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. 18 - Sun, Sep. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$30,316,510--3,791--$7,997$30,316,5101Fox
2Black Mass$22,635,037--3,188--$7,100$22,635,0371Warner Bros.
3The Visit (2015)$11,566,400-55%3,14879$3,674$42,564,7202Universal
4The Perfect Guy$9,751,801-62%2,2309$4,373$41,462,2732Sony / Screen Gems
5War Room$6,215,991-20%1,945298$3,196$49,054,6534Sony / TriStar
6A Walk in the Woods$2,808,717-41%2,15819$1,302$24,868,2333Broad Green Pictures
7Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$2,213,360-46%2,202-447$1,005$191,695,5708Paramount
8Straight Outta Compton$1,907,980-51%1,938-874$985$158,859,2406Universal
9Grandma$1,501,101133%1,061931$1,415$3,694,8205Sony Pictures Classics
10No Escape (2015)$1,001,735-65%2,054-968$488$26,221,7374Weinstein Company
12Inside Out (2015)$927,379-39%1,200-802$773$352,846,54814Disney
13The Transporter Refueled$720,771-74%1,742-1692$414$15,301,5873EuropaCorp Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1Everest (2015)$7,222,035--545--$13,251$7,222,0351Universal
2Captive (2015)$1,393,243--806--$1,729$1,393,2431Paramount
3Un Gallo con muchos Huevos$1,071,849-47%606-10$1,769$8,276,2053Lionsgate / Pantelion
490 Minutes in Heaven$1,005,715-51%89922$1,119$3,748,0112IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$754,274-60%955-701$790$44,531,6286Warner Bros.
7Pixels$708,243-37%760-280$932$76,283,2639Sony / Columbia
8Jurassic World$636,480-46%753-416$845$649,860,51515Universal
9Learning to Drive$539,766-25%33962$1,592$2,378,0635Broad Green Pictures
10The Gift (2015)$520,649-62%757-632$688$43,362,3847STX Entertainment
12Sinister 2$380,366-70%757-1291$502$27,282,1105Focus / Gramercy
13Vacation (2015)$261,798-53%465-323$563$58,208,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
14Hitman: Agent 47$254,082-66%391-660$650$22,212,8245Fox
15Shaun the Sheep Movie$252,108-45%509-259$495$18,992,6317Lionsgate
16Katti Batti$239,816--127--$1,888$239,8161UTV Motion Pictures
17Fantastic Four (2015)$226,969-49%355-321$639$55,713,7887Fox
18Meru$161,795-38%145-21$1,116$1,949,0126Music Box Films
19Phoenix (2015)$157,384-42%169-28$931$2,791,8349IFC Films
20Avengers: Age of Ultron$142,184-27%170-20$836$458,793,29121Disney
21Mr. Holmes$139,181-52%268-118$519$17,502,81610Roadside / Miramax
22Ricki and the Flash$130,319-69%373-508$349$26,651,5207Sony / TriStar
23Southpaw$119,708-59%232-271$516$52,079,9799Weinstein Company
24San Andreas$112,819-23%162-41$696$154,979,26117Warner Bros. / New Line
25Max (2015)$105,497-19%191-53$552$42,496,59513Warner Bros.
26Spy (2015)$72,7209%106-21$686$110,747,87716Fox
27Paper Towns$69,585-25%149-59$467$31,911,5849Fox
28Welcome Back$56,143-75%1350$416$1,357,9583Eros International
29American Ultra$55,666-84%184-411$303$14,327,0065Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Sicario (2015)$401,288--6--$66,881$401,2881Lionsgate
2Veteran$339,328--46--$7,377$339,3281CJ Entertainment
3Pawn Sacrifice$202,053--33--$6,123$217,9861Bleecker Street
4Meet the Patels$152,990112%3429$4,500$246,6852Alchemy
5Sleeping with Other People$92,7324%2722$3,435$206,0502IFC Films
6Mistress America$61,731-74%97-306$636$2,392,4156Fox Searchlight
7Goodnight Mommy$46,532-27%94$5,170$141,4442RADiUS-TWC
8Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$44,223-51%36-29$1,228$401,9063Magnolia Pictures
9The Second Mother$40,553-8%253$1,622$216,8814Oscilloscope
10The New Girlfriend$39,035--13--$3,003$39,0351Cohen Media Group
11A Brilliant Young Mind$38,48123%1815$2,138$79,7632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Once I Was a Beehive$38,29853%28-4$1,368$408,9256Purdie Distribution
13Amy (2015)$37,083-42%41-18$904$8,237,49612A24
14Coming Home (2015)$35,79536%107$3,580$80,1132Sony Pictures Classics
15The End of the Tour$34,693-59%49-35$708$2,842,9198A24
16Office$34,144--15--$2,276$34,1441China Lion Film
17Cooties$33,031--29--$1,139$33,0311Lionsgate Premiere
18Irrational Man$25,971-27%33-14$787$3,918,69910Sony Pictures Classics
19The Diary of a Teenage Girl$24,402-56%25-44$976$1,433,4597Sony Pictures Classics
20Time Out of Mind$23,15722%117$2,105$55,3782IFC Films
21Hubble 3D$19,99026%61$3,332$50,214,044288Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Mad Max: Fury Road$17,453-95%50-226$349$153,629,48519Warner Bros.
23Assassination (2015)$16,242-65%9-5$1,805$1,889,5427Well Go USA
24The Beauty Inside$15,433-69%13-10$1,187$95,3232Well Go USA
25Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$13,135-36%311$424$324,0527GKIDS
26Jimmy's Hall$12,889-60%27-20$477$527,43812Sony Pictures Classics
27Listen to Me Marlon$12,25824%9-6$1,362$405,8188Showtime
28Magic Mike XXL$11,168-27%44-11$254$66,009,97312Warner Bros.
29Best of Enemies$10,566-62%29-24$364$851,6418Magnolia / Participant
30Breathe (2015)$9,04679%98$1,005$16,7482Film Movement
31Hero (2015)$6,998-88%530$132$84,9612Eros International
32Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$6,0045%5-30$1,201$10,406,08677Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Journey to the South Pacific$5,95258%4-3$1,488$7,028,37495IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
34The Cut$5,327--5--$1,065$5,3271Strand Releasing
35Infinitely Polar Bear$5,04430%185$280$1,413,61414Sony Pictures Classics
36Love & Mercy$4,396-71%18-13$244$12,541,32116Roadside Attractions
37Queen of Earth$4,326-55%110$393$78,3534IFC Films
38The Stanford Prison Experiment$4,322-38%9-5$480$643,55710IFC Films
39Testament of Youth$3,384-31%12-2$282$1,802,92816Sony Pictures Classics
40Tangerine$3,308-52%7-3$473$683,68111Magnolia Pictures
41Olvidados$2,791--1--$2,791$2,7911Cinema Libre
42Chocolat (1989) (2015 re-issue)$2,710--1--$2,710$2,7101The Film Desk
43Dragon Blade$2,322-81%5-6$464$72,4133Lionsgate Premiere
44Under the Sea 3D$2,219-34%3-1$740$34,739,082345Warner Bros. / IMAX
45She's Beautiful When She's Angry$2,061--3--$687$416,64542International Film Circuit
46The Dinner (2014)$2,02513%21$1,013$6,3357Film Movement
47Born to Be Wild 3D$1,96557%3-2$655$24,363,460233Warner Bros. / IMAX
48We Are Your Friends$1,903-95%17-257$112$3,590,0104Warner Bros.
49Slow Learners$1,450-54%61$242$21,0805IFC Films
50A Borrowed Identity$1,280-55%40$320$276,80313Strand Releasing
51The Look of Silence$1,168-2%82$146$103,58910Drafthouse / Participant
52A Reason$956--1--$956$3,7264Indican Pictures
53The Wolfpack$791-58%60$132$1,294,12915Magnolia Pictures
54Rififi (2015 re-issue)$659-90%1-1$659$42,6813Rialto Pictures
55A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$598-36%31$199$215,78116Magnolia Pictures
56Welcome to Leith$443-88%10$443$8,3592First Run Features
57Before We Go$431-87%3-11$144$36,3713RADiUS-TWC
58The Challenger$368-97%1-27$368$19,0032Wishing Well Pictures
59The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$309--1--$309$429,63513Rialto Pictures
60Mala Mala$289--1--$289$10,51012Strand Releasing
61The Tribe$260-9%10$260$150,56414Drafthouse Films
62Guidance$101-45%10$101$4,0705Strand Releasing