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. 21 - Sun, Sep. 23

Wide (1000+)

1The House With A Clock In Its Walls$26,608,020--3,592--$7,408$26,608,0201Universal Pictures
2A Simple Favor$10,252,206-36%3,1020$3,305$32,414,6202Lionsgate
3The Nun$9,965,635-45%3,707-169$2,688$100,610,9423Warner Bros.
4The Predator$9,176,459-63%4,07033$2,255$40,911,5812Fox
5Crazy Rich Asians$6,346,641-27%2,802-583$2,265$159,271,1246Warner Bros.
6White Boy Rick$4,857,655-45%2,5040$1,940$17,268,0232Sony / Studio 8
7Peppermint$3,684,122-39%2,680-300$1,375$30,296,6813STX Entertainment
8Fahrenheit 11/9$3,008,563--1,719--$1,750$3,008,5631Briarcliff Entertainment
9The Meg$2,265,438-41%2,003-848$1,131$140,438,3577Warner Bros.
10Searching$2,150,829-32%1,787-222$1,204$23,091,1735Sony Pictures
11Life Itself$2,123,463--2,609--$814$2,123,4631Amazon Studios
12Unbroken: Path to Redemption$1,284,253-43%1,484-136$865$4,539,7752Pure Flix
13Disney's Christopher Robin$1,070,226-50%1,252-650$855$96,906,0238Disney
14Assassination Nation$1,050,021--1,403--$748$1,050,0211Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mission: Impossible - Fallout$1,162,813-49%871-890$1,335$218,137,4809Paramount
2The Wife$890,350-21%469-72$1,898$4,891,5276Sony Pictures Classics
3BlacKkKlansman$647,905-49%454-488$1,427$47,128,2557Focus Features
4Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$575,995-26%518-155$1,112$166,052,98013Sony / Columbia
5Incredibles 2$533,570-29%500-210$1,067$606,357,92815Disney
6Alpha$377,548-65%544-990$694$35,200,1186Sony / Columbia
7Operation Finale$340,978-71%525-947$649$17,165,2524MGM
8Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$334,665-5%292-163$1,146$120,261,50010Universal Pictures
9Ant-Man and the Wasp$270,228-31%260-96$1,039$215,808,43412Disney
10Lizzie$259,143445%240236$1,080$327,8722Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
11Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$195,045-33%229-91$852$416,571,66014Universal
12Ya Veremos$134,223-50%114-140$1,177$4,023,3814Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
13Juliet, Naked$117,375-57%111-154$1,057$3,245,6626Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
14Slender Man$101,787-68%161-241$632$30,390,6067Sony / Screen Gems
15Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$95,402-41%150-91$636$29,439,9199Warner Bros.
16God Bless the Broken Road$87,624-80%224-977$391$2,712,4463Freestyle Releasing
17Mile 22$68,807-71%159-254$433$36,034,1196STX Entertainment
18Skyscraper$66,435-15%102-16$651$67,778,01511Universal Pictures
19The Spy Who Dumped Me$50,368-38%107-50$471$33,541,1888Lionsgate
20The Happytime Murders$42,839-68%123-187$348$20,692,6275STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1Love, Gilda$189,639--82--$2,313$189,6391Magnolia Pictures
2Colette$161,179--4--$40,295$161,1791Bleecker Street
3Mandy$155,405-31%71-4$2,189$635,3412RLJE Films
4Batti Gul Meter Chalu$153,847--64--$2,404$153,8471Eros International
5The Great Battle$123,983--30--$4,133$123,9831Well Go USA Entertainment
6Manmarziyaan$115,803-60%990$1,170$506,5482Eros Entertainment
7The Sisters Brothers$115,575--4--$28,894$115,5751Annapurna Pictures
8Blaze$81,19525%437$1,888$446,3096IFC Films / Sundance Selects
9The Bookshop$70,768--72--$983$1,331,8715Greenwich Entertainment
10Pick of the Litter$64,771-22%4815$1,349$266,6484IFC Films
11Three Identical Strangers$57,783-46%55-40$1,051$12,193,71113Neon
12The Children Act$53,101190%3229$1,659$79,0822A24
13The Fireflies are Gone$51,119--25--$2,045$51,1191
14Kusama - Infinity$40,262-8%154$2,684$163,0993Magnolia Pictures
15Eighth Grade$37,850-51%41-60$923$13,495,11611A24
16Sorry To Bother You$28,268-50%18-29$1,570$17,412,79012Annapurna Pictures
17Bel Canto$25,566106%3028$852$43,0252Cartilage Films
18Kin (2018)$23,540-23%77-39$306$5,707,7084Lionsgate / Summit
19Museo$21,642-18%75$3,092$54,3332Vitagraph Films
20Puzzle$17,277-54%29-31$596$1,928,1039Sony Pictures Classics
21The Darkest Minds$16,259-40%41-16$397$12,684,052820th Century Fox
22The Dawn Wall$15,718-27%31$5,239$774,6342The Orchard
23We The Animals$15,369-46%30-18$512$369,8976The Orchard
24Leave No Trace$15,101-51%53-23$285$6,021,43813Bleeker Street
25A.X.L.$15,090-74%40-70$377$6,415,1055Global Road Entertainment
26Tea With the Dames$14,777--1--$14,777$14,7771IFC Films
27The Negotiation$14,273--2--$7,137$15,4891CJ Entertainment
28Show Dogs$11,647876%8784$134$17,855,80619Global Road Entertainment
29The Riot Act$10,677-63%101$1,068$49,9152Hannover House
30The Cakemaker$7,713-37%9-3$857$836,67813Strand Releasing
31Dog Days$7,217-70%23-28$314$6,807,0307LD Entertainment / Mirror
321945$7,102165%61$1,184$905,82247Menemsha Films
33Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$7,001-2%32$2,334$18,7622Film Movement
34Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$6,155124%3-1$2,052$987,46312Abramorama
35The Miseducation of Cameron Post$5,964-65%6-14$994$897,4258FilmRise
36Beautifully Broken$5,95883%4-8$1,490$1,190,9715ArtAffects Entertainment
37RBG$5,1511%7-1$736$14,004,81521Magnolia Pictures
38Madeline's Madeline$4,655-58%11-3$423$177,9457Oscilloscope Laboratories
39McQueen$4,647-57%120$387$1,247,82610Bleecker Street
40Little Italy$3,681-75%14-28$263$979,5125Lionsgate Premiere
41Hale County This Morning, This Evening$3,661-58%31$1,220$17,5842Cinema Guild
42The Fall of The American Empire$3,52825%4-2$882$2,052,84813Sony Pictures Classics
43Let the Corpses Tan$3,176-31%90$353$72,7804Kino Lorber
44I Am Not a Witch$2,961-48%60$494$28,8293Film Movement
45Painless$2,958--2--$1,479$2,9581Indican Pictures
46Andrei Rublev$2,798-65%1-2$2,798$75,9585Janus
47Deadpool 2$2,733-77%7-14$390$318,485,13319Fox
48The Rider$2,2542%20$1,127$2,392,02624Sony Pictures Classics
49American Dresser$2,211--11--$201$2,2111Cinedigm
50Memoir of War$2,185-43%3-1$728$84,3526Music Box Films
51When You Read This Letter$1,837-64%21$919$13,1202Rialto
52Milford Graves Full Mantis$1,836--1--$1,836$23,63611Cinema Guild
53Death of a Nation$1,707-34%9-1$190$5,876,6898Quality Flix / Pure Flix
54En el Séptimo Día$1,689143%10$1,689$77,52116Cinema Guild
55Nico, 1988$1,485223%63$248$71,8428Magnolia Pictures
56The Public Image is Rotten$1,438-82%10$1,438$11,2932Abramorama
57Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$1,371142%10$1,371$116,31512Cartilage Films
58A Paris Education$1,263-35%20$632$16,1484Kino Lorber
59Under the Sea 3D$1,232700%42$308$35,970,523502Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Born to Be Wild 3D$1,084--6--$181$25,746,295390Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$1,074-73%30$358$430,2943GKIDS
62Hal$908-93%21$454$26,0743Oscilloscope Laboratories
63The Atomic Cafe$84362%1-1$843$20,2928Kino Lorber
64Cynthia$792-31%1-3$792$56,8504Indican Pictures
65Skate Kitchen$772-83%6-9$129$232,4247Magnolia
66Support The Girls$564-67%3-3$188$123,9095Magnolia Pictures
67The Third Murder$488-27%20$244$83,35010Film Movement
68Journey to the South Pacific$363-39%10$363$7,640,527252IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
69La Familia$80--1--$80$3,4328Film Movement
70Custody$70-22%10$70$81,78613Kino Lorber
71Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$58-63%10$58$22,4689Distrib Films Us
72Filmworker$56--1--$56$99,34920Kino Lorber
73The Apparition$53-98%1-4$53$19,1303Music Box Films
74What Will People Say$47--2--$24$37,19311Kino Lorber
75Deep Sea 3D$40--1--$40$46,364,699656Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Return of the Hero$39-34%10$39$3,0384Distrib Films US
77Hubble 3D$24-71%10$24$52,330,143445Warner Bros. / IMAX
78No Date, No Signature$10-94%10$10$26,9858Distrib Films US