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, Apr. 8 - Sun, Apr. 10

Wide (1000+)

1The Boss$23,586,645--3,480--$6,778$23,586,6451Universal
2Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$23,363,079-54%4,102-154$5,696$296,613,6213Warner Bros.
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$6,476,200-42%3,027-152$2,139$46,809,0203Universal
5Hardcore Henry$5,107,604--3,015--$1,694$5,107,6041STX Entertainment
6Miracles from Heaven$4,706,681-35%2,783-372$1,691$53,713,3004Sony / Columbia
7God's Not Dead 2$4,239,794-44%2,380-39$1,781$14,024,0892Pure Flix
8The Divergent Series: Allegiant$3,517,977-39%2,503-515$1,406$61,747,5434Lionsgate / Summit
910 Cloverfield Lane$2,905,190-36%1,886-625$1,540$67,880,7305Paramount
10Eye in the Sky$2,896,596-27%1,08960$2,660$10,473,1105Bleecker Street
12Meet the Blacks$2,072,406-49%1,007-8$2,058$7,321,9572Freestyle Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

1Hello, My Name Is Doris$1,610,955-32%97916$1,646$9,382,2245Roadside Attractions
2Midnight Special$1,130,207105%493435$2,293$2,273,9434Warner Bros.
3Demolition$1,100,042--854--$1,288$1,100,0421Fox Searchlight
4London Has Fallen$965,814-49%914-596$1,057$60,755,9276Focus / Gramercy
5Kung Fu Panda 3$443,571-14%341-55$1,301$140,951,18411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Star Wars: The Force Awakens$378,923-44%346-116$1,095$935,528,31217Disney
7I Saw the Light$290,239-58%548-193$530$1,340,8223Sony Pictures Classics
8The Revenant (2015)$245,043-17%286-48$857$182,970,49316Fox
9Whiskey Tango Foxtrot$236,735-54%277-180$855$22,714,5286Paramount
10Ki & Ka$207,413-53%1480$1,401$795,9002Eros International
11Gods of Egypt$169,69041%19420$875$30,713,4457Lionsgate / Summit
12The Witch$129,993-72%156-510$833$24,954,0738A24
13The Perfect Match$124,603-60%153-148$814$9,576,0645Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
14The Lady in the Van$103,437-26%104-38$995$9,632,73719Sony Pictures Classics
15The 5th Wave$96,700-23%116-17$834$34,563,56712Sony / Columbia
16Eddie the Eagle$87,437-17%128-30$683$15,563,3637Fox
17How to Be Single$83,965-55%176-66$477$46,813,3669Warner Bros. / New Line
18Spotlight$79,473-47%112-90$710$44,726,88523Open Road
19Risen$69,169-71%161-264$430$36,682,6938Sony / Columbia
20High Strung (2016)$40,708--100--$407$40,7081Paladin

Platform (1 — 99)

1Everybody Wants Some!!$488,21856%6344$7,749$952,6542Paramount
2Chongqing Hot Pot$222,27610%4626$4,832$512,2632China Lion Film
3Miles Ahead$210,32584%2521$8,413$360,2882Sony Pictures Classics
4Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921$130,438-50%69-53$1,890$2,576,2534Fox International Productions
5Born to Be Blue$103,84723%4524$2,308$407,0133IFC Films
6Saturday's Warrior$87,871-9%2819$3,138$282,3612Purdie Distribution
7Marguerite$69,755-5%42-4$1,661$330,3045Cohen Media Group
8The Invitation$67,877--11--$6,171$67,8771Drafthouse Films
10City of Gold$60,527-20%499$1,235$482,3665IFC Films / Sundance Selects
11Embrace of the Serpent$50,868-35%41-17$1,241$1,169,2468Oscilloscope
12Race (2016)$45,140-34%73-31$618$19,044,2158Focus
13April and the Extraordinary World$43,111144%1311$3,316$85,2243GKIDS
14My Golden Days$40,3210%295$1,390$174,6844Magnolia Pictures
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$37,989-43%80-31$475$85,785,62817Fox
16Where to Invade Next$35,166-37%51-12$690$3,768,7889Drafthouse Films
17Brooklyn$31,406-15%500$628$38,202,44223Fox Searchlight
18The Clan$30,631-34%190$1,612$186,2554Fox International Productions
19The Other Side of the Door$27,04718%4014$676$2,987,0636Fox
20Triple 9$25,658-48%62-39$414$12,626,9057Open Road
21Mr. Right$25,369--35--$725$25,3691Focus World
22Louder Than Bombs$24,259--4--$6,065$24,2591The Orchard
23The Hateful Eight$23,65391%6653$358$54,045,65516Weinstein Company
24The Brothers Grimsby$17,888-45%6212$289$6,864,0165Sony / Columbia
25Sweet Bean$13,4062199%65$2,234$28,7944Kino Lorber
26Vita Activa - The Spirit of Hannah Arendt$13,244--1--$13,244$18,4681Zeitgeist Films
27Knight of Cups$8,816-66%14-14$630$539,9166Broad Green Pictures
28The Young Messiah$8,241-74%41-111$201$6,446,0885Focus
30Hubble 3D$7,4959%4-2$1,874$51,535,998317Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Dough$7,296-42%5-4$1,459$343,5219Menemsha Films
32Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe$6,769-76%10$6,769$48,0192Cinema Libre Studio
33Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$6,509--3--$2,170$28,2714Grasshopper Film
34Neon Bull$6,413--1--$6,413$6,4131Kino Lorber
35The Dark Horse$6,400-21%31$2,133$18,3262Broad Green Pictures
36Standing Tall$5,724-24%20$2,862$17,1462Cohen Media Group
37Kill Me, Deadly$5,124-56%1-1$5,124$19,0922Indican Pictures
38Under the Sea 3D$5,02813%5-1$1,006$34,957,860374Warner Bros. / IMAX
39No Home Movie$4,220-48%2-1$2,110$15,4222Icarus Films
40The Channel$4,214--1--$4,214$4,2141Indican Pictures
41Only Yesterday (2016 re-issue)$3,678-33%12-1$307$447,39115GKIDS
42Valley of Love$3,553-30%52$711$25,2213Strand Releasing
43Rams (2016)$2,897-35%4-2$724$141,92210Cohen Media Group
44River of Fundament$2,879357%21$1,440$34,60019International Film Circuit
45Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,713-38%3-3$904$10,595,411106Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Son of Saul$2,630-47%13-3$202$1,763,67717Sony Pictures Classics
47Room (2015)$2,138-51%4-10$535$14,668,20626A24
48Mustang$2,078-18%70$297$835,31821Cohen Media Group
49Cemetery of Splendor$1,771-51%60$295$45,6996Strand Releasing
50Mountains May Depart$1,368-45%5-1$274$62,4119Kino Lorber
51Take Me to the River (2016)$1,316-81%3-7$439$21,0164Film Movement
52To the Arctic 3D$1,282-37%10$1,282$14,434,641208Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Songs My Brothers Taught Me$1,236-18%30$412$27,4176Kino Lorber
54Born to Be Wild 3D$1,153-76%5-2$231$24,567,270262Warner Bros. / IMAX
56The Dying of the Light$996--1--$996$2,3021First Run Features
57The Wave (2016)$90195%31$300$166,0916Magnolia Pictures
58A War$755-37%4-2$189$118,9609Magnolia Pictures
59Deep Sea 3D$741-33%21$371$46,184,452528Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Janis: Little Girl Blue$518-51%10$518$402,24920FilmRise
61Theeb$49165%10$491$282,15223Film Movement
62River of Grass (2016 re-issue)$480-17%1-1$480$8,5345Oscilloscope
63Journey to the South Pacific$446-35%31$149$7,117,505124IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
64Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame$436-11%1-1$436$1,7782First Run Features
65Aferim!$381-34%10$381$98,32812Big World Pictures
66In the Shadow of Women$278231%10$278$50,29113Distrib Films
67Eisenstein in Guanajuato$274-23%1-1$274$34,17210Strand Releasing
68Creative Control$17696%10$176$62,2065Magnolia / Amazon
69The Bronze$145-72%2-2$73$615,2814Sony Pictures Classics
70Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$136-87%1-2$136$132,83022Rialto Pictures
71Memoria$47--1--$47$471Monterey Media
72Burning Bodhi$30-19%10$30$2,4004Monterey Media