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. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Captain Marvel$67,988,130-56%4,3100$15,775$264,884,0632Disney
2Wonder Park$15,853,646--3,838--$4,131$15,853,6461Paramount
3Five Feet Apart$13,190,286--2,803--$4,706$13,190,2861CBS Films
4How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$9,277,310-37%3,727-315$2,489$135,576,4057Universal / DreamWorks Animation
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$7,836,167-37%2,350-92$3,335$58,819,1823Lionsgate
6Captive State$3,131,525--2,548--$1,229$3,131,5251Focus Features
7The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$2,150,853-44%2,046-884$1,051$101,335,5668Warner Bros.
8Alita: Battle Angel$1,900,355-41%1,696-678$1,120$81,821,894520th Century Fox
9Green Book$1,258,795-50%1,320-777$954$82,601,82618Universal Pictures
10Isn't It Romantic$1,210,409-46%1,366-857$886$46,311,8495Warner Bros.
11Fighting With My Family$1,089,890-50%1,580-875$690$20,881,6635MGM

Limited (100 — 999)

1No Manches Frida 2$3,831,401--472--$8,117$3,831,4011Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2Apollo 11$1,162,209-7%588183$1,977$5,477,0923Neon
3The Upside$805,577-22%880-130$915$105,881,15510STX Entertainment
4What Men Want$720,259-42%587-475$1,227$53,427,2756Paramount
5Greta$657,880-70%980-1437$671$9,987,5803Focus Features
6Badla$465,342-22%11521$4,046$1,313,7402Reliance Entertainment
7Happy Death Day 2U$351,765-60%486-612$724$27,531,4505Universal Pictures
8Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$317,037-51%366-458$866$189,482,09014Sony / Columbia
9Aquaman$292,70146%283-20$1,034$334,427,95714Warner Bros.
10Run The Race$291,073-53%446-307$653$5,872,4364Roadside Attractions
11The Kid$269,265-48%2680$1,005$1,052,6912Lionsgate
12Everybody Knows$262,900-40%248-35$1,060$2,312,9216Focus Features
13A Star is Born$226,480-69%443-367$511$215,052,99424Warner Bros.
14Cold Pursuit$214,901-58%376-447$572$31,595,0486Lionsgate / Summit
15Bohemian Rhapsody$214,074-43%256-130$836$215,660,9102020th Century Fox
18Ralph Breaks the Internet$176,941-30%172-37$1,029$200,809,32817Disney
19Mary Poppins Returns$114,911-34%182-33$631$171,686,31513Disney
20A Dog's Way Home$114,073-17%169-25$675$41,811,17510Sony Pictures
21The Favourite$110,854-57%143-135$775$34,043,40117Fox Searchlight
22Stan & Ollie$105,622111%230169$459$5,279,59912Sony Pictures Classics
23They Shall Not Grow Old$97,152-45%150-63$648$17,536,57313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Gloria Bell$364,515151%3934$9,347$554,0702A24
2More Than Blue$185,928--26--$7,151$185,9281China Lion Film
3Transit$118,132197%4439$2,685$228,7483Music Box Films
4The Wedding Guest$101,71156%9665$1,059$215,5393IFC Films
5Escape Room$79,595-8%85-25$936$56,610,70511Sony Pictures
6Birds of Passage$79,09132%9747$815$353,9865The Orchard
7Arctic$74,509-58%97-111$768$2,156,9757Bleecker Street
8Never Look Away$72,249-34%59-18$1,225$986,9488Sony Pictures Classics
9The Mustang$71,657--4--$17,914$71,6571Focus Features
10Free Solo$71,053-48%72-47$987$17,362,35025National Geographic Entertainment
11Furie$65,096-59%26-1$2,504$531,7433Well Go USA Entertainment
12The Prodigy$62,614-43%88-64$712$14,775,1126Orion Pictures
13Total Dhamaal$59,133-62%54-64$1,095$2,151,5074FIP
14The Aftermath$56,419--5--$11,284$56,4191Fox Searchlight
15Faith, Hope & Love$55,403--18--$3,078$55,4031ArtAffects Entertainment
16Woman At War$51,46834%2913$1,775$132,4553Magnolia Pictures
17CATVIDEOFEST 2019$37,110-78%16-48$2,319$343,8175Oscilloscope
18If Beale Street Could Talk$34,913-50%59-15$592$14,839,15814Annapurna
19The Hummingbird Project$34,202--4--$8,551$34,2021The Orchard
20Capernaum$31,763-37%32-13$993$1,518,34814Sony Pictures Classics
22Cold War$26,921-55%45-15$598$4,533,42513Amazon Studios
23Extreme Job$24,016-53%10-5$2,402$1,528,8358CJ Entertainment
24To Dust$22,06627%213$1,051$152,9346Good Deed Entertainment
25Yardie$22,056--77--$286$22,0561Rialto Pictures
26Miss Bala$19,863-51%35-29$568$14,998,0277Sony Pictures
27The Invisibles$19,737-20%15-1$1,316$296,0758Greenwich Entertainment
28Ruben Brandt, Collector$18,968115%3619$527$75,4575Sony Pictures Classics
29Styx$17,005208%1716$1,000$34,0933Film Movement
30The Kid Who Would Be King$16,588-51%63-32$263$16,759,314820th Century Fox
31The 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films$15,838-28%12-11$1,320$3,526,6876ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
32Babylon (1981)$15,740-26%76$2,249$46,8502Kino Lorber Films
33Combat Obscura$10,112--10--$1,011$10,1121Oscilloscope Laboratories
34Shoplifters$9,066-50%9-11$1,007$3,254,84617Magnolia Pictures
35The Wife$6,831-38%16-13$427$9,573,52631Sony Pictures Classics
36Uri: The Surgical Strike$6,586-49%5-4$1,317$4,183,17910PackYourBag Films
37The World Before Your Feet$5,516275%31$1,839$260,18417Greenwich Entertainment
383 Faces$5,389-24%43$1,347$29,2912Kino Lorber
39Lords of Chaos$4,755-42%11-7$432$250,9626Gunpowder & Sky
40Knife+Heart$4,728--2--$2,364$4,7281Altered Innocence
41Police Story and Police Story 2$4,221-55%30$1,407$93,6527Janus Films
42Who Will Write Our History$3,797-55%60$633$113,8039Abramorama
43The Last Resort$3,712-47%7-3$530$145,94113Kino Lober Films
44Sorry Angel$3,65413954%32$1,218$21,4405Strand Releasing
45Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask$3,278--1--$3,278$3,2781Film Movement
46Destroyer$2,555-5%5-3$511$1,531,23712Annapurna Pictures
47Off Season$2,536--2--$1,268$2,5361Indican Pictures
48Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People$2,479-45%3-2$826$16,9703First Run Features
49The Eyes Of Orson Welles$2,372--1--$2,372$2,3721Janus Films
50Becoming Astrid$1,95323%31$651$118,45317Music Box Films
51Creed II$1,796-64%8-12$225$115,715,22917MGM / Warner Bros
52Virginia Minnesota$1,374-51%20$687$11,7093Indican Pictures
53Iceman$1,372--7--$196$1,3721Film Movement
54The Heiresses$1,141-79%50$228$64,1269Distrib Films US
55The Sower$1,130-71%3-2$377$20,1593
56Wrestle$1,084-78%51$217$21,7214Oscilloscope Laboratories
57The Wild Pear Tree$1,026-51%3-2$342$27,4297Cinema Guild
58The Image Book$1,007-70%6-2$168$90,4238Kino Lorber Films
59The Gospel of Eureka$94815%1-1$948$18,1506Kino Lorber
60Saint Judy$777-18%2-1$389$75,7813Blue Fox Entertainment
61Hotel By The River$664-52%40$166$21,4735Cinema Guild
62War and Peace$508-91%10$508$45,9215Janus Films
63Racetime$478-87%5-13$96$1,862,42315Entertainment One
64What Is Democracy?$236-62%1-1$236$37,6679Zeitgeist Films
65Ferrante Fever$151-96%32$50$5,1802Greenwich Entertainment
66Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$75-94%1-5$75$104,9008Entertainment One