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. 31 - Sun, Nov. 2

Wide (1000+)

2Nightcrawler$10,441,600--2,766--$3,775$10,441,6001Open Road
3Fury (2014)$8,819,506-34%3,313140$2,662$60,156,9073Sony / Columbia
4Gone Girl$8,480,992-23%2,834-272$2,993$136,282,5065Fox
5The Book of Life (2014)$8,206,797-18%2,794-319$2,937$40,430,5923Fox
6John Wick$7,994,044-45%2,5890$3,088$27,533,1702Lionsgate / Summit
7St. Vincent$7,226,450-7%2,552270$2,832$19,001,3274Weinstein Company
8Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$6,585,707-8%2,896-221$2,274$53,726,3314Disney
9The Judge (2014)$3,364,195-23%1,942-668$1,732$39,513,9284Warner Bros.
10Dracula Untold$2,983,825-32%1,913-451$1,560$52,896,7504Universal
11The Best of Me$2,736,279-41%2,327-609$1,176$21,894,6833Relativity Media
12The Maze Runner$2,272,263-3%1,620124$1,403$97,002,4347Fox
13Annabelle$1,959,047-42%1,755-750$1,116$82,459,1835Warner Bros. / New Line
14Before I Go to Sleep$1,843,347--1,935--$953$1,843,3471Clarius Entertainment
15The Equalizer$1,782,064-36%1,108-528$1,608$96,440,8306Sony / Columbia
16Saw (2014 re-issue)$650,051--2,063--$315$650,0511Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Birdman$2,390,37773%231181$10,348$4,884,6353Fox Searchlight
2The Boxtrolls$786,168-15%812-295$968$48,607,7056Focus
3Dear White People$747,095-40%39210$1,906$2,847,8363Roadside Attractions
4Addicted$673,432-55%555-401$1,213$16,444,6834Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
5Guardians of the Galaxy$563,6872%334-68$1,688$329,390,22414Disney
6Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$311,006-17%265-35$1,174$190,514,84313Paramount
7This Is Where I Leave You$190,157-2%26126$729$33,870,8277Warner Bros.
8Left Behind (2014)$138,188-48%181-139$763$13,692,1005Freestyle Releasing
9Dolphin Tale 2$131,387-7%201-44$654$41,205,2388Warner Bros.
11Let's Be Cops$99,201-26%142-21$699$82,057,78912Fox
1222 Jump Street$99,159-29%145-362$684$191,484,38921Sony / Columbia
13The Giver$94,715-9%144-11$658$44,816,67712Weinstein Company
14How to Train Your Dragon 2$89,10910%129-17$691$176,706,37921Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Hundred-Foot Journey$85,060-17%114-44$746$53,986,36913Disney / DreamWorks
1623 Blast$79,312-76%120-497$661$485,1282Ocean Avenue Entertainment
19Into the Storm$48,079-24%102-6$471$47,502,70513Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Whiplash$256,6273%6115$4,207$1,092,3934Sony Pictures Classics
3My Old Lady$113,997-15%84-19$1,357$3,612,4878Cohen Media Group
4Pride (2014)$101,949-32%93-31$1,096$1,274,1126CBS Films
5The Skeleton Twins$99,697-20%93-9$1,072$5,074,0748Roadside Attractions
6Meet the Mormons$91,610-52%83-45$1,104$5,473,3104Purdie Distribution
7Force Majeure$82,543254%2523$3,302$118,9592Magnolia Pictures
8The Good Lie$81,26615%41-10$1,982$2,331,0395Warner Bros.
9The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$77,01018%299$2,656$249,7203GKIDS
11Awake: The Life of Yogananda$62,0543%140$4,432$328,1454CounterPoint Films
12Kill the Messenger$57,169-62%75-136$762$2,352,0734Focus
13God the Father$52,587--15--$3,506$67,8143Rocky Mountain Pictures
14No Good Deed (2014)$45,288-49%66-46$686$52,543,6328Sony / Screen Gems
15Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$45,178-27%89-21$508$208,429,99917Fox
16When the Game Stands Tall$44,371-47%96-123$462$30,127,96311Sony / TriStar
17Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,387-13%400$1,010$7,861,08831Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Boyhood$34,88710%34-3$1,026$23,860,41317IFC Films
19The Two Faces of January$31,632-21%35-8$904$445,8176Magnolia Pictures
20Jerusalem 3D$30,700-6%171$1,806$5,721,63759National Geographic
21Hubble 3D$30,50922%8-2$3,814$46,334,113242Warner Bros. / IMAX
22If I Stay$30,466-39%92-30$331$50,461,33511Warner Bros. / New Line
23Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$27,930-68%188$1,552$137,4952PCH Films / Area23a
24The Blue Room$25,458-26%412$621$210,0395IFC Films
25Planes: Fire and Rescue$19,783-30%64-40$309$59,136,27816Disney
26Journey to the South Pacific$19,68111%141$1,406$4,936,15849IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28Björk: Biophilia Live$15,164833%2712$562$114,2296Cinema Purgatorio
29Tracks (2014)$12,601-23%18-2$700$470,8067Weinstein Company
30White Bird in a Blizzard$11,96290%1410$854$21,1992Magnolia Pictures
31Diplomacy$10,611-48%6-1$1,769$58,2673Zeitgeist Films
32Love Is Strange$10,277-50%23-24$447$2,235,87911Sony Pictures Classics
33The Drop$9,650-23%17-11$568$10,709,0428Fox Searchlight
34Breakup Buddies$8,886-69%6-6$1,481$767,4905China Lion Film
35Keep On Keepin' On$8,1607%8-1$1,020$121,9367RADiUS-TWC
36The Overnighters$8,02573%52$1,605$33,2594Drafthouse Films
37A Matter of Faith$7,836-87%11-16$712$240,6243Five & Two Pictures
38The Trip to Italy$7,677-51%12-13$640$2,862,17712IFC Films
39Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$7,323-51%5-2$1,465$64,5143Rialto Pictures
40A Most Wanted Man$6,211-58%12-1$518$17,231,44915Roadside Attractions
41Magic in the Moonlight$6,184-29%8-9$773$10,503,32415Sony Pictures Classics
4220,000 Days on Earth$5,855-44%6-7$976$261,7827Drafthouse Films
43Hector and the Search for Happiness$4,950-40%21-8$236$926,4727Relativity Media
44To the Arctic 3D$4,93647%4-1$1,234$14,211,516133Warner Bros. / IMAX
451,000 Times Good Night$4,285-82%10-14$429$40,0162Film Movement
46The Green Prince$4,106-76%8-14$513$245,9948Music Box Films
47ABC's of Death 2$4,022--17--$237$4,0221Magnolia / Magnet
48Born to Be Wild 3D$3,280-30%6-1$547$23,819,711187Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Mystery of Happiness$2,795--2--$1,398$7,6998Strand Releasing
50One Chance$2,763-51%90$307$86,5124Weinstein Company
51The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby$2,605-36%2-3$1,303$585,6408Weinstein Company
52Plot for Peace$2,554--2--$1,277$2,5541Trinity Films / Vitagraph
53Under the Sea 3D$2,4957%3-3$832$34,356,485299Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Revenge of the Mekons$2,354--1--$2,354$4,5501Music Box Films
55The Great Invisible$2,348--3--$783$5,0331RADiUS-TWC
56Frank$2,244538%82$281$635,32012Magnolia Pictures
57Missionary$2,120--10--$212$2,1201Freestyle Releasing
58The Golden Era$2,032-89%2-9$1,016$98,0553China Lion Film
59Wetlands$1,284245%10$1,284$56,6039Strand Releasing
60Camp X-Ray$1,105-64%30$368$7,7853IFC Films
61I Am Eleven$1,008-49%2-4$504$62,4658International Film Circuit
62Expedition to the End of the World$903--2--$452$38,40611Argot Pictures
63The Congress$7781456%32$259$137,45510Drafthouse Films
64The Girl on the Train (2014)$688--1--$688$2,87418Monterey Media
65The Notebook (2014)$508-80%3-4$169$64,28610Sony Pictures Classics
66Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$508-30%10$508$14,5648First Run Features
67Land Ho!$450-82%3-3$150$726,81917Sony Pictures Classics
68Rhymes for Young Ghouls$16416%20$82$4702Monterey Media
69Mood Indigo$82-61%31$27$302,38316Drafthouse Films
70Through a Lens Darkly$60-85%10$60$53,32010First Run Features
71Fort McCoy$43--1--$43$78,19612Monterey Media