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. 28 - Sun, Mar. 1

Wide (1000+)

1The Invisible Man$28,205,665--3,610--$7,813$28,205,6651Universal Pictures
2Sonic The Hedgehog$16,312,619-38%4,177-21$3,905$128,606,2713Paramount
3The Call Of The Wild$13,362,823-46%3,865113$3,457$46,166,861220th Century Studios
4My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising$5,891,252--1,260--$4,676$9,264,4531FUNimation Entertainment
5Bad Boys For Life$4,350,134-26%2,708-264$1,606$197,418,5197Sony / Columbia
6Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)$4,104,283-40%3,124-441$1,314$78,786,4164Warner Bros.
7Impractical Jokers: The Movie$3,545,00036%1,9001543$1,866$6,617,0102truTV
81917$2,710,080-36%2,232-493$1,214$155,907,14910Universal Pictures
9Brahms: The Boy II$2,622,542-55%2,1510$1,219$9,770,1612STX Entertainment
10Fantasy Island$2,326,378-46%2,724-60$854$24,056,0313Sony Pictures
11Jumanji: The Next Level$2,181,242-24%1,811-315$1,204$313,787,15212Sony Pictures
13The Metropolitan Opera: Agrippina$1,150,000--1,000--$1,150$1,150,0001Fathom Events
14The Gentlemen$1,098,326-11%1,473340$746$35,174,7966STX Entertainment
15The Photograph$1,053,060-62%1,449-1067$727$19,630,8153Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Portrait of a Lady on Fire$748,2978%268138$2,792$2,471,58513NEON
2Knives Out$626,008-41%670-279$934$164,651,25114Lionsgate
3Las PĂ­ldoras De Mi Novio$614,854-56%3500$1,757$2,352,2802Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
4Little Women$408,741-43%432-201$946$107,638,88710Sony Pictures
5Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$358,594-37%393-165$912$514,684,48211Disney
6Frozen II$315,948-37%344-80$918$477,020,65515Disney
7The Lodge$265,910-58%39573$673$1,450,4084Neon
8Jojo Rabbit$259,250-43%307-78$844$33,122,78920Fox Searchlight
9Spies in Disguise$222,19913%245-18$907$66,435,0691020th Century Fox
10Seberg$208,724342%373370$560$261,6902Amazon Studios
11Downhill$197,611-86%677-1634$292$8,151,3713Fox Searchlight
12Just Mercy$175,791-33%300-123$586$35,737,93510Warner Bros.
13Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band$169,922349%149145$1,140$218,9452Magnolia Pictures
14The Assistant$108,316-50%155-12$699$997,3395Bleecker Street
15Ford v. Ferrari$94,736-45%153-61$619$117,504,8271620th Century Fox
16Gretel & Hansel$75,956-76%207-526$367$15,253,4515United Artists Releasing
17The Turning$67,580-47%136-179$497$15,451,1356Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Emma.$1,159,660395%9792$11,955$1,461,1102Focus Features
2CatVideoFest 2020$177,089-19%7444$2,393$417,8762Oscilloscope Laboratories
3Mafia Inc.$97,843-33%65-20$1,505$699,5123Entertainment One
4Ordinary Love$80,69685%7048$1,153$175,0103
5Underwater$44,716-15%78-7$573$17,245,074820th Century Fox
6A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$29,074-49%74-67$393$61,667,44115Sony Pictures
7Uncut Gems$28,845-53%61-31$473$49,991,83012A24
8The Last Full Measure$28,292-22%61-22$464$2,901,0156Roadside Attractions
9Beanpole$27,699-11%345$815$157,4305Kino Lorber Films
10And Then We Danced$27,364-7%201$1,368$128,8874Muisc Box Films
11Wendy$26,214--4--$6,554$26,2141Fox Searchlight
12Greed$24,163--4--$6,041$24,1631Sony Pictures Classics
13Joker$24,004-40%72-18$333$335,440,97122Warner Bros.
14Corpus Christi$20,84376%138$1,603$68,1253Film Movement
15The Whistlers$20,458--3--$6,819$20,4581Magnolia Pictures
16Burden$20,160--5--$4,032$20,1601101 Studios
17The Traitor$18,776-62%31-14$606$262,0175Sony Pictures Classics
18Saint Frances$14,298--1--$14,298$14,2981Oscilloscope Laboratories
19The Times of Bill Cunningham$14,174-46%102$1,417$103,9593Greenwich Entertainment
20The Song Of Names$13,552-12%24-1$565$1,058,30710Sony Pictures Classics
21Weathering With You$13,339-37%150$889$7,778,6827GKIDS
22Come and See$12,859-20%10$12,859$38,0122Janus Films
23Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words$12,604-61%29-24$435$272,5855Manifold Productions
24Incitement$12,350-7%162$772$126,4335Greenwich Entertainment
25Tread$11,4498%2512$458$29,1362Gravitas Ventures
262020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films$11,115-63%13-24$855$3,289,2625Magnolia Pictures ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
27Judy$7,396-59%19-15$389$24,307,13623Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
28Lost in America$6,798--2--$3,399$6,7981Indican Pictures
29A Simple Wedding$6,409-42%50$1,282$51,6853Blue Fox Entertainment
30Cane River$6,133--5--$1,227$23,9724Oscilloscope Laboratories
31Premature$5,973-40%2925$206$18,8292IFC Films / Sundance Selects
32The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$5,666-74%10-8$567$94,53322Zeitgeist Films
33Straight Up$4,075--1--$4,075$4,0751
34Ride Your Wave$3,709-81%9-3$412$330,5842GKIDS
35Cunningham$3,516-42%4-4$879$261,55912Magnolia Pictures
36Disappearance at Clifton Hill$2,477--19--$130$01IFC Films
37Zombi Child$2,26513%3936$58$23,5816Film Movement
38Olympic Dreams$2,015-80%14-22$144$27,7393IFC Films
39Born to Be Wild 3D$1,945-40%51$389$25,970,878465Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Buffaloed$1,880-53%41$470$28,9763Magnolia Pictures
41Young Ahmed$1,858-56%20$929$16,8292Kino Lorber Films
42I Was at Home, But...$1,79176%54$358$11,8303Cinema Guild
43Enter the Fat Dragon$1,713-60%2-1$857$46,8553Well Go USA Entertainment
44Pain and Glory$1,690-72%9-8$188$4,565,03622Sony Pictures Classics
45L'innocente$1,683-42%10$1,683$21,3523Film Movement
46Just One More Kiss$1,680-31%20$840$4,9502Indican Pictures
47First Lady$1,149-76%1-15$1,149$89,8853ArtAffects Entertainment
48The Cordillera of Dreams$1,123-84%5-3$225$20,9433Icarus Films
49Under the Sea 3D$1,109-39%30$370$36,260,606577Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Citizen K$859-66%6-3$143$119,46615Greenwich Entertainment
51Varda by Agnes$841-74%2-2$421$156,86515Janus Films
52Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)$493140%10$493$33,88814Rialto Pictures
54Edie$307-49%10$307$71,23926Music Box Films
55Synonyms$28543%10$285$205,55219Kino Lorber
56Mr. Klein$273146%10$273$191,95326Rialto Pictures
57Hai Tang Hong$180-42%300$6$8242M Star International
58Sympathy for the Devil$10455%61$17$50,49614eOne Entertainment
59By the Grace of God$65--1--$65$66,17720Music Box Films
60Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$33-97%5-6$7$1,073,94310eOne Entertainment