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, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Doctor Strange$85,058,311--3,882--$21,911$85,058,3111Disney
2Trolls$46,581,142--4,060--$11,473$46,581,1421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Hacksaw Ridge$15,190,758--2,886--$5,264$15,190,7581Lionsgate
4Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween$7,731,797-55%2,234-65$3,461$64,921,8523Lionsgate
5Inferno$6,165,987-59%3,5760$1,724$25,973,9172Sony / Columbia
6The Accountant$5,872,303-31%2,688-714$2,185$70,780,4974Warner Bros.
7Jack Reacher: Never Go Back$5,453,273-43%3,079-701$1,771$49,113,2733Paramount
8Ouija: Origin of Evil$3,869,765-46%2,380-788$1,626$31,259,0153Universal
9The Girl on the Train (2016)$2,690,575-39%1,572-1186$1,712$70,647,9405Universal
10Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$2,050,229-50%1,710-1087$1,199$83,284,6186Fox
11Keeping Up with the Joneses$1,092,302-68%1,064-1958$1,027$13,307,5383Fox
12Storks$1,000,558-65%1,155-746$866$69,968,0627Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Ae Dil Hai Mushkil$785,376-64%296-6$2,653$3,621,9412FIP
2Deepwater Horizon$750,084-64%783-1271$958$59,919,2226Lionsgate / Summit
3Kevin Hart: What Now?$581,805-66%453-1203$1,284$23,132,2854Universal
4Sully$526,321-44%454-401$1,159$123,286,5409Warner Bros.
5The Magnificent Seven (2016)$452,520-66%490-840$924$92,238,5497Sony / Columbia
6Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life$405,382-68%485-810$836$19,120,1675CBS Films / Lionsgate
7A Man Called Ove$368,4051%16717$2,206$1,863,3816Music Box Films
8Denial$292,447-53%218-369$1,342$3,582,3046Bleeker Street
9The Secret Life of Pets$279,00525%237-8$1,177$366,815,77518Universal
10The Birth of a Nation (2016)$260,116-53%197-207$1,320$15,572,3075Fox Searchlight
11Suicide Squad$246,363-13%245-87$1,006$325,021,77914Warner Bros.
12Certain Women$184,326-1%13846$1,336$740,2234
13Finding Dory$153,77411%160-23$961$485,885,20021Disney
14Queen of Katwe$144,759-45%172-147$842$8,420,5707Disney
15Desierto$131,646-57%102-66$1,291$1,828,9334STX Entertainment
16Kubo and the Two Strings$118,906-15%149-27$798$47,773,42712Focus
17I'm Not Ashamed$110,147-76%131-385$841$1,950,0263Pure Flix
18Hell or High Water$86,84950%14473$603$26,862,45013CBS Films / Lionsgate
19Snowden$64,506-17%11528$561$21,480,1338Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1Moonlight (2016)$1,235,27545%8347$14,883$2,989,9733A24
2The Handmaiden$271,343-17%9822$2,769$899,5813Magnolia Pictures
4Gimme Danger$126,113182%6865$1,855$181,3422Magnolia Pictures / Amazon Studios
5Pete's Dragon (2016)$96,87919%90-44$1,076$75,556,99613Disney
6American Pastoral$84,484-5%7019$1,207$421,3493Lionsgate
7Mr. Donkey$81,325-6%244$3,389$216,3252China Lion
8A Beautiful Planet$71,784-12%335$2,175$7,155,63628IMAX
9Luck-Key$60,123-38%261$2,312$381,4973JBG Pictures
10The Dressmaker$57,503-16%45-30$1,278$1,820,2227Broad Green Pictures
11The Eagle Huntress$52,574--4--$13,144$65,5361Sony Pictures Classics
12When the Bough Breaks$41,253307%8755$474$29,703,8439Sony / Screen Gems
13Aquarius$40,463-19%311$1,305$220,0144Vitagraph Films
14Don't Breathe$38,302-83%72-359$532$89,006,75011Sony / TriStar
15Christine (2016)$38,07930%4019$952$162,7264The Orchard
16Harry & Snowman$34,613-25%20-5$1,731$367,6316FilmRise
17Train To Busan$31,020595%1914$1,633$2,092,66616 Inc. Well Go USA
18Priceless (2016)$29,174-77%43-138$678$1,463,1134Roadside Attractions
19Masterminds (2016)$27,025-75%60-155$450$17,356,8946Relativity Studios
20The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years$26,201-37%40-20$655$2,811,2288Abramorama
21Ghostbusters (2016)$18,977-53%47-44$404$128,344,08917Sony / Columbia
22American Honey$15,152-43%23-27$659$632,1006A24
23Don't Think Twice$14,950-26%12-4$1,246$4,386,80316The Film Arcade
24Miss Hokusai$14,873-64%20-43$744$216,4464GKIDS
25King Cobra$14,56129%1714$857$49,0673IFC Films
26We Are X$9,90011%5-2$1,980$31,3193Drafthouse Films
27Tower (2016)$9,6954%105$970$74,9884Kino Lorber
28Operation Mekong$8,503-79%5-13$1,701$789,3066Well Go USA
29Spirit of the Game$7,875-22%14-2$563$210,6275Samuel Goldwyn / Purdie Distribution
30Tampopo$7,665--3--$2,555$69,8183Janus Films
31What Happened Last Night$7,117--25--$285$7,1171ET Pictures
32Greater$5,228159%5-1$1,046$1,977,92711Hammond Entertainment
33Born to Be Wild 3D$4,50263%7-1$643$25,068,436292Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Little Men (2016)$4,129133%83$516$693,84614Magnolia Pictures
35Peter And The Farm$3,844--1--$3,844$3,8441Magnolia Pictures
36Sand Storm$3,84162%42$960$83,0786Kino Lorber
37Fire At Sea$3,442-53%3-2$1,147$48,2893
38Oasis: Supersonic$3,353-80%2-12$1,677$239,1312A24
39Ixcanul$2,872-33%4-2$718$275,20612Kino Lorber
40Hubble 3D$2,698-80%52$540$51,725,534347Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Uncondemned$2,543-22%20$1,272$13,2953Abramorama
42Shin Godzilla$2,415-84%4-6$604$1,908,0284FUNimation Films
43Don't Call Me Son$2,066--1--$2,066$2,7081Zeitgeist Films
44Don’t Call Me Son$2,066--1--$2,066$2,7081Zeitgeist Films
45The Tenth Man$2,000--1--$2,000$57,80314Kino Lorber
46Voiceless$1,812-95%8-12$227$418,9405ArtAffects Entertainment
47Hot Water$1,750--5--$350$8,75135Indican Pictures
48A Bit of Bad Luck$1,500--6--$250$6,10426Indican Pictures
49Love Me True$1,444--4--$361$11,50513Indican Pictures
50New World Order$1,406--2--$703$7,1607Indican Pictures
51This Last Lonely Place$1,400--4--$350$11,60613Indican Pictures
52Premam$1,285-59%5-3$257$825,6025Blue Sky Cinema
53Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,239-16%1-1$1,239$10,677,683136Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Equity$1,21352%3-3$404$1,604,10115Sony Pictures Classics
55Fatima (2016)$1,143--1--$1,143$49,08611Kino Lorber
56Our Little Sister$1,00238%32$334$461,26318Sony Pictures Classics
57Never$800--3--$267$9,19212Indican Pictures
58Dark Horse (2016)$75329%3-1$251$935,32027Sony Pictures Classics
59The Battle Of Algiers (50th Anniversary)$695--2--$348$52,3835Rialto
60Deep Sea 3D$679448%31$226$46,221,630558Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$674-92%1-1$674$157,41615Kino Lorber
62As I Open My Eyes$616--1--$616$28,4809Kino Lorber
63Search Engines$600-38%21$300$7,1174Indican Pictures
64Kill Me, Deadly$600--2--$300$20,56032Indican Pictures
65Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$592-12%31$197$592,40412Magnolia Pictures
66The Hollars$540-86%2-15$270$1,010,63811Sony Pictures Classics
67Eat That Question$540-36%1-1$540$354,98120Sony Pictures Classics
68I Belonged to You$526-88%2-1$263$744,0336China Lion Entertainment
69Under the Sea 3D$421-61%2-1$211$35,099,703404Warner Bros. / IMAX
70Ugly, Dirty and Bad (40th Anniversary)$368--2--$184$6,5903Film Movement
71The Black Dove$350--1--$350$11,21013Indican Pictures
72Danny Says$344-61%1-1$344$42,2376Magnolia Pictures
73La Notte$259--1--$259$35,0118Rialto Pictures
74Made In France$228-68%10$228$7,9957Distrib Films Under the Milky Way
75My King$188--1--$188$53,80913Film Movement
76Being 17$172-96%1-6$172$40,4055Strand Releasing