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. 31 - Sun, Apr. 2

Wide (1000+)

1The Boss Baby$50,198,902--3,773--$13,305$50,198,9021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Beauty and the Beast$45,420,743-50%4,2100$10,789$393,337,5853Disney
3Ghost in the Shell$18,676,033--3,440--$5,429$18,676,0331Paramount / DreamWorks
4Power Rangers$14,200,307-65%3,6930$3,845$64,762,4772Lionsgate
5Kong: Skull Island$8,587,454-41%3,141-525$2,734$147,635,6584Warner Bros.
7Get Out$5,660,210-36%1,844-630$3,070$156,734,1706Universal
8Life (2017)$5,551,767-56%3,1460$1,765$22,296,0062Sony / Columbia
9CHiPs$3,958,188-45%2,4640$1,606$14,270,5542Warner Bros.
10The Shack$2,042,041-47%1,430-900$1,428$52,957,0485Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Zookeeper's Wife$3,288,835--541--$6,079$3,288,8351Focus Features
2The LEGO Batman Movie$750,139-64%812-826$924$172,676,7028Warner Bros.
3The Belko Experiment$528,165-72%453-888$1,166$8,990,3553BH Tilt
4Hidden Figures$414,389-45%352-288$1,177$167,805,06215Fox
5T2: Trainspotting$377,618-3%14081$2,697$1,155,1255Sony
6Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$249,074-44%224-43$1,112$531,721,57016Disney
7John Wick: Chapter 2$217,548-52%210-193$1,036$91,283,4698Lionsgate / Summit
8The Last Word$210,816-61%289-91$729$1,482,9045Bleeker Street
9Lion$198,831-50%175-145$1,136$51,117,88319Weinstein Company
10Personal Shopper$161,457-25%15346$1,055$794,8574IFC Films
11Sing (2016)$154,360-26%202-26$764$269,943,55515Universal
12KEDi$150,337-28%1081$1,392$2,025,3918Oscilloscope Laboratories
13La La Land$133,067-32%143-69$931$150,459,65817Lionsgate / Summit
14A Dog's Purpose$132,295-49%189-110$700$63,665,48010Universal
15Fist Fight$126,58432%17219$736$32,026,6567Warner Bros. / New Line
17Wilson$107,730-68%3111$346$585,0592Fox Searchlight
19Rock Dog$67,72211%13311$509$9,340,3886Summit Premiere
20The Great Wall$66,865-30%104-54$643$45,125,4807Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Devotion of Suspect X$323,207--43--$7,516$323,2071China Lion Films
2I am Not Your Negro$86,908-26%60-20$1,448$6,789,2859Magnolia Pictures
3Frantz$81,25471%3727$2,196$180,4653Music Box Films
4A United Kingdom$80,413-57%86-73$935$3,696,3788Fox Searchlight
5The Prison$80,376--23--$3,495$80,3761Well Go USA
6The Sense Of An Ending$79,353-71%88-147$902$1,235,4324CBS Films
8Raw$69,643-10%4215$1,658$302,7814Focus World
9Song To Song$58,418-57%9515$615$325,5803Broad Green Pictures
10Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$57,259--21--$2,727$57,2591Arrow Films
11Passengers$46,196-88%57-449$810$99,956,73215Sony / Columbia
12Moonlight (2016)$41,677-43%697$604$27,768,28824A24
13Before I Fall$35,616-82%98-253$363$12,045,2165Open Road
14Badrinath Ki Dulhania$31,760-77%26-67$1,222$1,966,4594FIP
15Paterson$28,629-39%31-5$924$2,106,34914Bleecker Street
16After the Storm$23,9992%166$1,500$110,4633Film Movement
17The Founder$23,081-23%31-26$745$12,751,69311Weinstein Company
18The Women's Balcony$21,920-36%150$1,461$230,5945Menemsha Films
19Land of Mine$20,660-39%326$646$333,8668Sony Pictures Classics
20Toni Erdmann$20,43784%226$929$1,430,93815Sony Pictures Classics
21I Called Him Morgan$19,88841%54$3,978$39,9972Submarine Deluxe
22Neruda$16,071-22%15-4$1,071$891,72616The Orchard
23Cezanne and I$15,744--2--$7,872$15,7441Magnolia Pictures
24Carrie Pilby$13,944--6--$2,324$13,9441The Orchard
25The Blackcoat's Daughter$12,402--26--$477$12,4021A24
26My Life As A Zucchini$10,838-32%22-12$493$283,3996GKIDS
27David Lynch: The Art Life$10,823--1--$10,823$10,8231Janus
28The Eagle Huntress$10,61814%175$625$3,141,86022Sony Pictures Classics
2920th Century Women$10,296-30%151$686$5,632,84714A24
30The Red Turtle$9,908-69%17-110$583$858,22511Sony Pictures Classics
31The Death of Louis XIV$8,002--1--$8,002$8,0021Cinema Guild
32Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$7,852349%2-2$3,926$169,7069Abramorama
33Julieta$7,4098%142$529$1,457,19615Sony Pictures Classics
34Table 19$6,906-60%16-17$432$3,606,9775Fox Searchlight
35Elle (2016)$5,3462%5-1$1,069$2,332,21321Sony Pictures Classics
36Manchester By the Sea$4,220-68%10-13$422$47,677,76320Roadside / Amazon
37Love & Taxes$3,58929%20$1,795$26,4145Abramorama
38Sophie and the Rising Sun$3,372347%42$843$33,01511Monterey Media
39The Lure$2,951-59%3-1$984$88,4279Janus
40Remember the Goal$1,910--1--$1,910$118,46732Five & Two Pictures
41A Woman, A Part$1,652-72%10$1,652$15,2852Strand Releasing
42The Levelling$1,578886%32$526$2,1602Monterey Media
43My Scientology Movie$1,56521%4-1$391$20,5835Magnolia Pictures
44The Son of Joseph$1,476-2%10$1,476$28,75312Kino Lorber
45Donald Cried$1,098-78%6-3$183$49,8535The Orchard
46Who's Crazy?$804--1--$804$3,0454Kino Lorber
47Bitter Harvest$680-49%2-3$340$557,0046Roadside Attractions
48Jackie$563-86%5-9$113$13,954,02618Fox Searchlight
49Keep Quiet$373-88%1-1$373$49,8997Kino Lorber
50Lovesong$270-44%2-1$135$8,7117Strand Releasing
51Suntan$178-87%10$178$5,9544Strand Releasing
52Tim Timmerman, Hope of America$120-81%1-1$120$87,8285Purdie Distribution
53Staying Vertical$97-61%10$97$11,23911Strand Releasing
54Anatahan (2017 re-release)$90--1--$90$7,7859Kino Lorber
55Apprentice$5710%10$57$1,8585Film Movement
56Pelle the Conqueror (2017 Re-release)$49-86%10$49$8,7976Film Movement