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. 2 - Sun, Sep. 4

Wide (1000+)

1Don't Breathe$15,833,223-40%3,0510$5,190$51,257,1752Sony / TriStar
2Suicide Squad$9,910,256-19%3,292-290$3,010$297,327,5725Warner Bros.
3Kubo and the Two Strings$6,375,278-19%2,985-294$2,136$34,236,7143Focus
4Pete's Dragon (2016)$6,349,807-15%3,27228$1,941$64,101,7464Disney
5Sausage Party$5,193,461-31%2,766-369$1,878$88,339,5854Sony / Columbia
6War Dogs$4,812,634-31%2,848-410$1,690$35,325,5943Warner Bros.
7Bad Moms$4,766,501-14%2,306-259$2,067$102,553,6956STX Entertainment
8The Light Between Oceans$4,765,838--1,500--$3,177$4,765,8381Disney / DreamWorks
9Hell or High Water$4,440,57325%1,303394$3,408$14,592,2064CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Mechanic: Resurrection$4,440,321-40%2,2580$1,966$14,583,1072Lionsgate / Summit
11Jason Bourne$3,962,600-23%1,976-469$2,005$155,133,2556Universal
12The Secret Life of Pets$3,534,925-9%2,069-22$1,709$358,542,4159Universal
13Star Trek Beyond$2,477,30910%1,202-75$2,061$154,320,6317Paramount
14Ben-Hur (2016)$2,201,643-52%2,167-917$1,016$23,709,7823Paramount
15Florence Foster Jenkins$2,109,083-29%1,34117$1,573$23,490,0024Paramount
16Finding Dory$2,055,852225%2,0751730$991$481,976,92112Disney
17Morgan$2,012,709--2,020--$996$2,012,709120th Century Fox
18Hands of Stone$1,263,660-28%2,0111201$628$3,680,8672The Weinstein Company
19Ghostbusters (2016)$1,082,00995%1,091657$992$126,256,6368Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1No Manches Frida$3,676,235--362--$10,155$3,676,2351Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Southside with You$1,324,003-54%89784$1,476$4,981,3962Roadside / Miramax
3Ice Age: Collision Course$685,12434%692237$990$62,591,1547Fox
5Lights Out$564,002-16%446-157$1,265$66,244,2807Warner Bros. / New Line
6Don't Think Twice$455,7524%16515$2,762$2,990,3817The Film Arcade
7Nine Lives (2016)$377,355-25%385-147$980$18,805,2905EuropaCorp Films
8Greater$347,253-45%175-165$1,984$1,188,4802Hammond Entertainment
9The BFG$309,144-2%220-15$1,405$54,740,33110Disney / DreamWorks
10Cafe Society$278,369-17%190-26$1,465$10,442,9408Lionsgate / Amazon
11The Legend of Tarzan$273,573-9%252-36$1,086$126,285,55610Warner Bros.
12Hillary's America - The Secret History of the Democratic Party$253,481356%404324$627$12,760,6628D’Souza Entertainment Quality Flix
13Captain Fantastic$153,373-26%1220$1,257$5,300,9799Bleecker Street
14Indignation$149,763-40%116-56$1,291$3,066,8836Roadside / Summit
15Independence Day: Resurgence$149,628131%391279$383$103,048,68111Fox
16The Jungle Book (2016)$114,548-60%109-243$1,051$363,809,99021Disney
17The Sea of Trees$7,421295%10199$73$10,6972A24 Films

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Beautiful Planet$143,05613%36-2$3,974$5,894,55719IMAX
2Hunt for the Wilderpeople$142,52813%85-15$1,677$4,599,34811The Orchard
3Naam Hai Akira$136,644--71--$1,925$136,6441FIP
4A Tale of Love and Darkness$127,47511%6640$1,931$343,1423Focus World
5Captain America: Civil War$127,46252%81-12$1,574$407,996,39618Disney
6The Shallows$126,532-47%80-57$1,582$54,963,89011Sony / Columbia
7Tunnel$123,308-29%26-10$4,743$400,6982Well Go USA
8Little Men (2016)$95,12889%5722$1,669$403,6485Magnolia Pictures
9Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates$93,66735%89-5$1,052$45,857,5369Fox
10Train To Busan$65,86320%15-4$4,391$1,746,4037 Inc. Well Go USA
11Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$63,285-48%46-1$1,376$407,3563Magnolia Pictures
12Anthropoid$58,680-59%59-65$995$2,888,7904Bleecker Street
13Mia Madre$57,14368%1812$3,175$109,9392Music Box Films
14A Complete Unknown$42,436200%2220$1,929$63,1992IFC Films / Amazon
15The Infiltrator$39,22718%6031$654$15,313,5818Broad Green Pictures
16Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$36,704-17%53-20$693$82,035,52714Paramount
17White Girl$34,058--3--$11,353$34,0581FilmRise
18Happy Bhaag Jayegi$28,116-50%780$360$335,9593Eros International
19Ixcanul$23,01518%93$2,557$84,5293Kino Lorber
20Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie$21,929-40%23-15$953$4,700,2247Fox Searchlight
21Dekalog$18,532--3--$6,177$18,5321Janus Films
22Morris from America$14,0183%2011$701$56,2533A24
23In Order Of Disappearance$12,771145%75$1,824$21,5102Magnet Releasing
24The Innocents$11,4676%153$764$980,74610Music Box Films
25Miss Sharon Jones!$8,861-35%122$738$91,7436Starz Digital
26Remember the Goal$8,454-88%17-60$497$88,6162Five & Two Pictures
27The Music of Strangers$6,017-52%13-5$463$1,139,63113The Orchard
28Mohenjo Daro$5,787-65%8-14$723$1,262,5384UTV Motion Pictures
29Disorder$5,612--8--$702$38,3374IFC Films / Sundance Selects
30My King$5,31824%83$665$36,7944Film Movement
31Born to Be Wild 3D$5,31220%62$885$24,935,347283Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Love & Friendship$5,031-44%10-10$503$13,995,20317Roadside / Amazon
33Fatima (2016)$4,789-23%10$4,789$27,8052Kino Lorber
34The Angry Birds Movie$4,515-71%20-25$226$107,493,23216Sony / Columbia
35Spa Night$4,066-55%20$2,033$28,9153Strand Releasing
36Elevator To The Gallows (2016 re-release)$4,01614%21$2,008$60,1325Rialto Pictures
37Swiss Army Man$3,808-5%81$476$4,190,37511A24
38Weiner$3,807--2--$1,904$1,675,19616IFC Films / Sundance Selects
39Tickled$3,025-39%4-4$756$597,87612Magnolia Pictures
40Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$2,174-44%10$2,174$90,9366Kino Lorber
41The Lobster$1,332-70%6-1$222$8,689,41224A24
42Our Kind of Traitor$1,274-69%3-2$425$3,150,49210Roadside Attractions
43Neither Heaven Nor Earth$1,202--1--$1,202$9,8165Film Movement
44Sweet Bean$1,177-52%20$589$123,23125Kino Lorber
45Life, Animated$974-74%6-54$162$227,25010The Orchard
46Klown Forever$860--5--$172$8601Drafthouse Films
47Deep Sea 3D$77025%10$770$46,211,726549Warner Bros. / IMAX
48The Tenth Man$500-71%1-1$500$45,5875Kino Lorber
49Under the Sea 3D$473-77%2-1$237$35,089,531395Warner Bros. / IMAX
50The Kind Words$288113%10$288$135,01611Strand Releasing
51Men Go to Battle$25668%10$256$17,2879Film Movement
52Hubble 3D$221--1--$221$51,705,816338Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Journey to the South Pacific$216-59%10$216$7,144,117145IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
54A Beautiful Now$148--1--$148$1481Monterey Media
55Last Cab to Darwin$138--1--$138$32,79413First Run Features
56Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$102--1--$102$10,664,148127Warner Bros. / IMAX
57My Love, Don’t Cross That River$44-98%1-1$44$80,73112