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. 15 - Sun, Feb. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Alita: Battle Angel$28,525,613--3,790--$7,527$37,241,845120th Century Fox
2The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$20,804,670-39%4,3030$4,835$62,280,0294Warner Bros.
3Isn't It Romantic$14,247,758--3,444--$4,137$20,493,1051Warner Bros.
4What Men Want$10,675,205-41%2,9120$3,666$35,905,5332Paramount
5Happy Death Day 2U$9,497,665--3,207--$2,962$13,209,1651Universal Pictures
6Cold Pursuit$5,977,782-46%2,6300$2,273$21,100,1142Lionsgate / Summit
7The Upside$5,491,229-22%2,781-591$1,975$94,098,2606STX Entertainment
9The Prodigy$3,168,439-46%2,5300$1,252$11,033,9132Orion Pictures
10Green Book$2,887,175-16%1,618-531$1,784$65,892,57614Universal Pictures
11Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$2,019,009-34%1,207-519$1,673$182,774,91310Sony / Columbia
12Aquaman$1,850,532-42%1,264-938$1,464$331,336,63410Warner Bros.
13Ralph Breaks the Internet$1,000,986193%1,354956$739$198,688,23013Disney
14Miss Bala$955,350-65%1,172-1031$815$13,846,5483Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Gully Boy$2,045,068--258--$7,927$2,350,0101Viva Pictures
2They Shall Not Grow Old$1,015,125-41%626-201$1,622$15,286,4729Warner Bros.
3Bohemian Rhapsody$979,914-25%562-277$1,744$212,011,6231620th Century Fox
4A Dog's Way Home$869,218-56%880-1129$988$40,320,6126Sony Pictures
5The 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films$815,887-13%370100$2,205$2,160,4072ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
6A Star is Born$781,56943%843387$927$209,793,25720Warner Bros.
7The Favourite$644,682-21%324-281$1,990$31,187,96713Fox Searchlight
8Escape Room$600,229-62%635-704$945$55,700,9967Sony Pictures
10Bumblebee$442,172-49%584-392$757$126,483,8309Paramount Pictures
11Mary Poppins Returns$416,116-50%345-497$1,206$170,444,3199Disney
12Cold War$415,755-20%247-23$1,683$3,562,3229Amazon Studios
13The Kid Who Would Be King$336,650-77%415-1431$811$16,281,724420th Century Fox
14The Mule$315,935-30%332-171$952$103,113,49810Warner Bros.
15Stan & Ollie$248,629-42%210-142$1,184$4,737,8788Sony Pictures Classics
16On The Basis Of Sex$236,985-51%186-230$1,274$24,230,8928Focus Features
17If Beale Street Could Talk$218,509-19%165-101$1,324$14,133,16610Annapurna
18Capernaum$189,81633%13673$1,396$989,86510Sony Pictures Classics
19Free Solo$188,272-42%108-45$1,743$16,245,95321National Geographic Entertainment
20Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald$56,826-24%104-45$546$159,522,88514Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Arctic$241,856169%6348$3,839$430,4403Bleecker Street
2Everybody Knows$192,679171%2319$8,377$287,8852Focus Features
3Uri: The Surgical Strike$169,470-32%51-36$3,323$3,958,3726PackYourBag Films
4Fighting With My Family$138,780--4--$34,695$173,0541MGM
5Never Look Away$127,490228%3128$4,113$251,7914Sony Pictures Classics
6Can You Ever Forgive Me?$73,673-26%68-35$1,083$8,660,61718Fox Searchlight
7The Wife$69,841-26%77-22$907$9,211,40727Sony Pictures Classics
8Shoplifters$66,677-27%66-12$1,010$3,076,86813Magnolia Pictures
9Lords of Chaos$50,94784%128$4,246$98,6842Gunpowder & Sky
10Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga$47,925-81%42-150$1,141$1,160,0133FIP
11The Invisibles$32,593-12%191$1,715$169,0544Greenwich Entertainment
12Creed II$31,742-26%55-14$577$115,660,71213MGM / Warner Bros
13The Last Resort$30,053--5--$6,011$62,3199Kino Lober Films
14Second Act$30,052-59%67-60$449$39,266,92210STX Entertainment
15To Dust$27,368222%1413$1,955$38,2592Good Deed Entertainment
16Birds of Passage$23,082--2--$11,541$27,7651The Orchard
17War and Peace$22,976--1--$22,976$22,9761Janus Films
18Serenity$22,146-82%63-220$352$8,509,6684Aviron Pictures
19Holmes and Watson$17,563-52%46-25$382$30,565,4789Sony Pictures
20CATVIDEOFEST 2019$11,269--1--$11,269$11,2691Oscilloscope
22JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration$9,994-72%26-33$384$706,5112Trafalgar Releasing
23Donnybrook$9,802--80--$123$9,8021IFC Films
24The Image Book$8,470277%3-1$2,823$68,1844Kino Lorber Films
25Destroyer$8,004-90%15-129$534$1,499,8448Annapurna Pictures
26Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year$8,002-88%15-52$533$129,7082STX Entertainment
27Sorry Angel$6,559--1--$6,559$6,5591Strand Releasing
28Ruben Brandt, Collector$6,036--2--$3,018$7,3791Sony Pictures Classics
29The Possession of Hannah Grace$5,588-52%14-11$399$14,835,21912Sony / Screen Gems
30Hotel By The River$5,534--1--$5,534$5,5341Cinema Guild
31Ben Is Back$5,484-54%15-5$366$3,699,55111Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment / Lionsgate
32Hale County This Morning, This Evening$5,03280%74$719$97,33623Cinema Guild
33Widows$4,773-37%11-10$434$42,398,8991420th Century Fox
34Police Story and Police Story 2$4,3625%31$1,454$52,3513Janus Films
35The World Before Your Feet$4,009-66%50$802$233,29613Greenwich Entertainment
36Replicas$3,125-64%12-17$260$4,044,9596Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
37Who Will Write Our History$2,553-60%3-3$851$92,3015Abramorama
38The Wild Pear Tree$1,409-75%42$352$19,0463Cinema Guild
39What Is Democracy?$1,271--2--$636$28,0825Zeitgeist Films
40La Religieuse$1,21314%10$1,213$29,2267Rialto Pictures
41Life and Nothing More$1,206--3--$402$21,04117CFI Releasing
42The Heiresses$1,002-48%32$334$45,3395Distrib Films US
43The Gospel of Eureka$595-83%21$298$14,3382Kino Lorber
44Burning$58712%20$294$704,33117Well Go USA Entertainment
45Studio 54$586--1--$586$192,64420Zeitgeist Films
47Of Fathers and Sons$366-66%40$92$11,96213Kino Lorber
48Sicilian Ghost Story$244--1--$244$15,15812Strand Releasing
49The Bounty Killer$144-60%1-1$144$48,8154Indican Pictures