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. 9 - Sun, Sep. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Sully$35,028,301--3,525--$9,937$35,028,3011Warner Bros.
2When the Bough Breaks$14,202,323--2,246--$6,323$14,202,3231Sony / Screen Gems
3Don't Breathe$8,250,225-48%3,384333$2,438$66,873,3833Sony / TriStar
4Suicide Squad$5,723,038-42%3,103-189$1,844$307,480,8916Warner Bros.
5The Wild Life (2016)$3,342,697--2,493--$1,341$3,342,6971Lionsgate / Summit
6Kubo and the Two Strings$3,301,748-48%2,335-650$1,414$40,919,4284Focus
7Pete's Dragon (2016)$3,101,390-51%2,685-587$1,155$70,150,0435Disney
8Bad Moms$2,593,665-46%1,888-418$1,374$107,289,9317STX Entertainment
9Hell or High Water$2,461,321-45%1,445142$1,703$19,407,5825CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Sausage Party$2,342,003-55%2,071-695$1,131$93,224,5825Sony / Columbia
11War Dogs$2,027,498-58%1,781-1067$1,138$39,802,2164Warner Bros.
12The Light Between Oceans$1,849,477-61%1,5000$1,233$9,460,5032Disney / DreamWorks
13Jason Bourne$1,746,625-56%1,510-466$1,157$158,727,9157Universal
14Mechanic: Resurrection$1,714,690-61%1,901-357$902$18,660,9513Lionsgate / Summit
15The Secret Life of Pets$1,542,755-56%1,410-659$1,094$361,840,53010Universal
16The Disappointments Room$1,402,823--1,554--$903$1,402,8231Relativity Studios
17Florence Foster Jenkins$853,653-60%1,062-279$804$25,723,4565Paramount
18Morgan$504,908-75%2,0200$250$3,598,379220th Century Fox
19Hands of Stone$175,163-86%1,103-908$159$4,553,4223The Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1No Manches Frida$2,113,497-43%465103$4,545$7,332,2792Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Star Trek Beyond$932,417-62%748-454$1,247$156,578,0448Paramount
3Baar Baar Dekho$614,604--146--$4,210$614,6041Eros International
4Ben-Hur (2016)$571,787-74%974-1193$587$25,573,0814Paramount
5Finding Dory$419,113-80%490-1585$855$483,550,19013Disney
6Lights Out$313,413-44%348-98$901$66,764,1068Warner Bros. / New Line
7Southside with You$302,424-77%444-453$681$5,989,6983Roadside / Miramax
8Don't Think Twice$294,878-35%17510$1,685$3,500,3218The Film Arcade
9Ghostbusters (2016)$281,757-74%356-735$791$126,984,6529Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age: Collision Course$273,644-60%309-383$886$63,171,6848Fox
11The Legend of Tarzan$176,683-35%226-26$782$126,585,31311Warner Bros.
12Nine Lives (2016)$175,709-53%267-118$658$19,154,8856EuropaCorp Films
13The BFG$171,412-45%211-9$812$55,070,08711Disney / DreamWorks
14Greater$154,182-56%153-22$1,008$1,566,8053Hammond Entertainment
15Cafe Society$144,048-48%142-48$1,014$10,747,7199Lionsgate / Amazon
17Equity$80,018--194--$412$1,455,0487Sony Pictures Classics
18Hillary's America - The Secret History of the Democratic Party$60,827-76%169-235$360$13,019,1899D’Souza Entertainment Quality Flix

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hunt for the Wilderpeople$94,321-34%861$1,097$4,771,07212The Orchard
2Captain Fantastic$90,361-41%94-28$961$5,485,89610Bleecker Street
3Train To Busan$67,2612%161$4,204$1,867,4428 Inc. Well Go USA
4A Beautiful Planet$64,792-55%34-2$1,906$6,044,07120IMAX
5The Hollars$63,123--32--$1,973$262,3763Sony Pictures Classics
6A Tale of Love and Darkness$60,410-53%64-2$944$477,8694Focus World
7Indignation$60,321-60%72-44$838$3,216,9407Roadside / Summit
8The Shallows$55,042-56%51-29$1,079$55,046,39312Sony / Columbia
9Little Men (2016)$54,141-43%592$918$512,4556Magnolia Pictures
10The Jungle Book (2016)$52,030-55%87-22$598$363,933,78722Disney
11A Complete Unknown$41,766-2%6341$663$128,0863IFC Films / Amazon
12Mia Madre$40,500-29%3517$1,157$182,9503Music Box Films
13Tunnel$39,786-68%19-7$2,094$533,2383Well Go USA
14Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates$38,806-59%56-33$693$45,928,53310Fox
15Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$38,709-39%41-5$944$490,5464Magnolia Pictures
16Other People$36,997--12--$3,083$36,9971Vertical Entertainment
17Kicks$32,111--3--$10,704$32,1111Focus World
18The People vs. Fritz Bauer$30,599--21--$1,457$179,0604Cohen Media Group
19Ixcanul$30,03230%101$3,003$132,3604Kino Lorber
20White Girl$26,385-23%85$3,298$76,6312FilmRise
21The Infiltrator$25,877-34%49-11$528$15,375,4789Broad Green Pictures
22Captain America: Civil War$24,940-80%54-27$462$408,060,08319Disney
23Author: The JT Leroy Story$23,413--5--$4,683$23,4131Magnolia Pictures
24Anthropoid$19,610-67%37-22$530$2,943,0515Bleecker Street
25Howards End (2016 re-release)$19,248--9--$2,139$133,9903Cohen Media Group
26Dekalog$17,485-6%52$3,497$47,8492Janus Films
27Independence Day: Resurgence$16,760-89%42-349$399$103,137,29512Fox
28The Innocents$16,39743%216$781$1,008,71011Music Box Films
29Naam Hai Akira$15,824-88%51-20$310$212,2852FIP
30Saturday's Warrior$13,520--11--$1,229$701,45824Purdie Distribution
31Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie$13,126-40%22-1$597$4,731,9338Fox Searchlight
32Demon$13,023--3--$4,341$13,0231The Orchard The Orchard
33In Order Of Disappearance$12,8200%103$1,282$39,0933Magnet Releasing
34Cameraperson$12,760--1--$12,760$12,7601Janus Films
35The Angry Birds Movie$10,849140%244$452$107,506,77617Sony / Columbia
36The Map Against the World$9,962--4--$2,491$9,9621CJ Entertainment
37Come What May$9,738--2--$4,869$9,7381Cohen Media Group
38Love & Friendship$8,27564%122$690$14,008,90618Roadside / Amazon
39Morris from America$8,234-41%200$412$72,1214A24
40Our Little Sister$8,082--18--$449$396,01010Sony Pictures Classics
41Dancer$7,140--1--$7,140$7,1401IFC Films / Sundance Selects
42Elevator To The Gallows (2016 re-release)$6,94673%42$1,737$69,6876Rialto Pictures
43Life, Animated$6,744592%115$613$235,17711The Orchard
44Happy Bhaag Jayegi$5,451-81%780$70$349,0994Eros International
45My King$4,316-19%113$392$42,2645Film Movement
46Maggie's Plan$4,290--8--$536$3,351,27117Sony Pictures Classics
47Miss Sharon Jones!$4,280-52%9-3$476$101,7377Starz Digital
48As I Open My Eyes$4,189--1--$4,189$8,9861Kino Lorber
49Germans & Jews$4,143--2--$2,072$36,04114First Run Features
50Eat That Question$3,714--9--$413$343,54012Sony Pictures Classics
51The Music of Strangers$3,620-40%10-3$362$1,148,83814The Orchard
52Born to Be Wild 3D$3,347-37%5-1$669$24,942,721284Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Tickled$2,530-16%40$633$604,80813Magnolia Pictures
54The Tenth Man$2,454391%10$2,454$47,6966Kino Lorber
55Fatima (2016)$1,906-60%10$1,906$33,6833Kino Lorber
56Swiss Army Man$1,604-58%3-5$535$4,195,59012A24
57Our Kind of Traitor$1,2982%30$433$3,152,70411Roadside Attractions
58The Lobster$1,232-8%4-2$308$9,071,24625A24
59My Love, Don’t Cross That River$1,0872370%10$1,087$82,09813
60The Sea of Trees$909-88%3-98$303$20,0833A24 Films
61Spa Night$656-84%1-1$656$32,9754Strand Releasing
62The Witness (2016)$579--1--$579$154,62215FilmRise
63Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$445336%21$223$10,664,958128Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Unlocking the Cage$344--1--$344$26,90416First Run Features
65The Kind Words$34219%10$342$135,38212Strand Releasing
66Men Go to Battle$2778%10$277$17,56410Film Movement
67Neither Heaven Nor Earth$270-78%10$270$10,3376Film Movement
68Under the Sea 3D$231-51%20$116$35,089,878396Warner Bros. / IMAX
69Summertime (2016)$225--1--$225$34,6688Strand Releasing
70Paths of the Soul$135--1--$135$25,24318
71Last Cab to Darwin$31-78%10$31$32,84814First Run Features