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, Oct. 14 - Sun, Oct. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Accountant$24,710,273--3,332--$7,416$24,710,2731Warner Bros.
2The Girl on the Train (2016)$12,247,840-50%3,24197$3,779$46,831,4352Universal
3Kevin Hart: What Now?$11,767,210--2,567--$4,584$11,767,2101Universal
4Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$8,959,739-41%3,835130$2,336$65,892,5283Fox
5Deepwater Horizon$6,407,716-44%3,403144$1,883$49,393,0483Lionsgate / Summit
6Storks$5,685,078-31%3,066-542$1,854$59,229,1244Warner Bros.
7The Magnificent Seven (2016)$5,235,425-42%3,210-486$1,631$84,862,9874Sony / Columbia
8Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life$4,346,337-37%2,8220$1,540$13,857,1322CBS Films / Lionsgate
9Sully$2,881,657-42%2,211-847$1,303$118,293,2946Warner Bros.
10The Birth of a Nation (2016)$2,747,601-61%2,1050$1,305$12,275,7352Fox Searchlight
11Max Steel$2,182,216--2,034--$1,073$2,182,2161Open Road
12Masterminds (2016)$1,681,403-59%2,027-1015$830$16,192,8093Relativity Studios
13Queen of Katwe$877,363-46%1,062-197$826$7,031,7874Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Suicide Squad$716,073-36%630-342$1,137$323,676,75211Warner Bros.
2Priceless (2016)$707,021--303--$2,333$707,0211Roadside Attractions
3Don't Breathe$677,347-51%612-454$1,107$88,177,5338Sony / TriStar
4Bridget Jones's Baby$359,260-57%390-525$921$23,609,8455Universal
5Snowden$307,742-59%343-444$897$20,900,7095Open Road
6Finding Dory$271,922-17%189-18$1,439$485,176,50318Disney
7The Secret Life of Pets$270,270-21%276-63$979$365,802,22515Universal
8The Dressmaker$177,207-25%146-28$1,214$1,350,9304Broad Green Pictures
9Blair Witch$172,290-67%243-425$709$20,574,8065Lionsgate
10Hell or High Water$167,384-31%188-87$890$26,492,06910CBS Films / Lionsgate
11American Honey$148,68191%135110$1,101$368,8483A24
12When the Bough Breaks$128,694-71%183-277$703$29,594,0366Sony / Screen Gems
13Pete's Dragon (2016)$120,700-27%165-59$732$75,188,15310Disney
14Bad Moms$120,422-37%176-89$684$113,078,69412STX Entertainment
15Ghostbusters (2016)$117,233-34%145-26$809$128,150,60814Sony / Columbia
16Kubo and the Two Strings$114,785-50%139-112$826$47,346,4349Focus
17The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years$104,288-38%102-18$1,022$2,578,4495Abramorama
18Mechanic: Resurrection$84,48551%10133$836$21,136,4228Lionsgate / Summit
19Jason Bourne$82,080-36%131-55$627$162,054,48512Universal
20Star Trek Beyond$80,536-39%151-40$533$158,804,47013Paramount
21War Dogs$44,783-57%123-52$364$43,017,4339Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Desierto$514,282--73--$7,045$514,2821STX Entertainment
2Shin Godzilla$458,342--34--$13,481$1,498,7891FUNimation Films
3Denial$420,55392%9665$4,381$862,0613Bleeker Street
4A Man Called Ove$200,960102%7951$2,544$432,7193Music Box Films
5Premam$132,165-71%90-22$1,469$754,6142Blue Sky Cinema
6No Manches Frida$113,548-44%86-52$1,320$11,398,6997Lionsgate / Pantelion
7A Beautiful Planet$81,7436%4917$1,668$6,702,38625IMAX
8M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story$80,184-72%70-163$1,145$1,782,7953FIP
9Asura: The City of Madness$69,275226%2826$2,474$97,8332CJ Entertainment
10Certain Women$60,898--5--$12,180$60,8981
11Nine Lives (2016)$56,488-29%88-26$642$19,637,44911EuropaCorp Films
12Sausage Party$49,649-89%99-972$502$97,596,32210Sony / Columbia
13Florence Foster Jenkins$47,25610%8715$543$27,321,81310Paramount
14I Belonged to You$39,810-76%27-22$1,474$701,8023China Lion Entertainment
15Ice Age: Collision Course$39,504-44%78-47$506$64,013,09013Fox
16Don't Think Twice$38,040-32%30-20$1,268$4,292,84613The Film Arcade
17Harry & Snowman$34,55350%164$2,160$154,1363FilmRise
18Spirit of the Game$34,395-25%273$1,274$115,5142Samuel Goldwyn / Purdie Distribution
19The Light Between Oceans$29,168-36%61-40$478$12,434,6937Disney / DreamWorks
20Aquarius$29,129--3--$9,710$29,1291Vitagraph Films
21Captain Fantastic$25,19311%3913$646$5,846,94315Bleecker Street
22Voiceless$24,950-91%45-55$554$347,5792ArtAffects Entertainment
23Miss Hokusai$24,524--2--$12,262$24,5241GKIDS
24Mil Jeong (Age of Shadows)$21,554-57%10-10$2,155$526,8364Grimm Pictures Harbin Films
25Hunt for the Wilderpeople$19,991-30%23-16$869$5,168,11717The Orchard
26Hillsong - Let Hope Rise$14,169-53%18-18$787$2,386,9145
27Greater$13,969-30%15-13$931$1,952,4438Hammond Entertainment
28Christine (2016)$11,744--1--$11,744$13,4181The Orchard
29Cameraperson$10,20749%70$1,458$79,5126Janus Films
30The Hollars$9,578-46%21-19$456$982,2678Sony Pictures Classics
31Girl Asleep$9,500-44%15-8$633$45,6504Oscilloscope Laboratories
32Ixcanul$9,05622%133$697$240,9139Kino Lorber
33Tower (2016)$8,542--5--$1,708$16,6151Kino Lorber
34Indignation$8,421-36%9-4$936$3,380,53812Roadside / Summit
35Being 17$7,879-11%42$1,970$7,8792Strand Releasing
36The Battle Of Algiers (50th Anniversary)$6,996-48%52$1,399$33,8932Rialto
37Equity$6,746-10%112$613$1,596,85712Sony Pictures Classics
38Southside with You$6,2848%8-5$786$6,295,6258Roadside / Miramax
39Sand Storm$5,977-61%4-2$1,494$50,2713Kino Lorber
40The Disappointments Room$5,667133%2925$195$2,411,5806Relativity Studios
41Under the Shadow$5,264-61%9-5$585$25,8322Vertical Entertainment
42The Greasy Strangler$4,824-79%5-6$965$36,2902FilmRise
43Mia Madre$4,365-48%4-13$1,091$291,8018Music Box Films
44Little Men (2016)$4,203-58%10-9$420$675,90811Magnolia Pictures
45Closet Monster$3,441-28%115$313$33,9624Strand Releasing
46Born to Be Wild 3D$3,254-3%6-1$542$25,024,602289Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Hubble 3D$3,121--11--$284$51,710,208344Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Search Engines$3,044--2--$1,522$3,0441Indican Pictures
49Demon$2,624-40%6-6$437$97,5016The Orchard The Orchard
50Our Little Sister$2,516-12%146$180$447,79515Sony Pictures Classics
51Theo Who Lived$2,494-50%21$1,247$9,4302Zeitgeist Films
52White Girl$2,445-70%1-1$2,445$198,4937FilmRise
54The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits$2,385217%1-1$2,385$25,0364Cinema Libre Studio
55Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$2,242-37%4-2$561$585,6779Magnolia Pictures
56Author: The JT Leroy Story$1,862-39%13-1$143$84,1276Magnolia Pictures
57Danny Says$1,811-41%4-3$453$37,7143Magnolia Pictures
58The Lovers and the Despot$1,720-50%50$344$51,3484Magnolia Pictures
59Victor$1,382-35%10$1,382$101,6285CanZion Films
60Generation Startup$1,327-81%10$1,327$22,2714Long Shot Factory
61As I Open My Eyes$1,143-75%1-4$1,143$26,0476Kino Lorber
62Elevator To The Gallows (2016 re-release)$1,074--1--$1,074$104,81711Rialto Pictures
63Under the Sea 3D$947540%20$474$35,096,324401Warner Bros. / IMAX
64When Two Worlds Collide$926--1--$926$09First Run Features
65Miss Sharon Jones!$82374%20$412$120,77012Starz Digital
66Mr. Church$777-86%4-8$194$684,1975Freestyle Releasing
67My King$619-38%20$310$53,50810Film Movement
68Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$375-85%30$125$10,672,992133Warner Bros. / IMAX
69Hot Water$350--1--$350$7,00132Indican Pictures
70Saturday's Warrior$309-65%40$77$753,28129Purdie Distribution
71Made In France$225-46%10$225$6,7094Distrib Films Under the Milky Way
72Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$222-96%1-3$222$140,74212Kino Lorber
73The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$218--1--$218$56,41621Rialto Pictures
74Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$213--1--$213$137,93549Rialto Pictures
75Dark Horse (2016)$109-85%1-4$109$923,58424Sony Pictures Classics
76My Love, Don’t Cross That River$100-80%1-1$100$86,27718