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. 16 - Sun, Sep. 18

Wide (1000+)

1The Lion King 3D$30,151,614--2,330--$12,941$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$14,548,433-35%3,2220$4,515$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$11,340,461--2,886--$3,929$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$6,513,039-27%3,01479$2,161$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$5,123,760--2,408--$2,128$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$4,402,201--2,476--$1,778$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7The Debt$2,942,631-38%1,831-45$1,607$26,564,4313Focus
8Warrior (2011)$2,860,325-45%1,88314$1,519$10,002,6252Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,658,131-32%2,340-547$1,136$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$2,330,291-41%1,933-421$1,206$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$1,801,701-47%2,082-766$865$17,310,4023Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,590,367-36%1,650-894$964$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,566,182-28%1,145-165$1,368$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
14Our Idiot Brother$1,294,791-51%1,747-649$741$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
15The Smurfs$1,243,268-31%1,419-558$876$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,124,591-48%1,334-917$843$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$1,097,433-62%1,795-1535$611$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$395,254-72%1,5000$264$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Laugh at My Pain$1,190,756-38%230132$5,177$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$700,498-30%601-209$1,166$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$563,946-33%540-264$1,044$174,301,5209Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$557,049-14%437-118$1,275$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$530,810-36%614-306$865$98,830,2768Universal
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$469,208168%306129$1,533$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$445,361-24%444-59$1,003$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$374,037-14%3485$1,075$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
9Midnight in Paris$340,770-18%301-49$1,132$54,060,59718Sony Pictures Classics
10The Guard$339,784-17%202-1$1,682$3,782,3498Sony Pictures Classics
11Bad Teacher$326,549450%474378$689$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
12Sarah's Key$266,506-32%266-40$1,002$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
13The Change-Up$228,715-29%307-67$745$36,841,2457Universal
1430 Minutes or Less$222,553-58%291-355$765$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
15Final Destination 5$211,329-62%302-353$700$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$161,8280%213-39$760$67,893,86514Fox
17One Day$151,080-61%254-238$595$13,766,0145Focus
19Kung Fu Panda 2$97,451-21%142-22$686$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
20Super 8$92,421-35%159-44$581$126,869,83315Paramount
21Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,936-71%154-397$571$21,150,2445Lionsgate
22Saving Private Perez$87,335-65%116-49$753$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Fright Night (2011)$65,462-72%148-287$442$18,011,5145Disney / DreamWorks
24Green Lantern (2011)$54,832-52%103-52$532$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Higher Ground$110,546-9%8125$1,365$459,6674Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$105,32815%490$2,150$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$64,648-27%37-3$1,747$1,113,2776Producers Distribution Agency
4Friends With Benefits$62,714-20%96-18$653$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$62,292-32%98-52$636$241,011,32518Disney
6Monte Carlo$59,143-41%46-23$1,286$23,131,33412Fox
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,404117%1916$2,758$163,6843Indomina Media
8Hubble 3D$49,81714%28-3$1,779$28,832,87879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Whistleblower$49,283-15%58-1$850$964,9267IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Circumstance$48,841-12%318$1,576$254,4664Roadside Attractions
11Love Crime$43,3352%177$2,549$159,9933IFC Films
12Mozart's Sister$39,10659%175$2,300$181,8485Music Box Films
13The Tree of Life$35,318-25%41-21$861$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
14Point Blank$35,0996%379$949$583,3738Magnolia / Magnet
15Buck$28,298-28%63-15$449$4,003,33214IFC Films
16Attack the Block$24,304-53%35-16$694$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
17The Interrupters$20,64074%100$2,064$168,3878Cinema Guild
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,231-17%120$1,603$4,202,699713D Entertainment
19X-Men: First Class$17,349-57%36-31$482$146,390,21016Fox
20The Future$16,394-10%293$565$501,8588Roadside Attractions
21The Trip (2011)$16,36522%22-6$744$2,002,81515IFC Films
22Under the Sea 3D$16,26054%9-1$1,807$29,806,095136Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Restless (2011)$15,467--5--$3,093$15,4671Sony Pictures Classics
24Bol$14,682-44%380$386$177,9323Eros International
25Shaolin$14,644-23%111$1,331$41,5702Variance Films
26Brighton Rock (2011)$14,616-16%164$914$142,8694IFC Films
27Winnie the Pooh$13,988-87%35-212$400$26,687,17210Disney
28Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology$13,304--3--$4,435$13,3041Paladin
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$13,095-44%82$1,637$99,4213Music Box Films
30The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,613-33%20$5,807$37,8622IFC Films
31Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$11,375--5--$2,275$11,3751Nocturnal Features
32The Mill and the Cross$11,354--1--$11,354$15,4431Kino Lorber
33Space Station 3D$10,789190%21$5,395$84,273,161492IMAX
34Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$10,299-51%11-6$936$543,69011International Film Circuit
353 (2010)$9,821--4--$2,455$9,8211Strand Releasing
36Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$9,65732%204$483$1,170,39711Sony Pictures Classics
37The Devil's Double$9,406-57%25-8$376$1,341,9998Lionsgate
38Tabloid$9,10650%163$569$671,72310IFC Films
39Love in Space$8,282-40%13-2$637$28,0082China Lion Film
40The Names of Love$8,148-46%15-3$543$464,49013Music Box Films
41My Kingdom (2011)$8,003-52%18-2$445$31,3362China Lion Film
42Amigo$7,8335%6-1$1,306$124,7065Variance Films
44Terri$7,483-44%11-6$680$653,57812IDP/ATO Pictures
45Another Earth$7,301-67%17-24$429$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
46Happy, Happy$7,125--4--$1,781$7,1251Magnolia Pictures
47After (2011)$7,09412%10$7,094$18,4752Undefined
48Magic Trip$6,961-47%10-8$696$131,3647Magnolia Pictures
49Life, Above All$6,903148%188$384$105,74310Sony Pictures Classics
50Project Nim$6,48910%176$382$383,37311Roadside Attractions
51People v. The State of Illusion$6,228--1--$6,228$20,2342IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
52Jane's Journey$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
54Life in a Day$5,70213%72$815$244,5878National Geographic
55The Last Circus$4,850142%62$808$24,5125Magnolia / Magnet
56Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$4,330--2--$2,165$6,7291International Film Circuit
57Mysteries of Lisbon$3,922464%32$1,307$68,2317Music Box Films
58Bride Flight$3,62265%51$724$489,43915Music Box Films
59The Tree$3,505108%52$701$48,73310Zeitgeist Films
60Back Door Channels$3,425--1--$3,425$3,4251Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$3,228-30%10$3,228$10,5852The Film Desk
62Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,922370%21$1,461$199,26913Abramorama
633D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,852-42%3-3$951$150,1036China Lion Film
64El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,695214%4-1$674$112,4298Alive Mind Cinema
65Trollhunter$2,544152%31$848$252,65215Magnolia / Magnet
66Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,456-70%8-11$307$11,852,2586Fox
67Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,183-56%31$728$374,39913Hannover House
68Special Treatment$2,137--1--$2,137$4,9924First Run Features
69Page One: Inside the New York Times$1,517-50%4-4$379$1,052,26314Magnolia Pictures
70Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,487-49%5-3$297$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
71Evidence of a Haunting$1,470-91%2-3$735$71,8344Nocturnal Features
72Incendies$1,464-74%60$244$6,856,12722Sony Pictures Classics
73The Whale$1,394-71%20$697$8,4812Paladin
74Griff the Invisible$1,17379%20$587$18,1975Indomina Media
75Bill Cunningham New York$1,163-87%1-2$1,163$1,498,64527Zeitgeist Films
76Rapt$1,07626%21$538$39,71311Lorber Films
77The Weird World of Blowfly$1,036--1--$1,036$1,0361Variance Films
78Littlerock$1,029-48%1-1$1,029$13,9276Variance Films
79Where Soldiers Come From$777--1--$777$3,9152International Film Circuit
80Romeos$773--1--$773$7731Strand Releasing
81City of Life and Death$714--2--$357$106,18819Kino International
82The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$481-87%30$160$81,80013Rialto Pictures
83Aurora$444--1--$444$4,06012Cinema Guild
85Tanner Hall$315-89%1-4$315$5,0052Anchor Bay Films
86The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$260--1--$260$152,53025Lorber Films
87Little Girl$207--1--$207$1,2553First Run Features
88Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$72-85%10$72$40,5186Lorber Films
89Road to Nowhere$68--1--$68$40,29415Monterey Media
90Film Socialisme$49--1--$49$31,23916Lorber Films