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, Aug. 19 - Sun, Aug. 21

Wide (1000+)

1The Help$20,018,659-23%2,690156$7,442$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,119,502-42%3,471-220$4,644$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,644,672--3,295--$3,534$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,021,215--3,015--$3,324$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5Fright Night (2011)$8,114,388--3,114--$2,606$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
6The Smurfs$7,802,377-43%3,057-370$2,552$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$7,703,466-57%3,1550$2,442$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
830 Minutes or Less$6,402,602-52%2,8880$2,217$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9One Day$5,079,566--1,721--$2,952$5,079,5661Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,797,364-32%1,940-695$2,473$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,511,411-38%1,738-676$2,596$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
12Cowboys & Aliens$4,215,780-46%2,213-1097$1,905$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$4,115,529-43%1,988-847$2,070$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$2,824,945-55%1,633-1280$1,730$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,804,598-70%1,982-58$910$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Horrible Bosses$1,279,350-48%755-583$1,695$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$770,04958%201100$3,831$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$606,276-56%484-402$1,253$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Midnight in Paris$552,103-21%258-70$2,140$50,614,94614Sony Pictures Classics
5Friends With Benefits$533,670-71%413-881$1,292$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
6Zookeeper$405,031-60%370-378$1,095$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$348,218-47%297-197$1,172$186,951,4579Disney
8Green Lantern (2011)$335,379-17%2420$1,386$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$302,144-22%274-20$1,103$66,626,80610Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$284,465-19%237-15$1,200$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$263,292-20%231-23$1,140$240,141,36914Disney
13Winnie the Pooh$176,938-54%294-115$602$25,726,4816Disney
14X-Men: First Class$131,661-30%146-37$902$145,939,79512Fox
15The Hangover Part II$131,530-28%193-39$682$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
16Bad Teacher$106,189-48%100-49$1,062$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
17Monte Carlo$70,235-20%107-17$656$22,813,4718Fox
18Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$35,698-50%1000$357$3,056,0466Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Guard$419,91949%8336$5,059$1,217,6894Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,293-8%490$4,210$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$159,105116%1412$11,365$270,6042Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$150,90331%4422$3,430$409,9893IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5The Devil's Double$147,765-43%83-6$1,780$1,000,5934Lionsgate
6Another Earth$143,604-13%875$1,651$936,4005Fox Searchlight
7Sur le Rythme$127,942-29%72-1$1,777$668,2802Entertainment One Films
8The Tree of Life$119,782-25%96-22$1,248$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$101,857-6%86-22$1,184$125,691,63011Paramount
10Hubble 3D$94,050-20%290$3,243$28,346,81375Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Attack the Block$83,478-23%444$1,897$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
12Point Blank$76,15315%3615$2,115$303,2624Magnolia / Magnet
13Buck$73,947-32%78-23$948$3,693,15510IFC Films
14The Trip (2011)$64,715-19%47-8$1,377$1,836,62111IFC Films
15The Future$62,187-2%3111$2,006$333,9974Roadside Attractions
17The Names of Love$43,494160%2112$2,071$325,0589Music Box Films
18Le Sens de l'humour$42,950-35%40-1$1,074$3,179,1937Alliance Films
193D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$41,9364544%109$4,194$43,5922China Lion Film
20The Hedgehog$39,276--6--$6,546$39,2761NeoClassics Films
21Rio (2011)$38,024-45%68-31$559$143,558,18119Fox
22Amigo$37,324--10--$3,732$37,3241Variance Films
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$35,9566%100$3,596$3,989,742673D Entertainment
24Mozart's Sister$34,046--7--$4,864$34,0461Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$33,576-21%110$3,052$29,652,833132Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$30,153-26%14-3$2,154$388,8327International Film Circuit
28Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$29,304-47%34-1$862$1,101,3997Sony Pictures Classics
29Tabloid$23,730-36%24-7$989$585,5926IFC Films
30A Better Life$23,01232%6514$354$1,732,3059Summit
31Terri$22,71213%18-3$1,262$571,7378IDP/ATO Pictures
32Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,483-75%37-67$554$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$16,764-15%1-1$16,764$84,193,437488IMAX
35Cave of Forgotten Dreams$16,114-13%150$1,074$5,234,78517IFC Films
36Gun Hill Road$14,087-40%5-5$2,817$106,1213Motion Film Group
37The Interrupters$12,053-16%20$6,027$56,9494Cinema Guild
38Project Nim$11,840-49%12-6$987$334,4527Roadside Attractions
39Page One: Inside the New York Times$11,817-48%16-7$739$1,019,99410Magnolia Pictures
40The Double Hour$8,80520%120$734$1,510,89319IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Turtle: The Incredible Journey$7,601-57%3-9$2,534$349,2649Hannover House
42Magic Trip$7,537-56%103$754$61,2663Magnolia Pictures
44Incendies$7,408-28%4-7$1,852$6,812,16018Sony Pictures Classics
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$6,668-8%21$3,334$25,3582Lorber Films
46Life, Above All$6,592143%40$1,648$82,8836Sony Pictures Classics
47Bride Flight$6,344-29%10-2$634$459,01211Music Box Films
48Mysteries of Lisbon$6,323-51%1-1$6,323$51,6223Music Box Films
49Life in a Day$6,270-61%10-7$627$207,3244National Geographic
505 Days of War$6,254--2--$3,127$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
51El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,056-5%21$3,028$74,2784Alive Mind Cinema
52Deep Sea 3D$5,530-27%31$1,843$44,462,656286Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Griff the Invisible$5,087--6--$848$5,0871Indomina Media
54The Last Circus$4,757--1--$4,757$4,7571Magnolia / Magnet
55WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,564--2--$2,282$36,69212Zeitgeist Films
57The Perfect Host$3,84921%104$385$43,9188Magnolia Pictures
58Everything Must Go$2,807136%41$702$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
59How To Live Forever$2,532--1--$2,532$56,39915Variance Films
60Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,457-79%3-2$819$184,7159Abramorama
61Viva Riva!$2,408--2--$1,204$56,41111Music Box Films
62Trollhunter$2,406-72%5-9$481$240,85111Magnolia / Magnet
6313 Assassins$2,069-26%42$517$802,52417Magnolia / Magnet
64The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,918--2--$959$29,20015Argot Pictures
65Rejoice and Shout$1,84147%51$368$97,86612Magnolia Pictures
66The Tree$1,605-53%2-4$803$28,1686Zeitgeist Films
67The Sleeping Beauty$1,591207%10$1,591$26,3077Strand Releasing
68Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,52319%30$508$238,17049Collective Eye
69The Conspirator$1,48683%42$372$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
70Salvation Boulevard$1,397-14%2-2$699$27,4456IFC Films
71Jig$1,380--1--$1,380$157,50410Screen Media Films
72Flypaper$1,098--2--$549$1,0981IFC Films
73Octubre$1,0953%21$548$21,58016New Yorker Films
74Leap Year (2011)$1,086204%10$1,086$11,2939Strand Releasing
75Meek's Cutoff$920-58%2-2$460$977,60020Oscilloscope
76Daylight (2011)$890790%10$890$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio
77Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$886-42%2-1$443$262,7349Abramorama
78The Myth of the American Sleepover$819-59%21$410$39,0015IFC Films
79Summer (2011 re-issue)$80421%21$402$29,73611The Film Desk
80If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$800-72%20$400$61,1539Oscilloscope
81Bill Cunningham New York$725-69%1-3$725$1,473,05423Zeitgeist Films
82Rapt$644-66%1-1$644$34,0047Lorber Films
83The Robber$642-5%10$642$80,99917Kino International
84In a Better World$605-95%2-13$303$1,005,76221Sony Pictures Classics
85The Arbor$576--1--$576$20,13917Strand Releasing
86The Woodmans$492--1--$492$37,97631Lorber Films
87The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$480--1--$480$638,21618Sony Pictures Classics
88Queen to Play$432-89%1-3$432$477,93821Zeitgeist Films
89Road to Nowhere$365-14%21$183$39,35111Monterey Media
90Pianomania$272-62%10$272$20,00813First Run Features
91My Perestroika$215-69%1-1$215$241,13922International Film Circuit