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. 2 - Sun, Mar. 4

Wide (1000+)

1Black Panther$66,306,935-41%4,08464$16,236$501,706,9723Disney
2Red Sparrow$16,853,422--3,056--$5,515$16,853,422120th Century Fox
3Death Wish$13,010,267--2,847--$4,570$13,010,2671MGM
4Game Night$10,412,496-39%3,50214$2,973$33,240,2622Warner Bros.
5Peter Rabbit$10,005,177-22%3,607-100$2,774$84,065,5534Sony / Columbia
6Annihilation$5,607,902-49%2,112100$2,655$20,594,6442Paramount Pictures
7Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$4,438,090-21%2,313-206$1,919$393,139,44311Sony / Columbia
8Fifty Shades Freed$3,400,505-52%2,614-651$1,301$95,689,9654Universal
9The Greatest Showman$2,703,357-21%1,407-194$1,921$164,644,80011Fox
10Every Day$1,542,354-49%1,6692$924$5,243,1582Orion Pictures
11The 15:17 to Paris$1,413,755-60%1,803-949$784$34,961,9714Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Shape of Water$1,479,35213%832111$1,778$57,609,42114Fox Searchlight
2Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$1,292,173-6%77079$1,678$52,180,60121Fox Searchlight
3The Post$1,069,501-14%671-124$1,594$80,527,7371120th Century Fox
4Call Me by Your Name$783,22750%914239$857$16,909,28915Sony Pictures Classics
5Phantom Thread$752,545-24%71564$1,053$20,286,70910Focus Features
6Darkest Hour$696,160-7%913118$762$55,550,37715Focus Features
7Lady Bird$568,742-15%710109$801$48,321,86818A24
8I, Tonya$552,389-5%51188$1,081$28,941,48113Neon
9Winchester$516,392-44%576-276$897$24,545,2305Lionsgate / CBS Films
10Early Man$486,262-73%897-1597$542$7,738,7113Lionsgate
11Maze Runner: The Death Cure$470,922-51%543-409$867$57,095,1336Fox
122018 Oscar Nominated Short Films$422,990-13%27139$1,561$3,309,5894Magnolia Pictures
14Samson$308,487-68%434-706$711$4,440,5763Pure Flix
15Star Wars: The Last Jedi$252,689-28%221-71$1,143$619,116,32512Disney
16Den of Thieves$223,863-43%269-88$832$44,694,1907STX Entertainment
17Paddington 2$212,3610%29312$725$40,058,4238Warner Bros.
19The Bolshoi Ballet: Live from Moscow The Flames of Paris$175,922--360--$489$175,9221Fathom Events
2012 Strong$163,030-58%257-191$634$45,183,7927Warner Bros.
21Hostiles$159,044-55%251-167$634$29,465,38411Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
22The Dark Crystal (Fathom Re-Issue)$147,616-73%552-57$267$908,0692Fathom
23Thor: Ragnarok$118,574-14%110-21$1,078$314,965,81918Disney
24Wonder (2017)$92,987-45%150-8$620$132,093,15716Lionsgate
25Forever My Girl$92,406-43%145-73$637$16,176,3037Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
26The Commuter$75,715-33%112-26$676$36,242,0158Lionsgate
27Pitch Perfect 3$68,100-25%113-22$603$104,878,41011Universal
28Justice League$51,159-40%101-36$507$228,962,88316Warner Bros.
29Nostalgia$42,063152%140124$300$86,3013Bleecker Street

Platform (1 — 99)

1Operation Red Sea$333,408-24%559$6,062$977,6162Well Go USA Entertainment
2Detective Chinatown 2$146,069-62%65-46$2,247$1,803,1253Warner Bros.
3The Party$127,46429%8656$1,482$317,0283Roadside Attractions
4A Fantastic Woman$125,005-21%8911$1,405$781,5585Sony Pictures Classics
5La Boda de Valentina$102,890-55%95-46$1,083$2,683,4984Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Monster Family$75,602--15--$5,040$76,2694Viva Pictres
7Molly's Game$75,449-40%91-13$829$28,740,25210STX Entertainment
8Loveless$61,4602%2513$2,458$221,5683Sony Pictures Classics
9The Insult$52,674-31%510$1,033$856,3828Cohen Media Group
10Monster Hunt 2$39,939-60%20-35$1,997$689,0873Lionsgate
11Agent Mr Chan$39,464-37%9-1$4,385$138,0312China Lion Film
12Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$34,231226%1911$1,802$341,00815Zeitgeist
13Foxtrot$31,629--4--$7,907$69,8831Sony Pictures Classics
14Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$29,946-60%53-49$565$772,47810Sony Pictures Classics
15Pad Man$27,525-73%27-68$1,019$1,662,9274Sony Pictures Releasing International
16Proud Mary$24,678-39%47-27$525$20,868,6388Sony / Screen Gems
17Faces Places$19,71829%237$857$899,50822Cohen Media Group
181945$17,155-28%80$2,144$387,94118Menemsha Films
19The Young Karl Marx$15,935-39%1310$1,226$56,6792The Orchard
20Oh Lucy!$14,569--3--$4,856$14,5691Film Movement
21All the Money in the World$14,467-44%18-12$804$25,037,55210Sony / TriStar
22Mary and The Witch's Flower$14,032-93%11-437$1,276$2,355,9797GKIDS
23Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead$11,026-38%6-2$1,838$97,4683Well Go USA Entertainment
24The Florida Project$10,230-21%10-11$1,023$5,873,66422A24
25Death House$10,140--1--$10,140$10,1401Hannover House
26Let Yourself Go$8,128--8--$1,016$8,1281Menemsha Films
27In The Fade$7,697100%143$550$288,48510Magnolia Pictures
28Mind Game$7,225496%31$2,408$14,8113GKIDS
29The Square$7,107-10%10-2$711$1,487,82319Magnolia Pictures
30But Deliver Us from Evil$6,360-37%8--$795$209,8574Indican Pictures
31Did you Wonder Who Fired The Gun?$5,725--3--$1,908$5,72559
32The Monkey King 3$5,616-73%3-11$1,872$184,4193Well Go USA Entertainment
33In Between$5,029-26%6-2$838$78,7259Film Movement
34The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$5,007--1--$5,007$58,24820Kino Lorber
35Under the Sea 3D$4,92622%71$704$35,737,272473Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Disaster Artist$4,342-33%8-4$543$21,117,60614New Line / A24
37Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition$4,096--3--$1,365$16,18917Well Go USA Entertainment
38Apocalypsis$3,945--1--$3,945$3,9451Indican Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$3,625-35%30$1,208$46,309,642627Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Double Lover$3,548-83%3-19$1,183$155,0463Cohen Media Group
42The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Re-Release)$3,453--2--$1,727$3,4531
43Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$3,131-46%50$626$11,158,668205Warner Bros. / IMAX
44American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs$2,823--1--$2,823$2,8231First Run Features
45Happy End$2,776-60%13-5$214$285,53211Sony Pictures Classics
46Have A Nice Day$2,470-66%7-8$353$70,9566Strand Releasing
47Western$2,303-52%32$768$23,0253Cinema Guild
48Souvenir$2,267--1--$2,267$2,2671Strand Releasing
49Humor Me$2,20475%42$551$38,4198Shout! Factory
50Golden Exits$2,200-50%30$733$41,8884Vertical Entertainment
51Tom of Finland$2,188-52%31$729$371,69621Kino Lorber
52Hubble 3D$1,969-56%30$656$52,043,542416Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Tehran Taboo$1,869-69%2-1$935$31,6013Kino Lorber
54The Breadwinner$1,865-53%6-10$311$309,73716GKIDS
55The Cured$1,742-64%52$348$9,3062IFC Films
56God's Own Country$1,640--2--$820$334,35919Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
57BPM (Beats Per Minute)$1,580-5%1-2$1,580$117,48420The Orchard
58Goldstone$1,300--1--$1,300$1,3001Lightyear Entertainment
59Big Sonia$1,075-62%1-1$1,075$184,35816Argot Pictures
60Before We Vanish$98487%20$492$36,3565Super LTD
61Bob Le Flambeur$870-52%1-1$870$12,9169Rialto Pictures
62Wait for Your Laugh$717--1--$717$72,93118Vitagraph Films
63Thelma$518--1--$518$146,85217The Orchard
64No Intenso Agora$445--1--$445$15,9545Icarus Films
65Born to Be Wild 3D$406-84%7-2$58$25,646,407361Warner Bros. / IMAX
66The Lodgers$286-94%2-15$143$7,2362
67Miss Kiet's Children$285--1--$285$5,30212Icarus Films
68Rat Film$256--1--$256$35,19525Cinema Guild
6924 Frames$216-86%10$216$27,0705Janus Films
70Beuys$150-26%10$150$52,4327Kino Lorber
71The Divine Order$87-12%10$87$72,00819Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films