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. 1 - Sun, Dec. 3

Wide (1000+)

2Justice League$16,651,104-59%3,820-231$4,359$197,407,0253Warner Bros.
3Wonder (2017)$12,147,182-46%3,449277$3,522$87,679,8053Lionsgate
4Thor: Ragnarok$9,885,936-41%3,148-133$3,140$291,633,5355Disney
5Daddy's Home 2$7,572,390-43%3,403-115$2,225$82,886,8364Paramount
6Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$6,767,002-49%3,20149$2,114$84,839,5154Fox
7Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$4,396,5370%1,430816$3,075$13,537,0578Fox Searchlight
8Lady Bird$4,291,5906%1,194403$3,594$16,837,0415A24
9The Star$4,078,423-41%2,822-15$1,445$27,358,0763Sony / Columbia
10A Bad Moms Christmas$3,385,484-31%2,251-55$1,504$64,737,3075STX Entertainment
11Roman J. Israel, Esq.$1,958,702-56%1,6690$1,174$9,526,7923Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Man Who Invented Christmas$885,786-35%67347$1,316$3,177,3032Bleecker Street
2Blade Runner 2049$401,403-26%51581$779$90,785,1659Warner Bros.
3Marshall$247,772310%651540$381$9,150,0008Open Road
5Loving Vincent$213,066-22%16215$1,315$5,503,56111Good Deed Entertainment
6The Florida Project$110,663-47%120-44$922$4,854,5469A24
7It (2017)$110,501-41%221-10$500$327,346,41313Warner Bros. / New Line
8Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$103,767-44%212-36$489$47,162,6457Lionsgate
9Last Flag Flying$103,399-35%11012$940$820,2435Lionsgate
10Geostorm$78,290-47%125-40$626$33,078,3357Warner Bros.
11The Foreigner$74,9797%13026$577$34,215,5668STX Entertainment
12Victoria & Abdul$69,865-43%131-13$533$22,041,91511Focus Features
13Kingsman: The Golden Circle$67,167-39%163-10$412$100,052,58111Fox
14Despicable Me 3$64,900-45%152-9$427$264,479,34023Universal
15The Mountain Between Us$57,610-40%119-48$484$29,921,567920th Century Fox
16Only The Brave$54,370-43%116-18$469$17,947,4267Sony Pictures
17Novitiate$51,735-37%16343$317$467,4056Sony Pictures Classics
18My Little Pony: The Movie$43,70016%18061$243$21,870,7309Lionsgate
19Let There Be Light$43,096-67%121-78$356$7,119,1246Atlas
20Happy Death Day$40,410-40%100-31$404$55,628,1608Universal / Blumhouse

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Disaster Artist$1,211,345--19--$63,755$1,211,3451New Line / A24
2Titanic 20th Anniversary$468,828--87--$5,389$468,8281Paramount / Fox
3Call Me by Your Name$295,561-28%40$73,890$922,4562Sony Pictures Classics
4The Shape of Water$166,564--2--$83,282$166,5641Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2017 re-issue)$139,424--0----$139,4241Warner Bros.
6My Friend Dahmer$133,113-6%9015$1,479$932,4075FilmRise
7Wonder Wheel$125,570--5--$25,114$125,5701Amazon
8Dunkirk$122,115--53--$2,304$188,167,66120Warner Bros.
9Darkest Hour$108,372-38%40$27,093$411,8532Focus Features
10The Square$89,855-21%644$1,404$949,5546Magnolia Pictures
11The Swindlers$82,818--27--$3,067$82,8181Well Go USA Entertainment
13The Breadwinner$41,02043%4334$954$109,3213GKIDS
14American Made$40,750-41%93-15$438$51,272,47510Universal
15The Killing of a Sacred Deer$38,672-43%41-18$943$2,190,0617A24
16God's Own Country$27,833-10%131$2,141$252,5216Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
171945$27,2762%116$2,480$151,7885Menemsha Films
18Thelma$24,15786%3624$671$74,1334The Orchard
19Explosion$22,760-59%31-2$734$100,9722China Lion Film
20Faces Places$17,04514%162$1,065$521,6989Cohen Media Group
21The Other Side Of Hope$15,495--3--$5,165$15,4951Janus Films
22Same Kind of Different as Me$14,649-10%30-11$488$6,342,7637Pure Flix Entertainment
23Human Flow$13,82120%165$864$491,1308Amazon Studios
24LBJ$13,070-49%26-7$503$2,443,3585Electric Entertainment
25Battle of the Sexes$11,977-42%270$444$12,610,93411Fox Searchlight
26A Question Of Faith$10,457-69%21-16$498$2,580,01710Pure Flix Entertainment
27Tom of Finland$8,305-32%5-3$1,661$219,4838Kino Lorber
28Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$8,000--1--$8,000$45,4932Zeitgeist
29The Passion of Joan of Arc$7,68420%10$7,684$18,1212Janus
30Goodbye Christopher Robin$7,553-46%22-7$343$1,707,1918Fox Searchlight
31Big Time$7,347--3--$2,449$7,3471Abramorama
32Naples '44$6,636--1--$6,636$11,3491First Run Features
33Quest (2017)$6,591--1--$6,591$6,5911First Run Features
34Blade of the Immortal$5,99684%7-4$857$138,3615Magnolia
35Brotherhood of Blades 2$5,296--2--$2,648$5,2961Well Go USA Entertainment
37Wonderstruck$4,358-70%22-10$198$1,026,9017Roadside / Amazon
38Leap!$4,351-80%29-39$150$21,856,75315The Weinstein Company
39Shadowman$4,113--1--$4,113$4,1131Film Movement
40Aida's Secrets$3,638101%30$1,213$80,4707Music Box Films
41Painted Woman$3,346--3--$1,115$4,5974Amor Media
42Hubble 3D$2,758-41%2-1$1,379$51,933,456403Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Breathe$2,692-11%31$897$486,1128Bleeker Street
44BPM (Beats Per Minute)$2,57566%136$198$82,0977The Orchard
46Wind River$2,557-60%9-6$284$33,799,77018The Weinstein Company
47Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,330-70%30$777$11,010,590192Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Song of Granite$2,172--1--$2,172$12,4083Oscilloscope Laboratories
49Dawson City: Frozen Time$1,843--1--$1,843$132,36926Kino Lorber Films
50The Paris Opera$1,839889%21$920$49,7117Film Movement
51Under the Sea 3D$1,8070%51$361$35,655,551460Warner Bros. / IMAX
52The Stray$1,590-61%6-2$265$1,575,3959Purdie Distribution
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,53293%62$255$25,601,026348Warner Bros. / IMAX
54On the Beach at Night Alone$1,509-71%30$503$26,5323Cinema Guild
55The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$1,391--2--$696$16,7807Kino Lorber
56Brimstone & Glory$1,377--7--$197$28,0236Oscilloscope Laboratories
57Chavela$1,202-61%20$601$139,2579Music Box Films
58To the Arctic 3D$905--1--$905$14,517,845294Warner Bros. / IMAX
59The Tribes of Palos Verdes$796--1--$796$7961IFC Films
60Tragedy Girls$752--3--$251$60,8587Gunpowder & Sky
61The Crime of Monsieur Lange$624-88%1-1$624$26,8893Rialto Pictures
62Sweet Virginia$619-59%5-3$124$10,4563IFC Films
63No Greater Love$608--2--$304$30,5314Atlas Distribution
64Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$59068%10$590$225,17719Kino Lorber
65Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House$53332%10$533$768,64610Sony Pictures Classics
66Rebels On Pointe$458-80%1-2$458$10,7003Icarus Films
67Félicité$167307%21$84$6,9256Strand Releasing
68Journey to the South Pacific$123-91%10$123$7,615,755210IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
69The Teacher$81--1--$81$64,19014Film Movement
70Mansfield 66/67$76--1--$76$16,8176Gunpowder & Sky
71Porto$8-100%1-1$8$11,1603Kino Lorber