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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)$33,010,017--4,236--$7,793$33,010,0171Warner Bros.
2Bad Boys For Life$12,011,355-32%3,530-175$3,403$166,333,5624Sony / Columbia
31917$9,236,350-3%3,548-439$2,603$132,779,2597Universal Pictures
5Jumanji: The Next Level$5,556,679-7%2,729-216$2,036$298,487,0909Sony Pictures
6The Gentlemen$4,215,491-25%2,557-118$1,649$26,887,4723STX Entertainment
7Gretel & Hansel$3,580,332-42%3,0070$1,191$11,604,5722United Artists Releasing
8Little Women$2,376,044-23%1,805-496$1,316$102,724,1877Sony Pictures
9Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$2,313,348-28%1,746-456$1,325$510,634,8268Disney
10Knives Out$2,297,647-11%1,443-112$1,592$158,889,29711Lionsgate
12Jojo Rabbit$1,511,20912%1,096-77$1,379$30,258,15917Fox Searchlight
13Just Mercy$1,508,361-30%1,315-492$1,147$33,358,4737Warner Bros.
14The Turning$1,493,400-50%1,848-723$808$14,104,7303Universal Pictures
15Frozen II$1,377,451-23%1,131-261$1,218$474,311,12512Disney
16The Rhythm Section$1,014,767-63%3,0490$333$4,907,7582Paramount
17Uncut Gems$652,07754%1,142650$571$49,237,5909A24

Limited (100 — 999)

1Spies in Disguise$995,606-16%800-228$1,245$64,911,273720th Century Fox
22020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films$870,221-25%53570$1,627$2,700,6652Magnolia Pictures ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
3Ford v. Ferrari$649,7995%743-181$875$116,346,4911320th Century Fox
4Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$222,66750%583-36$382$142,394,53529Sony Pictures
6The Last Full Measure$214,598-53%279-338$769$2,534,5233Roadside Attractions
7Like a Boss$206,967-59%295-370$702$21,970,8405Paramount Pictures
8Weathering With You$136,925-64%106-118$1,292$7,551,1944GKIDS
9Underwater$128,564-66%226-375$569$17,018,625520th Century Fox
10Joker$122,527-5%501-242$245$335,207,13419Warner Bros.
11A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$98,333-21%155-46$634$61,325,57312Sony Pictures
12Love Story (1970) 50th Anniversary presented by TCM$87,198--650--$134$87,1981Fathom Events
13The Grudge$77,711-37%127-97$612$21,107,5646Sony Pictures
14Pain and Glory$57,0200%11859$483$4,503,66019Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$255,921683%43$63,980$4,141,20317Fathom Events / Saban Films
2The Assistant$117,83049%2521$4,713$220,9662Bleecker Street
3The Lodge$76,251--6--$12,709$76,2511Neon
4Come to Daddy$57,998--29--$2,000$57,9981Saban Films
5The Man Standing Next$57,161258%2220$2,598$113,5273Capelight Pictures
6The Song Of Names$56,352-20%78-62$722$924,8557Sony Pictures Classics
7Color Out Of Space$55,362-49%54-14$1,025$677,2833RLJE Films
8Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words$53,845-28%4017$1,346$158,6262Manifold Productions
9Cats$44,530-37%85-20$524$27,152,3908Universal Pictures
10The Traitor$40,30973%1714$2,371$74,8302Sony Pictures Classics
12Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$29,096-17%68-16$428$113,921,09517Disney
13Incitement$28,41127%97$3,157$56,8202Greenwich Entertainment
14Les Misérables (2020)$22,234-38%38-23$585$316,1285Amazon Studios
15Citizen K$16,17277%154$1,078$94,09512Greenwich Entertainment
17And Then We Danced$13,880--2--$6,940$13,8801Muisc Box Films
18Judy$12,496-12%5013$250$24,194,71620Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
20Ip Man 4: The Finale$10,826-47%10-5$1,083$3,940,9627Well Go USA Entertainment
21José$10,688-4%21$5,344$26,5632Outsider Pictures
22Cane River$10,240--2--$5,120$10,2401Oscilloscope Laboratories
23Beanpole$7,828-22%21$3,914$42,6852Kino Lorber Films
24Cunningham$5,749-28%4-4$1,437$228,5659Magnolia Pictures
25Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$5,746-64%28-13$205$1,063,0267eOne Entertainment
26Pandora and the Flying Dutchman$5,466--1--$5,466$5,4661Cohen Media Group
27The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$2,489242%42$622$41,76319Zeitgeist Films
28Midnight Family$2,100244%31$700$40,549101091
29Born to Be Wild 3D$1,578--5--$316$25,950,798462Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Varda by Agnes$1,307-44%2-2$654$144,58712Janus Films
32To the Arctic 3D$1,163--2--$582$14,559,702408Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Lore$844-45%1-1$844$19,3684Indican Pictures
34Zombi Child$776-61%20$388$16,4463Film Movement
35The Hottest August$723--1--$723$9,16313Grasshopper Film
36Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project$5382%20$269$47,75513Zeitgeist Films
37Under the Sea 3D$5120%30$171$36,248,707574Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Hubble 3D$459--2--$230$52,514,236517Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$37387%10$373$4,252,24823Greenwich Entertainment
40Chinese Portrait$122-72%1-1$122$3,6089Cinema Guild
41Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$110--1--$110$11,272,008306Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Advocate$61--1--$61$16,4536Film Movement
43Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$20--1--$20$115,26543Zeitgeist Films