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. 9 - Sun, Oct. 11

Wide (1000+)

1The Martian$37,005,266-32%3,85423$9,602$108,715,5952Fox
2Hotel Transylvania 2$20,420,392-38%3,76814$5,419$116,942,0333Sony / Columbia
3Pan (2015)$15,315,435--3,515--$4,357$15,315,4351Warner Bros.
4The Intern$8,678,187-26%3,224-96$2,692$49,592,2343Warner Bros.
5Sicario (2015)$7,579,324-38%2,6200$2,893$26,935,3404Lionsgate
6Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$5,371,941-31%2,838-481$1,893$70,765,3314Fox
7The Walk$3,719,177138%2,5092061$1,482$6,430,6762Sony / TriStar
8Black Mass$3,118,427-47%2,057-711$1,516$57,557,2184Warner Bros.
9Everest (2015)$3,073,035-46%2,120-889$1,450$38,253,2504Universal
10The Visit (2015)$2,523,505-36%1,759-537$1,435$61,158,0305Universal
11War Room$1,850,214-34%1,395-351$1,326$63,570,3447Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perfect Guy$1,415,640-41%887-477$1,596$54,737,3515Sony / Screen Gems
2Ladrones$1,411,031--375--$3,763$1,411,0311Lionsgate / Pantelion
3He Named Me Malala$708,5991046%446442$1,589$797,6892Fox Searchlight
499 Homes$647,825555%691672$938$825,4313Broad Green Pictures
5Inside Out (2015)$440,60884%32273$1,368$354,363,92617Disney
6Big Stone Gap$361,822--280--$1,292$361,8221Picturehouse
7The Green Inferno$353,132-73%515-1028$686$6,833,4453BH Tilt / High Top
8Boruto: Naruto the Movie$323,312--125--$2,586$323,3121Eleven Arts
9Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$294,305-12%335-42$879$194,522,89311Paramount
10Pixels$289,632-39%238-93$1,217$78,202,75512Sony / Columbia
12Grandma$232,710-41%205-110$1,135$6,264,0268Sony Pictures Classics
13Jurassic World$211,925-27%213-41$995$651,128,98518Universal
14A Walk in the Woods$198,484-56%288-265$689$28,817,9766Broad Green Pictures
15Singh is Bling$175,510-64%1350$1,300$811,9292Eros International
16Straight Outta Compton$135,125-45%170-111$795$160,902,0859Universal
17Pawn Sacrifice$101,457-73%125-546$812$2,319,4534Bleecker Street
19Vacation (2015)$65,722-43%131-71$502$58,787,83511Warner Bros. / New Line
20Sinister 2$63,586102%10342$617$27,642,1698Focus / Gramercy
21The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$59,729-54%158-108$378$45,372,6599Warner Bros.
23Sleeping with Other People$54,112-72%150-241$361$763,0045IFC Films
24Shaun the Sheep Movie$47,513-51%142-47$335$19,321,23010Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Steve Jobs$521,522--4--$130,381$521,5221Universal
2Goodbye Mr. Loser$363,949--22--$16,543$363,9491China Lion Film
3Meet the Patels$169,537-3%9018$1,884$961,6425Alchemy
4Goodnight Mommy$135,29125%8643$1,573$650,6335RADiUS-TWC
5Lost in Hong Kong$114,236-60%32-2$3,570$1,242,4943Well Go USA
6Freeheld$94,365148%5146$1,850$144,4192Lionsgate / Summit
7Talvar$85,455-41%47-4$1,818$279,2672Reliance Entertainment
8Learning to Drive$63,901-44%71-44$900$3,284,8848Broad Green Pictures
9Labyrinth of Lies$54,191145%1613$3,387$93,6852Sony Pictures Classics
10Veteran$48,954-62%16-15$3,060$1,155,6524CJ Entertainment
11The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution$47,113--12--$3,926$370,6516PBS Distribution
12Fantastic Four (2015)$34,339-52%72-59$477$56,086,05110Fox
1390 Minutes in Heaven$33,816-55%73-70$463$4,772,2825IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Coming Home (2015)$32,192-46%41-14$785$263,2315Sony Pictures Classics
15No Escape (2015)$29,473-53%33-71$893$27,051,2187Weinstein Company
16Un Gallo con muchos Huevos$28,765-63%57-55$505$9,019,8646Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Phoenix (2015)$27,567-52%34-29$811$3,095,95712IFC Films
18Hubble 3D$25,5561%102$2,556$50,333,818291Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Meru$25,309-31%31-9$816$2,248,6669Music Box Films
20Ricki and the Flash$23,54796%8647$274$26,822,14410Sony / TriStar
21Mississippi Grind$21,495-53%42-4$512$107,4483A24
22Irrational Man$19,23224%30-3$641$3,996,94713Sony Pictures Classics
23San Andreas$19,082-52%44-44$434$155,181,73220Warner Bros. / New Line
24Knock Knock$18,623--22--$847$18,6231Lionsgate Premiere
25Once I Was a Beehive$18,263-12%20-1$913$536,3569Purdie Distribution
26The Transporter Refueled$18,209-68%58-81$314$15,923,1276EuropaCorp Films
27Southpaw$16,898-79%42-261$402$52,316,55412Weinstein Company
28Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon$16,890147%2218$768$36,5273Magnolia Pictures
29Saving Mr. Wu$13,672-68%7-17$1,953$79,8392United Entertainment Partners
30The End of the Tour$11,215-21%15-4$748$2,924,13911A24
31Max (2015)$10,380-69%32-39$324$42,652,00316Warner Bros.
32Trash$10,230--17--$602$10,2301Focus World
33Amy (2015)$10,152-18%9-3$1,128$8,331,74515A24
34Time Out of Mind$9,969-39%16-1$623$122,0185IFC Films
35Mr. Holmes$9,842-57%24-25$410$17,694,82913Roadside / Miramax
36Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$8,407-21%7-8$1,201$478,5266Magnolia Pictures
37Paper Towns$8,389-53%17-10$493$31,990,06412Fox
38Hitman: Agent 47$6,771-79%16-56$423$22,464,4308Fox
39A Brilliant Young Mind$5,440-63%8-6$680$151,2165IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
40The Diary of a Teenage Girl$5,046-14%113$459$1,471,79910Sony Pictures Classics
41Hell & Back$2,673-97%28-383$95$156,1662Freestyle Releasing
42Under the Sea 3D$2,45410%3-2$818$34,747,677348Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Shanghai (2015)$2,443-91%11-92$222$44,6892Weinstein Company
44The Blade of Don Juan$2,330--2--$1,165$2,3301Indican Pictures
45Stonewall (2015)$2,292-88%3-43$764$186,3543Roadside Attractions
46Jimmy's Hall$2,25555%52$451$553,14715Sony Pictures Classics
47Rififi (2015 re-issue)$1,856648%21$928$46,3996Rialto Pictures
48Journey to the South Pacific$1,854-58%3-1$618$7,041,29798IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
49Infinitely Polar Bear$1,594-25%7-3$228$1,428,64717Sony Pictures Classics
50Born to Be Wild 3D$1,586-56%103$159$24,388,313236Warner Bros. / IMAX
51To the Arctic 3D$1,4442%10$1,444$14,387,830182Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,339-2%61$223$10,422,12980Warner Bros. / IMAX
53The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$1,262-83%31$421$443,16116Rialto Pictures
54Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$1,21918%61$203$339,76810GKIDS
55Breathe (2015)$1,205-69%9-3$134$33,9065Film Movement
56Olvidados$1,142-76%10$1,142$11,1494Cinema Libre
57Tangerine$943-74%41$236$700,36514Magnolia Pictures
58The Keeping Room$838-83%2-8$419$16,2943Drafthouse Films
59Best of Enemies$828-83%5-9$166$879,24911Magnolia / Participant
60Welcome to Leith$814-69%3-1$271$26,6465First Run Features
61A Borrowed Identity$756-54%1-4$756$281,05916Strand Releasing
62Me You and Five Bucks$60440%10$604$1,8983Indican Pictures
63Testament of Youth$560-91%3-2$187$1,822,03019Sony Pictures Classics
64The Cut$457-82%2-1$229$23,0394Strand Releasing
65The Wolfpack$441-81%1-3$441$1,301,69618Magnolia Pictures
66Xenia$358--1--$358$3581Strand Releasing
67She's Beautiful When She's Angry$325-17%1-1$325$419,72845International Film Circuit
68A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$278-52%31$93$222,28419Magnolia Pictures
69Shout Gladi Gladi$156-97%1-1$156$5,6772International Film Circuit
70The New Rijksmuseum$141-61%10$141$40,57817First Run Features
71The Look of Silence$71-96%1-3$71$107,94513Drafthouse / Participant
72Forever (2015)$32--1--$32$1,5295Monterey Media