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. 17 - Sun, Aug. 19

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables 2$28,591,370--3,316--$8,622$28,591,3701Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$17,057,385-55%3,7538$4,545$69,618,4652Universal
4The Campaign$13,127,289-51%3,25550$4,033$51,435,8262Warner Bros.
5Sparkle (2012)$11,643,342--2,244--$5,189$11,643,3421Sony / TriStar
6The Dark Knight Rises$11,011,349-42%3,157-533$3,488$409,787,2605Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,822,903--2,598--$4,166$15,100,9181Disney
8Hope Springs (2012)$9,111,529-38%2,3610$3,859$35,063,3212Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,834,737-52%2,737-664$1,401$38,747,0583Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$3,472,829-57%2,434-1167$1,427$51,755,2723Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,005,507-53%2,274-829$1,322$150,191,9236Fox
12Ted (2012)$1,543,080-52%1,169-1039$1,320$213,064,3858Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

12016: Obama's America$1,244,698292%169108$7,365$2,028,0356Rocky Mountain Pictures
2Ek Tha Tiger$1,139,340--118--$9,655$1,484,4041Yash Raj Films
3Step Up Revolution$1,040,170-65%905-993$1,149$32,776,5884Lionsgate / Summit
5The Amazing Spider-Man$758,807-64%598-987$1,269$257,435,3257Sony / Columbia
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$708,02368%406100$1,744$212,684,70011Paramount / DreamWorks
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$563,293-22%236-50$2,387$8,110,9698Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$503,385-18%282-165$1,785$42,966,19313Focus
9The Watch$502,413-77%513-1950$979$33,062,5994Fox
10The Intouchables$366,655-2%1940$1,890$9,885,07413Weinstein Company
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$312,790-74%424-376$738$3,077,9612ARC Entertainment
12Men in Black 3$303,756-40%258-37$1,177$178,127,91913Sony / Columbia
13Ruby Sparks$301,226-32%218-43$1,382$1,796,5974Fox Searchlight
14To Rome with Love$244,287-42%160-104$1,527$15,553,9599Sony Pictures Classics
15Snow White and the Huntsman$208,615-24%244-29$855$154,660,66012Universal
16The Hunger Games$204,955-37%230-30$891$407,688,21222Lionsgate
17Magic Mike$199,389-53%255-195$782$112,720,1828Warner Bros.
18Marvel's The Avengers$148,968-45%142-78$1,049$617,595,39116Disney
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$112,655-61%199-165$566$64,958,4258Lionsgate
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$108,355-36%128-56$847$45,592,32816Fox Searchlight
23Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$73,292-19%105-25$698$37,307,1119Fox
24Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$62,668-55%140-62$448$25,240,9887Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Celeste and Jesse Forever$246,92797%6749$3,685$615,4883Sony Pictures Classics
2The Queen of Versailles$208,444-2%83-6$2,511$1,246,6355Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,489-24%520$3,048$7,656,27418Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Searching For Sugar Man$106,28368%2712$3,936$309,3594Sony Pictures Classics
52 Days In New York$100,375319%2018$5,019$144,0552Magnolia Pictures
6Farewell, My Queen$96,235-3%602$1,604$966,2006Cohen Media Group
7The Awakening (2012)$95,933--70--$1,370$95,9331Cohen Media Group
8The Imposter$83,63191%196$4,402$273,2456Indomina Releasing
9Cosmopolis$70,339--3--$23,446$266,9121Entertainment One Films
10Bernie$62,219-22%71-17$876$9,046,93217Millennium Entertainment
11Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$49,103-10%3914$1,259$322,1024IFC Films
12Hubble 3D$48,808-6%140$3,486$34,170,342127Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Born to Be Wild 3D$46,684-25%330$1,415$20,580,46372Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Safety Not Guaranteed$40,986-32%54-19$759$3,683,59311FilmDistrict
15From Beneath$36,855-23%15-3$2,457$119,7632Nocturnal Features
16Robot & Frank$35,539--2--$17,770$35,5391IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$30,05651%141$2,147$180,8975Kino Lorber
18Under the Sea 3D$29,446-24%70$4,207$32,211,933184Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Beloved (2012)$25,825--5--$5,165$25,8251IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,242-36%100$2,524$5,984,0391193D Entertainment
21Red Hook Summer$23,280-42%95$2,587$78,2732Variance Films
22Take This Waltz$18,365-25%24-11$765$1,175,3188Magnolia Pictures
23Painted Skin: The Resurrection$17,791--6--$2,965$17,7911Well Go USA
24Deep Sea 3D$17,62630%20$8,813$44,925,105338Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Your Sister's Sister$17,5089%26-7$673$1,573,71210IFC Films
26People Like Us$17,308-67%54-86$321$12,412,3868Disney / DreamWorks
27Compliance$16,427--1--$16,427$16,4271Magnolia Pictures
28Easy Money (2012)$13,195-27%5-2$2,639$165,7866Weinstein Company
29Chicken With Plums$11,301--2--$5,651$53,4771Sony Pictures Classics
30Neil Young Journeys$10,78983%239$469$163,8648Sony Pictures Classics
31360$9,077-6%8-3$1,135$64,5393Magnolia Pictures
32Hysteria$8,65950%14-2$619$1,761,96114Sony Pictures Classics
33Side By Side$6,956--1--$6,956$6,9561Tribeca Film
34Dark Horse (2012)$5,90913%6-2$985$159,23011Vitagraph
35Death by China$5,701--1--$5,701$5,7011Area23a
36Trishna$5,481-11%11-2$498$234,4326IFC Films
37Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$4,675-64%10$4,675$25,1202Rialto Pictures
38Meet The Fokkens$4,573-40%10$4,573$19,6672Kino Lorber
39Kumare$4,0610%3-3$1,354$94,3549Kino Lorber
40A Cat In Paris$3,208-45%7-5$458$294,38612GKIDS
41Union Square (2012)$3,064268%20$1,532$39,3476Dada Films
42Monsieur Lazhar$3,008-65%6-4$501$1,991,20143Music Box Films
43Klown$2,663-54%5-5$533$58,2474Drafthouse Films
44Oslo, August 31st$2,642--2--$1,321$75,32513Strand Releasing
45Where Do We Go Now?$2,442620%54$488$524,13515Sony Pictures Classics
46The Magic of Belle Isle$2,401-67%4-4$600$94,6107Magnolia Pictures
47Elena (2012)$2,304-18%2-1$1,152$208,66714Zeitgeist Films
48Unforgivable$2,236-68%2-4$1,118$112,5928Strand Releasing
49Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,172-31%30$724$2,550,50824Magnolia Pictures
50Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,804--1--$1,804$144,08215Rialto Pictures
51Darling Companion$1,749375%3-1$583$793,35218Sony Pictures Classics
52Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,689--1--$1,689$29,41416New Yorker Films
53Why Stop Now$1,641--3--$547$1,6411IFC Films
54The Salt of Life$1,334--1--$1,334$317,06025Zeitgeist Films
55$upercapitalist$1,110-87%10$1,110$13,2202Truly Indie
565 Broken Cameras$1,078476%10$1,078$65,11812Kino Lorber
57The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,023-7%10$1,023$43,15319Rialto
58You've Been Trumped$906-60%20$453$10,8423International Film Circuit
59I Wish$788-51%30$263$145,69715Magnolia Pictures
60Turn Me On, Dammit!$727--1--$727$121,11421New Yorker Films
61Damsels in Distress$67051%20$335$1,007,53520Sony Pictures Classics
62The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$498142%10$498$1,125,58822Music Box Films
63Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$384-90%1-3$384$75,30810Music Box Films
64The Invisible War$376-39%1-1$376$54,2089Cinedigm
65China Heavyweight$300-8%10$300$9,3957Zeitgeist Films
66Pink Ribbons, Inc.$165--2--$83$25,67712First Run Features
67The Color Wheel$93--1--$93$17,09514Cinema Conservancy
68Nobody Else But You$83-94%1-1$83$33,13915First Run Features