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. 13 - Sun, Mar. 15

Wide (1000+)

2Bloodshot$9,176,695--2,861--$3,208$9,176,6951Sony Pictures
3I Still Believe$9,103,614--3,250--$2,801$9,103,6141Lionsgate
4The Invisible Man$5,890,805-61%3,63626$1,620$64,310,4903Universal Pictures
5The Hunt$5,304,455--3,028--$1,752$5,304,4551Universal Pictures
6Sonic The Hedgehog$2,522,584-67%3,041-676$830$145,753,9125Paramount
7The Way Back$2,356,115-71%2,7180$867$13,376,9882Warner Bros.
8The Call Of The Wild$2,226,720-67%3,201-713$696$62,092,631420th Century Studios
9Emma.$1,295,215-73%1,732167$748$9,931,1904Focus Features
10Bad Boys For Life$1,102,208-64%1,451-708$760$204,294,6099Sony / Columbia
11Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)$571,487-73%1,014-1159$564$84,080,0446Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Jumanji: The Next Level$421,399-68%862-541$489$316,783,80314Sony Pictures
21917$347,005-74%766-769$453$159,194,03412Universal Pictures
3Brahms: The Boy II$341,473-72%607-748$563$12,570,2764STX Entertainment
5Fantasy Island$219,439-75%515-847$426$26,400,6185Sony Pictures
6Portrait of a Lady on Fire$170,800-67%333-1$513$3,759,85415NEON
7The Gentlemen$98,341-74%226-266$435$36,289,0058STX Entertainment
8Knives Out$86,296-71%221-180$390$165,356,04716Lionsgate
9The Photograph$85,870-75%198-184$434$20,570,1905Universal Pictures
10Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show$79,862--274--$291$79,8621Trafalgar Releasing
11Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$76,411-61%189-80$404$515,192,18513Disney
13Hope Gap$56,35682%132114$427$100,0442Roadside Attractions
14Spies in Disguise$53,093-60%136-51$390$66,749,8401220th Century Fox
15Baaghi 3$50,234-90%257-8$195$716,8952FIP
16Little Women$50,065-70%200-63$250$108,095,95512Sony Pictures
17Las PĂ­ldoras De Mi Novio$49,478-81%133-147$372$2,966,1974Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
18Burden$46,71216%10978$429$134,0983101 Studios
19Frozen II$42,684-70%165-64$259$477,368,81817Disney
20Wendy$39,947-15%16596$242$138,3143Fox Searchlight
21Just Mercy$31,350-67%139-72$226$35,991,38912Warner Bros.
22Greed$20,547-90%249-347$83$353,0193Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears$51,032--18--$2,835$51,0321Acorn TV
2Extra Ordinary$44,526-46%7543$594$160,8612Cranked Up Films
3Jojo Rabbit$21,913-74%74-85$296$33,369,15622Fox Searchlight
4Heart Of Africa$19,697--20--$985$19,6971Purdie Distribution
5Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band$17,682-79%54-77$327$448,5664Magnolia Pictures
6The Burnt Orange Heresy$16,9295%1511$1,129$38,5752Sony Pictures Classics
7Never Rarely Sometimes Always$16,285--4--$4,071$16,2851Focus Features
8Ordinary Love$14,673-75%22-103$667$321,4215
9Gretel & Hansel$14,346-55%43-34$334$15,345,1337United Artists Releasing
10Corpus Christi$12,232-49%234$532$127,2405Film Movement
11The Traitor$11,66530%4326$271$294,7837Sony Pictures Classics
12Saint Frances$11,335--23--$493$44,3303Oscilloscope Laboratories
13Ford v. Ferrari$11,053-72%55-40$201$117,623,0811820th Century Fox
14Swallow$8,448-34%3936$217$25,7632IFC Films
15Inside the Rain$8,140--1--$8,140$8,1401Sky Island Films
16The Last Full Measure$6,639-60%36-12$184$2,948,5398Roadside Attractions
17The Lodge$6,543-86%19-77$344$1,677,4676Neon
18The Assistant$5,898-79%28-27$211$1,099,3217Bleecker Street
19Tokyo Godfathers (2020 Restoration)$5,800--4--$1,450$237,5582GKIDS
20Human Nature$5,294--2--$2,647$5,2941Greenwich Entertainment
21Sorry We Missed You$4,614-51%63$769$28,2733Zeitgeist Films
22Bacurau$4,456-70%64$743$58,1152Kino Lorber Films
23And Then We Danced$4,347-80%15-8$290$177,1496Muisc Box Films
24The Times of Bill Cunningham$3,795-71%192$200$134,0995Greenwich Entertainment
25The Wild Goose Lake$3,712-19%54$742$12,5732Film Movement
26The Roads Not Taken$3,310--3--$1,103$3,3101Bleecker Street
27The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$3,181-56%11-4$289$113,85824Zeitgeist Films
28Come and See$2,933-64%2-1$1,467$70,8314Janus Films
29The Booksellers$2,632-83%32$877$25,2492Greenwich Entertainment
30The Whistlers$2,632-85%81$329$55,1293Magnolia Pictures
31Downhill$2,609-86%24-45$109$8,286,5475Fox Searchlight
32Incitement$2,596-50%90$288$140,2647Greenwich Entertainment
34Beanpole$2,208-83%10-12$221$196,2577Kino Lorber Films
35Lost in America$2,178522%21$1,089$11,0163Indican Pictures
36The Song Of Names$1,973-70%8-3$247$1,077,39112Sony Pictures Classics
37Weathering With You$1,262-80%4-6$316$7,798,7039GKIDS
38Straight Up$1,242-81%50$248$15,9123
39Powerbomb$1,208-86%2-1$604$11,1852Indican Pictures
40King's Gambit$1,004-48%1-1$1,004$3,7442Indican Pictures
41Mr. Klein$811559%10$811$192,88728Rialto Pictures
42Pain and Glory$6863%3-1$229$4,567,06924Sony Pictures Classics
43Young Ahmed$577-68%41$144$21,2914Kino Lorber Films
44Zombi Child$311-29%2-1$156$25,8788Film Movement
45The White Sheik$286--1--$286$50,79812Rialto Pictures
46Premature$126-77%1-9$126$22,9704IFC Films / Sundance Selects
47I Was at Home, But...$52-93%1-3$52$14,0785Cinema Guild