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. 24 - Sun, Feb. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Get Out$33,377,060--2,781--$12,002$33,377,0601Universal
2The LEGO Batman Movie$19,208,097-41%4,057-31$4,735$133,214,6753Warner Bros.
3John Wick: Chapter 2$9,358,982-42%2,954-159$3,168$74,771,6823Lionsgate / Summit
4The Great Wall$9,125,960-51%3,3283$2,742$34,831,6002Universal
5Fifty Shades Darker$7,792,655-62%3,216-498$2,423$103,727,8703Universal
6Fist Fight$6,571,348-46%3,1850$2,063$23,446,1752Warner Bros. / New Line
7Hidden Figures$5,805,737-20%2,022-195$2,871$152,746,54110Fox
8La La Land$4,689,2922%1,733146$2,706$140,949,35712Lionsgate / Summit
10Lion$3,832,257-9%1,802260$2,127$42,840,59414Weinstein Company
11Rock Dog$3,704,749--2,077--$1,784$3,704,7491Summit Premiere
12A Dog's Purpose$3,572,435-37%2,089-311$1,710$57,581,0405Universal
13Collide$1,512,824--2,045--$740$1,512,8241Open Road
14A Cure for Wellness$1,401,394-68%2,7040$518$7,496,6442Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

2I am Not Your Negro$826,126-18%31354$2,639$4,681,4864Magnolia Pictures
4Moonlight (2016)$703,30730%585130$1,202$22,223,63119A24
5Rings (2017)$686,936-71%719-841$955$27,296,4104Paramount
6A United Kingdom$507,12590%148103$3,427$986,6253Fox Searchlight
7Sing (2016)$488,275-34%391-170$1,249$267,661,26510Universal
8Manchester By the Sea$480,978-9%3974$1,212$46,875,39115Roadside / Amazon
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017$443,836-31%2722$1,632$2,532,9923Magnolia
10Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$423,387-46%284-151$1,491$529,443,93111Disney
11Everybody Loves Somebody$368,017-60%3330$1,105$1,634,9692Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Passengers$243,117-39%287-371$847$98,952,52510Sony / Columbia
14Bitter Harvest$219,357--127--$1,727$219,3571Roadside Attractions
15The Founder$170,082-59%161-92$1,056$12,335,8576Weinstein Company
16Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them$168,513-38%210-25$802$233,500,09015Warner Bros.
17Patriots Day$144,373-49%157-100$920$31,721,15710CBS Films / Lionsgate
18xXx: The Return of Xander Cage$143,603-67%180-255$798$44,650,6576Paramount
19Why Him?$128,97478%368245$350$59,524,61210Fox
20Toni Erdmann$123,598-38%11210$1,104$1,165,77010Sony Pictures Classics
21The Red Turtle$116,73381%11579$1,015$591,8366Sony Pictures Classics
22Jackie$109,764-29%112-18$980$13,718,70713Fox Searchlight
23Monster Trucks$108,217-44%150-80$721$32,802,9757Paramount
24The Space Between Us$86,319-69%107-210$807$7,829,7664STX Entertainment
25Doctor Strange$81,957-34%105-31$781$232,526,98317Disney
26Elle (2016)$76,21745%147104$518$2,218,42216Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Salesman$162,161-54%973$1,672$1,415,9455Cohen Media Group
2KEDi$109,38437%136$8,414$297,1823Oscilloscope Laboratories
3Paterson$81,148-48%55-9$1,475$1,699,3479Bleecker Street
4Jolly LLB 2$78,218-79%59-107$1,326$1,632,4403FIP
5Resident Evil: The Final Chapter$71,589-82%85-423$842$26,654,6955Sony / Screen Gems
620th Century Women$58,480-58%64-51$914$5,444,2999A24
7Sleepless$57,506-68%82-70$701$20,670,7627Open Road
8Hacksaw Ridge$55,643-60%60-27$927$66,935,52517Lionsgate
9Trolls$54,752-38%98-32$559$153,479,94717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Un Padre No Tan Padre$38,563-16%5216$742$2,106,6305Lionsgate / Pantelion Films.
11Underworld: Blood Wars$38,158-45%82-24$465$30,317,7458Sony / Screen Gems
12Duckweed$36,966-64%17-13$2,174$422,4663China Lion Film
13Julieta$35,023-34%332$1,061$1,331,60610Sony Pictures Classics
14Confidential Assignment$31,981--10--$3,198$444,2315CJ Entertainment
15My Life As A Zucchini$31,853--2--$15,927$31,8531GKIDS
16Gold (2017)$21,495-58%41-66$524$7,202,8015The Weinstein Company / Dimension
17Live By Night$21,282925%9085$236$10,365,75510Warner Bros.
18Neruda$19,496-58%37-7$527$719,84311The Orchard
19Assassin's Creed$19,124-60%57-46$336$54,624,34410Fox
20Land of Mine$14,0082%83$1,751$67,0953Sony Pictures Classics
21The Eagle Huntress$13,262-46%22-6$603$3,056,90417Sony Pictures Classics
22Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back$10,538-64%5-9$2,108$870,4514Sony Pictures
23The Comedian$8,536-69%30-11$285$1,646,4454Sony Pictures Classics
24XX$8,23832%169$515$19,9612Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
25Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$5,838-31%2-1$2,919$111,8094Abramorama
26The Lure$4,110-55%3-1$1,370$47,4074Janus
27Ocean Waves$2,95176%101$295$86,4019GKIDS
28The Love Witch$2,492--4--$623$226,22316Oscilloscope Pictures
29Pelle the Conqueror (2017 Re-release)$1,676--1--$1,676$1,6761Film Movement
30Saving Banksy$1,375--2--$688$44,6007Parade Deck Films
31Sophie and the Rising Sun$845-84%3-1$282$26,1556Monterey Media
32Mifune: The Last Samurai$398--2--$199$61,69114Strand
33The Ardennes$20-69%10$20$5,6388Film Movement