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, Nov. 29 - Sun, Dec. 1

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen II$85,977,773-34%4,4400$19,364$288,845,1312Disney
2Knives Out$26,769,548--3,461--$7,735$41,414,0931Lionsgate
3Ford v. Ferrari$13,168,306-16%3,446-82$3,821$81,031,328320th Century Fox
4Queen & Slim$11,890,490--1,690--$7,036$16,000,7901Universal Pictures
5A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$11,776,422-11%3,2350$3,640$34,291,7662Sony Pictures
621 Bridges$5,587,111-40%2,6650$2,096$19,220,7812STX Entertainment
7Playing with Fire$4,221,014-7%2,679-81$1,576$39,236,0574Paramount Pictures
9Last Christmas$2,008,275-35%1,852-559$1,084$31,686,2504Universal Pictures
10Joker$1,950,478-29%1,146-264$1,702$330,486,2449Warner Bros.
11Harriet$1,846,885-21%1,084-262$1,704$39,457,3205Focus Features
12The Good Liar$1,559,223-54%2,003-451$778$14,879,2843Warner Bros.
13Charlie's Angels$1,257,568-61%3,156-296$398$16,838,5033Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$1,328,959-35%991-614$1,341$111,549,9347Disney
2Jojo Rabbit$1,209,480-24%708-79$1,708$18,357,3737Fox Searchlight
4Doctor Sleep$900,991-51%877-599$1,027$30,561,1064Warner Bros.
5Terminator: Dark Fate$871,806-30%782-240$1,115$61,181,3855Paramount
6The Addams Family$469,521-1%775-62$606$96,385,1318United Artists Releasing
7Honey Boy$368,05646%186142$1,979$1,493,8034Amazon Studios
8Zombieland: Double Tap$355,447-34%341-114$1,042$72,217,4147Sony Pictures
9Countdown$227,930-23%232-66$982$25,291,8026STX Entertainment
10Black and Blue$206,541-35%179-81$1,154$21,748,7126Sony / Screen Gems
11When Harry Met Sally... 30th Anniversary (1989) presented by TCM$157,660--660--$239$157,6601Fathom Events
12Abominable$148,2803%195-26$760$60,180,25010Universal Pictures
13Pain and Glory$104,223-24%152-65$686$3,490,3259Sony Pictures Classics
14Downton Abbey$80,950-35%143-16$566$96,694,94011Focus Features
15Gemini Man$67,0532%1146$588$48,526,2678Paramount Pictures
16Pagalpanti$54,681-77%1160$471$396,5632Eros International
17Arctic Dogs$42,524-23%160-35$266$5,657,7375Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Dark Waters$621,020505%9490$6,607$964,8092Focus Features
3The Lighthouse$115,222-36%90-23$1,280$10,390,5637A24
4Fantastic Fungi$44,9470%140$3,211$777,51811Area 23a
5Motherless Brooklyn$40,741-43%68-18$599$9,186,2235Warner Bros.
6Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$32,75761%6035$546$140,998,43719Sony Pictures
7Hustlers$25,488-29%750$340$104,915,57212STX Entertainment
8It Chapter Two$24,169-37%72-33$336$211,587,88613Warner Bros
9Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$22,381-72%61$3,730$2,801,8417Fathom Events / Saban Films
10Better Days$19,422-78%13-22$1,494$1,910,1844Well Go USA Entertainment
11White Snake$16,8765582%2119$804$21,4923GKIDS
12Judy$16,368-62%37-21$442$23,900,26710Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
13The Lion King$15,998-52%44-43$364$543,634,36520Walt Disney Pictures
14Ad Astra$15,603-46%18-32$867$50,169,2251120th Century Fox
15The Current War$15,12312%4813$315$5,944,9726101 Studios
1663 Up$13,956--1--$13,956$18,7201BritBox
17Toy Story 4$13,444-17%34-14$395$434,035,54024Disney
18The Peanut Butter Falcon$12,475-24%31-8$402$20,437,90717Roadside Attractions
19Sympathy for the Devil$12,144--6--$2,024$12,1441eOne Entertainment
20Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$11,739-15%20-5$587$4,207,56313Greenwich Entertainment
21Varda by Agnes$8,817-29%20$4,409$28,4322Janus Films
22Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)$8,004--1--$8,004$10,1821Rialto Pictures
23The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful$7,790-48%5-5$1,558$56,3993CJ Entertainment
24Frankie$6,626-63%16-17$414$142,7186Sony Pictures Classics
25Temblores$4,870--1--$4,870$6,9042Film Movement
26No Safe Spaces$4,664-81%8-16$583$452,5576Atlas Distribution
27Synonyms$4,628-63%5-7$926$151,0746Kino Lorber
28Everybody’s Everything$4,157-83%13-6$320$537,9623Gunpowder & Sky
29The Kingmaker$4,056-39%81$507$62,8744Greenwich Entertainment
30Where's My Roy Cohn?$3,914100%50$783$697,73011Sony Pictures Classics
31Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project$3,75217%30$1,251$27,4803Zeitgeist Films
32Citizen K$3,470-67%32$1,157$15,1952Greenwich Entertainment
33Overcomer$3,356-42%13-12$258$34,746,07815Sony Pictures
34The All-Americans$2,874--5--$575$19,3124Abramorama
35Marjaavaan$2,762-79%650$42$170,8943Eros International
36Mickey and the Bear$2,561-66%40$640$23,6183Utopia
37Shooting the Mafia$2,316-29%31$772$7,2282Cohen Media Group
38Gift$1,767-1%2-7$884$31,1038Matson Films
39Under the Sea 3D$1,746-47%4-1$437$36,227,390564Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Give Me Liberty$1,50989%20$755$232,63115Music Box Films
41Edie$1,34936%1-1$1,349$69,42113Music Box Films
42Western Stars$1,018112%4230$24$1,579,9967Warner Bros.
43The Fighting Preacher$878-32%3-2$293$953,99219Purdie Distribution
44Maiden$752189%64$125$3,160,00723Sony Pictures Classics
45David Crosby: Remember My Name$73216%5-2$146$731,55720Sony Pictures Classics
46Mr. Klein$720-57%1-1$720$177,83813Rialto Pictures
47By the Grace of God$705-20%3-2$235$56,2357Music Box Films
48Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest$440-100%1-275$440$704,7442Trafalgar Releasing
49Ága$434-83%10$434$32,08713Big World Pictures
50American Dharma$424-80%41$106$35,3415Utopia
51Born to Be Wild 3D$380-49%2-2$190$25,923,775452Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer$342-53%52$68$18,1743Magnolia Pictures
53To the Arctic 3D$2720%10$272$14,554,223398Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$201-82%4-1$50$693,72314Magnolia Pictures
55Matthias & Maxime$136-96%61$23$365,9188
56Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$114-96%3-6$38$46,2306Matson Films
57Desolation Center$104-21%10$104$32,01612Matson Films
58Redoubt$66--1--$66$19,0655Grasshopper Film
59Stuffed$52-68%10$52$9,4587Music Box Films
60Anthropocene: The Human Epoch$50-93%10$50$104,64910Kino Lorber