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. 21 - Sun, Aug. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Straight Outta Compton$26,364,020-56%3,025268$8,715$111,087,4902Universal
2Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$11,451,746-33%3,442-258$3,327$157,514,7854Paramount
3Sinister 2$10,542,116--2,766--$3,811$10,542,1161Focus / Gramercy
4Hitman: Agent 47$8,326,530--3,261--$2,553$8,326,5301Fox
5The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$7,317,374-45%3,67335$1,992$26,534,2142Warner Bros.
6American Ultra$5,454,284--2,778--$1,963$5,454,2841Lionsgate
7The Gift (2015)$4,282,360-34%2,303-200$1,859$31,035,5233STX Entertainment
10Fantastic Four (2015)$3,733,632-54%2,581-1423$1,447$49,708,9943Fox
11Vacation (2015)$3,018,405-42%2,302-786$1,311$52,191,6614Warner Bros. / New Line
12Ricki and the Flash$2,982,315-35%2,013-51$1,482$20,232,4853Sony / TriStar
14Pixels$2,144,316-36%1,349-827$1,590$68,556,5055Sony / Columbia
15Shaun the Sheep Movie$1,513,365-47%1,678-682$902$14,518,8173Lionsgate
16Southpaw$1,174,761-51%1,058-669$1,110$48,062,0355Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Inside Out (2015)$1,594,360-22%821-198$1,942$342,353,07510Disney
2Jurassic World$947,550-24%574-164$1,651$639,568,53011Universal
3Mr. Holmes$591,764-30%433-156$1,367$15,375,4276Roadside / Miramax
4The End of the Tour$558,17338%355222$1,572$1,724,0884A24
5Paper Towns$341,179-42%373-226$915$31,105,0635Fox
6Phoenix (2015)$325,11756%10854$3,010$945,6655IFC Films
7San Andreas$272,829-23%233-33$1,171$153,893,28313Warner Bros. / New Line
8Max (2015)$258,173-6%303-1$852$41,571,4109Warner Bros.
9Terminator Genisys$224,15349%23651$950$89,103,7448Paramount
10Irrational Man$214,314-47%185-240$1,158$3,514,4556Sony Pictures Classics
11Spy (2015)$171,684-20%209-17$821$110,140,36012Fox
12Amy (2015)$145,394-31%100-31$1,454$7,643,9498A24
13Magic Mike XXL$111,84611%24583$457$65,767,0668Warner Bros.
14Brothers...Blood Against Blood$93,492-74%112-52$835$613,7752Fox International Productions
16Mad Max: Fury Road$79,371-35%128-40$620$152,874,96115Warner Bros.
17Bajrangi Bhaijaan$66,505-50%2570$259$8,083,2016Eros International
18Ted 2$64,855-45%119-57$545$81,257,5009Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mistress America$234,275151%3228$7,321$375,3232Fox Searchlight
2Assassination (2015)$215,565-26%27-2$7,984$1,239,5443Well Go USA
3Meru$173,78290%3225$5,431$320,0802Music Box Films
4The Diary of a Teenage Girl$170,82160%6947$2,476$415,4923Sony Pictures Classics
5Grandma$115,540--4--$28,885$115,5401Sony Pictures Classics
6Best of Enemies$111,111-8%6720$1,658$520,8014Magnolia / Participant
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$80,867-24%91-12$889$457,494,25417Disney
8Learning to Drive$66,015--4--$16,504$66,0151Broad Green Pictures
9Home (2015)$49,410-23%92-37$537$177,288,97022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$49,26337%2513$1,971$145,0623GKIDS
11Go Away Mr. Tumor$47,139-6%12-3$3,928$157,9572China Lion Film
12Listen to Me Marlon$45,61518%264$1,754$242,4224Showtime
13She's Funny That Way$43,820--26--$1,685$47,2041Lionsgate Premiere
14Once I Was a Beehive$36,358-25%201$1,818$129,4142Purdie Distribution
15Hubble 3D$36,177-20%81$4,522$50,027,944284Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Gallows$36,1512%46-28$786$22,581,2397Warner Bros. / New Line
17Love & Mercy$26,661-17%41-14$650$12,421,11112Roadside Attractions
18Infinitely Polar Bear$25,444-42%34-26$748$1,355,90210Sony Pictures Classics
19Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$23,9853%34-1$705$6,717,14111Fox Searchlight
20The Stanford Prison Experiment$21,426--22--$974$574,8766IFC Films
21I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$21,256-34%35-19$607$7,397,48115Bleecker Street
22Tangerine$19,477-38%30-11$649$606,9787Magnolia Pictures
23Testament of Youth$18,85017%316$608$1,746,56712Sony Pictures Classics
24Jimmy's Hall$17,01724%13-2$1,309$400,7398Sony Pictures Classics
25Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$15,546-25%350$444$10,287,42273Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Dope$15,497-25%18-10$861$16,726,17010Open Road
27The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$13,58521%8-2$1,698$407,1989Rialto Pictures
28Cop Car$12,829-75%25-35$513$128,0023Focus World
29Journey to the South Pacific$12,615-1%7-1$1,802$6,973,68691IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
30The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$12,091607%112$1,099$166,4374Weinstein Company
31Cinderella (2015)$11,485-30%35-10$328$201,084,95124Disney
32The Quay Brothers in 35mm$8,403--1--$8,403$16,9951Zeitgeist Films
33Paulette$7,590-15%10$7,590$21,8392Cohen Media Group
34A Borrowed Identity$6,436-44%72$919$253,5839Strand Releasing
35The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$5,93853%52$1,188$923,85516Music Box Films
36The Wolfpack$5,72626%154$382$1,271,65811Magnolia Pictures
37Self/Less$5,180-80%21-20$247$12,276,8107Focus / Gramercy
38Born to Be Wild 3D$4,805-34%7-1$686$24,321,677229Warner Bros. / IMAX
39The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$4,204-24%30$1,401$399,65716Janus Films
40The Look of Silence$4,140-50%120$345$89,7156Drafthouse / Participant
41Ex Machina$3,324-20%4-1$831$25,434,33320A24
42Under the Sea 3D$2,967-51%61$495$34,707,175341Warner Bros. / IMAX
43To the Arctic 3D$2,89141%1-1$2,891$14,374,554175Warner Bros. / IMAX
44She's Beautiful When She's Angry$2,764101%1-1$2,764$404,34338International Film Circuit
45A LEGO Brickumentary$2,670-28%5-5$534$100,2404RADiUS-TWC
46A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$2,461-26%50$492$207,51512Magnolia Pictures
47Top Spin$2,177--1--$2,177$2,1771First Run Features
48Gemma Bovery$2,1134%3-1$704$188,84313Music Box Films
49Iris (2015)$1,955-36%3-4$652$1,303,31617Magnolia Pictures
50The Tribe$1,933-43%7-1$276$139,06710Drafthouse Films
51About Elly$1,922-14%31$641$466,05620Cinema Guild
52Samba$1,875-81%4-8$469$149,8055Broad Green Pictures
53Guidance$1,554--2--$777$1,5541Strand Releasing
54A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$1,377-22%10$1,377$96,0368Janus Films
55The Great Man$1,265-49%10$1,265$5,4972Distrib Films
56The Hunting Ground$1,02510%2-1$513$405,91726RADiUS-TWC
57Slow Learners$948--1--$948$1,4051IFC Films
58The New Rijksmuseum$77911%31$260$31,99810First Run Features
59When Marnie Was There$509-40%5-2$102$561,59014GKIDS
60The Dinner (2014)$245--1--$245$1,7773Film Movement
61The Pardon$73-84%1-2$73$8,8459Monterey Media
62Runoff$26-73%10$26$29,2279Monterey Media