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, Sep. 10 - Sun, Sep. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Resident Evil: Afterlife$26,650,264--3,203--$8,320$26,650,2641Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$5,675,611-48%2,191-15$2,590$47,680,7833Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$5,674,240-57%2,83310$2,003$28,111,3582Focus
5Going the Distance (2010)$3,788,222-45%3,0300$1,250$13,952,3222Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Other Guys$3,347,995-37%2,246-361$1,491$112,442,4086Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$3,322,853-55%2,731-143$1,217$38,062,3223Lionsgate
8The Expendables$3,223,651-51%3,058-340$1,054$98,466,2645Lionsgate
9Eat Pray Love$2,928,256-39%2,339-324$1,252$74,660,9645Sony / Columbia
10Inception$2,802,390-39%1,583-121$1,770$282,211,9789Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$2,080,315-41%2,364-344$880$26,281,0454Universal
12The Switch (2010)$2,001,103-36%1,595-290$1,255$25,005,8324Miramax
13Despicable Me$1,657,100-44%1,375-225$1,205$243,531,97010Universal
14Vampires Suck$1,480,909-54%1,670-764$887$35,082,8534Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$743,46571%1,187791$626$299,633,86411Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Lottery Ticket$1,206,043-44%905-405$1,333$22,613,6694Warner Bros.
2Get Low$864,834-28%529-31$1,635$6,912,9377Sony Pictures Classics
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$820,140-47%619-188$1,325$30,438,3155Universal
4Toy Story 3$761,996-61%712-808$1,070$409,976,03713Disney
6Piranha 3D$700,750-71%825-964$849$24,337,1684Weinstein Company
7Salt$630,059-50%484-221$1,302$116,451,6218Sony / Columbia
8Flipped$481,438846%442414$1,089$1,264,5156Warner Bros.
9Dinner for Schmucks$480,239-53%536-268$896$71,832,7757Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$404,693-13%425-30$952$42,672,8877Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups$380,002-37%339-44$1,121$160,678,10512Sony / Columbia
12Step Up 3D$347,557-56%260-174$1,337$41,796,9946Disney
13Mao's Last Dancer$341,9411%1027$3,352$2,225,0574Samuel Goldwyn
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$305,830-32%312-45$980$62,164,6119Disney
15The Kids Are All Right$261,057-34%218-21$1,198$20,241,94810Focus
16Ramona and Beezus$183,885-31%275-30$669$25,523,8398Fox
17The Girl Who Played With Fire$182,263-23%148-9$1,232$6,910,66010Music Box
18The Last Airbender$182,102-43%220-37$828$131,396,88811Paramount
19Winter's Bone$135,43515%11020$1,231$5,808,90114Roadside Attractions
20Legendary$126,964--177--$717$126,9641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21The Karate Kid (2010)$125,789-49%168-59$749$176,464,96514Sony / Columbia
22Charlie St. Cloud$106,365-31%190-30$560$31,136,9507Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

2Hubble 3D$180,588-35%60-63$3,010$15,385,26326Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cairo Time$155,692-10%6712$2,324$1,106,2256IFC
4We Are Family$115,754-61%780$1,484$526,6302UTV Communications
5Animal Kingdom$110,171-1%615$1,806$718,8735Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm Still Here$96,658--19--$5,087$96,6581Magnolia
7What If...$85,086-20%8213$1,038$439,5264Five & Two Pictures
8The Tillman Story$83,970-38%251$3,359$422,2754Weinstein Company
9I Am Love$56,129-12%40-9$1,403$4,770,29113Magnolia
10Knight and Day$54,489-60%93-49$586$76,307,71612Fox
13Fool for Love (2010)$49,313--8--$6,164$49,3131Variance Films
14Mesrine: Killer Instinct$49,228-46%29-5$1,698$413,9583Music Box
15The Romantics$45,527--2--$22,764$45,5271Four of a Kind
16Lebanon$39,45126%214$1,879$249,20648Sony Pictures Classics
17Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$39,041-48%28-3$1,394$166,4922Music Box
18The Concert$38,991-13%19-1$2,052$503,1878Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$29,550-54%15-1$1,970$24,159,66783Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Restrepo$29,542-1%374$798$1,220,90112National Geographic
21A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$28,5014%138$2,192$70,5772Sony Pictures Classics
22La Soga$28,230224%72$4,033$193,65557-57 Releasing
23Mademoiselle Chambon$27,226986%116$2,475$342,80416Lorber
24Soul Kitchen$25,829-41%172$1,519$160,5444IFC
25Bran Nue Dae$23,527--16--$1,470$23,5271Freestyle Releasing
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$23,307-39%191$1,227$457,7976National Geographic
27Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$23,217-57%45-48$516$90,736,65116Disney
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$17,57113%262$676$1,649,05814Sony Pictures Classics
29The A-Team$17,173-71%31-23$554$77,213,48914Fox
30Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$17,034--3--$5,678$17,0341Lorber
31Cyrus$15,6355%260$601$7,399,81113Fox Searchlight
32The Extra Man$14,444-39%17-11$850$399,4147Magnolia
33Exit Through the Gift Shop$14,00923%61$2,335$3,238,65122Producers Distribution Agency
34The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$13,790-23%284$493$10,038,09226Music Box
35Last Train Home$13,748-33%21$6,874$43,8152Zeitgeist Films
36Ahead of Time$12,790--1--$12,790$12,7901Vitagraph
37My Dog Tulip$12,64810%10$12,648$37,4862New Yorker Films
38Micmacs$11,186-5%16-6$699$1,228,32816Sony Classics
39Hideaway (2009)$11,124--4--$2,781$11,1241Strand
40Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,792--4--$2,698$296,91616Rialto
42The Sicilian Girl$9,2481072%31$3,083$33,5606Music Box
43The Trial (2010)$8,957--1--$8,957$8,9571Whitlow Films
44Life During Wartime$8,62536%168$539$268,6398IFC
45Deep Sea 3D$7,710-44%30$2,570$43,755,855237Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$7,353-45%5-2$1,471$206,3498Arthouse Films
48The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$7,2314%186$402$6,359,83122Sony Pictures Classics
49A Film Unfinished$7,168-50%3-2$2,389$135,9374Oscilloscope
50Logan (2010)$7,137--1--$7,137$7,1371Real Bean
51Countdown to Zero$6,813574%61$1,136$261,4158Magnolia
52Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,67031%2011$334$370,90612Sony Pictures Classics
53Winnebago Man$6,34136%92$705$147,02710Kino International
54Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$6,078--1--$6,078$6,0781Lorber
56Lovely, Still$4,584--2--$2,292$18,0481Monterey Media
57The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,380-51%4-2$1,095$153,9546Anchor Bay
58Solitary Man$4,349-57%9-15$483$4,347,74517Anchor Bay
59Change of Plans$4,104-56%20$2,052$44,2313IFC
60Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$3,748-51%10-6$375$2,927,97214IFC
61Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$3,3343689%10$3,334$15,8445First Run Features
62Mother and Child$2,468153%64$411$1,103,09119Sony Pictures Classics
63Princess Kaiulani$2,35024%30$783$880,69118Roadside Attractions
64Spoken Word$2,267-11%20$1,134$30,0038Variance
65White Wedding (2009)$2,249-62%2-2$1,125$10,9082Dada Films
66Everyone Else$2,090568%21$1,045$95,91765Cinema Guild
67Please Give$2,051-3%4-9$513$4,024,53620Sony Pictures Classics
68Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,748-46%2-1$874$367,67619Kino International
69The Little Traitor$1,45414%10$1,454$376,27740Westchester Films
70The Milk of Sorrow$1,438-52%1-1$1,438$8,5183Olive Films
71Best Worst Movie$1,359--1--$1,359$103,19421Area23a
73Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,141-20%10$1,141$23,296,284154National Geographic
74Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,134-60%20$567$55,89212Kino International
75Army of Crime$913-71%1-1$913$27,7414Lorber
76Circle$651--1--$651$8,0603Indican Pictures
77Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$627--1--$627$47,35013The Film Desk
78Around a Small Mountain$608--2--$304$26,11910Cinema Guild
79Sweetgrass$135--1--$135$203,98951Cinema Guild