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+)

1Prisoners$20,817,053--3,260--$6,386$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$13,801,818-66%3,155106$4,375$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,722-50%3,0910$2,265$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$4,603,177--2,008--$2,292$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,558,271-16%3,003-235$1,518$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,193,123-24%2,931-308$1,431$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,776,271-6%1,473-165$1,206$64,248,0827Fox
10Elysium$1,466,321-30%1,392-328$1,053$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,360,4206%1,004-2$1,355$360,730,82012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,130,536-54%1,706-594$663$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$650,370-42%1,047-529$621$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$5,396,68811%97845$5,518$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,093,998--318--$9,730$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,212,206-25%847-146$1,431$29,605,7019Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$716,329-45%833-410$860$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$650,480-25%752-156$865$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$536,591--269--$1,995$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs 2$533,021-16%596-97$894$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
8The Wolverine$458,114-19%462-78$992$130,884,9169Fox
9The Conjuring$417,477-30%561-115$744$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10Turbo$408,594-5%333-20$1,227$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Spectacular Now$383,070-46%571-199$671$6,402,1368A24
12This Is The End$323,754-59%527-806$614$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
13Monsters University$303,958-16%314-68$968$265,840,98814Disney
14The Heat$274,048-3%310-26$884$158,674,18013Fox
15Grown Ups 2$250,661-15%258-36$972$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
16The Grandmaster$240,136-50%473-232$508$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
17In a World...$236,044-18%1440$1,639$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
18Austenland$231,352-30%234-40$989$1,526,0066Sony Pictures Classics
19The Way, Way Back$215,951-26%324-97$667$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
20Getaway$199,145-71%515-863$387$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
21You're Next$198,226-65%532-578$373$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22World War Z$187,174-41%203-77$922$202,136,14514Paramount
23Salinger$182,218315%138134$1,320$358,1073Weinstein Company
24Pacific Rim$176,108-23%202-52$872$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
25Kick-Ass 2$100,505-60%201-142$500$28,751,7156Universal
27Red 2$97,823-24%178-31$550$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
28The Ultimate Life$96,442-60%184-228$524$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
29The Lone Ranger$94,751-28%138-58$687$89,146,11012Disney
30Jobs$90,353-53%152-87$594$16,052,6286Open Road
31Now You See Me$81,145-36%133-38$610$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
32Fruitvale Station$43,557-42%103-34$423$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
33Closed Circuit$36,349-83%105-308$346$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

1Phata Poster Nikla Hero$260,188--94--$2,768$260,1881Eros International
2Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
3Enough Said$232,800--4--$58,200$286,5341Fox Searchlight
4Rush (2013)$187,289--5--$37,458$187,2891Universal
5Short Term 12$129,071-17%7512$1,721$702,3675Cinedigm
6Grand Masti$73,307-67%640$1,145$362,5602Eros International
7Wadjda$66,56661%96$7,396$204,3942Sony Pictures Classics
8Paranoia$61,15165%8817$695$7,329,4316Relativity Media
9My Lucky Star$47,006--23--$2,044$47,0061China Lion Film
10Hubble 3D$39,74733%141$2,839$40,740,695184Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Drinking Buddies$36,052-33%334$1,092$288,5155Magnolia Pictures
12C.O.G.$32,677--20--$1,634$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
13Museum Hours$31,62054%191$1,664$460,98413Cinema Guild
14You Will Be My Son$29,14498%2115$1,388$152,5106Cohen Media Group
15The Short Game$28,434--20--$1,422$28,4341Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
16Populaire$27,882-27%205$1,394$106,2473Weinstein Company
17Jewtopia$26,371--16--$1,648$26,3711Le Petit Canyon Productions
18Chennai Express$21,853-28%20-10$1,093$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
19Snake and Mongoose$20,93664%126$1,745$129,2697Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Adore$19,646-69%32-20$614$302,0203Exclusive Media
21Good Ol' Freda$18,51427%114$1,683$51,4423Magnolia Pictures
22Ain't Them Bodies Saints$17,040-43%434$396$371,1776IFC Films
23The Attack$16,451-42%151$1,097$1,700,40914Cohen Media Group
24Still Mine$15,654-36%19-4$824$1,105,79311IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Ip Man: The Final Fight$15,514--14--$1,108$15,5141Well Go USA
26Haute Cuisine$15,387--3--$5,129$15,3871Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$13,7984%30$4,599$89,017,893597IMAX
28Blackfish$12,965-60%28-16$463$2,019,25410Magnolia Pictures
29Blue Caprice$12,525-7%98$1,392$30,6432IFC Films
30Unfinished Song$12,50459%236$544$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
31The Patience Stone$12,32043%158$821$106,4106Sony Pictures Classics
32Hannah Arendt$11,34566%61$1,891$676,23617Zeitgeist Films
33Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,84869%184$603$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
34Mademoiselle C$10,280-28%71$1,469$33,8532Cohen Media Group
35A Single Shot$10,020--10--$1,002$10,0201Tribeca Film
36To the Arctic 3D$9,96237%11-1$906$13,537,31075Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65858%90$962$22,970,546129Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Jerusalem 3D$7,668--1--$7,668$8,6301National Geographic
39Under the Sea 3D$6,27416%80$784$33,608,513241Warner Bros. / IMAX
40When Comedy Went to School$5,919145%84$740$160,8218International Film Circuit
41Before Midnight$5,644-47%10-11$564$8,095,92818Sony Pictures Classics
42Satyagraha$5,359-78%9-26$595$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
43Afternoon Delight$5,052-85%12-27$421$174,4964The Film Arcade
44Deep Sea 3D$4,696-37%2-6$2,348$45,878,619395Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Renoir$4,434-45%2-1$2,217$2,291,04726IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
46Touchy Feely$4,382-51%50$876$26,9713Magnolia Pictures
47Zaytoun$4,100--2--$2,050$4,1001Strand Releasing
48The Hunt$3,056-51%8-2$382$602,58511Magnolia Pictures
49Prince Avalanche$2,403-62%7-5$343$182,6147Magnolia Pictures
50Fill the Void$2,4011665%97$267$1,770,76718Sony Pictures Classics
51The Act of Killing$2,185-90%11-8$199$431,83510Drafthouse Films
52Drug War$2,147--4--$537$120,8569Variance Films / Well Go USA
53I'm So Excited$2,116-67%90$235$1,355,29213Sony Pictures Classics
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,101-80%2-1$1,051$20,1782Icarus Films
55Rising From Ashes$2,051-56%3-2$684$31,5378First Run Features
56Passion$1,878-69%4-8$470$91,1864eOne Films US
57Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,858-80%6-5$310$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
58Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,810--4--$453$46,17311Variance Films
59Men at Lunch$1,530--1--$1,530$1,5301First Run Features
60The Wall (2013)$1,445-48%1-1$1,445$38,67417Music Box Films
61Savannah$1,195-62%4-2$299$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
62Spark: A Burning Man Story$1,047--2--$524$120,0596Paladin / Film Buff
63Stories We Tell$984232%51$197$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions
64Love Is All You Need$862-65%3-2$287$1,629,87621Sony Pictures Classics
65Viola$739-56%10$739$17,90011Cinema Guild
66The Trials of Muhammad Ali$718-33%10$718$11,9115Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$717--1--$717$35,27428Kino Lorber
68Informant$704-76%20$352$5,1662Music Box Films
69Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$498-48%30$166$105,03012Magnolia Pictures
70Our Nixon$485-81%2-2$243$17,8424Cinedigm
71Free the Mind$482--1--$482$125,44121International Film Circuit
72I Spit on Your Grave 2$441--1--$441$4411Anchor Bay Films
73Computer Chess$367-55%20$184$94,69410Kino Lorber
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$366-66%10$366$150,40723Kino Lorber
75Il Futuro$323-87%1-2$323$8,6453Strand Releasing
76Leviathan (2013)$262-37%10$262$74,79430Cinema Guild
77Approaching Midnight$249-1%21$125$2,4854Monterey Media
78Europa Report$232-77%1-3$232$121,3478Magnolia / Magnet
79I Declare War$178-21%32$59$14,5664Drafthouse Films
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-3%31$57$21,47616Magnolia Pictures
81A Hijacking$163-91%2-1$82$409,43314Magnolia Pictures