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, Sep. 4 - Sun, Sep. 6

Wide (1000+)

1War Room$9,480,535-16%1,526391$6,213$24,793,9932Sony / TriStar
2Straight Outta Compton$8,649,190-34%3,094-48$2,795$147,584,8954Universal
3A Walk in the Woods$8,246,267--1,960--$4,207$10,144,1191Broad Green Pictures
4The Transporter Refueled$7,355,622--3,434--$2,142$7,355,6221EuropaCorp Films
5Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$7,236,006-11%2,849-246$2,540$180,472,6986Paramount
6No Escape (2015)$5,474,401-33%3,41560$1,603$18,475,4802Weinstein Company
7The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$3,478,711-21%2,102-604$1,655$39,408,9644Warner Bros.
8Sinister 2$3,450,171-26%2,651-148$1,301$23,790,0643Focus / Gramercy
9Inside Out (2015)$3,236,890140%2,9672204$1,091$348,310,17012Disney
12Jurassic World$2,694,265-11%1,571332$1,715$646,737,90513Universal
13The Gift (2015)$2,674,346-11%1,591-343$1,681$39,692,3585STX Entertainment
14Hitman: Agent 47$2,182,156-48%2,191-1082$996$19,730,9433Fox
15Pixels$1,856,25621%1,420415$1,307$73,305,5707Sony / Columbia
16American Ultra$1,255,918-56%1,729-1049$726$13,085,1693Lionsgate
17Vacation (2015)$1,209,553-26%1,045-510$1,157$56,716,8796Warner Bros. / New Line
18Fantastic Four (2015)$1,102,148-38%1,135-540$971$54,422,6595Fox
19Southpaw$1,008,51915%1,444838$698$51,027,0417Weinstein Company
20Ricki and the Flash$1,001,310-41%1,274-442$786$25,288,8355Sony / TriStar
21Shaun the Sheep Movie$903,756-17%1,134-224$797$17,694,0875Lionsgate
22We Are Your Friends$632,682-64%2,3330$271$3,152,1122Warner Bros.
23Dope$390,4272484%1,0231009$382$17,169,61212Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Un Gallo con muchos Huevos$3,424,702--395--$8,670$3,424,7021Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Welcome Back$714,235--135--$5,291$714,2351Eros International
4Mistress America$583,05738%512362$1,139$1,657,7834Fox Searchlight
5Phoenix (2015)$456,54629%18546$2,468$2,016,2677IFC Films
6Avengers: Age of Ultron$402,72188%220-17$1,831$458,218,41819Disney
7Mr. Holmes$391,529-15%348-21$1,125$16,706,0248Roadside / Miramax
8Meru$337,48225%12446$2,722$1,141,4834Music Box Films
9San Andreas$243,965-1%205-13$1,190$154,555,72815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Max (2015)$204,946-6%240-42$854$42,131,14211Warner Bros.
11Paper Towns$171,131-9%218-36$785$31,652,4507Fox
12The End of the Tour$155,036-51%138-118$1,123$2,588,8256A24
13The Diary of a Teenage Girl$152,320-61%255-540$597$1,235,6685Sony Pictures Classics
14Terminator Genisys$141,951-25%168-41$845$89,586,65410Paramount
15Spy (2015)$126,112-7%148-21$852$110,523,60714Fox
17The Gallows$46,482-24%103-45$451$22,714,2069Warner Bros. / New Line
18Bajrangi Bhaijaan$14,971-46%2570$58$8,171,9038Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Grandma$474,47863%5233$9,125$1,045,4923Sony Pictures Classics
2Learning to Drive$359,313190%7055$5,133$627,2623Broad Green Pictures
3Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$140,064--68--$2,060$140,0641Magnolia Pictures
4Assassination (2015)$116,423-21%19-3$6,128$1,727,0925Well Go USA
5Amy (2015)$94,053-8%69-10$1,363$8,019,89410A24
6Phantom (2015)$84,916-68%83-10$1,023$443,6922UTV Motion Pictures
7Mad Max: Fury Road$61,900-29%87-24$711$153,106,23317Warner Bros.
8Best of Enemies$56,672-35%51-18$1,111$765,4116Magnolia / Participant
9Irrational Man$52,030-48%54-37$964$3,808,3588Sony Pictures Classics
10The Second Mother$48,827103%1512$3,255$85,4982Oscilloscope
11Magic Mike XXL$41,908-26%88-68$476$65,960,31410Warner Bros.
12Dragon Blade$30,346--14--$2,168$30,3461Lionsgate Premiere
13Home (2015)$29,723-11%66-13$450$177,382,60224Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Hubble 3D$26,4107%62$4,402$50,146,028286Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$26,367-36%32-5$824$259,0625GKIDS
16Once I Was a Beehive$25,540-25%285$912$269,9894Purdie Distribution
17Love & Mercy$24,894-7%31-8$803$12,498,42714Roadside Attractions
18Listen to Me Marlon$23,925-42%23-15$1,040$351,6276Showtime
19Jimmy's Hall$23,35355%3018$778$451,81810Sony Pictures Classics
20Z for Zachariah$21,920-61%27-2$812$100,1012Roadside Attractions
21Queen of Earth$20,15177%86$2,519$45,6352IFC Films
22Before We Go$18,630--21--$887$18,6301RADiUS-TWC
23Rififi (2015 re-issue)$17,396--2--$8,698$20,8561Rialto Pictures
24Memories of the Sword$15,454-69%14-8$1,104$95,9582Well Go USA
25Tangerine$13,7097%15-5$914$657,7259Magnolia Pictures
26Cinderella (2015)$13,266-19%30-4$442$201,129,47626Disney
27Journey to the South Pacific$12,15624%70$1,737$7,011,99793IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28The Stanford Prison Experiment$9,643-33%12-8$804$620,6458IFC Films
29Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$9,358-37%350$267$10,341,23775Warner Bros. / IMAX
30I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$8,811-49%21-13$420$7,443,77717Bleecker Street
31Testament of Youth$7,084-45%11-4$644$1,786,42314Sony Pictures Classics
32Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$6,982-49%11-10$635$6,755,59313Fox Searchlight
33A Borrowed Identity$6,54331%51$1,309$268,73811Strand Releasing
34She's Funny That Way$6,477-69%10-10$648$103,7283Lionsgate Premiere
35The Quay Brothers in 35mm$5,979--1--$5,979$27,8963Zeitgeist Films
36Infinitely Polar Bear$5,225-68%13-12$402$1,396,47612Sony Pictures Classics
37Slow Learners$5,08666%32$1,695$12,6663IFC Films
38Under the Sea 3D$4,24120%30$1,414$34,730,661343Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Army of Shadows (2015 re-issue)$4,042-50%10$4,042$21,1402Rialto Pictures
40Born to Be Wild 3D$3,809-41%82$476$24,355,056231Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The New Rijksmuseum$3,0041813%10$3,004$35,75212First Run Features
42To the Arctic 3D$2,532-12%10$2,532$14,379,468177Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Tribe$2,46357%114$224$147,50512Drafthouse Films
44The Wolfpack$2,461-40%7-1$352$1,287,02713Magnolia Pictures
45From Mayerling to Sarajevo (2015 re-issue)$2,072--1--$2,072$17,69624The Film Desk
46The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$2,066-64%3-2$689$424,47111Rialto Pictures
47The Look of Silence$1,492-14%93$166$98,6628Drafthouse / Participant
48A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$832-8%51$166$211,98814Magnolia Pictures
49The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$793-80%2-1$397$942,01018Music Box Films
50Top Spin$689--1--$689$4,1903First Run Features
513 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$507--1--$507$30,23212Participant Media
52She's Beautiful When She's Angry$459-12%21$230$411,88440International Film Circuit