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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 1

Wide (1000+)

1Kingsman: The Golden Circle$16,935,565-57%4,03835$4,194$66,637,1532Fox
2It (2017)$16,902,442-43%3,917-90$4,315$290,775,2324Warner Bros. / New Line
3American Made$16,776,390--3,024--$5,548$16,776,3901Universal
4The LEGO Ninjago Movie$11,644,237-43%4,0470$2,877$35,200,3022Warner Bros.
5Flatliners$6,574,326--2,552--$2,576$6,574,3261Sony Pictures
6Battle of the Sexes$3,408,594558%1,2131192$2,810$4,085,3272Fox Searchlight
7American Assassin$3,315,644-47%3,020-134$1,098$31,864,2253CBS Films / Lionsgate
8Home Again$1,726,563-47%2,370-315$729$25,152,1284Open Road
10Friend Request$728,065-64%2,081-492$350$3,411,0232Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11The Hitman's Bodyguard$679,375-58%1,119-918$607$74,624,5037Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1‘Til Death Do Us Part$1,521,803--562--$2,708$1,521,8031Novus Content
2A Question Of Faith$1,025,489--661--$1,551$1,025,4891Pure Flix Entertainment
3Stronger$923,412-43%64571$1,432$3,165,4892Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
4Judwaa 2$638,045--192--$3,323$638,0451FIP
5Wind River$597,048-53%892-539$669$32,786,4079The Weinstein Company
6Spider-Man: Homecoming$588,932-45%679-327$867$332,707,24913Sony / Columbia
7Leap!$483,227-50%730-571$662$20,910,4376The Weinstein Company
8Brad's Status$400,522-58%4530$884$1,766,0663Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
9Despicable Me 3$365,705-28%419-120$873$262,271,06514Universal
10Dunkirk$330,055-43%401-277$823$186,881,00411Warner Bros.
11Annabelle: Creation$311,480-57%385-297$809$101,578,5108Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Emoji Movie$260,249-38%370-203$703$84,912,23210Sony / Columbia
13Wonder Woman$185,196-45%261-94$710$412,265,64318Warner Bros.
14War for the Planet of the Apes$140,715-47%204-102$690$146,458,37412Fox
15Baby Driver$129,453-45%177-75$731$107,668,10114Sony / TriStar
16The Dark Tower$118,429-46%233-125$508$50,548,5779Sony / Columbia
17Viceroy's House$111,871-38%105-11$1,065$914,8025IFC Films
18Girls Trip$111,265-51%179-134$622$115,004,37511Universal
19Logan Lucky$87,207-66%200-197$436$27,644,1237Bleeker Street
20All Saints$59,655-54%182-111$328$5,698,6056Sony Pictures
21The Glass Castle$57,160-50%136-83$420$17,154,3548Lionsgate Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Victoria & Abdul$1,092,204588%7773$14,184$1,312,5492Focus Features
2Chasing The Dragon$138,346--52--$2,661$138,3461Well Go USA Entertainment
3Loving Vincent$55,477139%43$13,869$92,2832Good Deed Entertainment
4Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two$55,274--5--$11,055$55,2741Abramorama
5Cars 3$54,428-29%88-26$619$152,476,56116Disney
6Columbus$53,126-26%49-8$1,084$835,9879Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
7Dolores$52,274-24%270$1,936$351,2645PBS Distribution
8The Big Sick$44,162-59%81-41$545$42,787,63115Lionsgate
10Rebel in the Rye$34,591-52%71-11$487$326,1044IFC Films
11Hazlo Como Hombre$34,476-35%6818$507$2,520,0015Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House$34,217--5--$6,843$34,2171Sony Pictures Classics
13The Unknown Girl$20,428-22%285$730$123,0334IFC Films
14Super Dark Times$19,328--21--$920$19,3281The Orchard
15The Trip to Spain$19,133-55%30-29$638$1,086,4938IFC Films
16Tulip Fever$18,775-43%42-48$447$2,380,6745Weinstein Company
17Beach Rats$18,161-55%20-24$908$438,0206Neon
18Captain Underpants$16,875-49%40-23$422$73,880,28518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Boss Baby$15,3392827%3227$479$174,996,08027Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2047 Meters Down$15,172-51%28-28$542$44,300,14816Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
21Kidnap$15,023-68%68-66$221$30,538,6979Aviron Pictures
22Ingrid Goes West$14,483-45%48-2$302$3,003,4138Neon
25Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton$12,636--1--$12,636$12,6361IFC Films
26Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$12,314--6--$2,052$406,28425Abramorama
27The King's Choice$11,73650%53$2,347$24,8042Samuel Goldwyn Films
28Unrest$11,2586%65$1,876$24,8512Sundance Institute
29Maudie$8,879-62%18-26$493$6,139,04816Sony Pictures Classics
30The Tiger Hunter$7,879-80%23-19$343$58,9052Shout! Factory
31Lost in Paris$7,783-38%121$649$667,41216Oscilloscope Laboratories
32Napping Princess$6,282113%4-6$1,571$46,0214GKIDS
33The Pathological Optimist$5,946--1--$5,946$5,9461The Film Arcade
34Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards$5,912-47%9-2$657$39,5043Music Box Films
35Shubh Mangal Savdhan$5,893-75%800$74$687,8695Eros International
36Wish Upon$5,298-57%11-14$482$14,298,38512Broad Green Pictures
37Step$5,009-30%8-4$626$1,137,7599Fox Searchlight
38Marjorie Prime$4,968-23%5-2$994$168,7037FilmRise Releasing
39The Midwife$4,713-65%8-15$589$589,39411Music Box Films
40A Taxi Driver$4,326-54%70$618$1,526,3938Well Go USA
41Memoir of a Murderer$3,823-56%3-3$1,274$89,6494Well Go USA
42Polina$3,689-74%9-10$410$158,2566Oscilloscope Laboratories
43Detroit$3,667-59%21-23$175$16,784,43610Annapurna Pictures
44Good Time$3,390-79%13-11$261$1,984,6128A24
45School Life$3,063-68%8-5$383$26,9634Magnolia
46Ribbons$3,012-47%3-2$1,004$12,7422Indican Pictures
47Whose Streets?$2,882-38%9-2$320$180,2148Magnolia Pictures
48Brigsby Bear$2,515102%5-1$503$529,42610Sony Pictures Classics
49The Fencer$2,397-30%40$599$87,67911CFI Releasing
50Patti Cake$$2,389-57%7-4$341$794,8177Fox Searchlight
51May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers$2,2035%41$551$702,7893Oscilloscope Laboratories
52Bobbi Jene$2,196-69%10$2,196$13,2752Oscilloscope Laboratories
53Love, Kennedy$2,11451%31$705$406,97618Purdie Distribution
54Because of Gracia$2,000-90%9-11$222$89,6043ArtAffects Entertainment
55Trophy$1,873-54%212$89$16,2454The Orchard
56Il Boom$1,77117%21$886$52,69516Rialto Pictures
57Man From Outerspace$1,65594%20$828$7,5464Indican Pictures
58Beatriz at Dinner$1,622-39%3-6$541$7,115,32617Roadside Attractions
59The Women's Balcony$1,519-60%3-3$506$1,183,96931Menemsha Films
6030 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story$1,419--2--$710$19,7008Indican Pictures
61Rat Film$1,325-70%1-1$1,325$22,8373Cinema Guild
62Paradise Club$1,3106%20$655$9,1964Indican Pictures
63Lady Macbeth$1,251-88%6-8$209$1,127,93812Roadside Attractions
64Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$1,029-84%3-9$343$196,25010Kino Lorber
65Crown Heights$1,020-22%3-4$340$238,1277IFC Films
66In Pursuit of Silence$988--1--$988$23,11515Cinema Guild
67The Teacher$962--2--$481$51,8625Film Movement
68Bugs$951--1--$951$1,4731Kino Lorber
69The Villainess$927--4--$232$26,7196Well Go USA Entertainment
70Dawson City: Frozen Time$88417%2-1$442$122,20717Kino Lorber Films
71The Force (2017)$872-92%2-3$436$54,4873Kino Lorber
72Pop Aye$633--1--$633$71,12814Kino Lorber
74Simple Creature$525-30%20$263$21,98210Indican Pictures
75We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$412-62%1-1$412$28,5009Purdie Distribution
76The Nile Hilton Incident$397-86%1-2$397$77,3778Strand Releasing
7713 Minutes$25545%10$255$160,45014Sony Pictures Classics
78The Challenge$237-49%10$237$6,4304Kino Lorber
79Hidden Figures$230--1--$230$169,385,41641Fox
80Wolf Warrior 2$198-93%1-2$198$2,720,89810The H Collective
81The Wound$147--1--$147$27,5347Kino Lorber
82The Hero$111-64%10$111$4,076,36617The Orchard
83Red Christmas$100117%10$100$1,6506Artsploitation
84The Untamed$98--1--$98$26,75011Strand Releasing