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, Dec. 19 - Sun, Dec. 21

Wide (1000+)

1The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$54,724,334--3,875--$14,122$89,131,5441Warner Bros. / New Line
2Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$17,100,520--3,785--$4,518$17,100,5201Fox
3Annie (2014)$15,861,939--3,116--$5,090$15,861,9391Sony / Columbia
4Exodus: Gods and Kings$8,105,681-66%3,5030$2,314$38,942,1922Fox
5The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$7,879,421-38%3,174-557$2,482$289,356,1105Lionsgate
6Wild (2014)$4,113,752169%1,061945$3,877$7,174,4893Fox Searchlight
7Big Hero 6$3,642,326-40%2,407-536$1,513$190,520,7497Disney
8Top Five$3,590,013-48%1,307328$2,747$12,477,3062Paramount
9Penguins of Madagascar$3,476,141-52%2,717-950$1,279$64,123,6024Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Horrible Bosses 2$2,203,429-52%1,902-1300$1,158$47,778,1214Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Theory of Everything$1,611,333-35%1,011-209$1,594$19,843,9067Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

1PK (2014)$3,565,258--272--$13,108$3,565,2581UTV Motion Pictures
2Birdman$865,337-34%452-154$1,914$22,204,38410Fox Searchlight
3Dumb and Dumber To$768,605-72%986-1856$780$83,677,7656Universal
4Gone Girl$376,364-64%352-611$1,069$165,203,82212Fox
5St. Vincent$225,458-68%404-608$558$42,389,14411Weinstein Company
6Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$189,48533%26127$726$64,820,85511Disney
7The Homesman$174,599-54%166-56$1,052$1,999,2666Roadside Attractions
8Fury (2014)$170,436-72%238-488$716$84,705,66010Sony / Columbia
9Nightcrawler$149,360-75%153-645$976$31,517,0528Open Road
10John Wick$122,323-27%180-80$680$42,599,6819Lionsgate / Summit
11The Maze Runner$121,335-36%181-60$670$101,813,35314Fox
12The Book of Life (2014)$113,966-32%173-55$659$48,914,14810Fox
13Guardians of the Galaxy$104,971-42%206-39$510$332,657,31621Disney
14The Equalizer$73,370-62%111-151$661$100,915,60413Sony / Columbia
15The Judge (2014)$61,436-62%135-168$455$46,884,03711Warner Bros.
16The Pyramid$57,243-90%122-563$469$2,637,8293Fox
17The Boxtrolls$51,862-49%176-47$295$50,312,23313Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Imitation Game$858,6151%349$25,253$3,155,5764Weinstein Company
2Inherent Vice$145,277-56%50$29,055$597,9822Warner Bros
3The Babadook$103,486-23%79-1$1,310$480,3264IFC Midnight
4Back in Time$97,323-53%19-1$5,122$431,3412China Lion Film
6Beyond the Lights$43,146-85%77-382$560$14,458,6696Relativity Media
7Force Majeure$42,013-35%48-18$875$1,018,4609Magnolia Pictures
8The Best of Me$35,026-10%911$385$26,636,20610Relativity Media
9Awake: The Life of Yogananda$26,815115%136$2,063$929,01711CounterPoint Films
10Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$22,9931%400$575$8,349,32638Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Song of the Sea$21,910--2--$10,955$21,9101GKIDS
12Rosewater$20,366-69%27-88$754$3,093,4916Open Road
13Antarctica: A Year on Ice$20,112-46%20-7$1,006$170,1714Music Box Films
14Hubble 3D$19,86117%148$1,419$46,691,887249Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Journey to the South Pacific$19,647-16%192$1,034$5,175,77556IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
16Women Who Flirt$13,403-46%4-11$3,351$353,8734China Lion Film
17Dear White People$12,802-44%16-13$800$4,355,71410Roadside Attractions
18The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$9,617-52%11-12$874$557,16810GKIDS
19The Good Lie$9,519-68%18-17$529$2,676,69712Warner Bros.
20Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas$6,788-86%30-150$226$2,778,2976IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
21The King and the Mockingbird$6,731--7--$962$17,9205Rialto Pictures
22Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$6,050-62%6-7$1,008$356,6269PCH Films / Area23a
23Zero Motivation$5,980-69%4-3$1,495$51,9533Zeitgeist Films
24Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks$5,305-58%4-3$1,326$23,7532Dada Films
25My Old Lady$5,262-40%10-8$526$3,979,44315Cohen Media Group
26Diplomacy$3,893-54%4-2$973$212,19610Zeitgeist Films
27A Tale of Winter (2014 re-issue)$3,802--1--$3,802$3,8021Big World Pictures
28To the Arctic 3D$3,22286%2-3$1,611$14,259,893140Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$3,143271%32$1,048$23,42315First Run Features
30The Two Faces of January$2,783-28%4-1$696$506,06713Magnolia Pictures
31Under the Sea 3D$2,47575%54$495$34,379,364306Warner Bros. / IMAX
32She's Beautiful When She's Angry$2,020-75%1-1$2,020$35,9553International Film Circuit
33Why Don't You Play in Hell?$1,909--3--$636$17,9507Drafthouse Films
34The Way He Looks$1,790109%42$448$93,5777Strand Releasing
35The Skeleton Twins$1,766-39%3-4$589$5,283,37915Roadside Attractions
36If You Don't, I Will$1,707--1--$1,707$2,5691Film Movement
37Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles$1,664-77%1-1$1,664$15,5282Cohen Media Group
38The Overnighters$1,049111%21$525$96,86011Drafthouse Films
39Born to Be Wild 3D$811-78%6-7$135$23,868,389194Warner Bros. / IMAX
4020,000 Days on Earth$804339%21$402$276,18114Drafthouse Films
41Anything For Alice$738--1--$738$1,0921Rialto Pictures
42Life Partners$72268%1-2$722$5,3273Magnolia Pictures
43Pioneer$442-69%1-2$442$5,6973Magnolia Pictures
44Viva la Liberta$136-95%2-5$68$31,8187Distrib Films