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. 12 - Sun, Feb. 14

Wide (1000+)

2Kung Fu Panda 3$19,755,738-7%3,844-143$5,139$94,018,1253Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3How to Be Single$17,878,911--3,343--$5,348$17,878,9111Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zoolander 2$13,841,146--3,394--$4,078$13,841,1461Paramount
5The Revenant (2015)$6,525,668-6%2,266-752$2,880$158,790,2678Fox
6Hail, Caesar!$6,395,545-44%2,24816$2,845$21,160,5152Universal
7Star Wars: The Force Awakens$6,159,276-12%1,810-452$3,403$914,804,2409Disney
8The Choice$5,220,939-14%2,6310$1,984$13,230,4902Lionsgate
9Ride Along 2$4,458,420-2%1,564-608$2,851$82,989,6555Universal
10The Boy$3,140,355-23%1,450-764$2,166$31,005,9424STX Entertainment
11The Finest Hours$2,715,268-44%1,794-1349$1,514$23,243,1143Disney
12The 5th Wave$2,701,581-28%1,444-902$1,871$29,520,9514Sony / Columbia
13Pride and Prejudice and Zombies$2,561,107-52%2,9310$874$9,452,3042Sony / Screen Gems
14Dirty Grandpa$2,238,070-45%1,612-955$1,388$33,128,9904Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

113 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi$1,524,288-47%932-1127$1,636$50,471,3035Paramount
2The Big Short$1,345,071-21%535-325$2,514$65,676,90810Paramount
3Brooklyn$1,088,551-8%495-208$2,199$34,044,80415Fox Searchlight
4Daddy's Home$1,035,687-30%532-486$1,947$146,701,3118Paramount
5Where to Invade Next$897,034--308--$2,912$996,4241Drafthouse Films
6Spotlight$698,951-16%455-213$1,536$37,204,86315Open Road
7Fifty Shades of Black$673,443-68%485-1590$1,389$10,777,4993Open Road
8The Lady in the Van$553,77857%13048$4,260$1,973,19011Sony Pictures Classics
945 Years$537,10613%23682$2,276$2,766,0708IFC Films / Sundance Selects
10The Good Dinosaur$478,654157%27783$1,728$121,200,78012Disney
11Room (2015)$449,940-38%316-315$1,424$12,001,91818A24
12The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films$433,5411%22555$1,927$1,847,0283ShortsHD
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$347,89018%277-23$1,256$84,068,0319Fox
14Fitoor$347,164--148--$2,346$347,1641UTV Motion Pictures
15The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2$308,37090%24537$1,259$281,340,85613Lionsgate
16Carol$161,705-27%141-95$1,147$12,097,69913Weinstein Company
17The Hateful Eight$147,077-57%151-222$974$53,326,0718Weinstein Company
18Creed$145,383-31%148-94$982$109,220,23412Warner Bros. / New Line
21Norm of the North$110,833-41%188-150$590$16,479,2925Lionsgate
22The Martian$85,167-25%108-65$789$228,252,56820Fox
23Point Break (2015)$58,403-42%118-48$495$28,720,0748Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Monkey King 2 in 3D$174,6195%33-5$5,291$485,4352China Lion Film
2Ip Man 3$162,228-41%51-57$3,181$2,433,1724Well Go USA
3The Danish Girl$89,150-36%88-67$1,013$10,782,34912Focus
5Son of Saul$71,555-21%50-4$1,431$985,1299Sony Pictures Classics
6Bridge of Spies$60,948-30%89-50$685$72,147,26618Disney / DreamWorks
7The Forest$57,221-56%63-99$908$26,284,3106Focus / Gramercy
8Concussion (2015)$54,256-40%56-60$969$34,354,9228Sony / Columbia
9Dough$50,871--9--$5,652$50,8711Menemsha Films
10The Peanuts Movie$44,054-33%89-56$495$130,046,83115Fox
11Trumbo (2015)$42,4779%57-4$745$7,773,85515Bleecker Street
12Goosebumps$38,851-3%8111$480$80,070,05318Sony / Columbia
13Spectre$37,813-44%47-68$805$199,658,14715Sony / Columbia
14Hubble 3D$31,0055%90$3,445$51,117,326309Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Mustang$27,265-21%28-2$974$622,11613Cohen Media Group
16Tumbledown$25,909253%5048$518$109,5152Starz Digital
17Youth (2015)$22,698-15%29-12$783$2,617,90311Fox Searchlight
18Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$21,832--12--$1,819$85,15614Rialto Pictures
19Rams$20,51354%85$2,564$44,1792Cohen Media Group
20Heart of a Dog$20,411272%62$3,402$399,26917Abramorama
21Touched With Fire$16,816--6--$2,803$16,8161Roadside Attractions
22Hotel Transylvania 2$16,461-57%35-57$470$169,638,02421Sony / Columbia
23The New Year's Eve of Old Lee$15,519--6--$2,587$15,5191China Lion Film
24Boy and the World$9,270-33%190$488$86,14210GKIDS
25A War$9,095--5--$1,819$9,0951Magnolia Pictures
26Under the Sea 3D$8,308123%31$2,769$34,847,894366Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Beauty and the Beast (1946) (2016 re-issue)$8,264--1--$8,264$8,2641Janus Films
28Janis: Little Girl Blue$6,819-14%3-1$2,273$380,08312FilmRise
29Theeb$6,05646%123$505$239,26915Film Movement
30The Club$5,705-12%42$1,426$15,2492Music Box Films
31Mountains May Depart$5,550--1--$5,550$5,5501Kino Lorber
32Macbeth (2015)$3,623-58%9-1$403$1,101,26011Weinstein Company
33Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$3,5829%6-1$597$10,509,67498Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Hitchcock/Truffaut$3,00395%4-1$751$257,26911Cohen Media Group
35Jane Got a Gun$2,740-98%8-1023$343$1,510,1333Weinstein Company
36Aferim!$2,709-59%30$903$66,4054Big World Pictures
37Chimes at Midnight (2016 re-issue)$2,431-4%1-1$2,431$101,3367Janus Films
38Time Changer (2016 re-issue)$2,320--1--$2,320$2,3201Five & Two Pictures
39Regression$2,193-94%7-93$313$52,9692Weinstein / Dimension
40In the Shadow of Women$2,040152%31$680$36,1465Distrib Films
41Eisenstein in Guanajuato$1,627-83%2-2$814$17,7632Strand Releasing
42Labyrinth of Lies$1,5881%4-2$397$790,60920Sony Pictures Classics
43To the Arctic 3D$1,58053%21$790$14,411,294200Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Born to Be Wild 3D$1,476-32%2-3$738$24,496,668254Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Grandma$1,26854%2-4$634$6,977,93326Sony Pictures Classics
46of Mind and Music$932--1--$932$9321Monterey Media
47Rabin, The Last Day$672-81%1-1$672$18,7313Kino Lorber
48On War$574--2--$287$3,24613Indican Pictures
49Journey to the South Pacific$472-39%2-2$236$7,110,013116IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
50Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One$326130%10$326$6,00910Kino Lorber
51Jafar Panahi's Taxi$31489%10$314$311,40920Kino Lorber
52Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One$261--3--$87$4,1529Kino Lorber
53Sembene!$220-58%10$220$22,54914Kino Lorber
54Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art$216-83%1-1$216$26,2466First Run Features
55Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One$199-78%1-1$199$11,51511Kino Lorber
56Yosemite$68134%10$68$12,8927Monterey Media