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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Feb. 16 2015

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 16 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$8,550,121-19%3,65413$2,340$103,140,0552Paramount
2Fifty Shades of Grey$7,838,900-57%3,646--$2,150$93,010,3501Universal / Focus
3Kingsman: The Secret Service$5,555,196-46%3,204--$1,734$41,761,5271Fox
4American Sniper$2,365,038-51%3,436-449$688$306,478,1368Warner Bros.
5Paddington$1,734,57529%2,244-644$773$63,963,8675Weinstein / Dimension
6Jupiter Ascending$1,501,428-43%3,1810$472$33,876,5932Warner Bros.
7The Imitation Game$692,265-32%1,551-412$446$80,311,82512Weinstein Company
8Seventh Son$689,760-44%2,874-1$240$14,111,9802Universal
9Project Almanac$536,485-34%1,732-1168$310$20,130,1273Paramount
10Black or White$478,057-33%1,591-232$300$17,882,6733Relativity Media
11The Wedding Ringer$462,886-46%1,456-682$318$60,050,3505Sony / Screen Gems
12The Boy Next Door$227,045-52%1,192-1001$190$34,038,5254Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 16 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Big Hero 6$213,861--317--$675$219,482,36615Disney
3Birdman$172,925-33%481-185$360$36,630,75518Fox Searchlight
4The Theory of Everything$163,480-26%466-136$351$33,339,00415Focus
5Taken 3$148,979-48%691-816$216$86,940,7056Fox
6Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$131,2228%282-155$465$111,143,8099Fox
7Into the Woods$109,363-1%287-463$381$126,408,4718Disney
8The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$95,577-28%272-231$351$253,668,5879Warner Bros. / New Line
9Old Fashioned$85,485-60%224221$382$1,126,1992Freestyle Releasing
10Penguins of Madagascar$72,6573%222-35$327$82,450,66312Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films$72,657--244--$298$1,779,5043ShortsHD
12Annie (2014)$72,3824%22710$319$85,351,3119Sony / Columbia
13The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$59,616-30%232-93$257$336,187,65913Lionsgate
14A Most Violent Year$57,368--186--$308$5,282,4737A24
15Strange Magic$56,71528%175-1147$324$11,895,8234Disney
16Wild (2014)$51,663-39%185-101$279$36,974,61811Fox Searchlight
19Two Days, One Night$25,648--120--$214$1,100,6508IFC Films
20The Loft$21,550-50%245-1596$88$5,886,6093Open Road
21The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death$10,649-57%10113$105$26,376,3897Relativity Media
22Boyhood$10,218--110--$93$25,221,01632IFC Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 16 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere Only We Know$32,178--46--$700$337,1121China Lion Film
2Timbuktu$23,104--33--$700$313,6673Cohen Media Group
3Song of the Sea$16,256-5%365$452$412,6169GKIDS
4Hubble 3D$14,136--7--$2,019$47,576,968257Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Inherent Vice$13,894-26%45-26$309$8,032,00110Warner Bros
6Spare Parts$12,356-28%54-81$229$3,446,5675Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$10,674--53--$201$66,927,31619Disney
8Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$10,125-23%350$289$8,740,03546Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Last Five Years$9,433-24%3--$3,144$51,4751RADiUS-TWC
11Exodus: Gods and Kings$9,157-42%66-64$139$64,975,09710Fox
12Ballet 422$7,755--6--$1,293$79,7262Magnolia Pictures
13Big Eyes$6,855-35%66-45$104$14,398,3168Weinstein Company
14Black Sea$6,098-41%92-261$66$1,152,9004Focus
15Buen Día, Ramón$5,908-52%29--$204$146,5913Fox International Productions
16Journey to the South Pacific$5,893--13--$453$5,758,98364IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
17Cake$5,258-29%34-41$155$1,942,6324Cinelou Releasing
18St. Vincent$4,872-66%7740$63$44,079,92919Weinstein Company
20The Book of Life (2014)$3,074--19--$162$50,145,72018Fox
21The Gambler$2,468-46%46-57$54$33,675,2278Paramount
22Horrible Bosses 2$2,231-36%44-49$51$54,441,33712Warner Bros. / New Line
23The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$1,643-39%84$205$672,30018GKIDS
24Gone Girl$1,222-52%25-48$49$167,759,61320Fox
25Born to Be Wild 3D$1,134--7--$162$23,914,145202Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Mommy$1,037--10-11$104$3,482,8884Roadside Attractions
27The Duke of Burgundy$920--8--$115$43,2234IFC Films
28Boy Meets Girl$752--4--$188$12,2052Bramacharia LLC
29The Homesman$5053%5-4$101$2,426,78614Roadside Attractions
30Force Majeure$476--5--$95$1,345,40817Magnolia Pictures
31Girlhood (2015)$230--2--$115$30,5033Strand Releasing
32A Tale of Winter (2014 re-issue)$52--1--$52$23,2689Big World Pictures
33The Babadook$7--11--$1$933,12412IFC Midnight