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. 31 - Sun, Aug. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$55,520,089--3,956--$14,034$55,520,0891Paramount
2Vacation (2015)$14,681,108--3,411--$4,304$21,003,4421Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pixels$10,503,023-56%3,7230$2,821$45,714,5202Sony / Columbia
7Southpaw$7,617,683-54%2,7720$2,748$31,675,1682Weinstein Company
8Paper Towns$4,637,894-63%3,0310$1,530$23,854,3332Fox
9Inside Out (2015)$4,511,004-39%1,904-813$2,369$329,587,8967Disney
10Jurassic World$3,901,400-46%1,912-733$2,040$631,601,0308Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mr. Holmes$2,358,503-18%898212$2,626$10,329,8823Roadside / Miramax
2Terminator Genisys$943,192-61%736-966$1,282$87,693,4135Paramount
3Bajrangi Bhaijaan$697,456-57%2570$2,714$6,961,8503Eros International
4Magic Mike XXL$645,617-66%565-875$1,143$64,761,4075Warner Bros.
5Irrational Man$496,96695%135107$3,681$1,134,2973Sony Pictures Classics
6Ted 2$494,900-49%505-191$980$80,538,4706Universal
7Amy (2015)$438,032-40%245-125$1,788$6,429,5445A24
8Spy (2015)$413,402-46%375-164$1,102$108,872,8899Fox
9The Gallows$352,044-70%363-839$970$22,202,4894Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Vatican Tapes$321,464-61%4270$753$1,527,8372Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Mad Max: Fury Road$302,317-28%302-43$1,001$152,169,64512Warner Bros.
12Max (2015)$287,463-63%348-317$826$40,500,7046Warner Bros.
13San Andreas$245,620-26%206-60$1,192$152,283,50310Warner Bros. / New Line
15Avengers: Age of Ultron$168,683-49%154-60$1,095$456,942,72714Disney
16Home (2015)$125,971-15%180-16$700$176,819,97319Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Infinitely Polar Bear$106,937-2%11014$972$1,135,3287Sony Pictures Classics
18Self/Less$96,321-69%228-380$422$12,103,5044Focus / Gramercy
19Love & Mercy$86,325-35%103-23$838$12,214,7279Roadside Attractions
20Insidious: Chapter 3$62,937-23%105-13$599$52,134,2949Focus / Gramercy
21The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$33,658--100--$337$110,2951Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The End of the Tour$123,238--4--$30,810$123,2381A24
2The Stanford Prison Experiment$122,290113%7964$1,548$269,2723IFC Films
3Dope$73,329-44%68-47$1,078$16,564,0467Open Road
4I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$67,347-41%79-24$852$7,206,89012Bleecker Street
5Tangerine$64,513-29%374$1,744$418,0564Magnolia Pictures
6Best of Enemies$50,738--3--$16,913$50,7381Magnolia / Participant
7Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$49,272-54%73-48$675$6,566,4128Fox Searchlight
8Hubble 3D$49,1476%90$5,461$49,731,453281Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Phoenix (2015)$48,01558%42$12,004$98,5732IFC Films
10Testament of Youth$43,551-52%56-30$778$1,643,0619Sony Pictures Classics
11A LEGO Brickumentary$43,285--93--$465$43,2851RADiUS-TWC
12Samba$39,04159%2220$1,775$71,9092Broad Green Pictures
13Cinderella (2015)$36,62426%64-6$572$200,985,78221Disney
14Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$36,386-46%90-27$404$71,038,19016Sony / Columbia
15Jimmy's Hall$33,449-45%33-11$1,014$318,1595Sony Pictures Classics
16Listen to Me Marlon$30,068--2--$15,034$38,0801Showtime
17Northern Limit Line$25,628-65%11-2$2,330$324,7193Well Go USA
18A Borrowed Identity$25,342-26%20-2$1,267$202,2166Strand Releasing
19Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$21,444-1%350$613$10,152,35870Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The Look of Silence$20,45385%108$2,045$46,1023Drafthouse / Participant
21The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$20,346-14%11-1$1,850$332,2266Rialto Pictures
22Poltergeist (2015)$18,665-12%30-14$622$47,415,69011Fox
23Journey to the South Pacific$17,991-1%101$1,799$6,885,85088IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
24Wild City$17,181--11--$1,562$17,1811Well Go USA
25The Wolfpack$15,558-54%22-13$707$1,213,2898Magnolia Pictures
26Far from the Madding Crowd$15,374-43%27-20$569$12,208,87414Fox Searchlight
27Woman In Gold$14,868-29%16-17$929$33,293,02018Weinstein Company
28Ex Machina$9,571-24%17-2$563$25,405,05817A24
29Entourage$7,230-76%41-62$176$32,353,1479Warner Bros.
30Dawn of the Crescent Moon$6,411--3--$2,137$6,4111Indican Pictures
31A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$6,0245%9-3$669$192,3909Magnolia Pictures
32Only You (2015)$5,981-78%5-8$1,196$55,2392China Lion Film
33The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$5,668-50%8-6$709$896,50013Music Box Films
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,6593%91$629$24,268,326226Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The New Rijksmuseum$5,444129%42$1,361$24,8767First Run Features
36Paulo Coelho's Best Story$5,295--5--$1,059$5,2951Music Box Films
37A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$5,2851344%10$5,285$63,7175Janus Films
38Under the Sea 3D$5,22727%83$653$34,664,039338Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Counting$4,904--1--$4,904$494,9041Cinema Guild
40About Elly$4,094-34%3-2$1,365$456,16517Cinema Guild
41Iris (2015)$3,721-46%6-5$620$1,284,06214Magnolia Pictures
42The Tribe$3,180-58%6-3$530$109,8137Drafthouse Films
43Batkid Begins$3,167-20%1410$226$73,0026Warner Bros. / New Line
44Faith of Our Fathers$3,024-41%6-11$504$981,9195Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
45The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$2,538-41%1-1$2,538$381,60013Janus Films
46Jenny's Wedding$2,254--2--$1,127$2,2541IFC Films
47To the Arctic 3D$2,19733%41$549$14,361,841172Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Gemma Bovery$2,053-58%5-3$411$181,00510Music Box Films
49When Marnie Was There$1,770-71%6-7$295$553,01911GKIDS
50The Little Death$1,410-30%10$1,410$16,5636Magnolia Pictures
51Runoff$1,374-85%2-4$687$26,0986Monterey Media
52Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$1,246-59%10$1,246$40,6024Magnolia Pictures
53Aloft$955-51%12-5$80$51,91911Sony Pictures Classics
54Beyond the Mask$71433%20$357$1,233,33317Gathr / Freestyle
55Sunshine Superman$709-76%4-1$177$87,87511Magnolia / CNN Films
56Lila & Eve$669-87%1-6$669$37,9343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
57She's Beautiful When She's Angry$505-70%2-2$253$396,64835International Film Circuit
58Our Man In Tehran$423--1--$423$3,62312First Run Features
59Heaven Knows What$422-45%2-2$211$80,01510RADiUS-TWC
60The Salt of the Earth$361-82%1-4$361$1,342,56819Sony Pictures Classics
61Alleluia$121-85%1-2$121$5,5913Doppelgänger Releasing
62The Pardon$93-48%10$93$5,5296Monterey Media