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. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$28,523,147-57%3,980135$7,167$117,765,3832Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$25,115,564-40%3,697-391$6,793$222,661,3853Disney
3Let's Be Cops$17,813,722--3,094--$5,758$26,220,9861Fox
4The Expendables 3$15,879,645--3,221--$4,930$15,879,6451Lionsgate
5The Giver$12,305,016--3,003--$4,098$12,305,0161Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$7,892,239-55%3,4340$2,298$31,513,6752Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$7,176,092-35%2,04320$3,513$23,686,2232Disney / DreamWorks
9Step Up All In$2,659,026-59%2,0720$1,283$11,808,3602Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$2,127,874-63%1,475-1421$1,443$68,169,0964Paramount
11Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$1,984,776-54%1,262-1044$1,573$201,897,1366Fox
12Get On Up$1,949,295-62%1,101-1368$1,770$27,049,9503Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Boyhood$1,992,4481%771265$2,584$13,642,9106IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,786,150134%964794$1,853$4,616,6064Sony Pictures Classics
3A Most Wanted Man$1,256,384-43%644-157$1,951$12,645,0624Roadside Attractions
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,027,609-58%960-1320$1,070$55,723,3685Disney
5What If$854,364538%787767$1,086$1,060,2192CBS Films
6Singham Returns$654,045--127--$5,150$654,0451Eros International
7The Purge: Anarchy$632,910-72%575-1027$1,101$70,127,2905Universal
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$579,545-16%377-149$1,537$171,242,13810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Calvary$405,37560%13086$3,118$895,4113Fox Searchlight
11And So It Goes$334,886-72%362-749$925$14,326,3134Clarius Entertainment
12Sex Tape$326,293-71%317-627$1,029$37,765,6735Sony / Columbia
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$240,761-14%223-4$1,080$232,480,81413Fox
1422 Jump Street$236,932-33%172-141$1,378$189,947,03210Sony / Columbia
15Edge of Tomorrow$217,715-34%261-4$834$99,698,91411Warner Bros.
16Tammy$211,083-58%276-274$765$83,139,8177Warner Bros. / New Line
17Transformers: Age of Extinction$205,529-64%206-374$998$243,342,4598Paramount
18The Fault in Our Stars$189,731-6%206-17$921$124,186,89111Fox
19Chef$169,375-47%122-120$1,388$29,297,19615Open Road
20Earth to Echo$90,592-39%154-63$588$37,671,0967Relativity Media
21Godzilla (2014)$80,587-40%118-60$683$200,587,13214Warner Bros.
22Blended$68,982-34%111-33$621$46,211,79513Warner Bros.
23Rio 2$68,309-43%128-38$534$131,415,73719Fox
24Neighbors (2014)$64,695-29%106-33$610$150,056,50515Universal
25Jersey Boys$64,111-44%115-35$557$46,624,1199Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$562,234993%3029$18,741$686,9022CJ Entertainment
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,7537%410$3,701$6,125,60220Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Yves Saint Laurent$105,9821894%1812$5,888$386,6198Weinstein Company
4The Trip to Italy$71,712--3--$23,904$71,7121IFC Films
5Think Like a Man Too$70,125213%9362$754$65,182,1829Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey to the South Pacific$57,01211%180$3,167$4,397,13838IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Begin Again$55,807-69%62-183$900$14,455,8308Weinstein Company
8Hubble 3D$52,573-18%10-1$5,257$45,731,206231Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Land Ho!$46,865232%3119$1,512$253,3806Sony Pictures Classics
11The Fluffy Movie$41,046-57%51-105$805$2,786,0304Open Road
12Captain America: The Winter Soldier$38,058-66%65-40$586$259,746,95820Disney
13The Amazing Spider-Man 2$36,868-36%77-27$479$202,853,93316Sony / Columbia
14Wish I Was Here$31,033-67%54-148$575$3,538,6125Focus
15Mood Indigo$24,331-8%25-10$973$221,9245Drafthouse Films
16The Grand Seduction$24,295-3%25-8$972$3,328,36912eOne Films US
17Obvious Child$22,988-39%21-14$1,095$3,014,73611A24
18Kick$21,266-78%16-58$1,329$2,461,0314UTV Motion Pictures
19A Five Star Life$20,861-9%142$1,490$150,3425Music Box Films
20Jerusalem 3D$19,241-9%11-2$1,749$4,962,43048National Geographic
21America (2014)$19,177-71%62-59$309$14,375,8838Lionsgate
22Million Dollar Arm$17,901-58%35-31$511$36,447,95914Disney
23Frank$16,056--1--$16,056$16,0561Magnolia Pictures
24Life After Beth$15,843--2--$7,922$15,8431A24
25Ida (2014)$11,828-49%16-13$739$3,623,38716Music Box Films
26Belle$10,844-35%23-5$471$10,707,93016Fox Searchlight
27Under the Sea 3D$10,77617%6-1$1,796$34,271,691288Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,442-41%24-12$393$111,463,22724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Third Person$9,34519%102$935$914,2189Sony Pictures Classics
30Abuse of Weakness$9,140--1--$9,140$9,1401Strand Releasing
31The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,8718%9-7$875$59,065,24324Fox Searchlight
32Life Itself$7,622-36%22-8$346$758,3737Magnolia Pictures
33Born to Be Wild 3D$7,372-17%5-1$1,474$23,521,920176Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Dog$7,036-43%1613$440$26,0272Drafthouse Films
35Words and Pictures$6,99315%153$466$2,166,20613Roadside Attractions
36NightLights$6,982--2--$3,491$6,9821Indican Pictures
3750 to 1$6,585-6%3-1$2,195$871,40922Ten Furlongs
38Jealousy$5,533--1--$5,533$5,5331Distrib Films
39Red Hollywood$4,760--1--$4,760$4,7601Cinema Guild
40Le Chef$4,318-61%6-7$720$342,6679Cohen Media Group
41The Rover$4,221-15%50$844$1,109,19910A24
42Fort McCoy$4,070--2--$2,035$4,0701Monterey Media
43A Master Builder$3,68285%42$921$31,4654Abramorama
44The LEGO Movie$3,289-23%15-2$219$257,743,82028Warner Bros.
45The Last Sentence$3,163-27%30$1,054$58,7999Music Box Films
46Only Lovers Left Alive$3,078-38%3-2$1,026$1,860,31419Sony Pictures Classics
47I Origins$2,894-91%13-75$223$334,6585Fox Searchlight
48Fifi Howls from Happiness$2,332-15%21$1,166$8,5862Music Box Films
49The Lunchbox$2,317-28%50$463$4,215,92025Sony Pictures Classics
50Fed Up$2,002685%53$400$1,537,38715RADiUS-TWC
51Jake Squared$1,681--10--$168$1,6811Freestyle Releasing
52We Are the Best!$1,3551029%32$452$176,12112Magnolia Pictures
53Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,219-29%10$1,219$65,99427Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
54A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$1,211-75%3-4$404$149,0239Big World Pictures
55Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$487-30%2-1$244$212,70111RADiUS-TWC
56To the Arctic 3D$471-80%30$157$14,165,869122Warner Bros. / IMAX
57The Girl on the Train (2014)$384--2--$192$1,2617Monterey Media
58Norte, the End of History$342--1--$342$5,6679Cinema Guild
59Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$299-74%2-2$150$75,6448Magnolia Pictures
60Happy Christmas$266-90%1-7$266$26,7964Magnolia Pictures
61Redwood Highway$146-48%1-1$146$131,69819Monterey Media
62The Double (2014)$97-89%2-2$49$200,26815Magnolia Pictures
63What Now? Remind Me$26-98%10$26$3,1152Cinema Guild