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. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Downton Abbey$31,033,665--3,079--$10,079$31,033,6651Focus Features
2Ad Astra$19,001,398--3,460--$5,492$19,001,398120th Century Fox
3Rambo: Last Blood$18,872,919--3,618--$5,216$18,872,9191Lionsgate
4It Chapter Two$17,006,478-57%4,156-414$4,092$178,927,0413Warner Bros
5Hustlers$16,806,587-49%3,525289$4,768$62,351,8002STX Entertainment
6The Lion King$2,677,788-27%1,978-387$1,354$537,698,09210Walt Disney Pictures
7Good Boys$2,590,965-39%2,025-711$1,279$77,386,5706Universal Pictures
8Angel Has Fallen$2,407,363-46%2,505-571$961$64,697,0425Lionsgate
9Overcomer$1,520,607-44%1,818-475$836$31,587,8105Sony Pictures
10Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$1,456,140-48%1,391-659$1,047$170,609,9508Universal Pictures
11The Peanut Butter Falcon$1,015,778-45%1,128-362$901$16,759,2747Roadside Attractions
12Brittany Runs A Marathon$960,542-35%1,033276$930$5,258,7635Amazon Studios
13The Goldfinch$760,014-72%2,5420$299$4,540,1172Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Dora and the Lost City of Gold$1,280,248-30%944-404$1,356$58,424,6777Paramount Pictures
2Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$955,498-44%932-562$1,025$65,785,2347CBS Films / Lionsgate
3The Angry Birds Movie 2$723,715-39%730-454$991$40,564,3066Sony Pictures
4Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$650,189-57%545-412$1,193$138,163,6199Sony Pictures
5Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$427,069-38%218-2$1,959$1,641,0093Greenwich Entertainment
6Spider-Man: Far from Home$375,753-43%407-303$923$389,751,77112Sony / Columbia
7Toy Story 4$289,852-30%291-119$996$432,752,83114Disney
8Official Secrets$249,770-52%477146$524$1,394,4854IFC Films
9Ready or Not$215,188-77%301-794$715$28,276,0235Fox Searchlight
1047 Meters Down: Uncaged$172,500-59%246-291$701$21,802,6706Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$124,748-58%231-242$540$26,044,634720th Century Fox
13The Farewell$118,516-51%126-103$941$17,352,10111A24
14The Zoya Factor$79,517--100--$795$79,5171FIP
15Blinded by the Light$47,838-75%143-122$335$11,777,7066Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

2Ne Zha$124,838-66%55-71$2,270$3,553,1764Well Go USA Entertainment
4Tod@s Caen$73,813-61%68-143$1,085$2,584,8254Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Don't Let Go$68,022--87--$782$5,119,9304OTL Releasing
6Annabelle Comes Home$67,453-82%63-81$1,071$74,116,35813Warner Bros.
8Where's My Roy Cohn?$41,202--4--$10,301$41,2021Sony Pictures Classics
9Tazza: One-Eyed Jack$41,139--22--$1,870$41,1391Well Go USA Entertainment
10Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$40,405-38%284$1,443$355,6094Magnolia Pictures
12Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool$32,963-41%23-1$1,433$328,9235Abramorama
13Out Of Liberty$30,010-55%34-1$883$141,9762Purdie Distribution
14The Kitchen$29,611-39%83-27$357$12,147,7557Warner Bros.
15Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$29,300-59%49-28$598$480,0475Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
17Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$24,841-75%74-118$336$9,142,4496United Artists Releasing
18Menteur$22,209-52%45-6$494$4,604,00411Entertainment One
19Maiden$21,638-46%39-31$555$3,100,69813Sony Pictures Classics
21Ms. Purple$17,22526%128$1,435$50,6363Oscilloscope Laboratories
22After The Wedding$16,172-69%31-65$522$1,543,1167Sony Pictures Classics
23The Fighting Preacher$15,929-28%23-2$693$799,1829Purdie Distribution
24Men in Black: International$15,370-22%38-12$404$79,842,22715Sony / Columbia
25Brian Banks$14,977-43%47-21$319$4,369,7667Bleecker Street
26Freaks$13,462-92%26-85$518$264,7222Well Go USA Entertainment
27David Crosby: Remember My Name$11,767-52%34-33$346$670,64510Sony Pictures Classics
28One Cut of the Dead$11,75385%75$1,679$37,3112Shudder
29Midnight Diner$10,861--13--$835$10,8611Well Go USA Entertainment
30Fantastic Fungi$9,419--1--$9,419$9,4191Area 23a
31Give Me Liberty$7,634-64%12-6$636$176,4375Music Box Films
32Edie$7,506-29%112$682$39,7483Music Box Films
33Before You Know It$6,458-53%18-10$359$119,54441091
35Loro$5,317--1--$5,317$5,3171IFC Films
36Chasing Einstein$5,262-46%3-1$1,754$18,3182Atlas Distribution
37Desolation Center$5,1484%52$1,030$12,3792Matson Films
38Tigers Are Not Afraid$5,035-71%7-8$719$157,4605Variance Films
39Britt-Marie Was Here$4,322--3--$1,441$4,3221Cohen Media Group
40The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$4,116-2%4-7$1,029$1,781,96113ArtAffects Entertainment
41Aquarela$3,930-69%11-9$357$217,0486Sony Pictures Classics
42Mission Mangal$3,926-91%13-30$302$3,657,8086FIP
43Midnight Traveler$3,549--1--$3,549$5,7601Oscilloscope Laboratories
44Tel Aviv on Fire$3,482--6--$580$463,2878Cohen Media Group
45Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$3,334-51%9-3$370$892,37314Magnolia Pictures
46Long Day's Journey Into Night$3,062-44%40$766$512,59324Kino Lorber
47Cracked Up$2,877-46%10$2,877$8,7352Abramorama
48The Sound of Silence$2,433-55%64$406$10,5102IFC Films
49The Ground Beneath My Feet$2,368--4--$592$18,5589Strand Releasing
50The Nightingale (2019)$2,240-40%10-5$224$400,3708IFC Films
51The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$2,043-67%5-6$409$144,3155Entertainment One
52Fagara$2,043-92%1-12$2,043$41,1122China Lion Film
53Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements$1,926-64%10$1,926$9,3892Abramorama
54Echo In the Canyon$1,874-59%7-3$268$3,344,36618Greenwich Entertainment
55Cold Case Hammarskjöld$1,743-71%3-1$581$98,8476Magnolia Pictures
56Free Trip To Egypt$1,523-19%2-2$762$47,40217Matson Films
57A Brother's Love$1,455-31%6-3$243$530,86116Entertainment One
58Rojo$1,350-41%1-1$1,350$84,58611Distrib Films
59Jay Myself$1,340--2--$670$135,4688Oscilloscope Laboratories
60A Faithful Man$1,139-82%2-4$570$67,88910Kino Lorber
61Christ Stopped at Eboli$1,027--1--$1,027$73,76825Rialto Pictures
62Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$1,014248%31$338$590,59511Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
63Chained for Life$926-88%21$463$11,4642Kino Lorber Films
64The Mountain$600-21%41$150$58,0729Kino Lorber
65The Other Story$515--1--$515$128,95713Strand Releasing
66Rapid Response$424-89%1-9$424$13,1133Atlas Distribution
67Piranhas$35226%10$352$20,2928Music Box Films
68Mike Wallace is Here$303-81%2-5$152$277,5899Magnolia Pictures
69Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$280-75%1-4$280$32,1816GKIDS
70I'm Leaving Now$265--1--$265$2,1903Cinema Guild
71The Chambermaid$197-95%20$99$81,87813Kino Lorber
72Ága$124--1--$124$8,5493Big World Pictures