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. 11 - Sun, Sep. 13

Wide (1000+)

1The Perfect Guy$25,888,154--2,221--$11,656$25,888,1541Sony / Screen Gems
2The Visit (2015)$25,427,560--3,069--$8,285$25,427,5601Universal
3War Room$7,772,485-18%1,647121$4,719$39,560,8123Sony / TriStar
4A Walk in the Woods$4,743,520-42%2,139179$2,218$20,000,4452Broad Green Pictures
5Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$4,100,405-43%2,649-200$1,548$188,122,9237Paramount
6Straight Outta Compton$3,923,895-55%2,812-282$1,395$155,546,4955Universal
7No Escape (2015)$2,881,786-47%3,022-393$954$24,158,7213Weinstein Company
8The Transporter Refueled$2,824,147-62%3,4340$822$13,467,6432EuropaCorp Films
9The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$1,871,347-46%1,656-446$1,130$43,101,8015Warner Bros.
11Inside Out (2015)$1,529,346-53%2,002-965$764$351,525,70913Disney
13The Gift (2015)$1,359,336-49%1,389-202$979$42,349,0736STX Entertainment
14Sinister 2$1,253,523-64%2,048-603$612$26,482,1864Focus / Gramercy
15Jurassic World$1,180,690-56%1,169-402$1,010$648,908,88514Universal
16Pixels$1,120,006-40%1,040-380$1,077$75,330,1998Sony / Columbia
17Hitman: Agent 47$737,457-66%1,051-1140$702$21,657,7324Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

190 Minutes in Heaven$2,035,273--877--$2,321$2,035,2731IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2Un Gallo con muchos Huevos$2,024,134-41%616221$3,286$6,791,4862Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Learning to Drive$715,16699%277207$2,582$1,556,2764Broad Green Pictures
5Grandma$643,72836%13078$4,952$1,965,1874Sony Pictures Classics
6Vacation (2015)$558,366-54%788-257$709$57,770,2527Warner Bros. / New Line
7Shaun the Sheep Movie$460,381-49%768-366$599$18,648,3946Lionsgate
8Fantastic Four (2015)$445,977-60%676-459$660$55,375,6146Fox
9Ricki and the Flash$418,763-58%881-393$475$26,320,6096Sony / TriStar
10American Ultra$342,965-73%595-1134$576$14,127,5484Lionsgate
11Mad Max: Fury Road$331,864436%276189$1,202$153,470,58118Warner Bros.
12Southpaw$294,913-71%503-941$586$51,842,0248Weinstein Company
13Mr. Holmes$287,524-27%38638$745$17,234,0749Roadside / Miramax
14Phoenix (2015)$270,146-41%19712$1,371$2,524,7298IFC Films
15Meru$259,557-23%16642$1,564$1,630,0735Music Box Films
16Mistress America$242,042-58%403-109$601$2,230,5505Fox Searchlight
17Welcome Back$225,350-68%1350$1,669$1,240,2722Eros International
18Avengers: Age of Ultron$195,764-51%190-30$1,030$458,582,88220Disney
19San Andreas$146,444-40%203-2$721$154,819,68316Warner Bros. / New Line
20Max (2015)$130,218-36%2444$534$42,360,03112Warner Bros.
21Paper Towns$92,691-46%208-10$446$31,816,2788Fox
22Terminator Genisys$77,012-46%138-30$558$89,732,03411Paramount
23Dope$67,570-83%107-916$631$17,474,10713Open Road
24Spy (2015)$66,454-47%127-21$523$110,648,78515Fox
25We Are Your Friends$37,951-94%274-2059$139$3,565,8933Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$90,599-35%65-3$1,394$314,2642Magnolia Pictures
2Sleeping with Other People$89,102--5--$17,820$89,1021IFC Films
3The End of the Tour$83,630-46%84-54$996$2,766,8347A24
4Meet the Patels$72,180--5--$14,436$72,1801Alchemy
5Amy (2015)$64,488-31%59-10$1,093$8,155,23711A24
6Goodnight Mommy$63,641--5--$12,728$63,6411RADiUS-TWC
7Hero (2015)$58,445--53--$1,103$58,4451Eros International
8The Diary of a Teenage Girl$55,184-64%69-186$800$1,388,7906Sony Pictures Classics
9The Beauty Inside$50,536--23--$2,197$50,5361Well Go USA
11Assassination (2015)$46,836-60%14-5$3,345$1,851,3176Well Go USA
12The Second Mother$44,092-10%227$2,004$157,3273Oscilloscope
13Irrational Man$35,693-31%47-7$759$3,875,7699Sony Pictures Classics
14Jimmy's Hall$31,96037%4717$680$497,62211Sony Pictures Classics
15A Brilliant Young Mind$31,408--3--$10,469$31,4081IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16Best of Enemies$27,651-51%532$522$826,1647Magnolia / Participant
17Coming Home (2015)$26,361--3--$8,787$32,5051Sony Pictures Classics
18Once I Was a Beehive$25,029-2%324$782$344,3605Purdie Distribution
19The Gallows$25,016-46%82-21$305$22,757,81910Warner Bros. / New Line
20Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$20,525-22%30-2$684$299,3826GKIDS
21Time Out of Mind$18,934--4--$4,734$22,8191IFC Films
22Hubble 3D$15,842-40%5-1$3,168$50,180,970287Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Magic Mike XXL$15,387-63%55-33$280$65,990,41411Warner Bros.
24Love & Mercy$15,345-38%310$495$12,526,11115Roadside Attractions
25The Challenger$12,246--28--$437$12,2461Wishing Well Pictures
26Dragon Blade$12,102-60%11-3$1,100$63,9912Lionsgate Premiere
27Phantom (2015)$10,109-88%18-65$562$489,9843UTV Motion Pictures
28Listen to Me Marlon$9,880-59%15-8$659$383,0867Showtime
29Queen of Earth$9,709-52%113$883$67,0693IFC Films
30Cinderella (2015)$8,103-39%26-4$312$201,148,15927Disney
31The Stanford Prison Experiment$6,993-27%142$500$633,0719IFC Films
32Tangerine$6,883-50%10-5$688$674,46810Magnolia Pictures
33Rififi (2015 re-issue)$6,299-64%20$3,150$38,5342Rialto Pictures
34Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$5,710-39%350$163$10,354,65976Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Go Away Mr. Tumor$5,276--6--$879$284,4045China Lion Film
36Breathe (2015)$5,063--1--$5,063$5,0631Film Movement
37The Quay Brothers in 35mm$5,051-16%21$2,526$35,2754Zeitgeist Films
38Testament of Youth$4,876-31%143$348$1,795,03015Sony Pictures Classics
39Z for Zachariah$4,783-78%13-14$368$118,4833Roadside Attractions
40Infinitely Polar Bear$3,866-26%130$297$1,406,45913Sony Pictures Classics
41Journey to the South Pacific$3,760-69%70$537$7,021,53794IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
42Welcome to Leith$3,707--1--$3,707$6,5631First Run Features
43Under the Sea 3D$3,381-20%41$845$34,736,613344Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Before We Go$3,225-83%14-7$230$33,5622RADiUS-TWC
45Slow Learners$3,170-38%52$634$18,2924IFC Films
46A Borrowed Identity$2,853-56%4-1$713$274,85112Strand Releasing
47Rediscover Sautet$2,268--1--$2,268$23,92014Rialto Pictures
48The Wolfpack$1,890-23%6-1$315$1,291,38214Magnolia Pictures
49The Dinner (2014)$1,793--1--$1,793$3,7916Film Movement
50Memories of the Sword$1,550-90%4-10$388$109,9723Well Go USA
51Paulette$1,548--2--$774$29,4945Cohen Media Group
52Army of Shadows (2015 re-issue)$1,388-66%10$1,388$24,6243Rialto Pictures
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,255-67%5-3$251$24,359,711232Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Look of Silence$1,194-20%6-3$199$101,0019Drafthouse / Participant
55A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$92812%2-3$464$213,70915Magnolia Pictures
56The Tribe$285-88%1-10$285$149,81713Drafthouse Films
57Guidance$182--1--$182$3,8714Strand Releasing
58Forever (2015)$14--1--$14$141Monterey Media