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. 28 - Sun, Jul. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Dunkirk$26,611,130-47%3,74828$7,100$101,317,3502Warner Bros.
2The Emoji Movie$24,531,923--4,075--$6,020$24,531,9231Sony / Columbia
3Girls Trip$19,646,305-37%2,64857$7,419$65,085,5252Universal
4Atomic Blonde$18,286,420--3,304--$5,535$18,286,4201Focus Features
5Spider-Man: Homecoming$13,261,372-40%3,625-505$3,658$278,168,1774Sony / Columbia
6War for the Planet of the Apes$10,472,252-50%3,374-726$3,104$118,784,8813Fox
7Despicable Me 3$7,592,560-42%3,030-495$2,506$230,292,4655Universal
8Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$6,360,085-63%3,5530$1,790$30,186,2322EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9Baby Driver$3,971,018-35%1,961-542$2,025$91,967,2065Sony / TriStar
10Wonder Woman$3,340,667-28%1,651-320$2,023$395,244,3739Warner Bros.
11The Big Sick$3,177,951-37%1,589-1008$2,000$30,222,6056Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cars 3$956,031-50%861-433$1,110$146,384,1247Disney
2Wish Upon$950,553-62%907-1247$1,048$12,929,4643Broad Green Pictures
3Transformers: The Last Knight$557,519-52%538-487$1,036$128,791,9986Paramount
4A Ghost Story$368,289168%329286$1,119$927,5084A24
5Maudie$331,974-15%228-5$1,456$4,650,6147Sony Pictures Classics
6Mubarakan$310,162--128--$2,423$310,1621Sony Pictures Releasing International
7Captain Underpants$297,460-35%267-24$1,114$72,456,0669Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$277,201-24%231-37$1,200$387,764,60813Disney
9Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$209,249-15%210-19$996$171,001,41010Disney
1047 Meters Down$195,315-56%240-209$814$42,705,6227Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11The House (2017)$193,334-55%225-228$859$24,908,7625Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mummy$188,760-13%184-30$1,026$79,718,4558Universal
13Lady Macbeth$176,07340%10464$1,693$464,0393Roadside Attractions
14The Boss Baby$96,578-30%149-14$648$174,663,98918Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Beguiled$93,845-64%144-187$652$10,422,6946Focus Features
16The Hero$63,116-55%106-89$595$3,850,0428The Orchard

Platform (1 — 99)

1Detroit$350,190--20--$17,510$350,1901Annapurna Pictures
2Wolf Warrior 2$219,022--53--$4,132$219,0221The H Collective
3Landline$127,558143%3834$3,357$201,4572Magnolia Pictures
4An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$124,823--4--$31,206$124,8231Paramount
5The Little Hours$119,022-30%96-18$1,240$1,194,2095Gunpowder & Sky
6The Midwife$79,536273%2825$2,841$113,2102Music Box Films
7Beatriz at Dinner$65,987-43%77-39$857$6,839,0128Roadside Attractions
9The Battleship Island$59,344--1--$59,344$59,3441CJ Entertainment
10Lost in Paris$55,497-5%41-2$1,354$327,8457Oscilloscope Laboratories
11All Eyez On Me$49,73466%9432$529$44,892,1217Lionsgate / Summit
12Alien: Covenant$43,060-36%98-5$439$74,154,52311Fox
13Brigsby Bear$39,652--3--$13,217$39,6521Sony Pictures Classics
14The Women's Balcony$30,518-11%22-2$1,387$1,031,46622Menemsha Films
15Paris Can Wait$30,435-47%44-22$692$5,521,57512Sony Pictures Classics
16Megan Leavey$24,724-42%46-41$537$12,872,1108Bleeker Street
17Endless Poetry$22,005-54%184$1,223$107,1743abkco Films
18Rough Night$20,486-15%46-17$445$21,906,9177Sony
19Jagga Jasoos$19,636-83%31-76$633$854,0643UTV Communications
2013 Minutes$18,11557%18-1$1,006$100,8125Sony Pictures Classics
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$15,5206%36-11$431$20,708,3001120th Century Fox
22The Exception$14,675-26%11-17$1,334$679,2169A24
23City of Ghosts$12,674-40%180$704$101,6354IFC Films / Amazon
24Gifted$12,065-30%21-5$575$24,759,49517Fox Searchlight
25Person to Person$11,852--3--$3,951$11,8521Magnolia Pictures
26Journey to the South Pacific$11,245-14%30$3,748$7,426,648192IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
27It Comes At Night$11,205-34%23-10$487$13,839,9548A24
28Smurfs: The Lost Village$9,439-41%27-11$350$45,011,20217Sony / Columbia
29The Journey$9,305-43%7-6$1,329$152,4607IFC Films
30Love, Kennedy$9,192-26%172$541$331,3009Purdie Distribution
31Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$8,914--2--$4,457$33,6671Kino Lorber
32Letters from Baghdad$8,228-31%9-4$914$293,6189Vitagraph Films
33Pop Aye$7,13675%40$1,784$49,4655Kino Lorber
34The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography$6,562-61%21-4$312$112,3265Neon
35Under the Sea 3D$6,461-11%4-1$1,615$35,542,353442Warner Bros. / IMAX
36My Cousin Rachel$5,604-54%16-5$350$2,711,0038Fox Searchlight
37Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge$5,420-62%7-4$774$110,2265Society Films
38Born to Be Wild 3D$5,339-8%6-1$890$25,489,179330Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$5,211--1--$5,211$5,2111Abramorama
40Churchill$4,48722%92$499$1,264,8549Cohen Media Group
41From The Land Of The Moon$4,473--2--$2,237$4,4731IFC Films
42The Untamed$4,06450%54$813$8,5892Strand Releasing
43Slack Bay$3,998-35%62$666$85,34115Kino Lorber Films
44Hare Krishna!$3,971767%31$1,324$65,7757Abramorama
45I Am The Blues$3,93069%4-1$983$16,1903Film Movement
46Dawson City: Frozen Time$3,164-21%3-1$1,055$91,2178Kino Lorber Films
47Simple Creature$3,006--3--$1,002$3,0061Indican Pictures
49Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$2,768-6%2-1$1,384$144,30510Abramorama
50Moka$2,240-64%7-3$320$110,7037Film Movement
51Birthright: A War Story$1,801--1--$1,801$7,2573Abramorama
52Man Underground$1,781--5--$356$1,7813Indican Pictures
55The Wedding Plan$1,452-60%81$182$1,407,67012Roadside Attractions
56Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$1,43441%31$478$111,75511PBS Distribution
57Band Aid$1,417-47%5-5$283$245,1409IFC Films
58Escapes$1,339--1--$1,339$1,3391Grasshopper Film
59Le Gai Savoir (2017-reissue)$1,149--1--$1,149$1,1491Kino Lorber
60Amnesia$1,127-6%21$564$3,3692Film Movement
61L'Important C'est D'Aimer (2017 re-release)$1,092-47%10$1,092$14,4483Rialto Pictures
62The Girl Without Hands$956-62%10$956$5,5632GKIDS
63Food Evolution$88811%32$296$16,5476Abramorama
64Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$884-40%1-1$884$392,36116Abramorama
65Our Time Will Come$863-70%1-2$863$113,9744China Lion
66La Chinoise (2017 re-issue)$861-63%10$861$5,6312Kino Lorber
67Jasmine$825--1--$825$21,5197Indican Pictures
68I Dream in Another Language$810--1--$810$8101FilmRise
69My Journey Through French Cinema$72832%2-1$364$48,5066Cohen Media Group
70Hubble 3D$72623%1-1$726$51,863,799385Warner Bros. / IMAX
71Santoalla$67338%10$673$2,4132Oscilloscope Laboratories
72Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$646-27%5-3$129$3,814,86816Sony Pictures Classics
73KEDi$598-46%3-2$199$2,795,19225Oscilloscope Laboratories
74Hidden Figures$507-62%3-2$169$169,374,49032Fox
75Il Boom$477-83%1-1$477$41,2377Rialto Pictures
76The Transfiguration$462--1--$462$21,92617Strand Releasing
77Hermia & Helena$42729%1-2$427$39,56810Kino Lorber
78The Ornithologist$226-76%20$113$43,3426Strand Releasing
79Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$218--1--$218$10,741,132174Warner Bros. / IMAX
80After the Storm$96--1--$96$270,21020Film Movement
81Obit.$60-97%1-1$60$309,73014Kino Lorber
82The Skyjacker's Tale$55--1--$55$2,6945Strand Releasing
83A Woman's Life$24-72%20$12$37,54313Kino Lorber Films