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. 25 - Sun, Mar. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$166,007,347--4,242--$39,134$166,007,3471Warner Bros.
3My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$17,861,950--3,133--$5,701$17,861,9501Universal
4Miracles from Heaven$9,694,581-35%3,0470$3,182$34,304,5942Sony / Columbia
5The Divergent Series: Allegiant$9,435,173-67%3,7400$2,523$46,540,6692Lionsgate / Summit
610 Cloverfield Lane$5,940,154-53%2,802-625$2,120$55,950,9513Paramount
8London Has Fallen$3,027,568-56%2,173-838$1,393$55,716,4254Focus / Gramercy

Limited (100 — 999)

1Hello, My Name Is Doris$1,669,40367%485357$3,442$3,237,1673Roadside Attractions
2Risen$935,025-18%634-571$1,475$36,029,1726Sony / Columbia
3Eye in the Sky$932,449121%12388$7,581$1,654,5573Bleecker Street
4Whiskey Tango Foxtrot$900,104-68%847-1232$1,063$21,326,1694Paramount
5Star Wars: The Force Awakens$816,484-15%552-16$1,479$933,674,01215Disney
6The Perfect Match$682,647-65%658-267$1,037$8,724,2753Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
7Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921$598,084-39%15310$3,909$1,933,6342Fox International Productions
8Kung Fu Panda 3$561,768-42%480-239$1,170$139,416,8259Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Revenant (2015)$446,912-63%506-429$883$182,068,74614Fox
10The Young Messiah$274,236-75%874-895$314$6,257,2213Focus
11Gods of Egypt$273,030-76%473-602$577$30,219,3995Lionsgate / Summit
12How to Be Single$250,442-38%188-178$1,332$46,386,1357Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Lady in the Van$226,825-44%216-85$1,050$9,173,32517Sony Pictures Classics
14Eddie the Eagle$183,948-69%262-420$702$15,202,1125Fox
15Daddy's Home$173,612-55%208-59$835$150,098,25514Paramount
16The Witch$162,081-60%146-215$1,110$24,094,7996A24
17Spotlight$158,087-63%206-237$767$44,338,92521Open Road
18Ride Along 2$114,735-54%156-91$735$90,697,90011Universal
19The Brothers Grimsby$114,657-92%198-2037$579$6,726,3283Sony / Columbia
20Race (2016)$105,914-71%180-221$588$18,816,6156Focus
21The Finest Hours$86,817-51%123-53$706$27,452,7729Disney
22Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$62,794-45%147-69$427$85,581,11415Fox
23The Good Dinosaur$46,518-54%119-47$391$123,006,80218Disney
24The Choice$31,4585%10534$300$18,709,0668Lionsgate
25The Bronze$28,881-93%333-834$87$600,9542Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Embrace of the Serpent$106,168-29%75-11$1,416$944,1506Oscilloscope
2Midnight Special$100,017-47%50$20,003$361,1972Warner Bros.
3City of Gold$90,07241%3319$2,729$272,7123IFC Films / Sundance Selects
4Triple 9$86,230-47%86-111$1,003$12,467,9285Open Road
6Where to Invade Next$68,220-39%68-42$1,003$3,603,3407Drafthouse Films
7The 5th Wave$67,212-42%92-46$731$34,258,32810Sony / Columbia
8Knight of Cups$61,962-43%680$911$451,6554Broad Green Pictures
9Brooklyn$61,397-58%86-66$714$38,066,30321Fox Searchlight
10The Boy$58,090-54%78-54$745$35,794,16610STX Entertainment
11The Clan$52,478319%1714$3,087$70,8542Fox International Productions
12The Big Short$47,160-66%67-66$704$70,154,92616Paramount
13Born to Be Blue$46,184--3--$15,395$46,1841IFC Films
14Marguerite$45,71642%3017$1,524$127,5103Cohen Media Group
15I Saw the Light$45,471--5--$9,094$45,4711Sony Pictures Classics
16The Other Side of the Door$40,769-82%53-174$769$2,908,9694Fox
17Spectre$39,235-12%145$2,803$200,069,18621Sony / Columbia
19My Golden Days$27,8914%118$2,536$65,7432Magnolia Pictures
20Hubble 3D$27,515-21%102$2,752$51,468,675315Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Měi Rén Yú (The Mermaid)$26,354-55%16-16$1,647$3,211,0796Sony
22Only Yesterday (2016 re-issue)$23,515-46%28-16$840$421,33813GKIDS
2345 Years$18,946-76%33-19$574$4,220,37314IFC Films / Sundance Selects
24Zoolander 2$18,284-78%60-106$305$28,837,1157Paramount
25Dough$18,139-4%100$1,814$304,4127Menemsha Films
26Room (2015)$14,149-74%34-58$416$14,649,61824A24
27April and the Extraordinary World$11,413--1--$11,413$11,4131GKIDS
28The Hateful Eight$11,037-94%38-446$290$54,000,11914Weinstein Company
29Son of Saul$10,718-62%35-22$306$1,748,07115Sony Pictures Classics
30Rams$10,028-23%100$1,003$127,3368Cohen Media Group
31Valley of Love$9,849--2--$4,925$9,8491Strand Releasing
32Under the Sea 3D$8,519-49%60$1,420$34,940,163372Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Aferim!$7,687670%53$1,537$95,22810Big World Pictures
34Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$6,6689%10$6,668$18,7562Grasshopper Film
35Mountains May Depart$5,59813%7-3$800$53,1627Kino Lorber
37Carol$4,931-75%23-30$214$12,706,39319Weinstein Company
38Cemetery of Splendor$4,292-13%60$715$35,4154Strand Releasing
39The Wave (2016)$4,235-67%8-6$529$162,0634Magnolia Pictures
40Ran (2016 re-issue)$4,2209%2-1$2,110$37,9175Rialto Pictures
41Mustang$3,988-61%7-6$570$823,38119Cohen Media Group
42Take Me to the River (2016)$3,864156%21$1,932$6,0572Film Movement
43Colliding Dreams$3,628-31%5-5$726$67,1944International Film Circuit
44Creative Control$3,547-88%21-51$169$59,0053Magnolia / Amazon
45Trapped (2016)$2,905-69%5-1$581$62,5364Abramorama / Ro*Co
46Eisenstein in Guanajuato$2,668--1--$2,668$30,8558Strand Releasing
47To the Arctic 3D$2,22535%1-1$2,225$14,427,227206Warner Bros. / IMAX
48A War$1,772-32%3-4$591$112,1597Magnolia Pictures
49The Monkey King 2 in 3D$1,767-26%10$1,767$707,4268China Lion Film
50Janis: Little Girl Blue$1,600-56%10$1,600$397,93418FilmRise
51Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,454-59%6-1$242$10,576,627104Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$1,438429%54$288$130,01320Rialto Pictures
53The Peanuts Movie$1,260-92%15-24$84$130,174,89721Fox
54Sweet Bean$1,194-74%10$1,194$9,0022Kino Lorber
55Ktown Cowboys$1,081-91%1-3$1,081$18,4002Freestyle Releasing
56Born to Be Wild 3D$838-71%3-1$279$24,542,141260Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Deep Sea 3D$650-41%51$130$46,179,475526Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Rabin, The Last Day$539-64%1-2$539$26,9729Kino Lorber
59Mekong Hotel$434--3--$145$2,2994Strand Releasing
60The Boy and the Beast$399-89%1-4$399$490,1564FUNimation Films
61Mad Tiger$389--1--$389$1,6892Film Movement
62Heart of a Dog$385-64%1-1$385$418,57123Abramorama
63Songs My Brothers Taught Me$329--1--$329$23,9434Kino Lorber
64River of Grass (2016 re-issue)$295-78%10$295$6,7443Oscilloscope
65Jafar Panahi's Taxi$204-16%10$204$320,81326Kino Lorber
66Burning Bodhi$56-96%1-3$56$2,3042Monterey Media