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, Nov. 20 - Sun, Nov. 22

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$102,665,981--4,175--$24,591$102,665,9811Lionsgate
2Spectre$15,043,729-55%3,659-270$4,111$154,146,6083Sony / Columbia
3The Peanuts Movie$13,203,590-45%3,671-231$3,597$99,346,7273Fox
4The Night Before$9,880,536--2,960--$3,338$9,880,5361Sony / Columbia
5Secret in Their Eyes$6,652,996--2,392--$2,781$6,652,9961STX Entertainment
6Love the Coopers$4,134,130-50%2,6030$1,588$15,128,3552CBS Films / Lionsgate
7The Martian$3,797,770-43%2,086-702$1,821$213,137,2128Fox
8The 33$2,342,030-60%2,4520$955$10,002,7222Warner Bros.
9Bridge of Spies$2,006,155-53%1,532-1156$1,310$65,238,5676Disney / DreamWorks
10Goosebumps$1,861,967-60%1,787-1018$1,042$76,116,2796Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Spotlight$3,528,384161%598538$5,900$5,804,4953Open Road
2Brooklyn$1,160,517142%11188$10,455$2,169,7423Fox Searchlight
3Hotel Transylvania 2$818,361-65%828-1006$988$166,445,1029Sony / Columbia
4The Met: Live in HD - Lulu (2015)$800,000--900--$889$800,0001Fathom Events
5Prem Ratan Dhan Payo$628,715-74%283-4$2,222$3,961,2212Fox International Productions
7The Intern$423,419-65%514-341$824$74,170,0969Warner Bros.
8Room (2015)$384,828-32%16027$2,405$2,901,8386A24
9The Last Witch Hunter$342,482-77%624-855$549$26,822,6585Lionsgate / Summit
10Pan (2015)$325,111-12%3652$891$34,012,0657Warner Bros.
11Sicario (2015)$284,870-63%285-244$1,000$45,785,70210Lionsgate
12Burnt$250,502-78%326-1288$768$13,443,4074Weinstein Company
13Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$237,629-49%309-60$769$80,825,82810Fox
14Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension$207,994-77%361-424$576$18,247,4455Paramount
15Woodlawn$194,202-71%303-519$641$14,036,5006Pure Flix
16By the Sea$193,030101%126116$1,532$320,6272Universal
18Everest (2015)$108,475-38%134-62$810$43,247,14010Universal
20Inside Out (2015)$92,073-41%178-26$517$356,285,83023Disney
21Steve Jobs$84,420-79%126-200$670$17,614,3237Universal
22The Visit (2015)$81,090-51%153-52$530$65,069,14011Universal
23Rock the Kasbah$81,08454%18933$429$2,982,2815Open Road
24Crimson Peak$79,040-84%184-347$430$31,056,9456Universal
25Black Mass$67,158-57%160-72$420$62,503,61910Warner Bros.
26The Perfect Guy$66,176-52%117-44$566$56,952,09111Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1Trumbo (2015)$258,81665%4727$5,507$587,5683Bleecker Street
2Carol$253,510--4--$63,378$253,5101Weinstein Company
3Legend (2015)$86,836--4--$21,709$86,8361Universal
4A Journey Through Time with Anthony$55,292--17--$3,252$81,7051China Lion Film
5Truth (2015)$47,037-69%63-94$747$2,391,0406Sony Pictures Classics
6War Room$41,447-68%95-97$436$67,547,09113Sony / TriStar
7The Man in 3B$36,850-42%31-4$1,189$261,8363Freestyle Releasing
8A Walk in the Woods$31,954-47%71-53$450$29,432,11112Broad Green Pictures
9The Assassin$24,164--26--$929$530,6656Well Go USA
10Labyrinth of Lies$23,293-63%38-34$613$678,6918Sony Pictures Classics
11Heart of a Dog$22,308-18%10-2$2,231$154,6585Abramorama
12Hubble 3D$21,792-23%12-1$1,816$50,592,362297Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Big Stone Gap$19,930-48%10-14$1,993$974,3417Picturehouse
14Meet the Patels$19,670-54%28-13$703$1,664,77711Alchemy
15The Wonders$17,1121149%1311$1,316$40,3814Oscilloscope
16The Last Women Standing$16,780-77%12-5$1,398$155,7132China Lion Film
17James White$16,34236%21$8,171$32,7792The Film Arcade
18He Named Me Malala$16,132-55%25-8$645$2,603,3808Fox Searchlight
19Theeb$14,33029%146$1,024$52,9403Film Movement
20Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)$14,201-93%50-451$284$6,946,0934Warner Bros.
21Love (2015)$12,163-45%7-7$1,738$200,6374Alchemy
22Grandma$11,265-54%23-13$490$6,876,04414Sony Pictures Classics
23Entertainment$10,650108%86$1,331$19,9452Magnolia Pictures
24Miss You Already$7,047-96%21-290$336$1,162,6533Roadside Attractions
25Heist (2015)$6,846-76%17-7$403$47,2392Lionsgate Premiere
26Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$6,654-20%21$3,327$20,0242Rialto Pictures
27Censored Voices$6,153--2--$3,077$6,1531Music Box Films
28Mediterranea$5,846--2--$2,923$5,8461IFC Films
29No Escape (2015)$5,692-63%16-15$356$27,285,95313Weinstein Company
30The End of the Tour$4,441122%62$740$2,972,86217A24
31Experimenter$4,112-47%12-10$343$149,9616Magnolia Pictures
32All Things Must Pass$4,011-70%8-6$501$154,9186Gravitas Ventures
33Under the Sea 3D$3,83365%63$639$34,773,446354Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Goodbye Mr. Loser$3,35014%20$1,675$1,292,5457China Lion Film
35Flowers$3,334-47%53$667$38,6064Music Box Films
36Amy (2015)$2,978-24%3-2$993$8,393,53221A24
37Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,693151%74$385$10,455,13886Warner Bros. / IMAX
38A Ballerina's Tale$2,34040%156$156$96,9006IFC Films
39What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy$2,264-84%8-6$283$38,9873Oscilloscope
40On War$2,210--1--$2,210$2,2101Indican Pictures
41The Witness$2,111-89%1-13$2,111$418,0634China Lion Film
4299 Homes$2,064-59%7-7$295$1,410,9159Broad Green Pictures
43Army of Shadows (2015 re-issue)$1,946--1--$1,946$27,39613Rialto Pictures
44Journey to the South Pacific$1,830-31%51$366$7,071,023104IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
45Olvidados$1,760--1--$1,760$22,66410Cinema Libre
46Learning to Drive$1,755-28%6-3$293$3,446,82014Broad Green Pictures
47Born to Be Wild 3D$1,702-52%5-2$340$24,422,810242Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Rififi (2015 re-issue)$1,702353%20$851$53,71912Rialto Pictures
49The Hallow$1,318-44%7-1$188$8,9673IFC Midnight
50Coming Home (2015)$1,245-34%70$178$367,90011Sony Pictures Classics
51The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$1,132-18%21$566$449,19122Rialto Pictures
52Welcome to Leith$981-60%2-1$491$35,18111First Run Features
53The Second Mother$935-84%2-6$468$372,38013Oscilloscope
54Sex, Death and Bowling$911-19%2-1$456$5,2364Monterey Media
55Pawn Sacrifice$703-74%3-7$234$2,428,07710Bleecker Street
56Difret$674--4--$169$48,9535Truth Aid / Amplify
57In the Basement$5791132%10$579$2,5023Strand Releasing
58The Summer of Sangaile$453--1--$453$4531Strand Releasing
59Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon$44083%30$147$62,6309Magnolia Pictures
60Drown$329--1--$329$1,63113Strand Releasing
61Breathe (2015)$315-47%2-1$158$41,27011Film Movement
62The Keeping Room$223-59%1-3$223$27,0719Drafthouse Films
63Top Spin$138--1--$138$5,66214First Run Features