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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 6 - Sun, Sep. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,900,000-40%3,3300$2,673$91,901,3774Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$7,925,000-38%3,4450$2,300$123,843,9045Warner Bros. / New Line
5One Direction: This Is Us$4,100,000-74%2,7350$1,499$23,990,5102Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$3,100,000-52%2,241-298$1,383$85,077,2675Sony / TriStar
7Blue Jasmine$2,688,310-33%1,069-110$2,515$25,449,1967Sony Pictures Classics
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,500,000-44%2,045-348$1,222$59,847,7665Fox
9The World's End$2,301,784-54%1,520-33$1,514$21,771,4013Focus
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,200,000-60%2,519-599$873$27,844,2043Sony / Screen Gems
11Getaway$2,185,000-51%2,1355$1,023$8,673,6792Warner Bros.
12This Is The End$2,000,0001849%2,1612127$925$98,946,08713Sony / Columbia
13You're Next$1,600,000-61%1,902-535$841$16,922,4913Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$1,439,000-48%1,050-234$1,370$357,537,81010Universal
152 Guns$1,415,000-46%1,165-246$1,215$72,082,7856Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$8,100,0003%717369$11,297$20,311,6042Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$1,038,000-58%80455$1,291$4,966,4303Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$964,877-61%8700$1,109$5,050,3912Focus
4The Smurfs 2$925,000-53%949-417$975$68,200,1996Sony / Columbia
5The Wolverine$775,000-55%698-290$1,110$129,437,5397Fox
6The Spectacular Now$750,831-33%41530$1,809$4,844,3466A24
7The Conjuring$742,000-48%716-187$1,036$135,205,6588Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Ultimate Life$650,000--412--$1,578$650,0001High Top Releasing
9Kick-Ass 2$629,000-68%662-984$950$28,088,0354Universal
10The Way, Way Back$470,000-37%550-104$855$20,419,92810Fox Searchlight
11Monsters University$465,000-70%596-1293$780$265,002,01712Disney
12World War Z$424,000-66%374-873$1,134$201,344,53712Paramount
13Jobs$411,000-66%502-800$819$15,526,1124Open Road
14In a World...$315,425-5%10211$3,092$1,703,6825Roadside Attractions
15Now You See Me$196,000-49%205-34$956$117,388,25815Lionsgate / Summit
16The Lone Ranger$182,000-55%231-23$788$88,806,30110Disney
17Red 2$182,000-50%250-11$728$52,461,7308Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$115,000-40%188-106$612$15,768,0439Weinstein Company
20Star Trek Into Darkness$63,000-92%106-852$594$228,759,48117Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Austenland$195,7873%586$3,376$759,9744Sony Pictures Classics
2Adore$125,400--57--$2,200$125,4001Exclusive Media
3Short Term 12$104,26913%2610$4,010$329,9453Cinedigm
4Salinger$90,969--4--$22,742$90,9691Weinstein Company
5Winnie Mandela$69,584--32--$2,175$69,5841RLJ / Image Entertainment
6Afternoon Delight$59,786119%2523$2,391$98,3672The Film Arcade
7Populaire$16,662--3--$5,554$16,6621Weinstein Company
8Passion$15,466-54%13-1$1,190$71,0862eOne Films US
9Spark: A Burning Man Story$11,095--4--$2,774$103,3354Paladin / Film Buff
10Hell Baby$5,315--10--$532$5,3151Millennium Entertainment
11A Teacher$4,000--2--$2,000$4,0001Oscilloscope
12Savannah$2,750-5%50$550$29,4773Ketchup Entertainment