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. 27 - Sun, Oct. 29

Wide (1000+)

2Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$10,052,608-53%2,3880$4,210$35,574,2512Lionsgate
3Geostorm$5,903,428-57%3,2460$1,819$23,781,7962Warner Bros.
4Happy Death Day$5,078,685-46%3,535237$1,437$48,374,2103Universal / Blumhouse
5Blade Runner 2049$4,117,395-44%2,421-782$1,701$81,538,1804Warner Bros.
6Thank You For Your Service$3,817,700--2,054--$1,859$3,817,7001Universal Pictures
7Only The Brave$3,502,095-42%2,5770$1,359$11,992,1522Sony Pictures
8The Foreigner$3,443,433-41%2,505-10$1,375$29,060,7513STX Entertainment
10It (2017)$2,503,338-27%2,5600$978$323,868,5408Warner Bros. / New Line
11American Made$1,702,605-46%1,558-1001$1,093$48,507,8055Universal
12Victoria & Abdul$1,641,515-23%1,044-16$1,572$17,741,7546Focus Features
13Kingsman: The Golden Circle$1,625,354-46%1,489-829$1,092$97,314,2326Fox
14The Mountain Between Us$1,309,104-53%2,029-1122$645$28,030,947420th Century Fox
15The LEGO Ninjago Movie$1,275,301-43%1,474-628$865$56,459,0516Warner Bros.
16Same Kind of Different as Me$1,252,142-52%1,238-124$1,011$4,776,4272Pure Flix Entertainment
17The Snowman$1,212,950-64%1,8153$668$5,799,5352Universal
18My Little Pony: The Movie$1,027,701-49%1,682-619$611$20,051,7094Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Let There Be Light$1,729,535--373--$4,637$1,729,5351Atlas
2Marshall$905,053-39%8210$1,102$6,949,3543Open Road
3The Florida Project$522,498-13%14533$3,603$2,132,2714A24
4Loving Vincent$472,04710%16147$2,932$2,130,5946Good Deed Entertainment
5Goodbye Christopher Robin$337,981120%213152$1,587$641,0173Fox Searchlight
6Battle of the Sexes$321,777-45%291-254$1,106$12,021,5906Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me 3$170,960-12%210-127$814$263,491,49518Universal
8All I See is You$144,076--283--$509$144,0761Open Road
9Flatliners$129,605-55%263-272$493$16,715,4045Sony Pictures
10The Emoji Movie$97,248-30%19812$491$85,799,68514Sony / Columbia
11Spider-Man: Homecoming$96,563-40%181-28$533$333,919,62317Sony / Columbia
12Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House$90,545-49%184-148$492$660,7295Sony Pictures Classics
14The Hitman's Bodyguard$70,927-33%147-25$482$75,439,53711Lionsgate / Summit
15American Assassin$70,433-57%175-137$402$36,106,9347CBS Films / Lionsgate
16Breathe$56,322-65%148-167$381$340,2363Bleeker Street
17Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$55,825-77%181-778$308$1,528,2583Annapurna Pictures
18Dunkirk$54,877-45%108-80$508$187,845,76615Warner Bros.
19Home Again$40,454-23%126-32$321$26,975,6718Open Road
20Annabelle: Creation$36,041-41%126-12$286$102,080,78812Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Killing of a Sacred Deer$225,17196%3329$6,823$396,0922A24
3Wonderstruck$131,941100%4238$3,141$219,0552Roadside / Amazon
4The Square$74,233--2--$37,117$74,2331Magnolia Pictures
5Faces Places$72,96059%4216$1,737$269,3824Cohen Media Group
6Human Flow$58,879-31%346$1,732$269,9433Amazon Studios
7Cars 3$40,786-35%83-11$491$152,888,83620Disney
8Wind River$35,199-37%80-41$440$33,625,58513The Weinstein Company
9War for the Planet of the Apes$34,928-20%58-15$602$146,795,29316Fox
10The Stray$33,081-65%74-65$447$1,497,9254Purdie Distribution
11‘Til Death Do Us Part$29,191-55%41-55$712$3,424,4545Novus Content
12Aida's Secrets$24,448332%98$2,716$34,6402Music Box Films
13Leap!$23,847-57%62-54$385$21,544,47010The Weinstein Company
14A Question Of Faith$23,494-37%46-26$511$3,547,7795Pure Flix Entertainment
15Novitiate$22,724--3--$7,575$22,7241Sony Pictures Classics
16Night Of The Living Dead (4K Restoration)$22,495172%83$2,812$68,6563Janus
17KEDi$22,353--36--$621$2,832,58838Oscilloscope Laboratories
18Tom of Finland$21,630-22%83$2,704$97,6243Kino Lorber
19American Satan$17,872-44%43-7$416$226,2323Sumerian
20God's Own Country$17,768--2--$8,884$23,9091Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
21Captain Underpants$16,9857221%42$4,246$73,920,84222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22Stronger$13,886-56%43-41$323$4,151,0126Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
23Tragedy Girls$12,4323%1816$691$30,2542Gunpowder & Sky
24Wonder Woman$12,163-48%55-29$221$412,546,24222Warner Bros.
25City Of Rock$11,994-40%4-2$2,999$290,2214Well Go USA Entertainment
26Kidnap$11,512-42%27-5$426$30,696,19413Aviron Pictures
27Logan Lucky$10,947-54%45-25$243$27,767,14311Bleeker Street
28Dina$9,926-36%19-1$522$58,9794The Orchard
29Walking Out$9,422-37%25-6$377$74,1894IFC Films
30Chavela$8,238-57%9-2$915$120,5344Music Box Films
3178/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene$8,04975%2117$383$21,7733IFC Films
32BPM (Beats Per Minute)$7,913-8%42$1,978$23,3572The Orchard
33The Paris Opera$7,7851%84$973$24,9052Film Movement
34Chasing The Dragon$7,051-49%2-1$3,526$444,6075Well Go USA Entertainment
35Bill Nye: Science Guy$7,005--1--$7,005$7,0051PBS Distribution
36Mansfield 66/67$6,451--1--$6,451$6,4511Gunpowder & Sky
37The King's Choice$5,677-49%5-4$1,135$98,9966Samuel Goldwyn Films
38Friend Request$5,569-47%32-8$174$3,754,9926Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
39Born to Be Wild 3D$4,94928%103$495$25,577,984343Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton$4,778-83%9-22$531$159,9285IFC Films
41Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$4,446-21%32$1,482$10,956,454187Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Viceroy's House$4,329-39%7-6$618$1,093,1769IFC Films
43The Work$3,286--2--$1,643$3,2861The Orchard
44Dealt$2,952-31%32$984$8,4172IFC Films
45Rat Film$2,874303%31$958$31,5217Cinema Guild
46Tulip Fever$2,609126%1711$153$2,413,4089Weinstein Company
47So B. It$2,554-54%3-10$851$46,0064Good Deed Entertainment
48RV: Resurrected Victims$2,511-76%4-7$628$19,2762Well Go USA Entertainment
49Nocturama$2,452--3--$817$25,93212Grasshopper Film
50Brimstone & Glory$2,125--1--$2,125$2,1251Oscilloscope Laboratories
51Félicité$1,713--1--$1,713$1,7131Strand Releasing
52Good Time$1,505-71%1-1$1,505$2,018,60912A24
53Hubble 3D$1,481122%53$296$51,894,285398Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Under the Sea 3D$1,4486%2-1$724$35,637,240455Warner Bros. / IMAX
55The Teacher$1,245112%21$623$61,9169Film Movement
56Bending The Arc$1,222-52%2-1$611$20,1634Abramorama
57Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$1,181-84%2-5$591$213,12214Kino Lorber
58Marjorie Prime$1,13520%10$1,135$179,16511FilmRise Releasing
59The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$1,065-77%10$1,065$11,7412Kino Lorber
60The Unknown Girl$98775%40$247$149,5898IFC Films
61The Boss Baby$838157%20$419$175,001,12931Fox / DreamWorks Animation
62Journey to the South Pacific$571-57%10$571$7,609,158205IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
63Maudie$550-89%2-5$275$6,168,06320Sony Pictures Classics
64Maigret Sets A Trap$528-79%10$528$5,9652Kino Lorber
65Saving Brinton$420--1--$420$24,5906Barn Owl Pictures
66Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards$342-91%1-1$342$57,1087Music Box Films
67Paradise$336-87%20$168$11,9794Film Movement
68Rebel in the Rye$326-82%2-6$163$376,7348IFC Films
69Dawson City: Frozen Time$270--1--$270$129,75621Kino Lorber Films
70Super Dark Times$94-47%10$94$33,1095The Orchard
71Bugs$32-93%1-2$32$3,3835Kino Lorber
72Hermia & Helena$28--1--$28$43,13223Kino Lorber
73Time To Die$13-87%10$13$11,3357Film Movement