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. 24 - Sun, Oct. 26

Wide (1000+)

2John Wick$14,415,922--2,589--$5,568$14,415,9221Lionsgate / Summit
3Fury (2014)$13,356,718-44%3,1730$4,209$46,407,1462Sony / Columbia
4Gone Girl$11,044,357-37%3,106-143$3,556$124,037,5794Fox
5The Book of Life (2014)$10,049,271-41%3,11342$3,228$30,162,7202Fox
6St. Vincent$7,746,5961064%2,2822214$3,395$8,877,5533Weinstein Company
7Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$7,197,217-37%3,11729$2,309$45,718,8363Disney
8The Best of Me$4,623,519-54%2,9360$1,575$17,550,1932Relativity Media
9Dracula Untold$4,395,945-56%2,364-536$1,860$48,421,3353Universal
10The Judge (2014)$4,366,039-45%2,610-393$1,673$34,398,1083Warner Bros.
11Annabelle$3,350,090-57%2,505-373$1,337$79,501,1314Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Equalizer$2,774,825-48%1,636-626$1,696$93,750,1015Sony / Columbia
13The Maze Runner$2,352,349-46%1,496-659$1,572$94,122,4426Fox
14The Boxtrolls$929,838-66%1,107-1144$840$47,608,2045Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

1Addicted$1,496,874-57%956-81$1,566$15,333,5763Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
2Dear White People$1,253,783260%382371$3,282$1,697,5812Roadside Attractions
3Guardians of the Galaxy$554,531-42%402-328$1,379$328,650,12013Disney
4Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$375,537-29%300-72$1,252$190,115,98312Paramount
523 Blast$337,091--617--$546$337,0911Ocean Avenue Entertainment
6Left Behind (2014)$267,408-71%320-603$836$13,461,4634Freestyle Releasing
7This Is Where I Leave You$193,710-62%235-267$824$33,608,4656Warner Bros.
8Meet the Mormons$189,846-67%128-205$1,483$5,190,1933Purdie Distribution
9Pride (2014)$149,606-28%1249$1,207$1,102,3035CBS Films
10Kill the Messenger$148,644-69%211-216$704$2,223,5633Focus
11Dolphin Tale 2$141,313-57%245-257$577$41,041,9427Warner Bros.
1222 Jump Street$140,529--507--$277$191,330,86420Sony / Columbia
13My Old Lady$134,280-39%103-25$1,304$3,431,1867Cohen Media Group
14Let's Be Cops$133,931-3%163-13$822$81,911,71611Fox
15The Skeleton Twins$123,917-55%102-57$1,215$4,928,8537Roadside Attractions
16The Giver$104,62271%15548$675$44,675,19611Weinstein Company
17The Hundred-Foot Journey$102,149-2%15832$647$53,843,62712Disney / DreamWorks
19No Good Deed (2014)$88,957-71%112-184$794$52,473,1957Sony / Screen Gems
20When the Game Stands Tall$83,121-14%21949$380$30,055,57010Sony / TriStar
22How to Train Your Dragon 2$80,687-22%146-36$553$176,595,39420Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23Men, Women & Children$64,313-79%542-66$119$668,0014Paramount
24Into the Storm$62,900-36%108-62$582$47,438,22812Warner Bros. / New Line
25Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$61,562-38%110-39$560$208,365,30516Fox
26If I Stay$49,863-57%122-100$409$50,413,66710Warner Bros. / New Line
27Planes: Fire and Rescue$28,387-44%104-41$273$59,106,72415Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Birdman$1,379,640225%5046$27,593$2,010,0812Fox Searchlight
2Whiplash$248,31327%4625$5,398$730,3863Sony Pictures Classics
4Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$86,741--10--$8,674$86,7411PCH Films / Area23a
6The Good Lie$70,538-54%51-84$1,383$2,214,7414Warner Bros.
7The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$65,05218%2017$3,253$145,5332GKIDS
8A Matter of Faith$61,999-55%272$2,296$216,0972Five & Two Pictures
9Awake: The Life of Yogananda$60,278-20%145$4,306$219,3163CounterPoint Films
10Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,2363%400$1,156$7,793,93930Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Two Faces of January$40,214-43%43-16$935$398,1485Magnolia Pictures
12The Blue Room$34,3844%3917$882$167,8074IFC Films
13Jerusalem 3D$32,66337%162$2,041$5,616,39158National Geographic
14Boyhood$31,630-56%37-15$855$23,796,52016IFC Films
15Breakup Buddies$28,280-68%12-12$2,357$750,2784China Lion Film
16Hubble 3D$25,01114%104$2,501$46,273,183241Warner Bros. / IMAX
171,000 Times Good Night$24,120--24--$1,005$24,1201Film Movement
19Force Majeure$23,309--2--$11,655$23,3091Magnolia Pictures
20Love Is Strange$20,429-5%477$435$2,214,01910Sony Pictures Classics
21Diplomacy$20,340139%76$2,906$38,2282Zeitgeist Films
22The Golden Era$17,766-65%11-4$1,615$88,9592China Lion Film
23Journey to the South Pacific$17,711-4%130$1,362$4,910,04148IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
24The Green Prince$17,072-32%22-1$776$235,7427Music Box Films
25Tracks (2014)$16,309-53%20-16$815$448,3826Weinstein Company
26The Trip to Italy$15,681-33%25-20$627$2,846,59611IFC Films
27A Most Wanted Man$14,93710%13-10$1,149$17,220,64314Roadside Attractions
28Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$14,851-20%72$2,122$46,7432Rialto Pictures
29The Drop$12,514-54%28-15$447$10,693,2077Fox Searchlight
3020,000 Days on Earth$10,375-42%13-15$798$251,3346Drafthouse Films
31The November Man$10,077-68%44-41$229$25,013,1069Relativity Media
32Magic in the Moonlight$8,688-43%17-6$511$10,491,49014Sony Pictures Classics
33The Principle$8,657--1--$8,657$8,6571Rocky Mountain Pictures
34Earth to Echo$8,499-69%39-12$218$38,933,20717Relativity Media
35Hector and the Search for Happiness$8,230-78%29-10$284$917,5096Relativity Media
36Keep On Keepin' On$7,635-35%91$848$109,7136RADiUS-TWC
37Guardian Angel$6,856-46%20$3,428$19,4802Richmond Media Ent.
38Rudderless$6,598-82%8-10$825$56,0012IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
39White Bird in a Blizzard$6,302--4--$1,576$6,3021Magnolia Pictures
40One Chance$5,642-59%9-16$627$80,2833Weinstein Company
41Born to Be Wild 3D$4,711-12%72$673$23,813,013186Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Overnighters$4,632-16%31$1,544$20,2213Drafthouse Films
43The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby$4,055-63%5-3$811$580,8667Weinstein Company
44To the Arctic 3D$3,3629%52$672$14,204,587132Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Haider$3,325-95%6-43$554$1,046,4274UTV Motion Pictures
46Camp X-Ray$3,080134%32$1,027$5,3072IFC Films
47Land Ho!$2,526-28%6-1$421$724,98316Sony Pictures Classics
48The Notebook (2014)$2,51847%7-7$360$63,0539Sony Pictures Classics
49Under the Sea 3D$2,340-1%62$390$34,353,600298Warner Bros. / IMAX
50I Am Eleven$1,96450%6-2$327$60,6477International Film Circuit
51Björk: Biophilia Live$1,625-89%151$108$94,2935Cinema Purgatorio
52Take Me to the River (2014)$1,500335%21$750$68,5987Abramorama
53A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$1,200-40%10$1,200$198,12619Big World Pictures
54Watchers of the Sky$1,041-86%3-1$347$12,3822Music Box Films
55Algorithms$933194%10$933$1,3602First Run Features
56Levitated Mass$902--2--$451$9,9408First Run Features
57Lilting$738-92%2-7$369$26,6995Strand Releasing
58Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$730--1--$730$13,7477First Run Features
59Through a Lens Darkly$398--1--$398$53,2609First Run Features
60Wetlands$372-79%10$372$54,7078Strand Releasing
61Frank$352-86%6-3$59$632,41711Magnolia Pictures
62Mood Indigo$20922%21$105$302,03015Drafthouse Films
63The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears$167-51%1-1$167$6,3629Strand Releasing
64Rhymes for Young Ghouls$141--2--$71$1411Monterey Media
65Two-Bit Waltz$136--1--$136$1361Monterey Media
66The Hero of Color City$1080%1-1$108$32,0484Magnolia Pictures
67Abuse of Weakness$70106%20$35$31,55711Strand Releasing
68The Congress$50-90%1-1$50$136,6629Drafthouse Films
69The Dog$16--1--$16$44,56912Drafthouse Films