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. 22 - Sun, Sep. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Kingsman: The Golden Circle$39,023,010--4,003--$9,748$39,023,0101Fox
2It (2017)$29,757,494-50%4,007-96$7,426$266,096,3753Warner Bros. / New Line
3The LEGO Ninjago Movie$20,433,071--4,047--$5,049$20,433,0711Warner Bros.
4American Assassin$6,255,617-58%3,1540$1,983$26,185,0762CBS Films / Lionsgate
6Home Again$3,232,156-38%2,685-351$1,204$22,267,9873Open Road
7Friend Request$2,002,863--2,573--$778$2,002,8631Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8The Hitman's Bodyguard$1,608,722-55%2,037-1235$790$73,356,7016Lionsgate / Summit
9Wind River$1,257,881-51%1,431-1188$879$31,645,6308The Weinstein Company
10Spider-Man: Homecoming$1,063,712-43%1,006-430$1,057$331,857,37412Sony / Columbia
11Leap!$959,668-56%1,301-1115$738$20,262,2225The Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Stronger$1,611,040--574--$2,807$1,611,0401Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
2Brad's Status$953,193960%453449$2,104$1,066,5302Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
3Annabelle: Creation$727,734-70%682-1435$1,067$101,104,4307Warner Bros. / New Line
4Dunkirk$582,713-56%678-800$859$186,292,02010Warner Bros.
5Despicable Me 3$505,200-41%539-444$937$261,809,11513Universal
6The Emoji Movie$417,727-58%573-578$729$84,568,8489Sony / Columbia
7Wonder Woman$338,279-49%355-304$953$411,990,49017Warner Bros.
8War for the Planet of the Apes$264,948-24%306-164$866$146,252,40211Fox
9Logan Lucky$257,389-74%397-1004$648$27,469,8706Bleeker Street
10Baby Driver$235,025-21%252-129$933$107,446,58513Sony / TriStar
11Girls Trip$224,910-61%313-420$719$114,803,58010Universal
12The Dark Tower$217,330-71%358-877$607$50,372,8058Sony / Columbia
13Viceroy's House$179,041-13%1166$1,543$723,9394IFC Films
14The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$147,058-68%341-505$431$28,342,4907Open Road
15All Saints$130,811-65%293-457$446$5,578,6185Sony Pictures
16The Glass Castle$114,190-68%219-479$521$17,038,5267Lionsgate Lionsgate
17The Big Sick$106,531-66%122-216$873$42,707,63814Lionsgate
18Atomic Blonde$82,120-56%153-117$537$51,536,9359Focus Features
19Cars 3$76,871-54%114-145$674$152,401,62815Disney
20Kidnap$46,739-62%134-372$349$30,512,3418Aviron Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Battle of the Sexes$518,332--21--$24,682$518,3321Fox Searchlight
2Victoria & Abdul$158,845--4--$39,711$158,8451Focus Features
3Rebel in the Rye$72,507-20%8233$884$255,7323IFC Films
4Columbus$71,969-12%57-4$1,263$743,2668Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
5Dolores$69,2270%279$2,564$256,5824PBS Distribution
6Hazlo Como Hombre$53,420-65%50-176$1,068$2,466,9254Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Trip to Spain$42,626-53%59-51$722$1,038,3437IFC Films
9Beach Rats$40,223-41%44-23$914$393,3215Neon
10The Tiger Hunter$39,553--42--$942$39,5531Shout! Factory
11Tulip Fever$33,073-72%90-157$367$2,342,2024Weinstein Company
12Captain Underpants$32,877-32%63-20$522$73,856,31817Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1347 Meters Down$31,055-38%56-43$555$44,278,29415Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14Ingrid Goes West$26,573-67%50-50$531$2,975,6827Neon
15The Unknown Girl$26,045-13%237$1,132$89,6093IFC Films
16Shubh Mangal Savdhan$23,871-68%800$298$676,1814Eros International
17Maudie$23,234-31%44-19$528$6,117,77715Sony Pictures Classics
18Loving Vincent$23,180--1--$23,180$23,1801Good Deed Entertainment
19Because of Gracia$19,109-63%20-12$955$82,6822ArtAffects Entertainment
20Ex Libris: The New York Public Library$17,82063%43$4,455$42,0212
21Good Time$16,348-39%24-5$681$1,969,8637A24
22Birth Of The Dragon$15,235-88%47-228$324$6,895,6955OTL Releasing
23Polina$14,285--19--$752$147,4745Oscilloscope Laboratories
24After Love$13,4291532%10$13,429$13,6217Distrib Films
25The Midwife$13,3185%234$579$578,01610Music Box Films
26Lost in Paris$12,492--11--$1,136$651,10915Oscilloscope Laboratories
27Wish Upon$12,394-41%25-10$496$14,289,66111Broad Green Pictures
29Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards$11,16936%118$1,015$25,1452Music Box Films
30The Force (2017)$11,136-41%51$2,227$48,8672Kino Lorber
31Unrest$10,607--1--$10,607$10,6071Sundance Institute
32Lady Macbeth$10,12518%14-8$723$1,122,84311Roadside Attractions
33School Life$9,673135%1310$744$19,6713Magnolia
34A Taxi Driver$9,377-60%7-7$1,340$1,517,8027Well Go USA
35Detroit$9,047-60%44-47$206$16,774,8479Annapurna Pictures
36Memoir of a Murderer$8,724-53%60$1,454$80,6653Well Go USA
37The King's Choice$7,850--2--$3,925$7,8501Samuel Goldwyn Films
38Step$7,193-33%12-3$599$1,128,3798Fox Searchlight
39Bobbi Jene$7,035--1--$7,035$7,0351Oscilloscope Laboratories
40Marjorie Prime$6,419-44%7-3$917$160,0476FilmRise Releasing
41Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$6,250-51%12-2$521$192,1959Kino Lorber
42Ribbons$5,715--5--$1,143$5,7151Indican Pictures
43Patti Cake$$5,557-65%11-35$505$790,6206Fox Searchlight
44Whose Streets?$4,63563%111$421$174,1977Magnolia Pictures
45Rat Film$4,357-44%20$2,179$17,6132Cinema Guild
46Trophy$4,108104%1917$216$11,5813The Orchard
47The Women's Balcony$3,829-62%6-5$638$1,180,96830Menemsha Films
48The Adventurers$3,596-53%2-1$1,798$214,5026Well Go USA
49The Fencer$3,408-28%40$852$83,84910CFI Releasing
50Napping Princess$2,945-74%10-12$295$39,0293GKIDS
51The Nile Hilton Incident$2,855-49%3-2$952$75,6967Strand Releasing
52Wolf Warrior 2$2,670-66%3-3$890$2,718,3319The H Collective
53Beatriz at Dinner$2,639-64%9-3$293$7,108,54716Roadside Attractions
54A Ghost Story$2,277-47%130$175$1,594,79812A24
55May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers$2,089--3--$696$688,8012Oscilloscope Laboratories
56Paris Can Wait$1,588115%1-3$1,588$5,617,32120Sony Pictures Classics
57Il Boom$1,518130%10$1,518$50,92415Rialto Pictures
58L'Important C'est D'Aimer (2017 re-release)$1,468--2--$734$18,62611Rialto Pictures
59Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$1,412-62%4-2$353$31,3996Abramorama
60Love, Kennedy$1,399-46%2-4$700$403,61417Purdie Distribution
61Crown Heights$1,314-79%7-17$188$236,4396IFC Films
62Brigsby Bear$1,245-70%6-8$208$526,6919Sony Pictures Classics
63Paradise Club$1,232--2--$616$6,9423Indican Pictures
64We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$1,08766%2-2$544$27,0978Purdie Distribution
65Twenty Two$1,027-88%2-8$514$46,7963China Lion Film
66The Only Living Boy In New York$960-80%6-8$160$622,9997Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
67Man From Outerspace$855--2--$428$5,1303Indican Pictures
68Dawson City: Frozen Time$758-19%30$253$120,63516Kino Lorber Films
69Simple Creature$749--2--$375$20,8539Indican Pictures
70Moka$714-52%2-2$357$126,34215Film Movement
71Landline$637-86%4-7$159$940,65110Magnolia Pictures
72Time To Die$614-82%32$205$8,0812Film Movement
73Machines$558--1--$558$7,5827Kino Lober Films
74The Boss Baby$524-65%5-8$105$174,980,61626Fox / DreamWorks Animation
75I Am The Blues$498-68%1-1$498$36,48311Film Movement
76The Challenge$467-41%10$467$5,9663Kino Lorber
77The Girl Without Hands$460-59%72$66$21,78910GKIDS
78The Hero$305-86%1-7$305$4,075,80016The Orchard
8013 Minutes$176-81%1-3$176$160,08313Sony Pictures Classics
81Red Christmas$46-57%10$46$1,4075Artsploitation