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. 21 - Sun, Oct. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween$28,501,448--2,260--$12,611$28,501,4481Lionsgate
2Jack Reacher: Never Go Back$22,872,490--3,780--$6,051$22,872,4901Paramount
3Ouija: Origin of Evil$14,065,500--3,167--$4,441$14,065,5001Universal
4The Accountant$13,643,132-45%3,3320$4,095$47,538,5132Warner Bros.
5The Girl on the Train (2016)$7,166,015-41%3,091-150$2,318$58,798,3453Universal
6Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$5,894,943-34%3,133-702$1,882$74,326,7784Fox
7Keeping Up with the Joneses$5,461,475--3,022--$1,807$5,461,4751Fox
8Kevin Hart: What Now?$4,118,255-65%2,5670$1,604$18,949,9002Universal
9Storks$4,003,270-30%2,145-921$1,866$64,632,7985Warner Bros.
10Deepwater Horizon$3,399,466-47%2,828-575$1,202$55,045,1374Lionsgate / Summit
11The Magnificent Seven (2016)$2,285,095-56%1,979-1231$1,155$89,028,4625Sony / Columbia
12Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life$2,178,487-50%1,772-1050$1,229$16,888,4143CBS Films / Lionsgate
13Sully$1,490,479-48%1,172-1039$1,272$120,854,3697Warner Bros.
14Max Steel$680,104-69%2,0340$334$3,431,1612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Denial$954,159127%648552$1,472$1,971,4704Bleeker Street
2I'm Not Ashamed$927,161--505--$1,836$927,1611Pure Flix
3The Birth of a Nation (2016)$907,974-67%633-1472$1,434$14,173,1553Fox Searchlight
4Desierto$499,743-3%16895$2,975$1,145,0832STX Entertainment
5Suicide Squad$385,211-46%383-247$1,006$324,271,17412Warner Bros.
6Queen of Katwe$374,379-57%319-743$1,174$7,748,9745Disney
7The Secret Life of Pets$297,80510%275-1$1,083$366,180,93516Universal
8Masterminds (2016)$291,715-83%520-1507$561$17,069,5404Relativity Studios
9Priceless (2016)$257,333-64%294-9$875$1,158,3922Roadside Attractions
10Finding Dory$221,459-19%183-6$1,210$485,485,86119Disney
11Don't Breathe$178,947-74%257-355$696$88,577,9059Sony / TriStar
12Snowden$169,546-45%156-187$1,087$21,204,7966Open Road
13Bridget Jones's Baby$153,710-57%172-218$894$23,928,8506Universal
14The Dressmaker$121,417-31%103-43$1,179$1,567,5605Broad Green Pictures
15Blair Witch$115,965-33%166-77$699$20,747,0136Lionsgate
16Pete's Dragon (2016)$97,767-19%134-31$730$75,324,63811Disney
17Bad Moms$89,917-25%114-62$789$113,217,95513STX Entertainment
18Jason Bourne$73,625-10%120-11$614$162,162,12013Universal
19Ghostbusters (2016)$70,514-40%117-28$603$128,254,49215Sony / Columbia
20Kubo and the Two Strings$69,850-39%102-37$685$47,447,96610Focus
21The Light Between Oceans$39,51535%10039$395$12,489,7758Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Moonlight (2016)$402,075--4--$100,519$402,0751A24
2A Man Called Ove$258,27529%9718$2,663$797,9954Music Box Films
3American Pastoral$149,038--50--$2,981$149,0381Lionsgate
4Certain Women$139,687129%4136$3,407$226,2662
5Shin Godzilla$115,302-75%20-14$5,765$1,871,6072FUNimation Films
6Luck-Key$113,846--21--$5,421$113,8461JBG Pictures
7The Handmaiden$92,129--5--$18,426$92,1291Magnolia Pictures
8A Beautiful Planet$91,51712%44-5$2,080$6,874,93226IMAX
9Hell or High Water$87,554-48%87-101$1,006$26,652,32611CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Operation Mekong$78,322--22--$3,560$700,2044Well Go USA
11American Honey$71,064-52%96-39$740$523,6884A24
12The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years$69,267-34%82-20$845$2,686,7866Abramorama
13Miss Hokusai$68,968181%8482$821$103,1282GKIDS
14Aquarius$50,42473%1714$2,966$91,2122Vitagraph Films
15Harry & Snowman$45,56732%259$1,823$224,8814FilmRise
16Nine Lives (2016)$38,454-32%61-27$630$19,691,40912EuropaCorp Films
17Christine (2016)$34,518194%1211$2,877$53,8342The Orchard
18No Manches Frida$32,810-71%37-49$887$11,465,1898Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Premam$29,565-78%35-55$845$811,3313Blue Sky Cinema
20In a Valley of Violence$29,343--33--$889$29,3431Focus World
21Don't Think Twice$28,682-25%25-5$1,147$4,333,28314The Film Arcade
22Mechanic: Resurrection$27,645-67%58-43$477$21,203,2609Lionsgate / Summit
23Asura: The City of Madness$25,036-64%19-9$1,318$158,7023CJ Entertainment
24Ice Age: Collision Course$23,202-41%67-11$346$64,045,59314Fox
25Spirit of the Game$20,902-39%20-7$1,045$170,9263Samuel Goldwyn / Purdie Distribution
26Florence Foster Jenkins$20,886-56%33-54$633$27,370,96111Paramount
27Sausage Party$20,268-59%45-54$450$97,636,79911Sony / Columbia
28Tampopo$16,410--1--$16,410$16,4101Janus Films
29Tower (2016)$15,39280%3-2$5,131$38,7302Kino Lorber
30Hunt for the Wilderpeople$14,207-29%20-3$710$5,189,81918The Orchard
31When the Bough Breaks$12,945-90%38-145$341$29,644,7207Sony / Screen Gems
32I Belonged to You$11,982-70%5-22$2,396$729,9714China Lion Entertainment
33Fire At Sea$11,906--2--$5,953$20,9071
3431$11,842--14--$846$771,7579Lionsgate Saban Films
35Captain Fantastic$11,795-53%17-22$694$5,875,00616Bleecker Street
36King Cobra$11,624--2--$5,812$11,6241IFC Films
37The Hollars$11,28418%4524$251$996,7839Sony Pictures Classics
38Sand Storm$10,22971%62$1,705$64,0434Kino Lorber
39Wildflower$9,237--8--$1,155$11,6431CanZion Films
40Voiceless$8,203-67%10-35$820$368,1443ArtAffects Entertainment
41Ixcanul$7,585-16%10-3$759$261,28310Kino Lorber
42We Are X$7,526--1--$7,526$7,5261Drafthouse Films
43Indignation$6,533-22%8-1$817$3,391,82813Roadside / Summit
44The Battle Of Algiers (50th Anniversary)$6,513-7%72$930$45,8953Rialto
45Train To Busan$6,473--4--$1,618$2,053,58214 Inc. Well Go USA
46Cameraperson$6,244-39%6-1$1,041$90,3897Janus Films
47It Had To Be You$5,302--2--$2,651$5,3021Samuel Goldwyn Films
48Ugly, Dirty and Bad (40th Anniversary)$4,898--1--$4,898$4,8981Film Movement
49Greater$4,819-66%9-6$535$1,964,9309Hammond Entertainment
50The Uncondemned$4,353--1--$4,353$4,3531Abramorama
51Born to Be Wild 3D$3,66713%71$524$25,048,948290Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Southside with You$3,610-43%91$401$6,301,4359Roadside / Miramax
53Being 17$3,482-56%62$580$30,6233Strand Releasing
54Mia Madre$3,468-21%51$694$297,0969Music Box Films
55Dark Horse (2016)$3,0302680%65$505$926,66225Sony Pictures Classics
56Mil Jeong (Age of Shadows)$2,720-87%3-7$907$540,2685Grimm Pictures Harbin Films
57Hubble 3D$2,558-18%2514$102$51,715,737345Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Little Men (2016)$2,528-40%8-2$316$682,35212Magnolia Pictures
59Equity$1,855-73%5-6$371$1,600,12913Sony Pictures Classics
60Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$1,548-31%40$387$589,42210Magnolia Pictures
61As I Open My Eyes$1,42925%21$715$27,8647Kino Lorber
62The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits$1,217-49%10$1,217$26,9445Cinema Libre Studio
63Danny Says$1,202-34%2-2$601$40,0964Magnolia Pictures
64The Lovers and the Despot$1,010-41%2-3$505$53,4425Magnolia Pictures
65Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$1,000350%21$500$144,38913Kino Lorber
66Theo Who Lived$974-61%1-1$974$11,2713Zeitgeist Films
67The Greasy Strangler$933-81%1-4$933$38,9653FilmRise
68Author: The JT Leroy Story$900-52%10-3$90$85,6227Magnolia Pictures
69Demon$853-67%3-3$284$99,6117The Orchard The Orchard
70La Notte$844--1--$844$34,7526Rialto Pictures
71Fatima (2016)$788--2--$394$47,5289Kino Lorber
72Under the Sea 3D$749-21%31$250$35,097,355402Warner Bros. / IMAX
73Our Little Sister$712-72%2-12$356$456,21616Sony Pictures Classics
74Mr. Church$696-10%2-2$348$685,1436Freestyle Releasing
75Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$56651%2-1$283$10,673,448134Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Victor$500-64%10$500$102,3846CanZion Films
77Closet Monster$303-91%2-9$152$37,0645Strand Releasing
78The Hollow$205--1--$205$3,6893Uncork'd Entertainment
79My Love, Don’t Cross That River$16969%10$169$86,44619
80The Last Film Festival$67--1--$67$3,5066Monterey Media