kino Lober Films
22The Invisibles$15,886-34%16-2$993$232,9556Greenwich Entertainment
23Can You Ever Forgive Me?$15,429-68%19-27$812$8,786,40720Fox Searchlight
24Ruben Brandt, Collector$12,24282%1512$816$33,9793Sony Pictures Classics
25Qué León (What A Lion)$10,797-44%10-52$1,080$2,580,22114Spanglish
26Destroyer$7,22078%1511$481$1,519,93610Annapurna Pictures
27Creed II$6,524-59%25-14$261$115,702,53815MGM / Warner Bros
28Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People$5,686--1--$5,686$5,6861First Run Features
29Serenity$5,019-39%15-7$335$8,540,6806Aviron Pictures
30Police Story and Police Story 2$4,75656%20$2,378$75,1905Janus Films
31The Sower$4,128--2--$2,064$10,5611
32Wrestle$3,932-35%21$1,966$12,2352Oscilloscope Laboratories
33Virginia Minnesota$3,844--2--$1,922$3,8441Indican Pictures
34Burning$3,762-35%30$1,254$714,95719Well Go USA Entertainment
35The Image Book$3,536302%63$589$81,2576Kino Lorber Films
36Styx$3,420--1--$3,420$7,2211Film Movement
37Born to Be Wild 3D$2,996261%81$375$25,826,156413Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Under the Sea 3D$2,576216%84$322$36,029,081525Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Sorry Angel$2,4631%43$616$16,3513Strand Releasing
40The Heiresses$2,257129%52$451$53,1417Distrib Films US
41Who Will Write Our History$2,026983%21$1,013$97,2887Abramorama
42JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration$1,994-79%2-4$997$747,4814Trafalgar Releasing
43Hotel By The River$1,700-50%20$850$17,2673Cinema Guild
44Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,470--2--$735$11,249,912257Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Hale County This Morning, This Evening$1,305-37%5-1$261$107,42825Cinema Guild
46The Hours and Times$1,273--1--$1,273$1,2731Oscilloscope Laboratories
47Hubble 3D$1,201-23%60$200$52,386,855468Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$1,02898%109$103$100,6896Entertainment One
49This Magnificent Cake!$991--1--$991$9911GKIDS
50What Is Democracy?$910-59%20$455$33,5457Zeitgeist Films
51The World Before Your Feet$855-90%2-4$428$250,93615Greenwich Entertainment
52Racetime$548-68%3730$15$1,844,14613Entertainment One
53Touch Me Not$515--1--$515$13,5548Kino Lorber
54The Gospel of Eureka$359--1--$359$15,0344Kino Lorber
55The Wild Pear Tree$298-87%1-3$298$23,5955Cinema Guild
56Deep Sea 3D$275--4--$69$46,378,752679Warner Bros. / IMAX