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. 10 - Sun, Aug. 12

Wide (1000+)

1The Bourne Legacy$38,142,825--3,745--$10,185$38,142,8251Universal
2The Campaign$26,588,460--3,205--$8,296$26,588,4601Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$18,979,397-47%3,690-552$5,143$389,588,2164Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$14,650,121--2,361--$6,205$19,103,1781Sony / Columbia
5Total Recall (2012)$8,013,040-69%3,6010$2,225$44,101,4322Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,002,166-45%3,40110$2,353$30,356,1742Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,380,929-26%3,103-439$2,056$143,694,9815Fox
8Ted (2012)$3,223,675-43%2,208-559$1,460$209,848,5857Universal
9Step Up Revolution$2,941,818-50%1,898-708$1,550$30,256,5803Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$2,221,451-66%2,463-705$902$31,396,0793Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$2,121,235-52%1,585-840$1,338$255,464,6776Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,183,701--800--$1,480$2,166,1591ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$722,883-37%286-32$2,528$7,160,1567Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$614,394-50%447-240$1,374$42,074,79212Focus
4Men in Black 3$508,001-22%295-31$1,722$177,549,43412Sony / Columbia
5Ruby Sparks$443,10212%261197$1,698$1,240,6003Fox Searchlight
6Magic Mike$422,331-70%450-752$939$112,238,9497Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$421,435-28%306-198$1,377$211,686,19910Paramount / DreamWorks
8To Rome with Love$418,752-49%264-118$1,586$15,089,0518Sony Pictures Classics
9The Intouchables$375,409-34%1940$1,935$9,298,84012Weinstein Company
10The Hunger Games$324,057-25%260-31$1,246$407,294,29221Lionsgate
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$287,631-61%364-373$790$64,742,4957Lionsgate
12Snow White and the Huntsman$274,350-13%273-36$1,005$154,299,06011Universal
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,823-35%220-80$1,231$617,291,91615Disney
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$168,041-46%184-46$913$45,375,33615Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$140,278-31%202-75$694$25,074,3076Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$90,503-29%130-35$696$37,179,4538Fox
19People Like Us$52,719-59%140-57$377$12,361,4707Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

12016: Obama's America$317,316830%6151$5,202$535,7235Rocky Mountain Pictures
2The Queen of Versailles$212,618-21%8922$2,389$927,1624Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$207,6321%520$3,993$7,296,33517Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$125,04316%1814$6,947$296,9592Sony Pictures Classics
5Farewell, My Queen$99,145-47%582$1,709$804,9935Cohen Media Group
6Bernie$79,313-39%88-9$901$8,940,21216Millennium Entertainment
7Searching For Sugar Man$63,34263%158$4,223$166,3683Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$62,033-2%330$1,880$20,469,73971Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$60,576-62%73-48$830$3,603,02510FilmDistrict
10Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$54,691-25%25-1$2,188$235,7983IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$52,00423%141$3,715$34,067,759126Warner Bros. / IMAX
12From Beneath$47,628--18--$2,646$47,6281Nocturnal Features
13The Imposter$43,89123%135$3,376$167,8765Indomina Releasing
14Red Hook Summer$40,070--4--$10,018$40,0701Variance Films
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,281249%100$3,928$5,937,5761183D Entertainment
16Under the Sea 3D$38,72230%7-2$5,532$32,139,878183Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Take This Waltz$24,518-55%35-16$701$1,137,5947Magnolia Pictures
182 Days In New York$23,942--2--$11,971$23,9421Magnolia Pictures
19Dark Shadows$23,406-78%45-87$520$79,711,67814Warner Bros.
20Rock of Ages$19,990-71%57-88$351$38,509,3429Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Well-Digger's Daughter$19,946-39%130$1,534$137,6244Kino Lorber
22Easy Money (2012)$18,122-16%71$2,589$143,2575Weinstein Company
23Your Sister's Sister$16,021-57%33-19$485$1,546,7539IFC Films
24The Three Stooges$13,794-50%27-5$511$44,328,23818Fox
25Deep Sea 3D$13,525-25%20$6,763$44,894,031337Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$13,000--1--$13,000$13,0001Rialto Pictures
27Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$9,702-67%8-8$1,213$56,8102China Lion Film
28360$9,647-21%119$877$45,9042Magnolia Pictures
29Monsieur Lazhar$8,549-42%100$855$1,982,03742Music Box Films
30$upercapitalist$8,372--1--$8,372$8,3721Truly Indie
31Meet The Fokkens$7,628--1--$7,628$10,1281Kino Lorber
32The Magic of Belle Isle$7,355-2%81$919$90,2286Magnolia Pictures
33Unforgivable$7,098--6--$1,183$104,5227Strand Releasing
34Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,521--5--$1,304$38,4094Tribeca Film
35Trishna$6,178-74%13-10$475$225,1965IFC Films
36Neil Young Journeys$5,894-56%140$421$148,8837Sony Pictures Classics
37A Cat In Paris$5,868-46%12-2$489$287,70911GKIDS
38Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,788--1--$5,788$5,7881Rialto Pictures
39Hysteria$5,779-11%161$361$1,749,93213Sony Pictures Classics
40Klown$5,757-51%10-6$576$52,8813Drafthouse Films
41Red Lights (2012)$5,393-63%8-10$674$49,2515Millennium Entertainment
42Dark Horse (2012)$5,226-32%8-1$653$150,48210Vitagraph
43Shut Up and Play the Hits$4,880-40%82$610$505,1544Oscilloscope
44Headhunters$4,652-50%9-1$517$1,196,75216Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$4,071-62%6-3$679$87,7738Kino Lorber
46For Greater Glory$4,036-74%10-24$404$5,669,08111ARC Entertainment
47Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$3,981347%42$995$74,1029Music Box Films
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$3,137-26%3-3$1,046$2,545,98823Magnolia Pictures
49Elena (2012)$2,799-64%3-2$933$205,32013Zeitgeist Films
50You've Been Trumped$2,275-49%21$1,138$9,0752International Film Circuit
51Marley$1,976-33%51$395$1,412,12417Magnolia Pictures
52I Wish$1,600-65%3-3$533$144,40814Magnolia Pictures
53Dreams of A Life$1,543-50%10$1,543$6,5952Strand Releasing
54Nobody Else But You$1,471-61%20$736$32,06914First Run Features
55Mirror Mirror$1,295-81%456$29$64,933,67020Relativity Media
56Lost Bohemia$1,22363%1-1$1,223$23,58465Impact Partners
57Mosquita Y Mari$1,186-77%10$1,186$8,6142The Film Collaborative
58The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,103--1--$1,103$41,61318Rialto
59Union Square (2012)$832-17%20$416$36,1245Dada Films
60Soldiers of Fortune$641-97%2-48$321$38,8422Roadside Attractions
61The Invisible War$619-46%2-1$310$52,6008Cinedigm
62Damsels in Distress$44466%20$222$1,006,68119Sony Pictures Classics
63Darling Companion$368-94%4-3$92$791,43117Sony Pictures Classics
64Where Do We Go Now?$339-93%1-11$339$521,48914Sony Pictures Classics
65Natural Selection (2011)$335--1--$335$55,28222Cinema Guild
66China Heavyweight$325--1--$325$8,8626Zeitgeist Films
67The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$206-93%1-1$206$1,124,78621Music Box Films
685 Broken Cameras$187-79%1-1$187$63,92411Kino Lorber
69Bonsai$149-92%1-2$149$21,16314Strand Releasing