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, Oct. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Gravity$43,188,256-23%3,66085$11,800$122,323,1752Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$25,718,314--3,020--$8,516$25,718,3141Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$13,774,742-34%3,874-127$3,556$77,611,4193Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$3,837,183--2,538--$1,512$3,837,1831Open Road
5Runner Runner$3,770,288-51%3,0260$1,246$14,159,2462Fox
6Prisoners$3,635,392-37%2,855-381$1,273$53,590,2714Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$2,720,492-30%2,156-451$1,262$78,517,5095FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$2,385,655-47%2,130-178$1,120$22,222,9244Universal
9Don Jon$2,369,453-43%1,996-426$1,187$20,170,6033Relativity Media
10Baggage Claim$2,033,062-50%1,320-710$1,540$18,230,5403Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$1,101,318-31%1,150-456$958$146,525,20510Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$583,845-62%1,050-973$556$35,808,1945Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Enough Said$1,911,256-13%606169$3,154$8,162,8554Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$1,270,218-49%42841$2,968$4,244,6862Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$1,041,966-43%711-147$1,465$42,716,4547Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$623,672-49%980-583$636$113,544,4439Weinstein Company
5Grace Unplugged$524,548-47%502-9$1,045$1,748,6562Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$520,116--461--$1,128$520,1161Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$505,6154%434-51$1,165$363,060,13015Universal
8Monsters University$356,823-15%235-15$1,518$267,047,97817Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$354,549-18%404-109$878$66,475,60210Fox
10Grown Ups 2$270,576-30%261-74$1,037$132,827,60514Sony / Columbia
12The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$254,279--147--$1,730$254,2791Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13The Smurfs 2$250,918125%268112$936$70,333,62611Sony / Columbia
15Blue Jasmine$230,428-34%190-99$1,213$31,672,81012Sony Pictures Classics
16Metallica Through The Never$215,211-69%289-300$745$3,178,8503Picturehouse
17The Wolverine$178,959-1%227-14$788$131,844,93412Fox
18Turbo$160,060-22%187-35$856$82,445,35413Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19Battle of the Year$142,173-74%210-697$677$8,792,6564Sony / Screen Gems
202 Guns$116,185-11%166-34$700$75,422,68511Universal
21Red 2$105,670-29%168-35$629$53,215,97913Lionsgate / Summit
22The Heat$96,227-21%139-43$692$159,279,40116Fox
23Parkland$92,438-70%133-124$695$528,0152Exclusive Media
24Elysium$87,792-48%140-82$627$92,370,04510Sony / TriStar
25Besharam$81,631-78%126-91$648$644,1722Reliance Entertainment
26The Conjuring$68,003-43%145-57$469$137,274,46413Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inequality for All$152,81810%8039$1,910$558,5893RADiUS-TWC
2The Saratov Approach$137,226--23--$5,966$212,5261Purdie Distribution
3The Face Reader$117,454-26%190$6,182$360,5742Pan Media & Entertainment
4Wadjda$105,418-12%473$2,243$616,1045Sony Pictures Classics
5Generation Iron$75,770-43%34-36$2,229$631,3674The Vladar Company
6Escape From Tomorrow$63,297--30--$2,110$63,2971Producers Distribution Agency
7Linsanity$51,693-48%167$3,231$184,3782Ketchup Entertainment
8Muscle Shoals$50,419201%1410$3,601$95,2353Magnolia Pictures
9In a World...$45,025-22%54-24$834$2,780,74110Roadside Attractions
10You're Next$44,769434%8742$515$18,474,2688Lionsgate
11The Summit$42,665104%3426$1,255$76,8732IFC Films
12Austenland$41,950-23%52-13$807$1,901,1169Sony Pictures Classics
13A.C.O.D.$34,09479%1815$1,894$60,5332The Film Arcade
14Pacific Rim$33,403-47%52-40$642$101,785,48214Warner Bros.
15Hubble 3D$32,821110%132$2,525$40,913,443187Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The World's End$32,142-49%73-58$440$25,902,9208Focus
17The Wizard of Oz 3D$30,225-81%50-196$605$5,493,1814Warner Bros.
18Space Station 3D$28,791103%30$9,597$89,150,927600IMAX
19Haute Cuisine$24,633-27%30-30$821$153,0944Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$23,198-31%63-68$368$21,425,33615Fox Searchlight
21The Spectacular Now$19,343-55%33-25$586$6,777,90911A24
22Short Term 12$18,999-41%30-6$633$908,6408Cinedigm
23A Touch of Sin$18,334-8%64$3,056$49,5752Kino Lorber
24We Are What We Are (2013)$16,27297%135$1,252$47,5103eOne Films US
25Fruitvale Station$11,343-52%41-35$277$16,072,92414Weinstein Company
26When Comedy Went to School$11,09948%122$925$192,52111International Film Circuit
27You Will Be My Son$10,948-36%10-4$1,095$221,2059Cohen Media Group
28On the Job$9,558-73%8-14$1,195$161,2173Well Go USA
29Salinger$9,510-33%16-5$594$575,7756Weinstein Company
30Born to Be Wild 3D$8,73742%94$971$23,013,600132Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Grandmaster$7,808-74%16-19$488$6,585,4518Weinstein Company
32To the Arctic 3D$7,55230%101$755$13,575,37678Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Ghost Team One$7,345--15--$490$7,3451The Film Arcade
34Thanks for Sharing$7,179-77%16-49$449$1,032,4814Roadside Attractions
35As I Lay Dying$7,143--1--$7,143$7,1431Millenium Entertainment
36CBGB$7,11182%32$2,370$11,1872XLrator Media
37Good Ol' Freda$6,71540%11-3$610$104,3826Magnolia Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$6,46317%20$3,232$45,900,643398Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$6,430--1--$6,430$27,9696Kino Lorber
40Still Mine$5,688-13%10-6$569$1,154,46614IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Under the Sea 3D$5,5706%60$928$33,629,261244Warner Bros. / IMAX
42God Loves Uganda$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Variance Films
43Broadway Idiot$5,514--1--$5,514$5,5141FilmBuff
44Populaire$5,354-64%21-37$255$166,9056Weinstein Company
45Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$5,278-61%2-10$2,639$81,9833AMC Entertainment
46Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$4,236--1--$4,236$4,2361First Run Features
47Bad Milo!$4,101-9%9-2$456$12,3462Magnolia / Magnet
48The Patience Stone$3,860-29%204$193$130,0609Sony Pictures Classics
49Blackfish$3,56821%132$274$2,063,31213Magnolia Pictures
50Museum Hours$3,325-50%7-5$475$516,03116Cinema Guild
51Blue Caprice$3,094-70%16-20$193$86,7495IFC Films
52Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$2,984--1--$2,984$2,9841The Film Desk
53Murder 11$2,214-73%20$1,107$19,1672Indican Pictures
54Drinking Buddies$1,876-20%71$268$328,6428Magnolia Pictures
55Dislecksia: The Movie$1,701-23%10$1,701$5,1722Area23a
56The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,683-75%20$842$18,8303Rialto Pictures
57Cassadaga$1,678--3--$559$1,6781Archstone Distribution
58Free the Mind$1,631-9%3-1$544$139,00724International Film Circuit
59Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,6011%10$1,601$36,0414Well Go USA
60I Used to Be Darker$1,542-73%20$771$14,1393Strand Releasing
61I'm So Excited$1,435299%72$205$1,359,79616Sony Pictures Classics
62Prince Avalanche$1,368-62%4-8$342$193,33610Magnolia Pictures
63Shepard & Dark$1,216487%21$608$5,8363Music Box Films
64Zaytoun$1,083-88%2-7$542$26,3624Strand Releasing
65The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,074-76%6-3$179$30,4708Kino Lorber
66The Citizen$872-83%4-2$218$22,0546Monterey Media
67The Institute$843-72%20$422$6,2962Argot Pictures
68Touchy Feely$780-64%3-1$260$35,0226Magnolia Pictures
69Leviathan (2013)$761--1--$761$75,97633Cinema Guild
70Rising From Ashes$747--2--$374$35,52511First Run Features
71Before Midnight$615-55%4-1$154$8,110,62121Sony Pictures Classics
72The Act of Killing$4410%40$110$443,20313Drafthouse Films
73C.O.G.$242-88%1-3$242$55,3014Screen Media / Focus World
74Fire in the Blood$14832%10$148$10,2036International Film Circuit
75Terms and Conditions May Apply$101-91%30$34$48,75514Variance Films