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. 13 - Sun, Feb. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Fifty Shades of Grey$85,171,450--3,646--$23,360$85,171,4501Universal / Focus
2Kingsman: The Secret Service$36,206,331--3,204--$11,300$36,206,3311Fox
3The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$31,457,373-43%3,65413$8,609$94,589,9342Paramount
4American Sniper$16,414,805-30%3,436-449$4,777$304,113,0988Warner Bros.
5Jupiter Ascending$9,254,019-50%3,1810$2,909$32,375,1652Warner Bros.
6Seventh Son$4,151,780-42%2,874-1$1,445$13,422,2202Universal
7Paddington$4,035,984-23%2,244-644$1,799$62,229,2925Weinstein / Dimension
8The Imitation Game$3,487,137-26%1,551-412$2,248$79,619,56012Weinstein Company
9The Wedding Ringer$3,244,447-31%1,456-682$2,228$59,587,4645Sony / Screen Gems
10Project Almanac$2,764,066-47%1,732-1168$1,596$19,593,6423Paramount
11Black or White$2,688,314-41%1,591-232$1,690$17,404,6163Relativity Media
12The Boy Next Door$1,776,660-57%1,192-1001$1,490$33,811,4804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Taken 3$1,116,999-52%691-816$1,616$86,791,7266Fox
3Old Fashioned$997,8232461%224221$4,455$1,040,7142Freestyle Releasing
4Birdman$857,145-34%481-185$1,782$36,457,83018Fox Searchlight
5The Theory of Everything$740,821-25%466-136$1,590$33,175,52415Focus
6Big Hero 6$676,82595%31761$2,135$219,268,50515Disney
7The 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films$430,220-11%24486$1,763$1,706,8473ShortsHD
8The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$411,321-46%272-231$1,512$253,573,0109Warner Bros. / New Line
9Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$406,615-20%282-155$1,442$111,012,5879Fox
10Into the Woods$353,901-59%287-463$1,233$126,299,1088Disney
11The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$302,965-26%232-93$1,306$336,128,04313Lionsgate
12Wild (2014)$277,192-41%185-101$1,498$36,922,95511Fox Searchlight
13A Most Violent Year$252,756-74%186-520$1,359$5,225,1057A24
16Penguins of Madagascar$218,581-25%222-35$985$82,378,00612Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Annie (2014)$217,29036%22710$957$85,278,9299Sony / Columbia
18The Loft$166,277-89%245-1596$679$5,865,0593Open Road
19Two Days, One Night$132,366-34%12010$1,103$1,075,0028IFC Films
20Strange Magic$130,154-85%175-1147$744$11,839,1084Disney
21The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death$81,17225%10113$804$26,365,7407Relativity Media
22Boyhood$40,817-4%11050$371$25,210,79832IFC Films
23Shamitabh$24,027-90%1370$175$316,0102Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Somewhere Only We Know$304,934--46--$6,629$304,9341China Lion Film
2Timbuktu$108,42938%3319$3,286$291,1623Cohen Media Group
3Inherent Vice$63,001-49%45-26$1,400$8,018,10710Warner Bros
4Hubble 3D$55,12232%7-4$7,875$47,562,832257Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Spare Parts$51,697-62%54-81$957$3,434,2115Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Song of the Sea$50,888-20%365$1,414$396,3609GKIDS
7St. Vincent$49,21485%7740$639$44,075,05719Weinstein Company
8Journey to the South Pacific$46,75924%16-3$2,922$5,753,09064IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Exodus: Gods and Kings$46,530-53%66-64$705$64,965,94010Fox
10The Last Five Years$42,042--3--$14,014$42,0421RADiUS-TWC
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,76052%350$1,136$8,729,91046Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Big Eyes$34,922-44%66-45$529$14,391,4618Weinstein Company
14Ballet 422$33,78722%64$5,631$71,9712Magnolia Pictures
15Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$31,947-50%53-43$603$66,916,64219Disney
16Black Sea$31,635-88%92-261$344$1,146,8024Focus
17Buen Día, Ramón$29,255-22%295$1,009$140,6833Fox International Productions
18Above and Beyond$28,61857%136$2,201$60,1343International Film Circuit
20Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$24,210--2--$12,105$24,2101Music Box Films
21Cake$21,698-73%34-41$638$1,937,3744Cinelou Releasing
22She's Beautiful When She's Angry$20,873-19%80$2,609$144,73511International Film Circuit
23A Matter of Faith$20,417-84%30-22$681$433,62018Five & Two Pictures
24The Gambler$14,645-74%46-57$318$33,672,7598Paramount
25Horrible Bosses 2$12,947-59%44-49$294$54,439,10612Warner Bros. / New Line
26Mommy$10,578-61%10-11$1,058$3,471,2734Roadside Attractions
27Gone Girl$9,940-70%25-48$398$167,758,39120Fox
28The Book of Life (2014)$9,936-73%19-38$523$50,142,64618Fox
29Awake: The Life of Yogananda$9,703--7--$1,386$1,294,40519CounterPoint Films
30Running Man (2015)$9,029-81%4-17$2,257$306,4013China Lion Film
31The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$7,999219%84$1,000$670,65718GKIDS
32Human Capital$7,50180%84$938$74,4205Film Movement
33The Duke of Burgundy$5,773-1%8-1$722$42,3034IFC Films
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,69274%73$813$23,913,011202Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The Babadook$5,503-14%111$500$933,11712IFC Midnight
36Under the Sea 3D$4,949199%72$707$34,431,152314Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Boy Meets Girl$4,804-9%43$1,201$11,4532Bramacharia LLC
38Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$4,594--2--$2,297$96,43918Rialto Pictures
39Amira & Sam$2,745-27%3-3$915$27,8233Drafthouse Films
40The Homesman$1,811-72%5-4$362$2,426,28114Roadside Attractions
41Beloved Sisters$1,357--1--$1,357$43,4536Music Box Films
42Force Majeure$1,175-73%5-4$235$1,344,93217Magnolia Pictures
43R100$587-75%2-2$294$24,0684Drafthouse Films
44Girlhood (2015)$518-95%2-3$259$30,2733Strand Releasing
45To the Arctic 3D$450-89%20$225$14,311,254148Warner Bros. / IMAX
46A Tale of Winter (2014 re-issue)$282-67%10$282$23,2169Big World Pictures
47Match$166-96%1-8$166$30,4695IFC Films