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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Mission: Impossible - Fallout$61,236,534--4,386--$13,962$61,236,5341Paramount
2Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$15,100,095-57%3,514197$4,297$70,524,6202Universal Pictures
3The Equalizer 2$14,020,017-61%3,3880$4,138$64,251,3622Sony / Columbia
4Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$12,253,640-48%4,005-262$3,060$119,177,1415Sony / Columbia
5Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$10,411,189--3,188--$3,266$10,411,1891Warner Bros.
6Ant-Man and the Wasp$8,766,100-47%3,013-765$2,909$183,490,2274Disney
7Incredibles 2$7,257,113-39%2,616-548$2,774$572,880,7617Disney
8Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$6,729,735-40%2,685-696$2,506$397,508,2356Universal
9Skyscraper$5,341,455-53%2,773-1049$1,926$59,091,2153Universal Pictures
10The First Purge$2,215,400-57%1,400-931$1,582$65,469,2754Universal Pictures
11Unfriended: Dark Web$1,470,910-60%1,5471$951$7,364,3402OTL Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

1Sorry To Bother You$1,373,791-52%802-248$1,713$13,275,2124Annapurna Pictures
2Blindspotting$1,281,548278%523509$2,450$1,750,5322Lionsgate / Summit
3Eighth Grade$1,269,04654%158125$8,032$2,917,8833A24
4Three Identical Strangers$1,196,412-19%433101$2,763$6,696,7335Neon
5Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$704,445-48%464-266$1,518$20,048,3828Focus Features
6Sicario: Day of the Soldado$675,691-64%574-874$1,177$48,726,5655Sony / Black Label
7Ocean's 8$635,839-60%518-484$1,227$137,293,7548Warner Bros.
8Uncle Drew$483,789-68%532-705$909$41,375,4605Lionsgate / Summit
9Leave No Trace$470,622-49%291-70$1,617$4,647,6205Bleeker Street
10Avengers: Infinity War$406,008-5%292-2$1,390$677,562,08614Disney
11Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$334,81926%266204$1,259$844,3513Amazon Studios
12Deadpool 2$278,968-41%267-106$1,045$317,677,82211Fox
13Tag (2018)$278,875-60%308-273$905$53,548,0507Warner Bros.
14Solo: A Star Wars Story$151,889-38%165-43$921$212,730,64810Disney
16A Quiet Place$113,05811%158-22$716$187,954,27017Paramount
17Book Club$82,085-52%145-96$566$68,413,85811Paramount Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings$126,929--31--$4,094$126,9291Well Go USA
2RBG$122,754-33%97-21$1,266$13,382,50013Magnolia Pictures
3The Fall of The American Empire$104,352-19%50-11$2,087$1,636,6075Sony Pictures Classics
4McQueen$83,461-16%51$16,692$246,7832Bleecker Street
6The Cakemaker$67,649-17%340$1,990$478,5335Strand Releasing
7Puzzle$61,214--5--$12,243$61,2141Sony Pictures Classics
8Generation Wealth$35,392-1%117$3,217$93,9052Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
9Adrift$34,990-53%75-56$467$31,420,7049STX Entertainment
10Life Of The Party$33,268-39%72-39$462$52,834,54512Warner Bros. / New Line
11Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$32,183-53%40-31$805$770,6064Abramorama
12Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood$28,144--1--$28,144$28,1441Greenwich Entertainment
13Hearts Beat Loud$27,377-55%49-40$559$2,323,2378Gunpowder & Sky
14Whitney$27,198-78%39-78$697$2,907,9314Roadside Attractions
15Dark Money$24,345--10--$2,435$51,9233PBS Distribution
16Gauguin - Voyage To Tahiti$17,338-49%10-4$1,734$138,2933Cohen Media Group
17Soorma$17,156-78%18-32$953$382,1043Sony Pictures Releasing International
18The Catcher Was A Spy$16,968-45%23-13$738$676,4476IFC Films
19Far From The Tree$14,560-27%32$4,853$39,8172IFC Films / Sundance Selects
20Running for Grace$14,186-54%3-1$4,729$58,0632Blue Fox Entertainment
21The King$13,590-62%35-7$388$207,4476Oscilloscope Laboratories
22Boundaries$12,702-61%30-21$423$665,9696Sony Pictures Classics
23The Third Murder$10,184-5%42$2,546$30,0252Film Movement
24Show Dogs$9,864-62%42-41$235$17,754,54911Global Road Entertainment
25Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$9,416106%42$2,354$65,9774Cartilage Films
26American Animals$9,101-72%22-18$414$2,809,8489The Orchard
27Love, Cecil$8,773--6--$1,462$71,4905Zeitgeist Films
28Superfly$8,017-84%21-64$382$20,517,1477Sony Pictures
29First Reformed$8,006-37%10-5$801$3,438,84811A24
30The Captain (2018)$7,568--1--$7,568$7,5681Music Box Films
31Custody$6,522--5--$1,304$50,3915Kino Lorber
33The Rider$5,898-36%15-1$393$2,361,61116Sony Pictures Classics
34Woman Walks Ahead$5,47888%30$1,826$42,1265A24
35En el Séptimo Día$4,696208%41$1,174$67,8948Cinema Guild
36Winning Formula$4,505--5--$901$4,5051Indican Pictures
37Isle of Dogs$4,360-44%10-2$436$31,974,39019Fox Searchlight
38Under the Tree$3,954-37%81$494$54,8774Magnolia Pictures
39Holy Hell$3,909-82%73$558$29,0092Indican Pictures
40Wanda$3,875-64%10$3,875$25,2162Janus Films
41Damsel$3,440-63%9-9$382$293,0946Magnolia Pictures
42The Doctor From India$3,161--2--$1,581$52,54115Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
43The Seagull$2,931-51%10-6$293$1,248,38012Sony Pictures Classics
44Milford Graves Full Mantis$2,68079%32$893$18,2773Cinema Guild
45Black Panther$2,501-90%15-139$167$699,954,93524Disney
46Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$2,476--1--$2,476$2,4761Distrib Films Us
47Poor Boy$2,260-44%4-1$565$22,9933Indican Pictures
481945$2,085-79%3-4$695$789,14739Menemsha Films
49The Gospel According to André$1,753-34%62$292$395,20710Magnolia Pictures
50Bye Bye Germany$1,655670%21$828$64,23616Film Movement
51The Desert Bride$1,608-18%21$804$25,30613Strand Releasing
52The Great Silence$685--1--$685$49,67118Film Movement
53Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$632--1--$632$372,64116Kino Lorber
54What Will People Say$551--1--$551$26,5413Kino Lorber
55Summer 1993$548-53%1-3$548$179,71310Oscilloscope Laboratories
56Intersection$502--1--$502$4,6107Indican Pictures
57Walk With Me$377--1--$377$726,45530Kino Lorber
58The Misandrists$346--2--$173$25,31610Cartilage Films
59Jet Trash$275-72%10$275$22,46614Indican Pictures
60The Day After$209-40%10$209$24,05012Cinema Guild
61Filmworker$189--1--$189$95,40412Kino Lorber
62Mrs. Hyde$141-93%10$141$17,10714Cartilage Films
63Chappaquiddick$48-96%1-1$48$17,394,89217Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures