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. 28 - Sun, Aug. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Straight Outta Compton$13,133,560-50%3,142117$4,180$134,019,7353Universal
2War Room$11,351,389--1,135--$10,001$11,351,3891Sony / TriStar
3Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$8,155,581-29%3,095-347$2,635$170,242,1115Paramount
4No Escape (2015)$8,111,264--3,355--$2,418$10,172,1241Weinstein Company
5Sinister 2$4,665,341-56%2,79933$1,667$18,526,9432Focus / Gramercy
6The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$4,431,136-39%2,706-967$1,638$34,142,7623Warner Bros.
7Hitman: Agent 47$4,224,446-49%3,27312$1,291$15,645,1772Fox
9Jurassic World$3,010,770218%1,239665$2,430$642,978,55512Universal
10The Gift (2015)$3,004,313-30%1,934-369$1,553$35,830,7564STX Entertainment
12American Ultra$2,851,916-48%2,7780$1,027$10,540,0252Lionsgate
13Fantastic Four (2015)$1,782,398-52%1,675-906$1,064$52,745,4964Fox
14We Are Your Friends$1,767,308--2,333--$758$1,767,3081Warner Bros.
15Ricki and the Flash$1,702,684-43%1,716-297$992$23,484,2344Sony / TriStar
16Vacation (2015)$1,628,162-46%1,555-747$1,047$54,943,5865Warner Bros. / New Line
17Pixels$1,536,865-28%1,005-344$1,529$70,971,8296Sony / Columbia
18Shaun the Sheep Movie$1,092,821-28%1,358-320$805$16,339,3884Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

2Inside Out (2015)$1,349,972-15%763-58$1,769$344,519,07911Disney
3Southpaw$877,875-25%606-452$1,449$49,477,7546Weinstein Company
4Mr. Holmes$459,681-22%369-64$1,246$16,112,6327Roadside / Miramax
5Mistress America$423,27381%150118$2,822$903,0063Fox Searchlight
6The Diary of a Teenage Girl$393,153130%795726$495$893,2344Sony Pictures Classics
7Phoenix (2015)$355,1949%13931$2,555$1,423,6476IFC Films
8The End of the Tour$313,819-44%256-99$1,226$2,296,3325A24
9San Andreas$246,805-10%218-15$1,132$154,241,93014Warner Bros. / New Line
10Max (2015)$217,263-16%282-21$770$41,872,13010Warner Bros.
11Avengers: Age of Ultron$214,741166%237146$906$457,744,06418Disney
12Terminator Genisys$189,102-16%209-27$905$89,383,1479Paramount
13Paper Towns$187,935-45%254-119$740$31,421,5506Fox
14Spy (2015)$135,685-21%169-40$803$110,349,11213Fox
15Mad Max: Fury Road$86,6339%111-17$780$153,011,86016Warner Bros.
17The Gallows$61,08769%148102$413$22,644,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
18Magic Mike XXL$56,495-49%156-89$362$65,892,3379Warner Bros.
19Bajrangi Bhaijaan$27,745-58%2570$108$8,142,8787Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Grandma$291,271152%1915$15,330$469,1532Sony Pictures Classics
2Meru$269,24855%7846$3,452$685,2473Music Box Films
3Phantom (2015)$266,756--93--$2,868$266,7561UTV Motion Pictures
4Assassination (2015)$146,526-32%22-5$6,660$1,528,2134Well Go USA
5Learning to Drive$123,69387%1511$8,246$215,6232Broad Green Pictures
6Amy (2015)$101,871-30%79-21$1,290$7,847,5969A24
7Irrational Man$100,601-53%91-94$1,106$3,716,0777Sony Pictures Classics
8Best of Enemies$86,855-22%692$1,259$667,3495Magnolia / Participant
9Z for Zachariah$56,902--29--$1,962$56,9021Roadside Attractions
10Memories of the Sword$50,240--22--$2,284$50,2401Well Go USA
11Listen to Me Marlon$41,512-9%3812$1,092$313,0565Showtime
12Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$41,192-16%3712$1,113$214,3834GKIDS
13Go Away Mr. Tumor$37,148-21%186$2,064$226,1603China Lion Film
14Once I Was a Beehive$33,898-7%233$1,474$208,9023Purdie Distribution
15Home (2015)$33,265-33%79-13$421$177,343,67523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Love & Mercy$26,8201%39-2$688$12,461,90313Roadside Attractions
17Hubble 3D$24,620-32%4-4$6,155$50,089,812285Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Second Mother$24,086--3--$8,029$24,0861Oscilloscope
19She's Funny That Way$20,814-53%20-6$1,041$88,4602Lionsgate Premiere
20I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$17,246-19%34-1$507$7,425,96316Bleecker Street
21Cinderella (2015)$16,46043%34-1$484$201,108,15025Disney
22Infinitely Polar Bear$16,250-36%25-9$650$1,383,37911Sony Pictures Classics
23Dope$15,110-2%14-4$1,079$16,760,05311Open Road
24Jimmy's Hall$15,083-11%12-1$1,257$425,2389Sony Pictures Classics
25Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$14,901-4%350$426$10,319,03074Warner Bros. / IMAX
26The Stanford Prison Experiment$14,477-32%20-2$724$602,6407IFC Films
27Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$13,683-43%21-13$652$6,743,77612Fox Searchlight
28Tangerine$12,790-34%20-10$640$634,7608Magnolia Pictures
29Testament of Youth$12,766-32%15-16$851$1,772,78413Sony Pictures Classics
30Queen of Earth$11,360--2--$5,680$18,6651IFC Films
31Journey to the South Pacific$9,773-23%70$1,396$6,994,72592IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
32Army of Shadows (2015 re-issue)$8,112--1--$8,112$11,9881Rialto Pictures
33Born to Be Wild 3D$6,40933%6-1$1,068$24,334,156230Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$5,761-58%5-3$1,152$417,45610Rialto Pictures
35Iris (2015)$5,591186%41$1,398$1,310,22918Magnolia Pictures
36A Borrowed Identity$4,991-22%4-3$1,248$260,22710Strand Releasing
37The Wolfpack$4,076-29%8-7$510$1,281,83112Magnolia Pictures
38The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$4,066-32%3-2$1,355$937,10317Music Box Films
39Ex Machina$3,69011%51$738$25,440,97121A24
40Under the Sea 3D$3,54019%3-3$1,180$34,719,417342Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Forbidden Games (2015 re-issue)$3,387--1--$3,387$17,99319Rialto Pictures
42Slow Learners$3,056222%10$3,056$6,0952IFC Films
43To the Arctic 3D$2,8910%10$2,891$14,374,554176Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Marquise of O (2015 re-issue)$2,866--1--$2,866$4,31623Film Movement
45Windsor Drive$2,160--2--$1,080$2,1601Indican Pictures
46The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$1,886-84%4-7$472$176,1495Weinstein Company
47The Look of Silence$1,744-58%6-6$291$94,5417Drafthouse / Participant
48A Reason$1,690--2--$845$1,6901Indican Pictures
49The Tribe$1,566-19%70$224$143,77011Drafthouse Films
50A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$904-63%4-1$226$209,92913Magnolia Pictures
51Butterfly Girl$895--2--$448$8,05227Indican Pictures
52Drown$860--1--$860$8601Strand Releasing
53The Great Man$851-33%10$851$7,2283Distrib Films
54Guidance$788-49%1-1$788$3,1502Strand Releasing
55When Marnie Was There$75849%61$126$563,81815GKIDS
56She's Beautiful When She's Angry$524-81%10$524$410,66139International Film Circuit
57Famous Nathan$318--1--$318$5,2447Film Movement
58Gemma Bovery$276-87%1-2$276$191,51214Music Box Films
59The New Rijksmuseum$157-80%1-2$157$32,51611First Run Features