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, Feb. 21 - Sun, Feb. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Sonic The Hedgehog$26,192,294-55%4,19831$6,239$106,493,9652Paramount
2The Call Of The Wild$24,791,624--3,752--$6,608$24,791,624120th Century Studios
3Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)$6,802,003-60%3,565-671$1,908$72,326,0183Warner Bros.
4Bad Boys For Life$5,843,978-49%2,972-213$1,966$191,159,6236Sony / Columbia
5Brahms: The Boy II$5,823,006--2,151--$2,707$5,823,0061STX Entertainment
6Fantasy Island$4,270,479-65%2,7840$1,534$20,257,5492Sony Pictures
71917$4,216,890-48%2,725-359$1,547$151,804,3599Universal Pictures
9Jumanji: The Next Level$2,875,302-48%2,126-284$1,352$310,839,72511Sony Pictures
10The Photograph$2,785,655-77%2,5160$1,107$17,630,2952Universal Pictures
12Downhill$1,438,219-69%2,31110$622$7,410,4792Fox Searchlight
13The Gentlemen$1,231,117-55%1,133-669$1,087$33,628,4595STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1Impractical Jokers: The Movie$2,607,049--357--$7,303$2,607,0491truTV
2Las PĂ­ldoras De Mi Novio$1,396,140--350--$3,989$1,396,1401Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
3Knives Out$1,069,376-50%949-205$1,127$163,708,56313Lionsgate
4Little Women$711,178-54%633-402$1,124$106,953,4499Sony Pictures
5Portrait of a Lady on Fire$693,21862%130108$5,332$1,428,33212NEON
6The Lodge$626,969368%322301$1,947$923,2513Neon
7Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$565,707-59%558-434$1,014$514,129,07910Disney
8Frozen II$500,072-41%424-292$1,179$476,576,42514Disney
9Jojo Rabbit$451,362-54%385-99$1,172$32,713,96619Fox Searchlight
10Gretel & Hansel$318,226-79%733-912$434$15,050,7964United Artists Releasing
11Just Mercy$261,802-66%423-423$619$35,403,4429Warner Bros.
12The Assistant$216,2944%16785$1,295$797,3014Bleecker Street
13Spies in Disguise$197,414-59%263-256$751$66,167,073920th Century Fox
14Ford v. Ferrari$171,643-54%214-79$802$117,337,1981520th Century Fox
15The Turning$127,200-77%315-295$404$15,345,4355Universal Pictures
16A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$57,325-49%1410$407$61,610,59814Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Emma.$234,482--5--$46,896$234,4821Focus Features
2CatVideoFest 2020$217,927--30--$7,264$217,9271Oscilloscope Laboratories
3Mafia Inc.$145,928-45%850$1,717$528,9752Entertainment One
5Uncut Gems$60,798-65%92-126$661$49,929,59411A24
6Underwater$52,89215%858$622$17,183,099720th Century Fox
7The Traitor$50,054-1%4516$1,112$221,2784Sony Pictures Classics
8Seberg$47,180--3--$15,727$47,1801Amazon Studios
9Ordinary Love$43,62085%2219$1,983$74,8802
10Joker$39,972-47%90-75$444$335,395,13121Warner Bros.
11Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band$37,828--4--$9,457$37,8281Magnolia Pictures
12The Last Full Measure$36,323-59%83-38$438$2,853,2175Roadside Attractions
13Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words$32,26094%5336$609$242,7304Manifold Productions
14Beanpole$30,97991%2922$1,068$109,7834Kino Lorber Films
152020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films$30,203-85%37-98$816$3,262,5394Magnolia Pictures ShortsTV w/ Magnolia Pictures
16And Then We Danced$29,57127%1912$1,556$86,3063Muisc Box Films
17The Times of Bill Cunningham$26,079-38%86$3,260$78,5772Greenwich Entertainment
18The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$21,411--18--$1,190$78,93421Zeitgeist Films
19Weathering With You$21,285-68%15-17$1,419$7,758,3746GKIDS
20Ride Your Wave$19,643--12--$1,637$320,4321GKIDS
21The Grudge$18,630-64%710$262$21,216,1488Sony Pictures
22Judy$18,008-25%34-9$530$24,287,49022Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
23Come and See$16,053--1--$16,053$16,0531Janus Films
24The Song Of Names$15,416-59%25-26$617$1,034,7949Sony Pictures Classics
25Incitement$13,324-33%14-7$952$109,9754Greenwich Entertainment
26Corpus Christi$11,874156%54$2,375$35,1762Film Movement
27A Simple Wedding$11,107-49%5-5$2,221$40,8902Blue Fox Entertainment
28Tread$10,585--13--$814$10,5851Gravitas Ventures
29Premature$9,909--4--$2,477$9,9091IFC Films / Sundance Selects
30Olympic Dreams$9,8606%3633$274$20,9302IFC Films
31The Cordillera of Dreams$6,80953%86$851$16,4752Icarus Films
32Cunningham$6,022-6%8-4$753$252,45411Magnolia Pictures
33Pain and Glory$5,989-67%17-2$352$4,562,32221Sony Pictures Classics
34First Lady$4,751-92%16-52$297$85,4022ArtAffects Entertainment
35Vitalina Varela$4,612--1--$4,612$4,6121Grasshopper Film
36Enter the Fat Dragon$4,330-80%3-8$1,443$42,8912Well Go USA Entertainment
37Young Ahmed$4,216--2--$2,108$13,3251Kino Lorber Films
38Come to Daddy$4,096-49%5-7$819$96,7133Saban Films
39Pandora and the Flying Dutchman$4,07324%21$2,037$17,4013Cohen Media Group
40Buffaloed$4,001-71%3-6$1,334$25,3832Magnolia Pictures
43Born to Be Wild 3D$3,266-8%4-1$817$25,967,893464Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Varda by Agnes$3,221223%42$805$155,27114Janus Films
45L'innocente$2,884-60%10$2,884$17,8762Film Movement
46Citizen K$2,545-64%9-1$283$117,36614Greenwich Entertainment
47Just One More Kiss$2,420--2--$1,210$2,4201Indican Pictures
48You Go To My Head$2,398-52%21$1,199$8,5362First Run Features
49Ip Man 4: The Finale$2,286-43%2-2$1,143$3,956,0319Well Go USA Entertainment
50Zombi Child$2,001170%3-1$667$19,7125Film Movement
51Under the Sea 3D$1,822-5%30$607$36,258,151576Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Hubble 3D$1,7353055%42$434$52,520,499519Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Stuffed$1,266--2--$633$14,74019Music Box Films
54Goldie$1,200--10--$120$1,2001Film Movement
55Merci pour tout (Thanks For Everything)$1,093-72%11-4$99$1,073,3279eOne Entertainment
56I Was at Home, But...$1,018-83%10$1,018$9,4582Cinema Guild
57Edie$600--1--$600$70,73825Music Box Films
58The White Sheik$437--1--$437$46,5089Rialto Pictures
59Hai Tang Hong$310--30--$10$3101M Star International
60Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)$205-92%1-2$205$33,39513Rialto Pictures
61Synonyms$199-41%10$199$204,95518Kino Lorber
62The Doors: Break On Thru - A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek$153-96%1-14$153$187,3092Trafalgar Releasing
63Mr. Klein$111-60%10$111$191,68025Rialto Pictures
64Sympathy for the Devil$67--5--$13$49,93713eOne Entertainment
65Temblores$56--1--$56$23,91114Film Movement