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, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Bad Boys For Life$34,011,714-46%3,7750$9,010$120,655,8792Sony / Columbia
21917$15,916,580-28%3,937325$4,043$103,999,8895Universal Pictures
4The Gentlemen$10,651,884--2,165--$4,920$10,651,8841STX Entertainment
5Jumanji: The Next Level$7,700,526-21%3,121-202$2,467$283,246,3267Sony Pictures
6The Turning$6,950,045--2,571--$2,703$6,950,0451Universal Pictures
7Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$5,572,678-33%2,800-258$1,990$501,982,8186Disney
8Little Women$4,603,145-28%2,52825$1,821$93,630,5465Sony Pictures
9Just Mercy$4,031,215-30%2,408-49$1,674$27,054,5975Warner Bros.
10Knives Out$3,539,020-17%1,67710$2,110$151,754,9429Lionsgate
11Frozen II$2,648,199-31%1,750-330$1,513$469,911,76710Disney
13Spies in Disguise$1,760,765-34%1,323-438$1,331$62,020,506520th Century Fox
14Like a Boss$1,504,826-63%1,723-1358$873$20,501,8553Paramount Pictures
15Jojo Rabbit$1,405,254-6%1,160155$1,211$25,979,89115Fox Searchlight
16Underwater$1,206,446-68%1,677-1114$719$15,917,430320th Century Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Last Full Measure$1,058,019--614--$1,723$1,058,0191Roadside Attractions
2Ford v. Ferrari$815,945-24%804-276$1,015$114,346,8201120th Century Fox
3Uncut Gems$694,573-47%490-440$1,417$47,672,9287A24
4Weathering With You$668,973-63%458-28$1,461$6,528,6182GKIDS
6The Grudge$300,620-67%420-557$716$20,748,2844Sony Pictures
8A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$201,035-32%240-125$838$60,923,06210Sony Pictures
9The Song Of Names$114,76823%182106$631$666,8885Sony Pictures Classics
10Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$114,046-64%325-380$351$141,827,86927Sony Pictures
11Joker$113,282-67%348-506$326$334,814,74317Warner Bros.
12Cats$104,785-27%133-13$788$26,978,6206Universal Pictures
14Richard Jewell$56,271-14%155-8$363$22,272,7687Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Color Out Of Space$216,162--81--$2,669$356,5261RLJE Films
2Pain and Glory$58,009-40%68-99$853$4,319,04317Sony Pictures Classics
3Les Misérables (2020)$57,367-17%6927$831$205,1953Amazon Studios
4Ip Man 4: The Finale$53,911-49%29-25$1,859$3,870,8145Well Go USA Entertainment
5Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$49,227-31%90-15$547$113,832,89615Disney
6Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$42,646-55%1-2$42,646$3,697,74515Fathom Events / Saban Films
7Queen & Slim$39,155-42%72-48$544$43,791,4309Universal Pictures
8A Hidden Life$34,508-27%43-12$803$1,689,0487Fox Searchlight
9Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$24,758-40%40-36$619$1,017,5755eOne Entertainment
10Judy$18,073-26%473$385$24,132,74518Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
11Cunningham$16,56412%21-2$789$202,1557Magnolia Pictures
12The Man Standing Next$16,514--2--$8,257$16,5141Capelight Pictures
14Citizen K$14,42551%76$2,061$55,75210Greenwich Entertainment
16Ashfall$13,398-69%16-2$837$362,4396CJ Entertainment
17Invisible life$11,502-50%11-4$1,046$141,6866Amazon Studios
18Varda by Agnes$7,001149%64$1,167$133,88110Janus Films
19The Cave (2019)$6,817--10--$682$55,21515National Geographic Documentary Films
20Zombi Child$6,051--3--$2,017$7,1991Film Movement
21Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale$5,0101622%32$1,670$137,2688Trafalgar Releasing
22Lore$3,780-47%4-3$945$15,3862Indican Pictures
23Midnight Family$3,57725%94$397$35,96281091
24The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$3,50045%20$1,750$37,40117Zeitgeist Films
25The Lighthouse$3,464-73%50$693$10,863,48115A24
27The White Sheik$2,220-70%2-1$1,110$43,8665Rialto Pictures
28Synonyms$2,137-40%5-1$427$203,16914Kino Lorber
29By the Grace of God$1,684285%10$1,684$64,40315Music Box Films
30Born to Be Wild 3D$1,478--3--$493$25,944,737460Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Redoubt$1,319--1--$1,319$22,87513Grasshopper Film
32Chinese Portrait$1,165--2--$583$2,4117Cinema Guild
33Blood Widow$1,012-63%1-1$1,012$5,8352Indican Pictures
34End of the Century$553--1--$553$65,42324
35Three Christs$549-92%5-18$110$35,6963IFC Films
36Hubble 3D$513--3--$171$52,512,776515Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$49177%10$491$115,24541Zeitgeist Films
38Sympathy for the Devil$461--3--$154$48,8589eOne Entertainment
39Ága$452--1--$452$35,17821Big World Pictures
40Under the Sea 3D$374--2--$187$36,245,637572Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Disappearance of My Mother$332-71%1-1$332$23,6858Kino Lorber
42The Hottest August$235-81%1-1$235$7,66911Grasshopper Film
43Give Me Liberty$231-60%10$231$242,45023Music Box Films
44Christ Stopped at Eboli$229--1--$229$77,93643Rialto Pictures
45Matthias & Maxime$14229%72$20$372,62916
46Stuffed$125-87%10$125$13,33715Music Box Films
47Les Misérables - The Staged Concert$109-99%1-4$109$455,5448Trafalgar Releasing
48Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59--1--$59$11,271,159304Warner Bros. / IMAX
49A German Youth$48--1--$48$2,34316Big World Pictures
50To the Arctic 3D$40--2--$20$14,557,073406Warner Bros. / IMAX