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. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,637,312--2,933--$8,400$24,637,3121Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,964,164-32%3,32565$5,403$69,697,6492Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$13,686,832-54%3,2840$4,168$56,001,1382Sony / TriStar
5Kick-Ass 2$13,332,955--2,940--$4,535$13,332,9551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,753,723-39%3,08049$2,842$39,282,3812Fox
7Jobs$6,713,900--2,381--$2,820$6,713,9001Open Road
82 Guns$5,806,850-48%2,471-557$2,350$59,456,1953Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,769,626-49%2,349-1518$2,030$57,081,8153Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,518,631-44%2,058-809$2,196$120,551,7874Fox
11Despicable Me 2$3,908,735-34%1,818-577$2,150$346,114,8557Universal
12The Conjuring$3,885,296-41%2,001-649$1,942$127,838,1665Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$3,528,376--2,459--$1,435$3,528,3761Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$1,708,266-53%1,241-861$1,377$127,393,6966Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Blue Jasmine$2,291,183-2%229110$10,005$9,421,7644Sony Pictures Classics
2Turbo$1,078,888-54%759-1012$1,421$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Chennai Express$893,457-60%190-6$4,702$4,014,6572UTV Motion Pictures
4The Heat$881,561-55%691-660$1,276$155,473,1938Fox
5The Way, Way Back$737,363-51%457-323$1,613$17,850,6037Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$713,141-54%444-536$1,606$98,389,6086Warner Bros.
7Red 2$686,414-65%715-859$960$50,961,3055Lionsgate / Summit
8Fruitvale Station$520,106-63%477-351$1,090$14,639,6836Weinstein Company
9Man of Steel$512,308-32%365-61$1,404$289,633,84910Warner Bros.
10Monsters University$461,394-33%281-124$1,642$261,134,9989Disney
11World War Z$437,376-33%307-198$1,425$198,303,5099Paramount
12Iron Man 3$314,484441%190119$1,655$408,195,47416Disney
13The Lone Ranger$222,905-23%184-77$1,211$87,707,8767Disney
15Star Trek Into Darkness$194,283-33%210-46$925$227,161,81514Paramount
16Now You See Me$152,4736%134-9$1,138$115,998,50012Lionsgate / Summit
18White House Down$98,735-39%107-52$923$72,117,1698Sony / Columbia
19Fast & Furious 6$95,880-35%141-50$680$238,454,14513Universal
20The Croods$74,979-21%114-28$658$186,992,79222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Internship$67,323-33%100-36$673$44,553,01211Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Spectacular Now$413,35855%5536$7,516$1,075,2853A24
2In a World...$228,110223%3734$6,165$331,6672Roadside Attractions
3Blackfish$190,970-18%9716$1,969$1,383,2265Magnolia Pictures
420 Feet from Stardom$121,064-38%95-17$1,274$4,083,80910RADiUS-TWC
5This Is The End$89,298-24%58-44$1,540$96,677,93210Sony / Columbia
6Hubble 3D$71,878-19%12-1$5,990$40,303,083179Warner Bros. / IMAX
7After Earth$56,208-27%77-32$730$60,522,09712Sony / Columbia
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$46,817-45%88-47$532$144,812,79615Warner Bros.
9The Attack$44,924-49%30-15$1,497$1,451,5579Cohen Media Group
10The Act of Killing$44,25015%293$1,526$312,2405Drafthouse Films
11Austenland$40,662--4--$10,166$40,6621Sony Pictures Classics
13Pain and Gain$38,186210%8667$444$49,847,90317Paramount
14Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$33,232-46%32-45$1,039$32,230,9077Lionsgate / Summit
15Museum Hours$32,93268%162$2,058$280,4588Cinema Guild
16Unfinished Song$31,416-42%43-10$731$1,572,4729Weinstein Company
17Space Station 3D$30,602-12%10$30,602$88,860,667592IMAX
18Still Mine$29,186-50%26-5$1,123$966,1646IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Hunt$27,88821%315$900$500,9846Magnolia Pictures
20When Comedy Went to School$27,832152%137$2,141$81,1483International Film Circuit
21Prince Avalanche$26,888-27%173$1,582$85,1252Magnolia Pictures
22Hannah Arendt$26,64610%172$1,567$576,17112Zeitgeist Films
23Ain't Them Bodies Saints$26,419--3--$8,806$26,4191IFC Films
24Under the Sea 3D$26,31431%80$3,289$33,493,296236Warner Bros. / IMAX
25I'm So Excited$25,168-51%31-21$812$1,275,6068Sony Pictures Classics
26Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$23,465-42%36-17$652$4,220,36211Roadside Attractions
27Drug War$21,73162%135$1,672$69,3384Variance Films / Well Go USA
28Cutie and the Boxer$21,098--3--$7,033$21,0981RADiUS-TWC
29Tiny Times 2$20,652--6--$3,442$20,6521China Lion Film
30Before Midnight$19,200-58%23-33$835$7,983,14713Sony Pictures Classics
31Underdogs (2013)$18,722--4--$4,681$18,7221Freestyle Releasing
32To the Arctic 3D$16,470-18%131$1,267$13,420,30070Warner Bros. / IMAX
33You Will Be My Son$15,301--1--$15,301$15,3011Cohen Media Group
34Europa Report$14,814-46%122$1,235$88,9633Magnolia / Magnet
35Mud$13,887-57%28-16$496$21,566,68217Roadside Attractions
36Born to Be Wild 3D$12,34210%11-3$1,122$22,888,978124Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Snake and Mongoose$12,089-40%21$6,045$41,0112Rocky Mountain Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$11,8002%132$908$45,815,688390Warner Bros. / IMAX
39A Hijacking$11,217431%139$863$386,1689Magnolia Pictures
40Fill the Void$11,022-15%201$551$1,742,13713Sony Pictures Classics
41The Artist and the Model$10,052-45%50$2,010$67,7343Cohen Media Group
42Only God Forgives$9,459-36%16-1$591$766,1295RADiUS-TWC
43Spark: A Burning Man Story$9,366--2--$4,683$78,1991Paladin / Film Buff
44Frances Ha$9,103-31%12-3$759$4,018,12314IFC Films
45Love Is All You Need$7,657-18%8-4$957$1,601,39116Sony Pictures Classics
46The Patience Stone$6,987--2--$3,494$9,3611Sony Pictures Classics
47The Bling Ring$5,784-66%18-22$321$5,824,52410A24
48Crystal Fairy$5,44329%177$320$172,5246IFC Films
49The Canyons$5,309-52%95$590$43,4833IFC Films
50I Give It a Year$5,103-6%64$851$13,3752Magnolia Pictures
51The Happy Sad$4,560--2--$2,280$4,5601Miasma Films
52Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,83819%31$1,279$40,1046Variance Films
53Inch'Allah$3,391--1--$3,391$455,1811eOne Films US
54A Band Called Death$3,2881311%2-1$1,644$118,5278Drafthouse Films
55Computer Chess$3,000-47%3-2$1,000$86,2075Kino Lorber
56Stuck in Love$2,779--5--$556$76,1187Millennium Entertainment
57The Wall (2013)$2,26078%30$753$29,04312Music Box Films
58Augustine$2,2278%2-1$1,114$104,89014Music Box Films
59Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$2,040-91%2-14$1,020$1,635,5666Reliance Entertainment
60Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$1,764--1--$1,764$2,3331Kino Lorber
61Free the Mind$1,732-65%3-1$577$100,70216International Film Circuit
62Stories We Tell$1,730-72%8-2$216$1,576,71515Roadside Attractions
63Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,453--1--$1,453$34,50520Cinema Guild
64Storm Surfers 3D$1,286-20%20$643$115,09217XLrator Media
65Girl Rising$1,170--7--$167$1,513,49824Gathr Films
66Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,140-52%2-1$570$368,07825International Film Circuit
67Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,14018%10$1,140$109,50118Kino Lorber
68Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,119--1--$1,119$1,1191First Run Features
69Rising From Ashes$1,04820%1-1$1,048$13,4403First Run Features
70More Than Honey$973-66%41$243$66,24210Kino Lorber
71Girl Most Likely$691-91%2-10$346$1,374,6655Roadside Attractions
72Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$591--1--$591$48,04018Rialto Pictures
73Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$584-86%3-2$195$98,1267Magnolia Pictures
74Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$561--1--$561$25,14924Rialto Pictures
75Searching For Sugar Man$282-82%10$282$3,695,90456Sony Pictures Classics
76Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$248-7%10$248$147,31918Kino Lorber
77√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$8774%21$44$16,75811Magnolia Pictures