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. 15 - Sun, Sep. 17

Wide (1000+)

1It (2017)$60,103,110-51%4,1030$14,649$218,813,7292Warner Bros. / New Line
2American Assassin$14,846,778--3,154--$4,707$14,846,7781CBS Films / Lionsgate
4Home Again$5,183,004-40%3,03696$1,707$16,984,0882Open Road
5The Hitman's Bodyguard$3,588,883-25%3,272-50$1,097$70,395,9235Lionsgate / Summit
6Wind River$2,572,397-18%2,619-271$982$29,141,2127The Weinstein Company
7Annabelle: Creation$2,411,319-40%2,117-886$1,139$99,711,6806Warner Bros. / New Line
8Leap!$2,163,778-11%2,416-275$896$18,705,5644The Weinstein Company
9Spider-Man: Homecoming$1,858,740-7%1,436-221$1,294$330,245,98811Sony / Columbia
10Dunkirk$1,311,449-30%1,478-632$887$185,148,1019Warner Bros.
11The Emoji Movie$1,001,256-12%1,151-299$870$83,911,2918Sony / Columbia
12Logan Lucky$996,576-40%1,401-766$711$26,826,6765Bleeker Street
13The Dark Tower$757,8150%1,235287$614$49,922,9207Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Despicable Me 3$857,205-8%983-291$872$261,094,65012Universal
2Wonder Woman$667,7941%659-302$1,013$411,430,09416Warner Bros.
3Girls Trip$570,725-30%733-390$779$114,337,9809Universal
4The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$461,885-20%846-389$546$28,093,6646Open Road
5All Saints$371,464-20%750-84$495$5,234,1994Sony Pictures
6The Glass Castle$351,887-34%698-339$504$16,724,2146Lionsgate Lionsgate
7War for the Planet of the Apes$349,237-23%470-183$743$145,861,74710Fox
8The Big Sick$317,772-28%338-197$940$42,487,09313Lionsgate
9Baby Driver$298,828-29%381-237$784$107,077,23612Sony / TriStar
10Viceroy's House$205,35663%11069$1,867$457,5953IFC Films
11Atomic Blonde$184,715-36%270-120$684$51,365,4308Focus Features
12Cars 3$166,455-44%259-251$643$152,279,06514Disney
13Hazlo Como Hombre$153,418-61%226-156$679$2,335,9463Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Birth Of The Dragon$122,965-64%275-427$447$6,833,1704OTL Releasing
15Kidnap$122,176-42%506-412$241$30,423,0577Aviron Pictures
16Tulip Fever$116,910-59%247-525$473$2,239,6313Weinstein Company
17The Trip to Spain$90,196-19%110-22$820$906,9446IFC Films
18Ingrid Goes West$81,693-45%100-100$817$2,906,6416Neon
19Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$79,095-26%151-78$524$40,442,3219EuropaCorp/STXfilms
20Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$60,495-36%115-28$526$172,537,13917Disney
21Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)$44,181-86%138-649$320$3,077,5853Sony

Platform (1 — 99)

1Rebel in the Rye$91,169140%4945$1,861$144,3772IFC Films
2Brad's Status$89,921--4--$22,480$89,9211Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
3Columbus$81,6287%6125$1,338$629,5857Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
4Shubh Mangal Savdhan$75,080-42%800$939$629,4273Eros International
6Dolores$69,33343%1813$3,852$152,4403PBS Distribution
7Beach Rats$68,720-6%6733$1,026$316,7984Neon
8Because of Gracia$52,171--32--$1,630$52,1711ArtAffects Entertainment
947 Meters Down$49,708-26%99-50$502$44,235,02114Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10Captain Underpants$48,046-14%83-20$579$73,814,42816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Maudie$33,790-20%63-16$536$6,076,10914Sony Pictures Classics
12The Unknown Girl$29,919122%1614$1,870$50,6012IFC Films
13Good Time$26,768-47%29-46$923$1,930,0476A24
14Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$26,353-50%80-49$329$389,804,21720Disney
15A Taxi Driver$23,198-45%14-7$1,657$1,496,2766Well Go USA
16Detroit$22,859-57%91-60$251$16,750,4218Annapurna Pictures
17Wish Upon$20,971-48%35-20$599$14,271,04610Broad Green Pictures
18The Force (2017)$18,849--4--$4,712$31,9941Kino Lorber
19Memoir of a Murderer$18,643-33%6-2$3,107$61,7312Well Go USA
20Poster Boys$16,544-68%500$331$89,0752Sony Pictures Releasing International
21Patti Cake$$15,848-76%46-143$345$774,4995Fox Searchlight
22Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$12,695-27%14-8$907$175,2978Kino Lorber
23The Midwife$12,6271%19-1$665$555,7379Music Box Films
24Marjorie Prime$11,454-41%10-2$1,145$146,8625FilmRise Releasing
25Napping Princess$11,1833%228$508$28,7772GKIDS
26Ex Libris: The New York Public Library$10,926--1--$10,926$16,3081
27In Search Of Fellini$10,796--3--$3,599$10,7961AMBI Media Group
28Step$10,778-32%15-9$719$1,115,9197Fox Searchlight
29Red Trees$10,180--9--$1,131$10,1801Cohen Media Group
30The Women's Balcony$10,179155%116$925$1,171,67029Menemsha Films
31It Comes At Night$8,936-88%3-14$2,979$13,985,11715A24
32Twenty Two$8,725-61%10-1$873$40,2352China Lion Film
33Lady Macbeth$8,61742%22-1$392$1,103,89310Roadside Attractions
34Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards$8,186--3--$2,729$8,1861Music Box Films
35Wolf Warrior 2$7,965-43%6-1$1,328$2,711,9068The H Collective
36Rat Film$7,793--2--$3,897$7,7931Cinema Guild
37The Adventurers$7,668-12%3-1$2,556$206,0205Well Go USA
38Beatriz at Dinner$7,243-6%12-11$604$7,078,37315Roadside Attractions
39Crown Heights$6,149-80%24-67$256$231,3785IFC Films
40The Nile Hilton Incident$5,556-49%5-3$1,111$69,5926Strand Releasing
41The Only Living Boy In New York$4,905-53%14-9$350$619,2726Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
42The Fencer$4,747-12%4-2$1,187$78,6569CFI Releasing
43Vengeance: A Love Story$4,526--11--$411$4,5261FilmRise
44Landline$4,524-17%11-3$411$938,0009Magnolia Pictures
45A Ghost Story$4,288-34%13-2$330$1,587,94211A24
46Brigsby Bear$4,168-37%14-11$298$523,6518Sony Pictures Classics
47School Life$4,12177%32$1,374$7,8472Magnolia
48Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$3,683586%65$614$28,1505Abramorama
49The Villainess$3,573-22%41$893$23,4404Well Go USA Entertainment
50Time To Die$3,411--1--$3,411$3,4111Film Movement
51Whose Streets?$2,848-45%10-5$285$166,1006Magnolia Pictures
52I Do... Until I Don't$2,655-85%9-52$295$279,2633The Film Arcade
53Love, Kennedy$2,572338%62$429$399,73016Purdie Distribution
54The Hero$2,219-72%8-15$277$4,074,66215The Orchard
55Abracadabra$2,116--10--$212$2,1161Sony Pictures
56Trophy$2,011-43%21$1,006$6,7392The Orchard
58The Skyjacker's Tale$1,76889%10$1,768$6,25312Strand Releasing
59Hermia & Helena$1,711--1--$1,711$42,05517Kino Lorber
60Dayveon$1,592--3--$531$1,5921FilmRise Releasing
61Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$1,579-19%20$790$53,7358Abramorama
62I Am The Blues$1,546-67%2-2$773$34,43810Film Movement
63The Boss Baby$1,488-82%13-18$114$174,979,56725Fox / DreamWorks Animation
64Moka$1,478296%43$370$124,83714Film Movement
65The Girl Without Hands$1,11087%50$222$20,5339GKIDS
66The Teacher$1,026-88%3-1$342$44,2663Film Movement
67Dawson City: Frozen Time$938688%31$313$118,99715Kino Lorber Films
6813 Minutes$925-77%4-4$231$158,83412Sony Pictures Classics
69Valley Of Bones$836-54%2-11$418$168,3873Smith Global Media
70After Love$823--1--$823$12,4856Distrib Films
71The Challenge$786-64%10$786$4,8642Kino Lorber
72Extraordinary Ordinary People$744--1--$744$7441First Run Features
73Paris Can Wait$740161%41$185$5,614,13919Sony Pictures Classics
74Il Boom$660-73%1-1$660$49,40614Rialto Pictures
75We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$654-68%4-3$164$25,8907Purdie Distribution
76The Wound$238-76%10$238$27,3275Kino Lorber
77Clash$198--1--$198$18,0314Kino Lorber
78Once Upon A Time$156-83%10$156$485,4576Well Go USA Entertainment
79Hidden Figures$125-83%1-1$125$169,380,93639Fox
80Red Christmas$106-50%1-1$106$1,2844Artsploitation
81Served Like a Girl$77-84%10$77$8,2374Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
82Slack Bay$26-96%1-1$26$112,37522Kino Lorber Films