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, Aug. 6 - Sun, Aug. 8

Wide (1000+)

1The Other Guys$35,543,162--3,651--$9,735$35,543,1621Sony / Columbia
2Inception$18,505,470-33%3,418-127$5,414$227,637,5694Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$15,812,311--2,435--$6,494$15,812,3111Disney
4Salt$10,908,204-44%3,317-295$3,289$91,788,3453Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$10,375,397-56%3,00493$3,454$46,620,9492Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$9,283,360-40%3,413-189$2,720$209,287,3455Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,902,116-44%3,7050$1,863$26,428,2662Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$4,700,490-62%2,7257$1,725$23,496,6202Universal
9Toy Story 3$3,119,088-39%1,714-391$1,820$396,387,3428Disney
10Grown Ups$2,407,379-47%1,769-500$1,361$155,670,6037Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,361,228-47%1,766-758$1,337$57,062,8454Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,290,262-43%1,704-630$1,344$293,101,8706Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$1,617,123-56%1,478-1241$1,094$21,068,7833Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Kids Are All Right$2,597,177-26%994147$2,613$14,040,1825Focus
2The Last Airbender$704,653-61%639-599$1,103$128,971,0206Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$612,6923%442-19$1,386$173,883,7029Sony / Columbia
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$471,459-13%1784$2,649$4,562,8225Music Box
6Shrek Forever After$434,225-24%308-22$1,410$236,554,02512Paramount / DreamWorks
7Middle Men$325,641--252--$1,292$325,6411Paramount
8Knight and Day$310,745-56%336-495$925$74,855,0467Fox
9Winter's Bone$296,753-4%1412$2,105$4,479,0039Roadside Attractions
10I Am Love$198,874-4%113-12$1,760$3,935,0158Magnolia
11Iron Man 2$193,515-36%224-62$864$311,806,18114Paramount
12The A-Team$190,099-28%241-41$789$76,524,1689Fox
13Twelve$110,238--231--$477$110,2381Hannover House
14Killers (2010)$110,164-28%172-47$640$46,859,80310Lionsgate
16Cyrus$100,172-55%132-84$759$7,138,8978Fox Searchlight
17Sex and the City 2$78,013177%200158$390$95,239,39711Warner Bros. / New Line
18Get Him to the Greek$71,515-48%110-45$650$60,923,32510Universal
19Letters to Juliet$60,959-47%103-70$592$52,897,30313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$285,437-2%530$5,386$12,802,28521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$224,233--45--$4,983$224,2331Warner Bros.
3Get Low$219,124148%2622$8,428$350,3362Sony Pictures Classics
4Restrepo$108,87845%4913$2,222$811,7067National Geographic
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$71,520-24%9-65$7,947$1,374,8699Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$67,848--12--$5,654$67,8481National Geographic
7Cairo Time$66,245--5--$13,249$66,2451IFC
8The Concert$66,177204%1917$3,483$102,4933Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$63,851-17%130$4,912$23,487,05878Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$52,296-32%73-10$716$2,770,3309IFC
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$49,680-41%68-22$731$89,836,59411Disney
12Solitary Man$47,201-17%45-18$1,049$4,211,85612Anchor Bay
13The Extra Man$46,285145%108$4,629$77,4412Magnolia
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$43,106-24%43-14$1,002$9,812,29121Music Box
1671: Into the Fire$40,640-47%14-6$2,903$156,9882JS Media
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40,258--10--$4,026$40,2581Anchor Bay
18Life During Wartime$36,89420%1812$2,050$129,4213IFC
19The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$31,316-22%28-13$1,118$6,261,68117Sony Pictures Classics
20Date Night$29,879-50%46-30$650$98,608,43018Fox
21Countdown to Zero$26,078-77%281$931$221,7813Magnolia
22Please Give$21,845-4%30-5$728$3,923,51915Sony Pictures Classics
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,8646%12-2$1,739$3,114,88417Producers Distribution Agency
24Micmacs$20,69811%312$668$1,126,82711Sony Classics
25Deep Sea 3D$19,202-15%30$6,401$43,639,199232Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Lebanon$17,145--2--$8,573$17,14543Sony Pictures Classics
27Jonah Hex$16,074-56%25-58$643$10,539,4148Warner Bros.
28Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,8546%8-6$1,732$312,5507Sony Pictures Classics
29Winnebago Man$13,38120%101$1,338$90,5475Kino International
30Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,065266%4032$327$63,980,77921Fox
31Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$12,557-27%32$4,186$89,7053Arthouse Films
34Mademoiselle Chambon$10,153-49%71$1,450$261,68911Lorber
35Grease Sing-a-Long$8,630-77%21-12$411$305,2605Paramount
36The Killer Inside Me$7,849-9%111$714$207,4878IFC Films
37Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,474218%53$1,495$640,65021Zeitgeist
38Harry Brown$7,260--10--$726$1,818,68115Samuel Goldwyn
39Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,992460%54$1,398$319,72914Kino International
41The Sicilian Girl$5,922--1--$5,922$9,0541Music Box
42Khatta Meetha$5,423-94%830$65$541,9043Eros
43Mother and Child$5,4015%8-2$675$1,078,15514Sony Pictures Classics
44Orlando (2010 re-issue)$5,059-32%2-1$2,530$38,3723Sony Pictures Classics
45Let It Rain$5,02319%60$837$106,0938IFC
46City Island$4,965-32%7-8$709$6,655,82921Anchor Bay
47Patrik, Age 1.5$4,724--2--$2,362$4,7241Here Films
48The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,633127%21$2,317$94,94018International Film Circuit
49The Nature of Existence$4,250-2%31$1,417$34,0278Walking Shadows
50Enemies of the People$3,43551%21$1,718$7,7942International Film Circuit
51Stonewall Uprising$3,23193%31$1,077$114,8568First Run Features
52The City of Your Final Destination$3,132-60%4-9$783$488,93517Screen Media Films
53Spring Fever$2,689--2--$1,345$4,69410Strand
54Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,575-14%30$858$23,272,754149National Geographic
55Lbs.$2,565--1--$2,565$29,86620Truly Indie
56Brotherhood (2009)$2,431--1--$2,431$2,4311Olive Films
57To the Sea$2,399-50%31$800$27,7634Film Movement
58Kings of the Evening$1,976-26%1-2$1,976$96,06826Indican Pictures
59[REC] 2$1,922-34%2-3$961$27,0245Magnolia
60U2 3D$1,879-47%1-1$1,879$10,353,690133National Geographic
61Spoken Word$1,853-57%1-3$1,853$10,4603Variance
62Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,302-55%1-1$1,302$64,78210Indican Pictures
63Cropsey$1,261--3--$420$42,39310Cinema Purgatorio
64The Oxford Murders$1,191--1--$1,191$1,1911Magnolia
65Princess Kaiulani$1,18882%1-1$1,188$861,54713Roadside Attractions
66Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,019--2--$510$24,46013Cinema Purgatorio
67Ajami$1,018--1--$1,018$616,99247Kino International
68La Mission$624-80%2-4$312$1,062,94118Screen Media
69Behind the Burly Q$507--1--$507$20,10816First Run Features