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. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

1Ready Player One$41,764,050--4,234--$9,864$53,710,3251Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
2Tyler Perry's Acrimony$17,170,707--2,006--$8,560$17,170,7071Lionsgate
3Black Panther$11,486,915-33%2,988-382$3,844$650,923,5497Disney
4I Can Only Imagine$10,466,845-23%2,648395$3,953$55,292,1823Roadside Attractions
5Pacific Rim Uprising$9,370,405-67%3,7080$2,527$45,836,2252Universal
6Sherlock Gnomes$7,001,570-34%3,6620$1,912$22,822,2162Paramount / MGM
7Tomb Raider$4,922,048-51%2,788-1066$1,765$50,715,2733Warner Bros.
8A Wrinkle in Time$4,842,624-41%2,367-1056$2,046$83,399,0384Walt Disney Pictures
9Love, Simon$4,767,488-37%2,024-410$2,355$32,108,320320th Century Fox
10Paul, Apostle of Christ$3,457,864-33%1,4730$2,347$11,488,7022Sony Pictures Entertainment
11God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$2,689,677--1,693--$1,589$2,689,6771Pure Flix
12Game Night$2,511,676-39%1,335-531$1,881$65,041,2236Warner Bros.
13Peter Rabbit$2,121,583-16%1,667-404$1,273$110,767,7098Sony / Columbia
14Midnight Sun$1,822,313-54%2,128-45$856$7,671,5292Open Road
15Unsane$1,450,574-61%1,929-94$752$6,832,0372Bleecker Street

Limited (100 — 999)

1Isle of Dogs$2,943,36682%165138$17,839$6,057,8222Fox Searchlight
2The Death of Stalin$1,345,31534%484343$2,780$3,808,8964IFC Films
3The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Mozart: Così Fan Tutte$966,870--687--$1,407$966,8701Fathom Events
4Red Sparrow$718,609-68%508-974$1,415$45,679,149520th Century Fox
5The Greatest Showman$700,3981%764286$917$172,069,90015Fox
6Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$678,717-20%783-239$867$402,769,45615Sony / Columbia
7The Strangers: Prey At Night$668,560-68%537-943$1,245$23,582,9364Aviron Pictures
8Baaghi 2$650,722--123--$5,290$650,7221FIP
9Annihilation$345,895-61%243-235$1,423$32,158,8666Paramount Pictures
10Death Wish$308,387-75%407-897$758$33,410,2445MGM
11The Leisure Seeker$235,872-19%15538$1,522$1,068,7784Sony Pictures Classics
12Best F(r)iends: Volume 1$131,671--409--$322$131,6711Fathom Events Fathom Events
13The Shape of Water$95,774-63%113-134$848$63,644,82818Fox Searchlight
16Star Wars: The Last Jedi$66,989-34%109-41$615$620,097,89216Disney
17Maze Runner: The Death Cure$56,881-31%103-25$552$57,865,99710Fox
18The 15:17 to Paris$54,093-33%108-38$501$36,174,9738Warner Bros.
19Fifty Shades Freed$44,470-85%170-339$262$100,379,1258Universal
20Flower$44,391-63%10144$440$274,4153The Orchard

Platform (1 — 99)

1Raid$102,089-56%790$1,292$1,010,3853Eros Entertainment
2Finding Your Feet$60,132--14--$4,295$60,1321Roadside Attractions
3Foxtrot$52,736-25%359$1,507$347,3945Sony Pictures Classics
4The Post$52,569-42%76-26$692$81,701,3801520th Century Fox
5Leaning Into The Wind$51,59220%3915$1,323$215,2854Magnolia Pictures
6A Fantastic Woman$47,650-50%66-55$722$1,805,5999Sony Pictures Classics
7Journey's End$46,791228%3526$1,337$85,6913Good Deed Entertainment
8Call Me by Your Name$44,759-33%31-30$1,444$17,973,28019Sony Pictures Classics
9Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$43,677-61%66-62$662$54,354,46125Fox Searchlight
10Back to Burgundy$36,654142%1813$2,036$58,1952Music Box Films
11Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$33,161-23%27-1$1,228$626,32119Zeitgeist
12Loveless$32,8825%5913$557$496,8177Sony Pictures Classics
13Final Portrait$32,42827%96$3,603$70,0582Sony Pictures Classics
14The Hurricane Heist$32,276-69%36-92$897$6,086,5304Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
16Itzhak$26,266-32%260$1,010$161,2074Greenwich Entertainment
17I, Tonya$26,038-58%57-45$457$29,942,42817Neon
18The China Hustle$25,791--20--$1,290$25,7911Magnolia Pictures
19Oh Lucy!$25,437-46%30-11$848$235,2265Film Movement
20Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$20,81517%24-5$867$903,82914Sony Pictures Classics
21Getting Grace$18,528-82%15-45$1,235$138,8012Hannover House
22Hostiles$18,062-18%533$341$29,788,90715Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
23Phantom Thread$17,270-41%26-15$664$21,023,27514Focus Features
24Operation Red Sea$16,524-46%3-8$5,508$1,526,2486Well Go USA Entertainment
25Lady Bird$15,550-47%19-27$818$48,945,69922A24
26Darkest Hour$14,935-64%34-28$439$56,443,12019Focus Features
27Outside In$14,136--9--$1,571$14,1361The Orchard
28The Last Suit$13,952-49%60$2,325$51,6272Outsider Pictures
29Keep The Change$11,950-31%135$919$87,6773Kino Lorber
30The Party$11,754-72%35-35$336$707,9967Roadside Attractions
31Love After Love$11,290--1--$11,290$11,2901IFC Films
32Gringo$9,160-75%35-82$262$4,964,7544STX Entertainment
33A Bag Of Marbles$9,091-37%40$2,273$31,1262Gaumont
34The Great Silence$8,755--2--$4,378$10,2751Film Movement
35Ismael's Ghosts$8,748-54%20$4,374$37,2672Magnolia Pictures
36Forever My Girl$8,472-17%16-9$530$16,326,76911Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
37The Insult$7,895-50%9-2$877$975,47512Cohen Media Group
38Samson$7,665-48%22-14$348$4,713,3537Pure Flix
39Ramen Heads$6,296-49%5-1$1,259$36,6583Gunpowder & Sky
40Detective Chinatown 2$6,039-4%2-1$3,020$1,981,5957Warner Bros.
41Mary and The Witch's Flower$5,289-34%6-10$882$2,414,55911GKIDS
42Claire's Camera$4,992-31%41$1,248$46,5754Cinema Guild
43The Last Movie Star$3,780--2--$1,890$3,7801A24
44Legend of the Mountain (2018 re-release)$2,6372297%21$1,319$7,5249Kino Lorber
45Tehran Taboo$2,523-61%3-5$841$70,7647Kino Lorber
46Agent Mr Chan$2,19611%10$2,196$208,3516China Lion Film
47Faces Places$2,194-20%5-5$439$947,45426Cohen Media Group
481945$2,048-74%3-5$683$450,76122Menemsha Films
49Eight Hours Don't Make A Day$2,022-68%10$2,022$19,9873Janus Films
50In The Fade$1,793-73%5-7$359$319,78614Magnolia Pictures
51Walk With Me$1,694--1--$1,694$696,67913Kino Lorber
52Summer In The Forest$1,485-82%10$1,485$16,2172Abramorama
53The Young Karl Marx$1,177-80%9-6$131$111,6506The Orchard
54Big Sonia$1,140-25%20$570$194,12920Argot Pictures
55The Workshop$1,139-60%10$1,139$6,7122Strand Releasing
56Mind Game$923-31%1-1$923$36,4387GKIDS
57Shed Skin Papa$871-89%1-7$871$13,3312China Lion Film
58In Between$718-80%2-3$359$104,45113Film Movement
59Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition$619-1%10$619$20,28521Well Go USA Entertainment
60The Happys$375-90%10$375$14,1463Indican Pictures
61Have A Nice Day$321--1--$321$78,17510Strand Releasing
62Vazante$316--1--$316$20,33312Music Box Films
63King Of Hearts (2018 re-release)$267-68%1-1$267$16,5146Cohen Media Group
64Souvenir$238-73%1-2$238$9,2785Strand Releasing
65Double Lover$206-66%1-1$206$166,5067Cohen Media Group
66On the Beach at Night Alone$158--1--$158$35,81520Cinema Guild
67Our Blood is Wine$138-78%10$138$12,7694Music Box Films