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, Jul. 16 - Sun, Jul. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Inception$62,785,337--3,792--$16,557$62,785,3371Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$32,803,660-42%3,50125$9,370$118,434,5552Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$17,619,622--3,504--$5,028$24,708,0591Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,420,480-58%4,001-467$3,354$264,791,8973Summit
5Toy Story 3$11,998,276-43%3,177-576$3,777$362,965,3785Disney
6Grown Ups$9,911,016-37%3,074-389$3,224$129,165,3574Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$7,755,153-53%2,805-398$2,765$115,138,6073Paramount
9Knight and Day$3,608,021-53%1,925-703$1,874$69,117,4004Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$2,288,707-57%1,532-926$1,494$169,290,6756Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cyrus$1,093,313-15%446246$2,451$5,084,1865Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$679,533-25%13931$4,889$2,018,2912Music Box
3Iron Man 2$561,74043%36229$1,552$310,018,59011Paramount
4The A-Team$461,023-74%428-808$1,077$75,207,2066Fox
5I Am Love$415,112-17%14029$2,965$2,662,0515Magnolia
6Winter's Bone$347,380-24%12115$2,871$3,064,0526Roadside Attractions
7Standing Ovation$343,125--625--$549$343,1251Rocky Mountain
8Shrek Forever After$280,374-44%240-221$1,168$234,393,5839Paramount / DreamWorks
10Letters to Juliet$240,193-29%27231$883$52,129,85810Summit
11How to Train Your Dragon$237,392-25%228-26$1,041$217,387,99717Paramount / DreamWorks
12Solitary Man$181,861-57%146-26$1,246$3,850,7969Anchor Bay
13Get Him to the Greek$174,015-76%287-155$606$60,009,7707Universal
14Robin Hood (2010)$174,015-40%226-74$770$104,839,03010Universal
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$170,670-33%112-3$1,524$2,305,9076IFC
16Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$139,396-60%141-134$989$89,317,8528Disney
17Date Night$133,391-29%166-39$804$98,258,66415Fox
18Killers (2010)$120,635-55%166-103$727$46,090,7807Lionsgate
19Splice$65,749-50%117-87$562$16,920,1927Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Kids Are All Right$1,064,359116%3831$28,009$1,813,8662Focus
2Hubble 3D$284,26111%530$5,363$10,855,30818Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$113,507-2%558$2,064$942,9636Sony Pictures Classics
4Sex and the City 2$100,469-52%97-59$1,036$94,936,6568Warner Bros. / New Line
5Restrepo$96,5113%316$3,113$412,7464National Geographic
6Jonah Hex$92,983130%46-19$2,021$10,192,0145Warner Bros.
7Grease Sing-a-Long$87,83645%219$4,183$225,7632Paramount
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$84,294-44%70-21$1,204$9,512,44218Music Box
9The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$79,827-39%81-29$986$6,023,87714Sony Pictures Classics
10Under the Sea 3D$72,92029%130$5,609$22,969,60675Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Please Give$50,642-60%64-36$791$3,800,86312Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$38,367-17%254$1,535$2,958,98214Producers Distribution Agency
13City Island$36,730-56%49-16$750$6,573,59218Anchor Bay
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$35,440-13%236$1,541$230,4894Sony Pictures Classics
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,992-58%67-63$522$163,192,11416Warner Bros.
16Micmacs$34,849-38%505$697$1,013,6858Sony Classics
17I Hate Luv Storys$32,463-74%35-44$928$826,5613UTV
18Just Wright$30,414-43%56-24$543$21,476,68610Fox Searchlight
19Deep Sea 3D$21,9118%30$7,304$43,520,756229Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Winnebago Man$17,7068%53$3,541$39,9512Kino International
22Mother and Child$17,106-56%27-17$634$1,036,65611Sony Pictures Classics
23South of the Border$15,749-33%70$2,250$138,9924Cinema Libre
26Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,059-53%28-23$538$63,916,63218Fox
27The Back-up Plan$12,288-66%25-36$492$37,481,24213CBS Films
28Harry Brown$12,214-57%24-9$509$1,783,70212Samuel Goldwyn
29The Killer Inside Me$11,894-14%9-5$1,322$168,2045IFC Films
30God of Vampires$8,960-33%80$1,120$46,6253Nocturnal Features
31Valhalla Rising$7,905--1--$7,905$7,9051IFC
32To the Sea$7,668--1--$7,668$9,6401Film Movement
33Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,192-64%3-1$2,397$213,8848Rialto
34Stonewall Uprising$7,092-50%6-4$1,182$100,6985First Run Features
35Let It Rain$6,785--2--$3,393$79,7735IFC
36Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,463-26%3-1$2,154$301,17211Kino International
37Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,508--3--$1,836$45,6317Indican Pictures
38Love Ranch$5,378-70%7-1$768$124,2223E1 Entertainment
39[REC] 2$4,815-41%72$688$16,8612Magnolia
41Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$3,981--1--$3,981$3,9811Flicker Alley
42The City of Your Final Destination$3,162-63%6-4$527$463,80214Screen Media Films
43Everyone Else$3,093450%21$1,547$78,61957Cinema Guild
44Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,875-75%3-6$958$617,62118Zeitgeist
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,734-6%30$911$23,252,663146National Geographic
46Udaan$2,715--2--$1,358$2,7151UTV Communications
47The Square (2010)$2,695-13%4-1$674$404,89815Apparition
48Holy Rollers$2,686-57%3-2$895$299,78425First Independent Pictures
49La Mission$2,617-88%3-22$872$1,048,03115Screen Media
50Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,528-57%1-1$2,528$36,1014Kino International
51Princess Kaiulani$2,492-55%3-3$831$855,35510Roadside Attractions
52Around a Small Mountain$2,280-57%21$1,140$11,4982Cinema Guild
53Mademoiselle Chambon$2,274-56%2-2$1,137$184,4898Lorber
54The Secret of Kells$2,185-33%6-4$364$686,46020GKIDS
55Best Worst Movie$2,118-68%10$2,118$77,58513Area23a
56The Little Traitor$1,963-14%10$1,963$369,04532Westchester Films
57Sweetgrass$1,823181%1-1$1,823$199,85043Cinema Guild
58Cropsey$1,233-62%41$308$35,4567Cinema Purgatorio
59U2 3D$1,056--1--$1,056$10,336,350130National Geographic
60Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$981--1--$981$47,46258The Film Desk
61The Nature of Existence$972-55%2-1$486$17,1765Walking Shadows
62The Living Wake$930--1--$930$12,05510Mangusta Productions
63Small Change (2009 re-issue)$664--1--$664$30,27634The Film Desk
648: The Mormon Proposition$632--1--$632$99,8515Red Flag Releasing
65Great Directors$533-78%20$267$12,5093Paladin
66OSS 117: Lost in Rio$486-62%20$243$87,06866Music Box
67John Rabe$481-85%1-2$481$52,4149Strand
68Videocracy$478--1--$478$23,02723Lorber Films
69A Town Called Panic$4296%10$429$165,34931Zeitgeist Films
70Behind the Burly Q$362-69%1-1$362$18,65913First Run Features
71Spring Fever$223--1--$223$1,8477Strand