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. 4 - Sun, Dec. 6

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$18,857,547-64%4,086-89$4,615$227,369,5473Lionsgate
3The Good Dinosaur$15,323,958-61%3,7490$4,087$75,763,4882Disney
4Creed$14,989,303-49%3,42420$4,378$64,586,8592Warner Bros. / New Line
5Spectre$5,523,358-57%2,840-100$1,945$184,618,7015Sony / Columbia
6The Night Before$5,029,045-40%2,794-166$1,800$32,097,3563Sony / Columbia
7The Peanuts Movie$3,571,554-63%2,917-172$1,224$121,484,2535Fox
8Secret in Their Eyes$1,933,989-56%2,147-245$901$17,225,0773STX Entertainment
9The Martian$1,606,360-50%1,140-280$1,409$220,804,54810Fox
10Love the Coopers$1,514,645-51%1,639-228$924$22,698,2714CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Victor Frankenstein$746,834-70%2,7970$267$5,108,7382Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Spotlight$2,800,008-36%98083$2,857$16,505,7055Open Road
2Brooklyn$2,439,470-38%90661$2,693$11,219,4935Fox Searchlight
3Chi-Raq$1,198,356--305--$3,929$1,198,4531Roadside / Amazon
4Trumbo (2015)$951,068-41%66043$1,441$4,164,5005Bleecker Street
5The Letters$700,683--886--$791$700,6831Freestyle Releasing
6Bridge of Spies$684,509-50%536-99$1,277$68,589,0038Disney / DreamWorks
7Tamasha$347,580-65%165-14$2,107$1,980,2352UTV Motion Pictures
8Goosebumps$268,691-64%432-182$622$78,058,8088Sony / Columbia
9Room (2015)$228,639-29%1750$1,307$3,792,9638A24
10The 33$184,005-67%303-399$607$11,669,7724Warner Bros.
11Hotel Transylvania 2$173,978-49%248-55$702$167,380,87311Sony / Columbia
13Pan (2015)$142,935-52%240-48$596$34,727,3129Warner Bros.
14The Intern$133,032-43%202-33$659$74,790,61211Warner Bros.
15Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$116,029-46%190-23$611$81,341,48112Fox
16The Last Witch Hunter$109,95570%17123$643$27,111,6607Lionsgate / Summit
17A Royal Night Out$100,847--158--$638$100,8471Atlas Distribution
20War Room$41,952-55%108-32$388$67,749,10115Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

1Legend (2015)$279,791-6%6121$4,587$922,6923Universal
2Carol$145,123-27%40$36,281$815,0013Weinstein Company
3Fall in Love Like a Star$120,074--36--$3,335$120,0741China Lion Film
4The Danish Girl$104,354-44%40$26,089$350,0862Focus
5Sicario (2015)$98,561-34%94-19$1,049$46,217,90612Lionsgate
6Youth (2015)$78,085--4--$19,521$78,0851Fox Searchlight
7Macbeth (2015)$69,833--5--$13,967$69,8331Weinstein Company
8Janis: Little Girl Blue$62,571186%2624$2,407$96,4792FilmRise
9Christmas Eve$45,260--44--$1,029$45,2601Unstuck LLC
10Woodlawn$33,884-50%73-9$464$14,256,1568Pure Flix
11Steve Jobs$28,365-44%52-14$545$17,750,5839Universal
12Hitchcock/Truffaut$28,178--3--$9,393$35,7801Cohen Media Group
13Heart of a Dog$24,36129%2213$1,107$220,6167Abramorama
14Inside Out (2015)$24,160-65%92-50$263$356,454,36725Disney
15The Assassin$19,549--9--$2,172$595,3508Well Go USA
16Truth (2015)$19,284-35%280$689$2,465,9728Sony Pictures Classics
17Theeb$16,350-46%220$743$118,9715Film Movement
18Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)$16,239242%8840$185$6,975,1496Warner Bros.
19James White$16,1945%122$1,350$79,1584The Film Arcade
20The Wonders$12,491--14--$892$59,0546Oscilloscope
21Burnt$12,192-60%44-33$277$13,565,5506Weinstein Company
22By the Sea$12,015-86%32-110$375$531,0094Universal
23Mustang$11,462--3--$3,821$78,9073Cohen Media Group
24River of Fundament$9,938--1--$9,938$9,9381International Film Circuit
25Hubble 3D$9,726-51%6-3$1,621$50,672,587299Warner Bros. / IMAX
26He Named Me Malala$8,227111%100$823$2,642,89910Fox Searchlight
27A Walk in the Woods$8,055-62%21-15$384$29,484,44914Broad Green Pictures
28Labyrinth of Lies$7,072-57%7-7$1,010$724,10710Sony Pictures Classics
29The World of Kanako$6,834--11--$621$6,8341Drafthouse Films
30The End of the Tour$6,398191%74$914$2,984,96919A24
31All Things Must Pass$5,22685%40$1,307$166,8728Gravitas Ventures
32Meet the Patels$4,727-70%14-4$338$1,699,63313Alchemy
33Grandma$4,452-48%10-9$445$6,898,21416Sony Pictures Classics
34Pawn Sacrifice$4,4271546%2827$158$2,432,83912Bleecker Street
35Big Stone Gap$4,17216%81$522$985,7339Picturehouse
36Love (2015)$4,048-75%4-3$1,012$245,6176Alchemy
37Entertainment$4,001293%96$445$28,5304Magnolia Pictures
38Flowers$3,795509%42$949$44,8556Music Box Films
39A Matter of Faith$3,051--2--$1,526$667,86360Five & Two Pictures
40The Man in 3B$3,000-70%6-9$500$285,3295Freestyle Releasing
41Coming Home (2015)$2,21510%40$554$375,40213Sony Pictures Classics
42Under the Sea 3D$2,009-41%30$670$34,781,455356Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Amy (2015)$1,9120%20$956$8,401,40323A24
44Journey to the South Pacific$1,729-50%50$346$7,079,276106IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
45Born to Be Wild 3D$1,643568%7-1$235$24,436,238244Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Second Mother$1,631--5--$326$375,72315Oscilloscope
47To the Arctic 3D$1,18210%20$591$14,399,828190Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$919-30%60$153$10,459,88488Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Censored Voices$741-92%2-2$371$23,1613Music Box Films
50Experimenter$700-45%3-2$233$153,2068Magnolia Pictures
51In the Basement$264--1--$264$3,3875Strand Releasing
52The Summer of Sangaile$250--1--$250$9283Strand Releasing
53Breathe (2015)$181--1--$181$41,63213Film Movement
54Xenia$97--1--$97$3,1819Strand Releasing
55Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$50-99%1-1$50$34,1244Rialto Pictures