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. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Bad Boys For Life$17,682,959-48%3,705-70$4,773$148,059,4903Sony / Columbia
21917$9,497,235-40%3,98750$2,382$119,083,6246Universal Pictures
4Gretel & Hansel$6,154,007--3,007--$2,047$6,154,0071United Artists Releasing
5Jumanji: The Next Level$6,000,181-22%2,945-176$2,037$291,217,3348Sony Pictures
6The Gentlemen$5,608,398-47%2,675510$2,097$20,039,4872STX Entertainment
7Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$3,212,883-42%2,202-598$1,459$507,075,9047Disney
8Little Women$3,073,922-33%2,301-227$1,336$98,829,5546Sony Pictures
9The Turning$3,011,025-57%2,5710$1,171$11,666,4652Universal Pictures
10The Rhythm Section$2,715,384--3,049--$891$2,715,3841Paramount
11Knives Out$2,579,204-27%1,555-122$1,659$155,563,96810Lionsgate
12Just Mercy$2,170,078-46%1,807-601$1,201$30,811,4876Warner Bros.
13Frozen II$1,785,394-33%1,392-358$1,283$472,422,76411Disney
15Jojo Rabbit$1,345,124-4%1,17313$1,147$27,973,53516Fox Searchlight
16Spies in Disguise$1,184,675-33%1,028-295$1,152$63,594,801620th Century Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

12020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films$1,155,505--465--$2,485$1,155,5051Magnolia Pictures ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
2Ford v. Ferrari$619,206-24%924120$670$115,315,0601220th Century Fox
3Like a Boss$500,247-67%665-1058$752$21,556,6934Paramount Pictures
4The Last Full Measure$459,444-57%6173$745$2,024,8872Roadside Attractions
5Uncut Gems$422,638-39%4922$859$48,371,9918A24
6Underwater$380,848-68%601-1076$634$16,739,654420th Century Fox
7Weathering With You$376,585-44%224-234$1,681$7,244,1483GKIDS
9Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$148,01630%619294$239$142,043,67728Sony Pictures
10Joker$129,43914%743395$174$335,002,70218Warner Bros.
12A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$123,895-38%201-39$616$61,150,40911Sony Pictures
13The Grudge$122,963-59%224-196$549$20,983,9525Sony Pictures
14Cats$70,405-33%105-28$671$27,085,5907Universal Pictures
15The Song Of Names$70,128-39%140-42$501$818,3686Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Color Out Of Space$108,405-50%68-13$1,594$570,5112RLJE Films
2The Assistant$79,141--4--$19,785$79,1411Bleecker Street
3Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words$74,577--23--$3,242$74,5771Manifold Productions
4Pain and Glory$57,122-2%59-9$968$4,419,25818Sony Pictures Classics
5Les Misérables (2020)$35,693-38%61-8$585$271,8534Amazon Studios
6Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$35,001-29%84-6$417$113,880,68216Disney
7Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$32,693-23%10$32,693$3,777,34916Fathom Events / Saban Films
9Richard Jewell$23,651-58%88-67$269$22,328,2568Warner Bros.
10The Traitor$23,240--3--$7,747$23,2401Sony Pictures Classics
11Incitement$22,437--2--$11,219$22,4371Greenwich Entertainment
12Ip Man 4: The Finale$20,337-62%15-14$1,356$3,919,4486Well Go USA Entertainment
13The Man Standing Next$15,973-3%20$7,987$43,7392Capelight Pictures
14Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$15,956-36%411$389$1,048,9236eOne Entertainment
16Judy$14,230-21%37-10$385$24,170,34919Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
17A Hidden Life$11,543-67%19-24$608$1,723,1158Fox Searchlight
18José$11,191--1--$11,191$11,1911Outsider Pictures
19Beanpole$10,008--1--$10,008$29,4641Kino Lorber Films
20Citizen K$9,145-37%114$831$72,38111Greenwich Entertainment
21Cunningham$7,943-52%8-13$993$219,1188Magnolia Pictures
22Ashfall$3,731-72%4-12$933$372,5627CJ Entertainment
23The Cave (2019)$3,532-48%7-3$505$60,92716National Geographic Documentary Films
24Varda by Agnes$2,333-67%4-2$583$140,31111Janus Films
25Zombi Child$1,990-67%2-1$995$12,6732Film Movement
26Lore$1,530-60%2-2$765$18,1283Indican Pictures
28The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$728-79%20$364$39,17718Zeitgeist Films
29Mr. Klein$683--1--$683$191,28922Rialto Pictures
30Midnight Family$610-83%2-7$305$38,42891091
31Synonyms$554-74%2-3$277$204,07915Kino Lorber
32Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project$525--2--$263$46,92912Zeitgeist Films
33Under the Sea 3D$51237%31$171$36,248,707573Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Chinese Portrait$438-62%20$219$3,1968Cinema Guild
35Redoubt$384-71%10$384$23,25914Grasshopper Film
36Sympathy for the Devil$293-36%30$98$49,34710eOne Entertainment
37Matthias & Maxime$28198%4-3$70$374,41817
38Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$199--1--$199$4,251,53122Greenwich Entertainment
39Three Christs$138-75%1-4$138$37,2744IFC Films