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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 31

Wide (1000+)

1Jason Bourne$59,215,365--4,026--$14,708$59,215,3651Universal
2Star Trek Beyond$24,754,339-58%3,9280$6,302$106,474,7172Paramount
3Bad Moms$23,817,340--3,215--$7,408$23,817,3401STX Entertainment
4The Secret Life of Pets$18,915,140-36%3,677-371$5,144$296,882,8854Universal
5Ice Age: Collision Course$10,988,839-49%3,9975$2,749$42,598,4622Fox
6Lights Out$10,803,331-50%2,83517$3,811$42,870,3632Warner Bros. / New Line
7Ghostbusters (2016)$10,125,735-52%3,052-911$3,318$106,497,2063Sony / Columbia
9Finding Dory$4,322,747-40%1,733-843$2,494$469,115,6777Disney
10The Legend of Tarzan$2,467,018-62%1,503-1341$1,641$121,918,2285Warner Bros.
11Hillary's America - The Secret History of the Democratic Party$2,456,526-38%1,066-151$2,304$8,746,9103D’Souza Entertainment Quality Flix
12Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates$1,452,957-67%1,070-1067$1,358$43,990,0694Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cafe Society$2,333,300175%565515$4,130$3,990,2603Lionsgate / Amazon
2Captain Fantastic$1,061,09077%550446$1,929$2,462,8694Bleecker Street
3Central Intelligence$907,215-68%652-950$1,391$125,300,2287Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Infiltrator$856,589-74%650-887$1,318$14,387,4903Broad Green Pictures
5Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie$830,254-55%35542$2,339$3,396,8222Fox Searchlight
6The Purge: Election Year$739,375-69%510-1191$1,450$78,392,4455Universal
7The BFG$458,064-55%273-413$1,678$52,146,3495Disney / DreamWorks
8Dishoom$446,707--113--$3,953$446,7071Eros International
9Hunt for the Wilderpeople$365,728-37%174-26$2,102$2,939,7886The Orchard
10The Jungle Book (2016)$308,383-24%225-8$1,371$362,219,29216Disney
11Independence Day: Resurgence$293,779-67%227-503$1,294$101,964,4196Fox
12Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$219,73496%17056$1,293$81,375,7569Paramount
13The Shallows$191,423-70%139-374$1,377$54,137,0776Sony / Columbia
14The Conjuring 2$171,588-37%2449$703$102,119,4128Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Angry Birds Movie$147,382-36%178-24$828$107,011,41911Sony / Columbia
16Alice Through the Looking Glass$144,765188%14668$992$76,645,51210Disney
17Now You See Me 2$112,791-61%135-122$835$64,554,8068Lionsgate / Summit
18Me Before You$108,007-50%188-66$575$56,009,1529Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Train To Busan$228,384-20%292$7,875$716,3522 Inc. Well Go USA
2A Beautiful Planet$159,065-7%361$4,418$4,455,12514IMAX
3Don't Think Twice$155,10867%54$31,022$266,2102The Film Arcade
4Indignation$93,125--4--$23,281$93,1251Roadside / Summit
5Gleason$91,583--9--$10,176$91,5831Open Road / Amazon
6League of Gods$84,779--54--$1,570$84,7791Sony Pictures Releasing
7Equity$82,434--4--$20,609$82,4341Sony Pictures Classics
8The Innocents$74,634-40%51-10$1,463$746,2595Music Box Films
9Captain America: Civil War$73,609-29%85-31$866$406,938,83213Disney
10Love & Friendship$62,433-46%52-36$1,201$13,807,26612Roadside / Amazon
11The Lobster$50,261-48%31-36$1,621$8,947,46419A24
12The Music of Strangers$37,252-55%50-31$745$1,001,0358The Orchard
13Swiss Army Man$26,796-72%33-48$812$4,093,5416A24
14Cold War 2$25,098-37%5-2$5,020$499,7814Well Go USA
15Our Little Sister$24,868-44%200$1,243$184,7604Sony Pictures Classics
16Tickled$24,259-29%18-23$1,348$513,1037Magnolia Pictures
17The Nice Guys$22,221-59%44-32$505$36,247,22711Warner Bros.
18Our Kind of Traitor$21,610-77%33-55$655$3,085,7965Roadside Attractions
19Life, Animated$18,324-25%23-2$797$165,6435The Orchard
20Maggie's Plan$18,151-67%27-35$672$3,280,79911Sony Pictures Classics
21The Land$17,958--2--$8,979$17,9581IFC Films
22Weiner$17,437-5%9-4$1,937$1,612,20311IFC Films / Sundance Selects
23The Kind Words$13,174-24%80$1,647$107,2226Strand Releasing
24Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$12,064--1--$12,064$19,0761Kino Lorber
25Born to Be Wild 3D$10,64529%61$1,774$24,874,453278Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Eat That Question$10,559-53%13-12$812$241,8126Sony Pictures Classics
27Miss Sharon Jones!$10,323--1--$10,323$10,3231Starz Digital
28Phantom Boy$9,352198%1513$623$20,7273GKIDS
29Money Monster$8,462-37%14-15$604$41,008,53212Sony / TriStar
30Dark Horse (2016)$8,307-65%8-17$1,038$870,58113Sony Pictures Classics
32Into the Forest$6,438--15--$429$6,4381A24
33Dough$5,787-57%3-2$1,929$1,134,34925Menemsha Films
35Microbe & Gasoline$4,593-49%4-4$1,148$57,4915Screen Media
36Genius$4,187-78%11-19$381$1,342,6078Roadside Attractions
37The Neon Demon$3,787-65%6-1$631$1,330,8276Broad Green / Amazon
38The Man Who Knew Infinity$3,768-73%6-9$628$3,859,76514IFC Films
39Under the Sun$3,474-19%3-1$1,158$65,2964
40Summertime (2016)$3,458-78%4-2$865$26,4832Strand Releasing
41The Meddler$3,389-11%6-4$565$4,255,11315Sony Pictures Classics
42Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River$2,978-84%2-5$1,489$95,3383CJ Entertainment
43Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You$2,865-62%2-2$1,433$53,2184Music Box Films
44My Love, Don’t Cross That River$2,423-16%50$485$65,0407
45Last Cab to Darwin$2,293-17%2-1$1,147$29,1738First Run Features
46The Seventh Fire$1,666-80%10$1,666$14,9122Kino Lorber
47Sunset Song$1,261-69%3-3$420$156,10712Magnolia Pictures
48Hubble 3D$1,176-4%31$392$51,703,221333Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Dheepan$1,174-50%3-1$391$247,59713IFC Films / Sundance Selects
50For A Few Bullets$1,160-93%2-13$580$28,8922China Lion Entertainment
51The Wailing$1,102-65%1-2$1,102$761,49811Well Go USA
52De Palma$1,078-32%42$270$163,3598A24
53Under the Sea 3D$1,059179%21$530$35,059,693390Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Men Go to Battle$1,033-81%20$517$12,8254Film Movement
56Fritz Lang's Destiny (2016 re-issue)$722--1--$722$7,36811Kino Lorber
57Beta Test$680-88%1-17$680$8,9662Mirror Images
58Viktoria$666-35%10$666$9,33214Big World Pictures
59Saturday's Warrior$514-64%2-2$257$686,39018Purdie Distribution
60Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$504-49%1-3$504$68,0647
61Lucha Mexico$490-9%10$490$11,7223
62Hockney$446--1--$446$120,39115Film Movement
63The Dying of the Light$409--1--$409$5,60417First Run Features
64Zero Days$407-88%3-2$136$104,9064Magnolia Pictures
65High-Rise$332-97%1-4$332$343,13912Magnolia / Magnet
66Kamikaze '89$312123%21$156$14,5369
67Unlocking the Cage$268--1--$268$26,56010First Run Features
68Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$183-18%10$183$10,661,252122Warner Bros. / IMAX
69The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$140-57%10$140$53,77510Rialto Pictures
70Indian Point$113-87%1-1$113$7,2514First Run Features
71Presenting Princess Shaw$101-98%1-1$101$43,19110Magnolia Pictures