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, Mar. 18 - Sun, Mar. 20

Wide (1000+)

2The Divergent Series: Allegiant$29,027,348--3,740--$7,761$29,027,3481Lionsgate / Summit
3Miracles from Heaven$14,812,393--3,047--$4,861$18,369,4461Sony / Columbia
410 Cloverfield Lane$12,506,539-49%3,42736$3,649$45,183,1782Paramount
6London Has Fallen$6,848,377-37%3,011-481$2,274$50,044,1973Focus / Gramercy
7Whiskey Tango Foxtrot$2,801,718-40%2,079-334$1,348$19,272,5583Paramount
8The Brothers Grimsby$1,420,281-56%2,2350$635$5,932,9512Sony / Columbia
9Risen$1,145,157-50%1,205-890$950$34,471,8275Sony / Columbia
10Gods of Egypt$1,125,176-56%1,075-1231$1,047$29,507,9524Lionsgate / Summit
11The Young Messiah$1,089,234-67%1,7698$616$5,401,5892Focus
12The Bronze$386,328--1,167--$331$386,3281Sony Pictures Classics

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perfect Match$1,974,056-54%9250$2,134$7,380,2352Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
2The Revenant (2015)$1,207,791-41%935-368$1,292$181,144,32913Fox
3Hello, My Name Is Doris$998,2421075%128124$7,799$1,115,9092Roadside Attractions
4Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921$986,992--143--$6,902$986,9921Fox International Productions
5Kung Fu Panda 3$971,416-43%719-931$1,351$138,384,9318Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Star Wars: The Force Awakens$966,071-26%568-192$1,701$932,324,25814Disney
8Eddie the Eagle$602,325-62%682-886$883$14,728,8274Fox
9Spotlight$423,465-55%443-404$956$44,000,00320Open Road
10The Lady in the Van$405,548-29%301-62$1,347$8,742,19916Sony Pictures Classics
11The Witch$401,929-60%361-584$1,113$23,750,2915A24
12How to Be Single$401,257-57%366-401$1,096$45,951,9796Warner Bros. / New Line
13Daddy's Home$384,02437%26735$1,438$149,762,26113Paramount
14Race (2016)$360,198-51%401-288$898$18,514,6535Focus
15Ride Along 2$248,040-40%247-121$1,004$90,497,38510Universal
16The Other Side of the Door$231,954-66%227-358$1,022$2,781,4873Fox
17The Hateful Eight$186,557601%484443$385$53,885,86313Weinstein Company
18Hail, Caesar!$182,225-41%163-92$1,118$29,997,0957Universal
19The Finest Hours$178,4300%17634$1,014$27,279,5488Disney
20Triple 9$162,774-68%197-498$826$12,310,2194Open Road
21Brooklyn$147,414-43%152-73$970$37,921,26220Fox Searchlight
22The Big Short$138,652-53%133-89$1,042$70,057,83615Paramount
23The Boy$125,952-49%132-84$954$35,696,1259STX Entertainment
24The 5th Wave$116,433-42%138-63$844$34,140,1479Sony / Columbia
25Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$115,205-19%21635$533$85,449,59214Fox
26Where to Invade Next$110,979-38%110-41$1,009$3,464,2526Drafthouse Films
27The Good Dinosaur$101,849-30%166-29$614$122,904,83517Disney
28Zoolander 2$83,484-53%166-78$503$28,779,2886Paramount
2913 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi$66,169-42%110-71$602$52,822,41810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Eye in the Sky$422,704271%3530$12,077$574,7272Bleecker Street
2Midnight Special$190,012--5--$38,002$190,0121Warner Bros.
3Embrace of the Serpent$150,159-18%8611$1,746$753,2295Oscilloscope
4Knight of Cups$107,87013%6832$1,586$335,5583Broad Green Pictures
545 Years$78,48911%52-20$1,509$4,207,00813IFC Films / Sundance Selects
7City of Gold$63,9142%1410$4,565$153,8842IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8Měi Rén Yú (The Mermaid)$59,178-63%32-50$1,849$3,154,4965Sony
9Room (2015)$53,726-66%92-110$584$14,609,00523A24
10Spectre$44,7917%9-7$4,977$200,011,90220Sony / Columbia
11Only Yesterday (2016 re-issue)$43,686-42%440$993$373,43412GKIDS
12Fifty Shades of Black$38,416-41%40-17$960$11,675,1788Open Road
13Hubble 3D$34,77697%80$4,347$51,412,563314Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Marguerite$32,28062%1310$2,483$63,0982Cohen Media Group
15The Choice$29,942-65%71-94$422$18,666,3177Lionsgate
16Son of Saul$28,469-58%57-48$499$1,724,87514Sony Pictures Classics
17Creative Control$28,451309%7269$395$38,4492Magnolia / Amazon
18My Golden Days$26,847--3--$8,949$26,8471Magnolia Pictures
19Carol$19,668-21%5320$371$12,692,83218Weinstein Company
20Dough$18,90923%103$1,891$276,2596Menemsha Films
21Under the Sea 3D$16,573148%61$2,762$34,923,805371Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Peanuts Movie$16,513482%3926$423$130,164,14420Fox
23Rams$12,991101%103$1,299$109,2497Cohen Media Group
24The Wave (2016)$12,726-65%14-23$909$149,7383Magnolia Pictures
25Ktown Cowboys$12,523--4--$3,131$12,5231Freestyle Releasing
26The Clan$12,519--3--$4,173$12,5191Fox International Productions
27A Space Program$10,247--1--$10,247$10,2471Zeitgeist Films
28Mustang$10,101-37%13-9$777$812,69718Cohen Media Group
30Trapped (2016)$9,347-26%6-2$1,558$55,4603Abramorama / Ro*Co
31The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films$8,228-42%10-1$823$2,812,0888ShortsHD
32Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$6,132--1--$6,132$6,1321Grasshopper Film
33The Preppie Connection$5,576--2--$2,788$5,5761IFC Films
34Chimes at Midnight (2016 re-issue)$5,399301%20$2,700$123,39812Janus Films
35Colliding Dreams$5,233-75%10-4$523$60,0803International Film Circuit
36Cemetery of Splendor$4,951-2%62$825$27,1793Strand Releasing
37Mountains May Depart$4,946-36%102$495$43,0046Kino Lorber
38Sweet Bean$4,630--1--$4,630$4,6301Kino Lorber
39Ran (2016 re-issue)$3,887386%32$1,296$31,4464Rialto Pictures
40Janis: Little Girl Blue$3,636100%10$3,636$396,97917FilmRise
41Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$3,568142%7-2$510$10,569,196103Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Boy and the Beast$3,536-95%5-81$707$487,0423FUNimation Films
43Born to Be Wild 3D$2,886105%4-2$722$24,537,908259Warner Bros. / IMAX
44A War$2,605-43%7-8$372$109,7156Magnolia Pictures
45The Monkey King 2 in 3D$2,379-20%10$2,379$704,3237China Lion Film
46To the Arctic 3D$1,64418%20$822$14,422,025205Warner Bros. / IMAX
47River of Fundament$1,53037%10$1,530$30,72816International Film Circuit
48Take Me to the River (2016)$1,509--1--$1,509$1,5091Film Movement
49Rabin, The Last Day$1,502-49%3-2$501$25,6688Kino Lorber
50Sembene!$1,45718%20$729$26,16419Kino Lorber
51Burning Bodhi$1,422--4--$356$1,4221Monterey Media
52River of Grass (2016 re-issue)$1,326-55%10$1,326$6,4492Oscilloscope
54The Pearl Button$1,240--1--$1,240$42,16622Kino Lorber
55Talent Has Hunger$1,119-70%10$1,119$5,7582First Run Features
56Heart of a Dog$1,074--2--$537$418,03322Abramorama
57King Georges$1,007-83%104$101$48,6584IFC Films / Sundance Selects
58Aferim!$998-14%2-2$499$87,3099Big World Pictures
59Journey to the South Pacific$950--2--$475$7,114,460121IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
60Theeb$825-18%20$413$276,32720Film Movement
61of Mind and Music$453-83%2-1$227$9,0976Monterey Media
62Hot Water$412-73%1-1$412$2,6602Indican Pictures
63On War$368--1--$368$4,91118Indican Pictures
64The Automatic Hate$312-87%10$312$4,2332Film Movement
65Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$272-90%1-4$272$127,52919Rialto Pictures
66Jafar Panahi's Taxi$243-78%10$243$320,41725Kino Lorber
67In the Shadow of Women$192-82%1-1$192$49,32210Distrib Films
68Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art$88-21%1-1$88$28,14011First Run Features