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. 17 - Sun, Jan. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Bad Boys For Life$62,504,105--3,775--$16,557$62,504,1051Sony / Columbia
21917$21,984,200-41%3,612178$6,086$76,601,1844Universal Pictures
4Jumanji: The Next Level$9,700,343-31%3,323-581$2,919$270,613,3186Sony Pictures
5Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$8,289,048-45%3,058-1221$2,711$491,934,8495Disney
6Little Women$6,362,558-18%2,503-713$2,542$84,853,6104Sony Pictures
7Just Mercy$5,776,473-41%2,45782$2,351$19,389,1164Warner Bros.
8Knives Out$4,280,413-24%1,667-393$2,568$145,957,8008Lionsgate
9Like a Boss$4,040,410-60%3,0813$1,311$17,123,9982Paramount Pictures
10Frozen II$3,812,658-35%2,080-575$1,833$464,964,3489Disney
11Underwater$3,731,562-47%2,7910$1,337$12,952,269220th Century Fox
12Spies in Disguise$2,672,354-48%1,761-910$1,518$58,499,221420th Century Fox
13Jojo Rabbit$1,489,335630%1,005880$1,482$23,618,40714Fox Searchlight
14Ford v. Ferrari$1,072,85641%1,080513$993$112,883,2441020th Century Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Weathering With You$1,808,533--486--$3,721$4,854,7831GKIDS
3Uncut Gems$1,307,246-61%930-1151$1,406$46,235,8456A24
4The Grudge$909,733-74%977-1665$931$20,042,3743Sony Pictures
6Joker$348,048487%854769$408$334,495,24916Warner Bros.
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$320,774824%705651$455$141,478,79526Sony Pictures
8A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$294,242-44%365-154$806$60,498,0919Sony Pictures
9An American in Paris (2020 Re-release)$182,606--651--$281$182,6061
10Cats$143,680-74%146-672$984$26,791,5155Universal Pictures
12Pain and Glory$96,49174%16763$578$4,193,50616Sony Pictures Classics
13Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$71,513-12%105-23$681$113,749,80814Disney
14Queen & Slim$67,000-83%120-322$558$43,715,4108Universal Pictures
15Richard Jewell$65,478-61%163-213$402$22,165,6566Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Ip Man 4: The Finale$105,168-67%54-65$1,948$3,751,3874Well Go USA Entertainment
2Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$95,174-38%31$31,725$3,633,84914Fathom Events / Saban Films
3The Song Of Names$93,005-21%766$1,224$484,7364Sony Pictures Classics
4Harriet$70,795-5%95-27$745$43,021,68512Focus Features
5Les Misérables (2020)$69,452188%4238$1,654$106,0852Amazon Studios
6A Hidden Life$47,216-52%55-64$858$1,615,4846Fox Searchlight
7Ashfall$42,795142%1816$2,378$320,5415CJ Entertainment
8Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$40,954-39%760$539$963,9064eOne Entertainment
9Judy$24,27795%4414$552$24,084,73117Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
10Invisible life$23,16820%15-3$1,545$118,4895Amazon Studios
11Zombieland: Double Tap$19,846-40%750$265$73,114,14814Sony Pictures
1221 Bridges$17,989-73%51-90$353$28,529,6539STX Entertainment
14Cunningham$14,748-37%237$641$173,8216Magnolia Pictures
15The Lighthouse$12,63175%5-3$2,526$10,855,98014A24
16Citizen K$9,535--1--$9,535$36,1589Greenwich Entertainment
17Les Misérables - The Staged Concert$7,435502%54$1,487$449,5297Trafalgar Releasing
18The White Sheik$7,411191%32$2,470$37,5824Rialto Pictures
19Lore$7,084--7--$1,012$7,0841Indican Pictures
20Three Christs$6,600-55%23-8$287$28,6842IFC Films
21Synonyms$3,547-29%61$591$200,08713Kino Lorber
23Midnight Family$2,856-11%5-8$571$30,24671091
24Varda by Agnes$2,812-53%2-4$1,406$122,6809Janus Films
25Blood Widow$2,765--2--$1,383$2,7651Indican Pictures
26Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project$2,63844%30$879$43,95710Zeitgeist Films
27The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$2,418-65%20$1,209$30,87516Zeitgeist Films
28The Hottest August$1,233--2--$617$7,36210Grasshopper Film
29The Disappearance of My Mother$1,1337%2-1$567$23,3537Kino Lorber
30Stuffed$933607%10$933$13,21214Music Box Films
31Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)$801--1--$801$29,2118Rialto Pictures
32The Gliksmans$765--1--$765$4,84517Indican Pictures
33Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$619-37%2-2$310$4,249,84220Greenwich Entertainment
34Give Me Liberty$572-12%10$572$239,83022Music Box Films
35Spiral Farm$505--1--$505$5,9806Indican Pictures
36By the Grace of God$437468%10$437$62,71914Music Box Films
37No Safe Spaces$303-98%3-38$101$1,291,38513Atlas Distribution
38Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale$291-92%10$291$128,7177Trafalgar Releasing
39The Kingmaker$289-92%1-4$289$121,58011Greenwich Entertainment
40Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$277--1--$277$114,58740Zeitgeist Films
41Temblores$161-84%1-2$161$21,4869Film Movement
42Matthias & Maxime$110-85%52$22$371,74415