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. 26 - Sun, Jan. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Maze Runner: The Death Cure$24,167,011--3,787--$6,382$24,167,0111Fox
2Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$16,144,874-17%3,553-151$4,544$337,802,0776Sony / Columbia
3Hostiles$10,110,7392996%2,8162767$3,590$11,958,5366Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
4The Greatest Showman$9,550,367-10%2,663-160$3,586$126,525,5996Fox
5The Post$9,107,141-22%2,640-211$3,450$58,793,064620th Century Fox
612 Strong$8,686,066-45%3,01816$2,878$29,810,6762Warner Bros.
7Den of Thieves$8,632,808-43%2,4320$3,550$28,775,2532STX Entertainment
8The Shape of Water$5,922,553171%1,8541001$3,194$37,901,2989Fox Searchlight
9Paddington 2$5,668,433-29%2,792-910$2,030$32,118,8493Warner Bros.
10Star Wars: The Last Jedi$4,254,001-35%1,745-711$2,438$610,795,8227Disney
11Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$3,840,684100%1,457503$2,636$37,251,63516Fox Searchlight
12Forever My Girl$3,569,890-16%1,424310$2,507$9,129,0492Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
13The Commuter$3,412,694-48%1,811-1081$1,884$31,389,8833Lionsgate
14Insidious: The Last Key$3,189,055-46%1,901-645$1,678$63,449,3554Universal
15Phantom Thread$2,981,885-8%1,021125$2,921$10,713,6945Focus Features
16Darkest Hour$2,886,8356%1,333-8$2,166$45,199,24210Focus Features
17Lady Bird$1,887,22658%1,172497$1,610$41,610,31813A24
18Pitch Perfect 3$1,367,760-55%1,039-733$1,316$102,718,8906Universal
19Proud Mary$1,326,285-63%1,003-1122$1,322$19,250,1533Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

2I, Tonya$3,028,6586%960161$3,155$18,904,7738Neon
4Call Me by Your Name$1,289,639-10%8150$1,582$11,300,17910Sony Pictures Classics
6Molly's Game$900,977-44%556-535$1,620$25,902,4105STX Entertainment
7Wonder (2017)$430,758-20%349-147$1,234$130,563,19811Lionsgate
8Justice League$306,788143%24493$1,257$228,050,13411Warner Bros.
9All the Money in the World$224,789-41%227-147$990$24,530,6965Sony / TriStar
10Thor: Ragnarok$181,829-22%150-34$1,212$313,694,83813Disney
11Get Out$165,675--471--$352$175,649,81549Universal
12Daddy's Home 2$152,768-27%145-38$1,054$103,751,25212Paramount
13Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$127,129-30%179-23$710$102,513,31812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mary and The Witch's Flower$136,114-91%77-84$1,768$1,784,8112GKIDS
2The Disaster Artist$99,095-43%84-63$1,180$20,910,9509New Line / A24
3Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds$60,073-42%16-8$3,755$1,800,1936Well Go USA
4The Florida Project$58,07149%33-4$1,760$5,659,11317A24
5The Star$52,898-28%97-35$545$40,785,51111Sony / Columbia
6The Final Year$37,694-45%33-2$1,142$141,5502Magnolia Pictures
7Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$34,229-3%193$1,802$246,2625Sony Pictures Classics
8In The Fade$30,83390%2213$1,402$142,2695Magnolia Pictures
9Blade Runner 2049$24,132-51%72-52$335$92,044,13417Warner Bros.
10Loving Vincent$23,647-19%21-14$1,126$6,580,92419Good Deed Entertainment
11The Square$23,44979%1910$1,234$1,384,25614Magnolia Pictures
12Condorito: La Pelicula$23,312-69%36-98$648$442,9343Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Happy End$21,008-31%14-4$1,501$197,6976Sony Pictures Classics
14Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$14,56118%71$2,080$240,20610Zeitgeist
15Faces Places$14,06844%103$1,407$722,82917Cohen Media Group
16Father Figures$13,116-66%44-52$298$17,413,1196Warner Bros.
17Humor Me$11,538305%53$2,308$21,0073Shout! Factory
18Roman J. Israel, Esq.$11,421105%316$368$11,942,78011Sony Pictures
19Desolation$11,320--2--$5,660$11,3201IFC Films
20Have A Nice Day$10,463--1--$10,463$10,4631Strand Releasing
22Only The Brave$9,437-39%26-17$363$18,340,05115Sony Pictures
23Beuys$7,684-15%20$3,842$24,9532Kino Lorber
24Ex-File 3 (Qian Ren 3)$7,648-80%3-18$2,549$831,4665China Lion Film
25A Ciambra$7,55919%21$3,780$17,4332IFC Films
26Wonder Wheel$6,5172%5-1$1,303$1,403,2379Amazon
27Ridge Runners$5,929-31%7-2$847$49,7312Indican Pictures
28Django$5,455-9%70$779$40,7274Under The Milky Way
29Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$5,3737%52$1,075$11,117,279200Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Like Me$5,064--3--$1,688$5,6641Kino Lorber
31Big Sonia$5,05552%31$1,685$154,41611Argot Pictures
32Parchi$4,595-57%1-13$4,595$67,1333Atlas Distribution
33The Breadwinner$4,53262%40$1,133$256,20511GKIDS
34Under the Sea 3D$4,522-7%5-1$904$35,701,972468Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Please Stand By$4,090--5--$818$4,0901Magnolia Pictures
36My Friend Dahmer$4,068-44%1-1$4,068$1,340,63913FilmRise
37The Road Movie$4,019-77%7-12$574$28,7002Oscilloscope Laboratories
38Goldbuster$4,006-71%2-4$2,003$184,0754Well Go USA Entertainment
39Vazante$3,991409%43$998$10,9023Music Box Films
40Born to Be Wild 3D$3,73070%71$533$25,628,328356Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Kickboxer: Retaliation$3,061--10--$306$3,0611Well Go USA Entertainment
42In Between$2,803-52%5-2$561$39,7084Film Movement
43Chavela$2,789--3--$930$148,66617Music Box Films
44BPM (Beats Per Minute)$2,579834%43$645$99,97215The Orchard
45Birdboy: The Forgotten Children$2,393-36%3-2$798$33,8607GKIDS
46Hubble 3D$2,177-39%2-2$1,089$52,000,383411Warner Bros. / IMAX
47God's Own Country$1,9801177%21$990$326,54914Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
48Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba$1,689-52%10$1,689$8,1232ArtMattan Films
49Freak Show$1,641-67%81$205$16,1363IFC Films
50Novitiate$1,427-5%4-2$357$577,50114Sony Pictures Classics
51The Lucky Man$1,388-19%20$694$20,7366Indican Pictures
521945$1,334-64%2-4$667$272,77113Menemsha Films
53On the Beach at Night Alone$1,0541686%32$351$33,86911Cinema Guild
54West of the Jordan River$1,047--1--$1,047$1,0471Kino Lorber
55The Divine Order$1,04615%31$349$67,42614Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
56Memories of Underdevelopment$1,003-66%10$1,003$22,7923Janus Films
57Shadowman$8081007%32$269$12,3809Film Movement
58The Other Side Of Hope$716-58%10$716$181,3229Janus Films
59The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$453-83%1-2$453$43,98915Kino Lorber
60Same Kind of Different as Me$420-83%3-6$140$6,423,31215Pure Flix Entertainment
61Youth$238-95%1-2$238$1,891,9567China Lion Film
62Tom of Finland$76-96%20$38$348,36216Kino Lorber