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, Jan. 10 - Sun, Jan. 12

Wide (1000+)

11917$37,000,2005890%3,4343423$10,775$39,721,4793Universal Pictures
2Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$15,187,034-56%4,279-127$3,549$478,297,7244Disney
3Jumanji: The Next Level$14,005,131-47%3,904-230$3,587$257,130,1125Sony Pictures
4Like a Boss$10,011,272--3,078--$3,253$10,011,2721Paramount Pictures
5Just Mercy$9,713,22812578%2,3752371$4,090$10,149,2163Warner Bros.
6Little Women$7,801,393-43%3,216-92$2,426$74,182,4023Sony Pictures
7Underwater$7,008,297--2,791--$2,511$7,008,297120th Century Fox
8Frozen II$5,910,150-50%2,655-520$2,226$459,533,1928Disney
9Knives Out$5,624,899-37%2,060-82$2,731$139,521,6437Lionsgate
10Spies in Disguise$5,173,337-50%2,671-831$1,937$54,681,766320th Century Fox
11The Grudge$3,515,180-69%2,6420$1,330$17,921,8952Sony Pictures
12Uncut Gems$3,354,619-56%2,081-605$1,612$43,321,2915A24
14MET Opera: Wozzeck$863,000--1,000--$863$863,0001Fathom Events

Limited (100 — 999)

2Sarileru Neekevvaru$821,000--300--$2,737$821,0001Great India Films
3Ford v. Ferrari$762,947-55%567-163$1,346$111,418,552920th Century Fox
4Cats$559,260-79%818-2084$684$26,398,6854Universal Pictures
5A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$525,009-57%519-337$1,012$59,933,0208Sony Pictures
6Queen & Slim$386,605-67%442-183$875$43,492,9107Universal Pictures
8Ip Man 4: The Finale$316,437-53%119-6$2,659$3,493,5053Well Go USA Entertainment
9Jojo Rabbit$203,931-41%125-84$1,631$21,976,31813Fox Searchlight
10Richard Jewell$169,850-90%376-1494$452$22,000,1275Warner Bros.
11A Hidden Life$98,344-62%119-32$826$1,505,7615Fox Searchlight
13Dark Waters$83,275-56%100-33$833$11,088,9748Focus Features
14Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$81,178-42%128-20$634$113,655,26513Disney
15Harriet$74,680-46%122-2$612$42,905,16011Focus Features
1621 Bridges$67,003-83%141-335$475$28,485,4608STX Entertainment
17Pain and Glory$55,397-17%10421$533$4,059,18515Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$153,536--2--$76,768$3,412,36013Fathom Events / Saban Films
2The Song Of Names$117,29687%7053$1,676$323,6473Sony Pictures Classics
3Fantastic Fungi$71,55537%3512$2,044$1,573,68417Area 23a
4Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$67,303-62%7614$886$871,4193eOne Entertainment
5Joker$59,333-54%85-26$698$334,105,85415Warner Bros.
6Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$34,726146%5442$643$141,137,89025Sony Pictures
7Zombieland: Double Tap$32,849-46%75-11$438$73,081,95813Sony Pictures
8Les Misérables (2020)$24,154--4--$6,039$24,1541Amazon Studios
9Cunningham$23,301-24%16-5$1,456$143,1925Magnolia Pictures
10The Good Liar$22,616-66%66-27$343$17,141,6369Warner Bros.
11Invisible life$19,352-26%185$1,075$84,3834Amazon Studios
12Ashfall$17,706-39%20$8,853$266,8994CJ Entertainment
13Three Christs$14,620--31--$472$14,6201IFC Films
15No Safe Spaces$12,464-83%41-29$304$1,281,96812Atlas Distribution
16Judy$12,446165%3010$415$24,045,71716Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
17Honey Boy$12,294-44%230$535$3,005,78010Amazon Studios
18The Lighthouse$7,238-60%8-13$905$10,832,40113A24
19The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$6,930--2--$3,465$25,41215Zeitgeist Films
20Afterward$6,477--1--$6,477$6,4771Abramorama / 1091
21Varda by Agnes$6,011200%63$1,002$116,0498Janus Films
23Synonyms$5,030-3%52$1,006$193,20812Kino Lorber
24Charlie's Angels$4,144-78%18-37$230$17,801,3069Sony Pictures
25The Kingmaker$3,6948%5-1$739$120,52110Greenwich Entertainment
26Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale$3,4325%1-5$3,432$128,3056Trafalgar Releasing
27Midnight Family$3,204-6%13--$246$25,36361091
28The White Sheik$2,546-60%10$2,546$27,6923Rialto Pictures
29Advocate$2,299-72%20$1,150$14,4082Film Movement
30Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project$1,833-31%30$611$39,5369Zeitgeist Films
31Les Misérables - The Staged Concert$1,236-82%1-3$1,236$440,8626Trafalgar Releasing
32The Disappearance of My Mother$1,055141%32$352$21,5916Kino Lorber
33Temblores$1,00788%30$336$20,9428Film Movement
34Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$982-70%40$246$4,247,52619Greenwich Entertainment
35Little Joe$844--2--$422$23,2666Magnolia Pictures
36Matthias & Maxime$722--3--$241$370,08514
37Give Me Liberty$64963%10$649$239,25821Music Box Films
38Stuffed$132--1--$132$12,27913Music Box Films
39By the Grace of God$77-60%10$77$61,15613Music Box Films