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, Mar. 6 - Sun, Mar. 8

Wide (1000+)

2The Invisible Man$15,132,340-46%3,6100$4,192$52,675,9102Universal Pictures
3The Way Back$8,170,315--2,718--$3,006$8,170,3151Warner Bros.
4Sonic The Hedgehog$7,704,067-53%3,717-460$2,073$140,522,2194Paramount
5The Call Of The Wild$6,762,405-49%3,91449$1,728$57,246,143320th Century Studios
6Emma.$4,805,785314%1,5651468$3,071$6,697,8503Focus Features
7Bad Boys For Life$3,022,087-31%2,159-549$1,400$202,000,1908Sony / Columbia
8Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)$2,137,794-48%2,173-951$984$82,538,3765Warner Bros.
9Impractical Jokers: The Movie$1,845,000-48%1,775-125$1,039$10,197,0913truTV
10My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising$1,704,205-71%1,198-62$1,423$12,899,6122FUNimation Entertainment
111917$1,336,835-51%1,535-697$871$158,260,92911Universal Pictures
12Jumanji: The Next Level$1,323,154-39%1,403-408$943$315,854,74813Sony Pictures
13Brahms: The Boy II$1,239,717-53%1,355-796$915$11,771,5713STX Entertainment
14Fantasy Island$870,700-63%1,362-1362$639$25,801,5974Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

2Portrait of a Lady on Fire$524,107-30%33466$1,569$3,346,38814NEON
3Baaghi 3$509,616--265--$1,923$509,6161FIP
4The Gentlemen$373,633-66%492-981$759$36,017,8167STX Entertainment
6The Photograph$343,005-67%382-1067$898$20,357,0554Universal Pictures
7Knives Out$294,558-53%401-269$735$165,157,00315Lionsgate
8Las PĂ­ldoras De Mi Novio$263,219-57%280-70$940$2,811,6243Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
9Greed$200,725731%596592$337$231,8002Sony Pictures Classics
10Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$198,365-45%269-124$737$515,028,17812Disney
11Little Women$166,743-59%263-169$634$107,973,82811Sony Pictures
12Frozen II$144,228-54%229-115$630$477,272,60816Disney
13Beneath Us$137,260--162--$847$137,2601NME Vital Films
14Spies in Disguise$133,935-40%187-58$716$66,644,6491120th Century Fox
15Just Mercy$94,061-46%211-89$446$35,915,35311Warner Bros.
16Jojo Rabbit$84,776-67%159-148$533$33,310,16421Fox Searchlight
17Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band$82,951-51%131-18$633$388,5813Magnolia Pictures
18Ordinary Love$57,983-28%12555$464$274,1494
19Seberg$25,836-88%213-160$121$413,7583Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

1Extra Ordinary$82,543--32--$2,579$82,5431Cranked Up Films
2First Cow$81,323--4--$20,331$81,3231A24
3Mafia Inc.$77,375-21%55-10$1,407$855,3284Entertainment One
414 Days, 12 Nights$71,802--19--$3,779$71,8021Entertainment One
5Wendy$46,95779%6965$681$76,9362Fox Searchlight
6The Lodge$46,164-83%96-299$481$1,648,0515Neon
7CatVideoFest 2020$41,150-77%27-47$1,524$478,7753Oscilloscope Laboratories
8Burden$40,20599%3126$1,297$68,2432101 Studios
9Ford v. Ferrari$39,202-59%95-58$413$117,589,5531720th Century Fox
10Gretel & Hansel$31,632-58%77-130$411$15,315,5776United Artists Releasing
11Hope Gap$30,978--18--$1,721$30,9781Roadside Attractions
12The Assistant$28,036-74%55-100$510$1,078,4146Bleecker Street
13Corpus Christi$23,83614%196$1,255$105,5174Film Movement
14Underwater$21,879-51%50-28$438$17,281,763920th Century Fox
15And Then We Danced$21,441-22%233$932$162,2835Muisc Box Films
16Downhill$19,251-90%69-608$279$8,274,5574Fox Searchlight
17The Whistlers$17,885-13%74$2,555$46,4952Magnolia Pictures
18The Last Full Measure$16,621-41%48-13$346$2,933,9467Roadside Attractions
19The Burnt Orange Heresy$16,163--4--$4,041$16,1631Sony Pictures Classics
20The Booksellers$15,794--1--$15,794$15,7941Greenwich Entertainment
21Bacurau$14,691--2--$7,346$45,1721Kino Lorber Films
22Uncut Gems$13,678-53%33-28$414$50,018,55713A24
23A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$13,193-55%41-33$322$61,696,43616Sony Pictures
24The Times of Bill Cunningham$13,024-8%177$766$123,7274Greenwich Entertainment
25Swallow$12,850--3--$4,283$12,8501IFC Films
26Beanpole$12,642-54%22-12$575$187,0246Kino Lorber Films
27Made in Hong Kong (2020 re-release)$12,000--1--$12,000$12,0001Metrograph Pictures
282020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films$10,581-5%7-6$1,512$3,304,7486Magnolia Pictures ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
29Sorry We Missed You$9,436--3--$3,145$19,8732Zeitgeist Films
30The Traitor$9,005-52%17-14$530$279,8256Sony Pictures Classics
31Powerbomb$8,712--3--$2,904$8,7121Indican Pictures
32Come and See$8,157-37%32$2,719$61,9793Janus Films
33The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$7,15226%155$477$106,23423Zeitgeist Films
34Straight Up$6,54161%54$1,308$11,9662
35The Song Of Names$6,538-52%11-13$594$1,070,82111Sony Pictures Classics
36Weathering With You$6,229-53%10-5$623$7,793,7618GKIDS
37Incitement$5,216-58%9-7$580$136,0356Greenwich Entertainment
38The Wild Goose Lake$4,573--1--$4,573$6,0791Film Movement
39Vitalina Varela$4,484--5--$897$12,9883Grasshopper Film
40Judy$3,222-56%10-9$322$24,315,51624Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
41Balloon$2,886--5--$577$31,95727Distrib Films
42Just One More Kiss$2,55052%20$1,275$8,4453Indican Pictures
43Cunningham$2,002-43%51$400$265,01413Magnolia Pictures
44Play the Flute$1,970--1--$1,970$239,41158
45King's Gambit$1,936--2--$968$1,9361Indican Pictures
46Young Ahmed$1,787-4%31$596$19,5353Kino Lorber Films
47Born to Be Wild 3D$1,750-10%61$292$25,978,556466Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words$1,628-87%8-21$204$281,1556Manifold Productions
49Varda by Agnes$1,00219%1-1$1,002$158,65116Janus Films
50I Was at Home, But...$799-55%4-1$200$13,8284Cinema Guild
51Pain and Glory$668-60%4-5$167$4,566,05623Sony Pictures Classics
52First Lady$659-43%10$659$91,9824ArtAffects Entertainment
53Ride Your Wave$622-83%2-7$311$332,0593GKIDS
54Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project$576--1--$576$55,14217Zeitgeist Films
55Premature$543-91%10-19$54$22,6483IFC Films / Sundance Selects
56Hubble 3D$462--1--$462$52,522,904521Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Zombi Child$437-81%3-36$146$25,4547Film Movement
58Lost in America$350-95%1-1$350$8,7602Indican Pictures
59Under the Sea 3D$253-77%30$84$36,262,926578Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Redoubt$211--2--$106$33,15519Grasshopper Film
61Disappearance at Clifton Hill$145-94%5-14$29$3,3892IFC Films
62Edie$139-55%10$139$71,61127Music Box Films
63Mr. Klein$123-55%10$123$192,07627Rialto Pictures
64By the Grace of God$8328%10$83$66,26021Music Box Films
65Advocate$72--1--$72$16,63410Film Movement