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. 19 - Sun, Aug. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Suicide Squad$20,855,401-52%3,924-331$5,315$262,428,7363Warner Bros.
2Sausage Party$15,485,577-55%3,1030$4,991$65,486,5962Sony / Columbia
3War Dogs$14,685,305--3,258--$4,507$14,685,3051Warner Bros.
4Kubo and the Two Strings$12,608,372--3,260--$3,868$12,608,3721Focus
5Pete's Dragon (2016)$11,349,938-47%3,7020$3,066$42,911,2072Disney
6Ben-Hur (2016)$11,203,815--3,084--$3,633$11,203,8151Paramount
7Jason Bourne$8,016,895-42%2,887-641$2,777$140,920,1804Universal
8Bad Moms$7,946,885-30%2,811-377$2,827$85,679,3134STX Entertainment
9The Secret Life of Pets$5,880,500-35%2,404-554$2,446$346,832,5307Universal
10Florence Foster Jenkins$4,384,511-34%1,5280$2,869$14,490,2542Paramount
11Star Trek Beyond$3,946,356-43%1,966-611$2,007$146,877,7265Paramount
12Nine Lives (2016)$1,402,557-60%1,364-900$1,028$17,056,5813EuropaCorp Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1Hell or High Water$2,692,811333%472440$5,705$3,570,4982CBS Films / Lionsgate
2Lights Out$1,601,441-50%942-710$1,700$64,221,8175Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghostbusters (2016)$1,072,638-53%788-649$1,361$123,933,0726Sony / Columbia
5Finding Dory$907,012-31%450-181$2,016$478,436,17610Disney
6Ice Age: Collision Course$905,479-56%782-766$1,158$60,833,7695Fox
7Anthropoid$560,488-55%441-11$1,271$2,345,0252Bleecker Street
8Indignation$519,413-32%31750$1,639$2,336,8174Roadside / Summit
9Cafe Society$499,208-47%271-184$1,842$9,410,8736Lionsgate / Amazon
10Don't Think Twice$382,5005%10030$3,825$1,753,9755The Film Arcade
11The Legend of Tarzan$381,8943%3385$1,130$125,440,6088Warner Bros.
12The BFG$359,60731%20714$1,737$53,864,0888Disney / DreamWorks
13Central Intelligence$270,320-34%256-39$1,056$127,103,30010Warner Bros. / New Line
14Captain Fantastic$238,207-32%153-22$1,557$4,692,4627Bleecker Street
15Mohenjo Daro$173,546-77%170-76$1,021$1,164,7852UTV Motion Pictures
16Hunt for the Wilderpeople$165,281-27%125-15$1,322$4,177,2389The Orchard
17Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates$158,57449%112-27$1,416$45,612,9407Fox
18Independence Day: Resurgence$133,833-10%1560$858$102,768,4139Fox
19The Jungle Book (2016)$129,143-32%152-34$850$363,221,16619Disney
20Hillary's America - The Secret History of the Democratic Party$121,819-63%140-187$870$12,340,6366D’Souza Entertainment Quality Flix
21Now You See Me 2$107,434-12%126-25$853$65,030,56311Lionsgate / Summit
22Captain America: Civil War$94,335-48%117-45$806$407,711,30016Disney
23The Shallows$75,563-31%108-14$700$54,521,4299Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Operation Chromite$162,292-46%47-67$3,453$740,2663CJ Entertainment
2Happy Bhaag Jayegi$159,895--78--$2,050$159,8951Eros International
3A Beautiful Planet$135,766-7%34-1$3,993$5,424,29117IMAX
4Equity$132,8621%4313$3,090$523,2054Sony Pictures Classics
5Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV$119,801--24--$4,992$119,8011Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc.
6Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$114,273--39--$2,930$114,2731Magnolia Pictures
7Train To Busan$81,461-37%21-7$3,879$1,531,3445 Inc. Well Go USA
8Little Men (2016)$63,9576%2818$2,284$197,2053Magnolia Pictures
9Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$62,680-38%85-32$737$81,923,33612Paramount
10Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie$56,592-54%52-39$1,088$4,583,5115Fox Searchlight
11The Infiltrator$52,121-17%478$1,109$15,181,8106Broad Green Pictures
12A Tale of Love and Darkness$37,170--2--$18,585$37,1701Focus World
13Gleason$35,257-73%56-92$630$545,8194Open Road / Amazon
14The People vs. Fritz Bauer$33,781--6--$5,630$33,7811Cohen Media Group
15The Angry Birds Movie$29,829-55%69-40$432$107,452,66714Sony / Columbia
16Our Little Sister$26,057-14%3311$790$321,5207Sony Pictures Classics
17Sweet Sixteen (Xia You Qiao Mu)$21,439--9--$2,382$21,4391China Lion Entertainment
18The Conjuring 2$21,263-64%42-39$506$102,461,59311Warner Bros. / New Line
19Alice Through the Looking Glass$20,753-60%44-42$472$77,018,34713Disney
20Morris from America$15,673--2--$7,837$15,6731A24
21Love & Friendship$15,054-38%15-8$1,004$13,965,17915Roadside / Amazon
22Eat That Question$11,455-46%22-7$521$318,7709Sony Pictures Classics
23The Music of Strangers$11,366-7%20-1$568$1,101,61611The Orchard
24The Innocents$10,693-65%18-19$594$946,7018Music Box Films
25The Lobster$10,541-40%7-3$1,506$9,052,42222A24
26Tickled$9,478-17%131$729$585,68710Magnolia Pictures
27Spa Night$7,056--1--$7,056$7,0561Strand Releasing
28Swiss Army Man$6,996-40%160$437$4,171,6499A24
29My King$6,7077%43$1,677$17,4692Film Movement
30Born to Be Wild 3D$6,654-12%4-1$1,664$24,920,462281Warner Bros. / IMAX
31My Love, Don’t Cross That River$6,0031033%32$2,001$76,45710
32Ixcanul$5,980--1--$5,980$22,1471Kino Lorber
33Disorder$5,933-49%31$1,978$24,5292IFC Films / Sundance Selects
34Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$5,511-54%50$1,102$76,6134Kino Lorber
35Maggie's Plan$5,503-54%150$367$3,332,32114Sony Pictures Classics
36Weiner$4,7823%1-2$4,782$1,663,83014IFC Films / Sundance Selects
37Life, Animated$4,753-16%10-13$475$218,6308The Orchard
38Never$4,312--2--$2,156$4,3121Indican Pictures
39Our Kind of Traitor$3,439-60%91$382$3,139,2198Roadside Attractions
40Sweet Bean$3,095-51%40$774$113,12723Kino Lorber
41Miss Sharon Jones!$2,838-65%5-1$568$48,0994Starz Digital
42The Kind Words$2,681-55%3-4$894$132,8939Strand Releasing
43Under the Sea 3D$2,667-29%3-2$889$35,081,872393Warner Bros. / IMAX
44When Two Worlds Collide$2,548--1--$2,548$4,2621First Run Features
45Front Cover$2,328-59%31$776$21,4313Strand Releasing
46The Tenth Man$2,161-48%30$720$41,6403Kino Lorber
47Dark Horse (2016)$1,517-70%2-3$759$904,12016Sony Pictures Classics
49Love Me True$1,458-75%1-1$1,458$8,8452Indican Pictures
50The Meddler$1,3736%52$275$4,265,67318Sony Pictures Classics
51The Black Dove$1,256-82%1-1$1,256$10,0642Indican Pictures
52Sunset Song$1,226357%21$613$159,25715Magnolia Pictures
53A Small Good Thing$1,196--2--$598$1,1961Kino Lorber
54Viktoria$1,167--3--$389$11,06317Big World Pictures
55The Wailing$851-80%50$170$782,10814Well Go USA
56This Last Lonely Place$804-87%1-1$804$9,3092Indican Pictures
57On Meditation$77272%21$386$3,7522Kino Lorber
58Men Go to Battle$596-41%32$199$16,0547Film Movement
59Summertime (2016)$546-58%30$182$33,1655Strand Releasing
60The Witness (2016)$518-60%10$518$148,64212FilmRise
61The Student and Mr. Henri$486--1--$486$4861Distrib Films
62The Seventh Fire$438-75%10$438$25,1265Kino Lorber
63Down By Love$390--2--$195$3901Distrib Films
64Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$389363%10$389$71,87710
65Fritz Lang's Destiny (2016 re-issue)$366--1--$366$12,15614Kino Lorber
66Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35172%31$117$10,663,974125Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Hot Water$350-77%1-1$350$6,07924Indican Pictures
68Paths of the Soul$275-17%10$275$24,89715