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. 14 - Sun, Aug. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Straight Outta Compton$60,200,180--2,757--$21,835$60,200,1801Universal
2Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$17,186,540-40%3,700-288$4,645$138,323,0953Paramount
3The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$13,421,036--3,638--$3,689$13,421,0361Warner Bros.
4Fantastic Four (2015)$8,168,756-68%4,0049$2,040$42,129,9742Fox
5The Gift (2015)$6,509,604-45%2,5030$2,601$23,586,9272STX Entertainment
7Vacation (2015)$5,184,137-42%3,088-342$1,679$46,706,2023Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ricki and the Flash$4,556,254-31%2,064461$2,207$14,641,9712Sony / TriStar
11Pixels$3,367,260-38%2,176-688$1,547$64,485,0414Sony / Columbia
12Shaun the Sheep Movie$2,881,311-29%2,36040$1,221$11,148,5822Lionsgate
13Southpaw$2,414,335-49%1,727-547$1,398$45,621,6254Weinstein Company
14Inside Out (2015)$2,046,076-24%1,019-339$2,008$339,365,8739Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Jurassic World$1,239,840-36%738-381$1,680$637,971,48010Universal
2Mr. Holmes$840,698-34%589-189$1,427$14,320,7885Roadside / Miramax
3Paper Towns$588,908-60%599-685$983$30,404,9084Fox
4The End of the Tour$405,65065%13397$3,050$944,3133A24
5Irrational Man$404,563-52%425-500$952$3,083,4235Sony Pictures Classics
6Brothers...Blood Against Blood$357,404--164--$2,179$357,4041Fox International Productions
7San Andreas$355,314-24%266-36$1,336$153,465,03012Warner Bros. / New Line
8Max (2015)$276,120110%304126$908$41,170,9528Warner Bros.
9Spy (2015)$215,776-41%226-80$955$109,847,50311Fox
10Amy (2015)$210,517-22%131-18$1,607$7,374,1237A24
11Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'$156,257-91%275-625$568$7,923,4442FUNimation Films
12Terminator Genisys$150,861-53%185-119$815$88,809,7087Paramount
13Bajrangi Bhaijaan$132,775-56%2570$517$7,935,4205Eros International
14Mad Max: Fury Road$122,147-27%168-45$727$152,727,12314Warner Bros.
15Ted 2$117,920-34%176-33$670$81,128,3408Universal
17Avengers: Age of Ultron$105,799-13%103-23$1,027$457,358,11616Disney
18Magic Mike XXL$100,389-59%162-60$620$65,591,6427Warner Bros.
19Home (2015)$63,779-32%129-30$494$177,195,09121Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

1Assassination (2015)$293,2302%29-4$10,111$819,1112Well Go USA
2Phoenix (2015)$208,23963%5427$3,856$524,1864IFC Films
3Best of Enemies$120,98648%4728$2,574$341,6753Magnolia / Participant
4The Diary of a Teenage Girl$107,052105%2218$4,866$189,4462Sony Pictures Classics
5Mistress America$93,206--4--$23,302$93,2061Fox Searchlight
6Meru$91,279--7--$13,040$91,2791Music Box Films
7Cop Car$50,82694%6057$847$86,1652Focus World
8Go Away Mr. Tumor$50,036--15--$3,336$50,0361China Lion Film
9Once I Was a Beehive$48,407--19--$2,548$48,4071Purdie Distribution
10Hubble 3D$45,0949%7-3$6,442$49,943,910283Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Infinitely Polar Bear$44,05814%601$734$1,304,5829Sony Pictures Classics
12Listen to Me Marlon$38,553-9%2211$1,752$171,2553Showtime
13Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$35,95631%1210$2,996$71,3102GKIDS
14The Gallows$35,525-64%74-61$480$22,533,9866Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Vatican Tapes$33,3561%6614$505$1,764,0894Lionsgate / Pantelion
16I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$32,352-33%54-26$599$7,355,79114Bleecker Street
17Love & Mercy$31,938-38%55-7$581$12,372,55811Roadside Attractions
18Tangerine$31,521-27%41-3$769$563,9246Magnolia Pictures
19People Places Things$30,768--19--$1,619$30,7681The Film Arcade
20Dark Places$29,882-70%32-119$934$195,5432A24
21Self/Less$25,285-38%41-65$617$12,257,2476Focus / Gramercy
22Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$23,275-19%35-12$665$6,676,74710Fox Searchlight
23Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$20,84612%350$596$10,249,64272Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Dope$20,797-43%28-10$743$16,694,9699Open Road
25Cinderella (2015)$16,406-5%45-7$365$201,063,22823Disney
26Testament of Youth$16,077-10%25-4$643$1,717,11811Sony Pictures Classics
27Jimmy's Hall$13,736-26%15-9$916$377,7117Sony Pictures Classics
28Journey to the South Pacific$12,7977%81$1,600$6,946,71090IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
29A Borrowed Identity$11,46115%5-4$2,292$242,6618Strand Releasing
30The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$11,257-42%10-1$1,126$388,1148Rialto Pictures
31Samba$10,068-61%12-15$839$141,0064Broad Green Pictures
32Paulette$8,882--1--$8,882$8,8821Cohen Media Group
33The Look of Silence$8,28618%12-1$691$81,3425Drafthouse / Participant
34Faith of Our Fathers$8,257310%3-3$2,752$995,7447Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
35Born to Be Wild 3D$7,2889%81$911$24,309,767228Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Under the Sea 3D$6,01672%5-1$1,203$34,694,070340Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$5,539--3--$1,846$390,08915Janus Films
38Tango Negro$4,593--2--$2,297$4,5931ArtMattan Productions
39The Wolfpack$4,555-73%11-8$414$1,261,49810Magnolia Pictures
40The Night of the Shooting Stars (2015 re-issue)$4,414--1--$4,414$6,1861Cohen Media Group
41Metropolitan (2015 re-issue)$4,229-44%32$1,410$15,1852Rialto Pictures
42Ex Machina$4,135-47%5-5$827$25,427,51219A24
43The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$3,873-20%3-3$1,291$914,07815Music Box Films
44A LEGO Brickumentary$3,719-53%10-13$372$95,1023RADiUS-TWC
45Boulevard$3,684-40%30$1,228$126,1506Starz Digital
46The Tribe$3,385-18%81$423$131,2529Drafthouse Films
47A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$3,326115%5-1$665$203,27911Magnolia Pictures
48Iris (2015)$3,043198%75$435$1,298,12916Magnolia Pictures
49The Great Man$2,482--1--$2,482$2,4821Distrib Films
50About Elly$2,22413%20$1,112$462,87819Cinema Guild
51To the Arctic 3D$2,048-1%21$1,024$14,371,663174Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Gemma Bovery$2,03498%40$509$185,95012Music Box Films
53A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$1,770-92%1-4$1,770$92,4597Janus Films
54Tap World$1,751-76%21$876$26,7476Vitagraph
55The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$1,711-77%9-21$190$153,0903Weinstein Company
56She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,374232%20$687$398,75837International Film Circuit
57Beyond the Mask$1,296597%31$432$1,235,27119Gathr / Freestyle
58The Hunting Ground$930--3--$310$402,25225RADiUS-TWC
59When Marnie Was There$851-66%70$122$560,39113GKIDS
60The New Rijksmuseum$700-46%20$350$30,2979First Run Features
61Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$586-53%10$586$22,6119Distrib Films
62The Pardon$453-68%31$151$8,5938Monterey Media
63Bangistan$164-100%410$4$48,4352Eros International
64Runoff$97-91%1-2$97$29,1528Monterey Media
65Alleluia$36-91%1-1$36$6,1445Doppelgänger Releasing