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, Aug. 7 - Sun, Aug. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$28,502,372-49%3,98832$7,147$107,756,5792Paramount
2Fantastic Four (2015)$25,685,737--3,995--$6,429$25,685,7371Fox
3The Gift (2015)$11,854,273--2,503--$4,736$11,854,2731STX Entertainment
4Vacation (2015)$8,955,246-39%3,43019$2,611$37,135,0262Warner Bros. / New Line
7Ricki and the Flash$6,610,961--1,603--$4,124$6,618,6101Sony / TriStar
9Pixels$5,435,539-48%2,864-859$1,898$57,650,8433Sony / Columbia
10Southpaw$4,701,090-38%2,274-498$2,067$40,662,9313Weinstein Company
11Shaun the Sheep Movie$4,038,962--2,320--$1,741$5,610,3001Lionsgate
12Inside Out (2015)$2,704,395-40%1,358-546$1,991$335,390,5458Disney
13Jurassic World$1,947,060-50%1,119-793$1,740$635,673,8409Universal
14Paper Towns$1,469,769-68%1,284-1747$1,145$28,824,1333Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'$1,811,090--900--$2,012$5,757,3551FUNimation Films
2Mr. Holmes$1,268,976-46%778-120$1,631$12,788,6114Roadside / Miramax
3Irrational Man$836,03468%925790$904$2,203,9474Sony Pictures Classics
4San Andreas$467,20190%30296$1,547$152,869,40311Warner Bros. / New Line
5Spy (2015)$364,012-12%306-69$1,190$109,481,44010Fox
6Terminator Genisys$323,582-66%304-432$1,064$88,504,8556Paramount
7Bajrangi Bhaijaan$301,887-57%2570$1,175$7,655,4524Eros International
8Amy (2015)$271,048-38%149-96$1,819$6,977,4256A24
9Magic Mike XXL$243,232-62%222-343$1,096$65,362,7626Warner Bros.
10Ted 2$179,740-64%209-296$860$80,923,6857Universal
11Mad Max: Fury Road$166,365-45%213-89$781$152,505,33413Warner Bros.
13Max (2015)$131,338-54%178-170$738$40,808,4837Warner Bros.
14Avengers: Age of Ultron$121,941-28%126-28$968$457,177,91715Disney
15Dark Places$99,601--151--$660$99,6011A24
16The Gallows$98,965-72%135-228$733$22,460,5565Warner Bros. / New Line
17Home (2015)$93,830-26%159-21$590$177,037,47920Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Self/Less$41,106-57%106-122$388$12,207,3915Focus / Gramercy

Platform (1 — 99)

1Assassination (2015)$287,700--33--$8,718$287,7001Well Go USA
2The End of the Tour$245,867100%3632$6,830$421,2122A24
3Phoenix (2015)$128,075167%2723$4,744$251,6653IFC Films
4The Stanford Prison Experiment$82,765-32%790$1,048$427,2274IFC Films
5Best of Enemies$81,58761%1916$4,294$177,5952Magnolia / Participant
6The Diary of a Teenage Girl$52,334--4--$13,084$52,3341Sony Pictures Classics
7Love & Mercy$51,236-41%62-41$826$12,311,77610Roadside Attractions
8I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$48,061-29%801$601$7,295,56413Bleecker Street
9Tangerine$43,014-33%447$978$502,2405Magnolia Pictures
10Listen to Me Marlon$42,19940%119$3,836$100,9692Showtime
11Hubble 3D$41,234-16%101$4,123$49,824,774282Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Infinitely Polar Bear$38,603-64%59-51$654$1,236,1018Sony Pictures Classics
13Dope$36,546-50%38-30$962$16,647,3638Open Road
14Bangistan$34,263--41--$836$34,2631Eros International
15The Vatican Tapes$33,162-90%52-375$638$1,712,1113Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Insidious: Chapter 3$30,202-52%69-36$438$52,200,50410Focus / Gramercy
17Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$28,590-42%47-26$608$6,629,7539Fox Searchlight
18Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$27,435--2--$13,718$27,4351GKIDS
19Cop Car$26,146--3--$8,715$26,1461Focus World
20Samba$25,664-34%275$951$117,0013Broad Green Pictures
21A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$22,706330%54$4,541$87,1856Janus Films
22The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$19,574-4%110$1,779$364,0917Rialto Pictures
23Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$18,679-13%350$534$10,203,90471Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Jimmy's Hall$18,592-44%24-9$775$356,1166Sony Pictures Classics
25Testament of Youth$17,838-59%29-27$615$1,686,41110Sony Pictures Classics
26Cinderella (2015)$17,336-53%52-12$333$201,031,89122Disney
27The Wolfpack$17,0229%19-3$896$1,243,3409Magnolia Pictures
28Journey to the South Pacific$12,013-33%7-3$1,716$6,916,66289IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
29Far from the Madding Crowd$10,106-34%18-9$561$12,229,31415Fox Searchlight
30A Borrowed Identity$9,958-61%9-11$1,106$224,2717Strand Releasing
31A LEGO Brickumentary$7,973-82%23-70$347$84,6492RADiUS-TWC
32Ex Machina$7,760-19%10-7$776$25,419,19918A24
33Metropolitan (2015 re-issue)$7,554--1--$7,554$7,6541Rialto Pictures
34The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$7,528-78%30-70$251$146,3812Weinstein Company
35Tap World$7,403--1--$7,403$21,3125Vitagraph
36The Look of Silence$7,015-66%133$540$67,7504Drafthouse / Participant
37Born to Be Wild 3D$6,66618%7-2$952$24,282,252227Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Boulevard$6,138--3--$2,046$119,6695Starz Digital
39The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$4,849-14%6-2$808$904,02814Music Box Films
40Woman In Gold$4,323-71%10-6$432$33,305,03719Weinstein Company
41The Tribe$4,13030%71$590$114,9918Drafthouse Films
42Under the Sea 3D$3,505-33%6-2$584$34,676,407339Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Entourage$3,115-57%21-20$148$32,361,41610Warner Bros.
44Wild City$2,647-85%3-8$882$32,0532Well Go USA
45When Marnie Was There$2,50542%71$358$556,69912GKIDS
46To the Arctic 3D$2,075-6%1-3$2,075$14,366,281173Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Faith of Our Fathers$2,014-33%60$336$986,4726Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
48About Elly$1,970-52%2-1$985$459,87618Cinema Guild
49Sneakerheadz$1,903--3--$634$1,9031Submarine Deluxe
50A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$1,545-74%6-3$258$198,58910Magnolia Pictures
51The Pardon$1,4281435%21$714$7,1247Monterey Media
52The New Rijksmuseum$1,298-76%2-2$649$27,8948First Run Features
53Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,241--1--$1,241$17,3588Distrib Films
54Runoff$1,042-24%31$347$28,3487Monterey Media
55Gemma Bovery$1,026-50%4-1$257$183,60611Music Box Films
56Iris (2015)$1,022-73%2-4$511$1,292,11915Magnolia Pictures
57The Dinner (2014)$805--1--$805$8051Film Movement
58Butterfly Girl$595--1--$595$7,15724Indican Pictures
59The Salt of the Earth$57158%10$571$1,342,77820Sony Pictures Classics
60The Little Death$521-63%10$521$18,2387Magnolia Pictures
61She's Beautiful When She's Angry$414-18%20$207$397,06236International Film Circuit
62Alleluia$410239%21$205$6,0014Doppelgänger Releasing
63Aloft$365-62%3-9$122$52,96112Sony Pictures Classics
64Beyond the Mask$186-74%20$93$1,234,16118Gathr / Freestyle
65Paulo Coelho's Best Story$87-98%1-4$87$8,5632Music Box Films