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, Jul. 24 - Sun, Jul. 26

Wide (1000+)

2Pixels$24,011,616--3,723--$6,450$24,001,6161Sony / Columbia
5Southpaw$16,701,294--2,772--$6,025$16,701,2941Weinstein Company
6Paper Towns$12,650,140--3,031--$4,174$12,650,1401Fox
7Inside Out (2015)$7,414,528-36%2,717-546$2,729$320,393,3396Disney
8Jurassic World$7,181,175-37%2,645-472$2,715$624,083,9507Universal
9Terminator Genisys$2,417,910-55%1,702-1113$1,421$85,683,5244Paramount
10Magic Mike XXL$1,877,169-58%1,440-1137$1,304$63,144,2474Warner Bros.
11The Gallows$1,181,120-71%1,202-1518$983$21,355,8563Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mr. Holmes$2,873,88318%686325$4,189$6,456,7732Roadside / Miramax
2Bajrangi Bhaijaan$1,631,745-38%2571$6,349$5,639,7042Eros International
3Ted 2$970,920-63%696-886$1,395$79,627,4105Universal
4The Vatican Tapes$832,271--427--$1,949$832,2711Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Max (2015)$771,151-60%665-843$1,160$39,779,6915Warner Bros.
6Spy (2015)$767,938-49%539-400$1,425$108,107,7138Fox
7Amy (2015)$726,680-35%370-65$1,964$5,543,0724A24
8Mad Max: Fury Road$418,1929%34577$1,212$151,622,29811Warner Bros.
9San Andreas$333,701-43%266-136$1,255$151,885,4329Warner Bros. / New Line
10Avengers: Age of Ultron$329,884-30%214-78$1,542$456,612,71213Disney
11Self/Less$311,140-86%608-1745$512$11,859,5193Focus / Gramercy
13Home (2015)$148,123-24%196-16$756$176,556,70618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Love & Mercy$132,627-46%126-71$1,053$12,057,1248Roadside Attractions
15Dope$131,960-56%115-106$1,147$16,412,5216Open Road
16Pitch Perfect 2$131,560-33%248-14$530$183,692,48511Universal
17I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$113,400-43%103-60$1,101$7,080,58111Bleecker Street
18Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$108,282-54%121-114$895$6,453,6237Fox Searchlight
19Insidious: Chapter 3$81,72248%11831$693$52,019,9368Focus / Gramercy
20Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$67,004-39%117-25$573$70,958,43915Sony / Columbia
21Entourage$30,325-66%103-85$294$32,328,2128Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Irrational Man$255,24346%2823$9,116$513,5842Sony Pictures Classics
2Infinitely Polar Bear$108,920-9%9616$1,135$965,4286Sony Pictures Classics
3Testament of Youth$90,450-27%86-18$1,052$1,545,7488Sony Pictures Classics
4Tangerine$90,42321%3317$2,740$300,0783Magnolia Pictures
5Northern Limit Line$72,296-33%130$5,561$249,9182Well Go USA
6Jimmy's Hall$60,458-6%441$1,374$248,6464Sony Pictures Classics
7The Stanford Prison Experiment$57,53253%1513$3,835$113,1152IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$46,4623%90$5,162$49,630,048280Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Borrowed Identity$34,39345%228$1,563$158,6275Strand Releasing
10The Wolfpack$33,634-35%35-17$961$1,168,5577Magnolia Pictures
11Aloha$33,018-26%42-47$786$21,052,0309Sony / Columbia
12Phoenix (2015)$30,296--2--$15,148$30,2961IFC Films
13Cinderella (2015)$29,052-39%70-34$415$200,924,16120Disney
14Only You (2015)$27,311--13--$2,101$27,3111China Lion Film
15Hot Pursuit (2015)$27,289-41%44-41$620$34,564,22412Warner Bros. / New Line
16Far from the Madding Crowd$26,962-46%47-27$574$12,167,64113Fox Searchlight
17Samba$24,588--2--$12,294$24,5881Broad Green Pictures
18The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$23,574-10%121$1,965$292,3775Rialto Pictures
19Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$21,723-8%350$621$10,101,84569Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Poltergeist (2015)$21,244-48%44-27$483$47,384,83810Fox
21Woman In Gold$20,795-47%33-33$630$33,266,34317Weinstein Company
22Journey to the South Pacific$18,2473%90$2,027$6,842,46887IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23Ex Machina$12,597-59%19-12$663$25,388,70416A24
24The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$11,310-19%14-1$808$878,57612Music Box Films
25The Look of Silence$11,06167%21$5,531$20,6142Drafthouse / Participant
26Runoff$8,9884180%65$1,498$21,9295Monterey Media
27The Tribe$7,6379%90$849$103,1216Drafthouse Films
28Iris (2015)$6,844104%110$622$1,275,53313Magnolia Pictures
29B-Side$6,544--1--$6,544$6,5441Indican Pictures
30About Elly$6,212-35%5-1$1,242$444,70716Cinema Guild
31When Marnie Was There$6,10318%13-3$469$547,26510GKIDS
32A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$5,757-54%12-5$480$179,0158Magnolia Pictures
33Court$5,63017%21$2,815$16,5282Zeitgeist Films
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,4796%80$685$24,250,104225Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Lila & Eve$5,263-76%7-15$752$35,5452IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36Faith of Our Fathers$5,157-81%17-35$303$975,3444Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
37Gemma Bovery$4,8383%8-1$605$173,8349Music Box Films
38Rediscover Sautet$4,538--1--$4,538$17,8407Rialto Pictures
393 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$4,4531024%86$557$25,9626Participant Media
40The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$4,33030%20$2,165$375,45912Janus Films
41Under the Sea 3D$4,125-7%50$825$34,649,353337Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Batkid Begins$3,964291%42$991$63,4815Warner Bros. / New Line
43Horse Money$3,409--1--$3,409$3,4091Cinema Guild
44Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$3,034-56%1-3$3,034$38,1403Magnolia Pictures
45Sunshine Superman$2,933228%5-1$587$86,68710Magnolia / CNN Films
46The New Rijksmuseum$2,374405%21$1,187$15,6956First Run Features
47The Salt of the Earth$2,040136%5-1$408$1,341,29318Sony Pictures Classics
48The Little Death$2,0161539%10$2,016$14,2235Magnolia Pictures
49Aloft$1,930-4%174$114$50,05010Sony Pictures Classics
50Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,71851%20$859$13,9586Distrib Films
51Saint Laurent$1,69157%40$423$427,69512Sony Pictures Classics
52She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,67033%4-1$418$393,46934International Film Circuit
53To the Arctic 3D$1,657-41%31$552$14,359,335171Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Forever Young (2015)$1,514-94%3-11$505$148,6503China Lion Film
55Alleluia$824-70%30$275$4,8312Doppelgänger Releasing
56Heaven Knows What$765-37%4-2$191$79,0689RADiUS-TWC
57Ardor$764-94%3-14$255$18,5652Participant Media
58Beyond the Mask$535-26%2-1$268$1,232,27416Gathr / Freestyle
59Jauja$403-18%10$403$58,40319Cinema Guild
60Jellyfish Eyes$395-74%10$395$7,7842Janus Films
61A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$3661%10$366$57,9044Janus Films
62The Pardon$179--1--$179$5,3365Monterey Media
63Love at First Fight$142--1--$142$25,06710Strand Releasing
64Roar (2015 re-issue)$112-87%21$56$106,78315Drafthouse / Olive Films