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. 11 - Sun, Aug. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Annabelle: Creation$35,006,404--3,502--$9,996$35,006,4041Warner Bros. / New Line
2Dunkirk$10,884,117-36%3,762-252$2,893$153,191,6684Warner Bros.
3The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$8,342,311--4,003--$2,084$8,342,3111Open Road
4The Dark Tower$7,820,154-59%3,4510$2,266$34,250,9182Sony / Columbia
5Girls Trip$6,466,475-43%2,303-279$2,808$97,139,9804Universal
6The Emoji Movie$6,450,927-46%3,219-856$2,004$63,437,8743Sony / Columbia
7Spider-Man: Homecoming$6,022,637-32%2,607-509$2,310$306,376,3316Sony / Columbia
8Kidnap$5,096,823-49%2,41840$2,108$19,266,1062Aviron Pictures
9The Glass Castle$4,678,548--1,461--$3,202$4,678,5481Lionsgate Lionsgate
10Atomic Blonde$4,480,635-45%2,093-1233$2,141$42,727,8603Focus Features
11War for the Planet of the Apes$3,603,698-42%2,098-606$1,718$137,232,1915Fox
12Despicable Me 3$3,129,420-42%2,013-432$1,555$247,735,8657Universal
13Detroit$2,888,794-59%3,0070$961$13,300,2583Annapurna Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Big Sick$1,463,932-32%709-296$2,065$36,407,7808Lionsgate
2Wonder Woman$1,447,475-37%961-346$1,506$402,175,56011Warner Bros.
3Baby Driver$1,441,906-44%865-559$1,667$100,033,8337Sony / TriStar
4Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$901,323-62%877-918$1,028$38,359,3174EuropaCorp/STXfilms
5An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$815,947-15%556376$1,468$2,311,6083Paramount
6Toilet: Ek Prem Katha$678,436--178--$3,811$678,4361Reliance Pictures
7Cars 3$330,052-39%308-169$1,072$148,324,2489Disney
8Transformers: The Last Knight$264,575-12%255-67$1,038$129,816,0578Paramount
9Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$257,117-43%210-42$1,224$388,879,06515Disney
10Maudie$163,450-36%163-24$1,003$5,414,9869Sony Pictures Classics
1147 Meters Down$149,881-48%173-238$866$43,366,9349Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12Captain Underpants$145,805-30%178-51$819$73,146,97111Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The House (2017)$130,07133%14824$879$25,319,3397Warner Bros. / New Line
14Landline$130,001-43%137-6$949$731,2024Magnolia Pictures
15Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$110,891-39%125-42$887$171,563,98112Disney
16Lady Macbeth$82,982-50%119-13$697$924,0945Roadside Attractions
17Wish Upon$81,060-74%115-230$705$13,990,3865Broad Green Pictures
18The Mummy$59,615-57%102-44$584$80,072,59010Universal
19Rough Night$33,932-28%185158$183$22,008,5349Sony

Platform (1 — 99)

1Wind River$612,683279%4541$13,615$840,9012The Weinstein Company
2Wolf Warrior 2$413,510-18%5220$7,952$1,926,8373The H Collective
3A Taxi Driver$331,854--41--$8,094$331,8541Well Go USA
4Once Upon A Time$249,933--51--$4,901$249,9331Well Go USA Entertainment
6The Battleship Island$150,113--38--$3,950$902,5093CJ Entertainment
7Ingrid Goes West$135,301--3--$45,100$135,3011Neon
8Good Time$125,101--4--$31,275$125,1011A24
9The Little Hours$59,602-13%600$993$1,441,4167Gunpowder & Sky
10The Only Living Boy In New York$54,458--15--$3,631$54,4581Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
11The Midwife$52,363-37%430$1,218$337,4314Music Box Films
12Brigsby Bear$51,12131%3722$1,382$168,1773Sony Pictures Classics
13Columbus$44,86067%75$6,409$86,9372Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
14Whose Streets?$43,804--24--$1,825$43,8041Magnolia Pictures
15Megan Leavey$42,411-42%75-21$565$13,050,70010Bleeker Street
16A Ghost Story$41,744-71%57-151$732$1,456,0896A24
17The Trip to Spain$40,875--3--$13,625$40,8751IFC Films
18Beatriz at Dinner$34,021-21%41-3$830$6,988,70110Roadside Attractions
19Lost in Paris$33,951-33%25-10$1,358$472,7139Oscilloscope Laboratories
20The Boss Baby$26,188-56%87-33$301$174,880,62320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Mubarakan$25,702-82%22-106$1,168$740,0713Sony Pictures Releasing International
22The Hero$22,421-28%41-12$547$3,965,66110The Orchard
23The Women's Balcony$17,34516%162$1,084$1,104,53024Menemsha Films
24We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$13,212-57%114$1,201$58,8532Purdie Distribution
25Endless Poetry$12,509-17%5-5$2,502$165,9495abkco Films
26Alien: Covenant$11,757-63%45-29$261$74,228,65513Fox
27Paris Can Wait$9,544-40%16-12$597$5,586,61314Sony Pictures Classics
28The Nile Hilton Incident$9,183--2--$4,592$9,1831Strand Releasing
2913 Minutes$8,641-19%185$480$131,6757Sony Pictures Classics
30Gifted$7,961-26%15-2$531$24,793,04119Fox Searchlight
31It Comes At Night$7,7498%5-10$1,550$13,869,90010A24
32From The Land Of The Moon$7,086-20%7-2$1,012$29,8433IFC Films
33The Farthest$6,900--2--$3,450$6,9001Abramorama
34The Fencer$5,812--4--$1,453$15,1464CFI Releasing
35Love, Kennedy$5,401-30%12-2$450$364,32611Purdie Distribution
36Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$4,602-34%31$1,534$23,9783Abramorama
37Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge$3,868155%73$553$121,0647Society Films
38Dawson City: Frozen Time$3,678-3%61$613$104,64410Kino Lorber Films
39Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$3,372-41%11-7$307$20,737,4401320th Century Fox
40Person to Person$3,105-66%9-4$345$39,0573Magnolia Pictures
414 Days in France$3,028-19%21$1,514$8,9252Cinema Guild
42Amnesia$2,943--1--$2,943$8,0164Film Movement
43Letters from Baghdad$2,8781%6-1$480$307,17611Vitagraph Films
44Slack Bay$2,853-41%3-1$951$99,92017Kino Lorber Films
45Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$2,703-62%31$901$63,1093Kino Lorber
46Hare Krishna!$2,312-62%1-1$2,312$71,8109Abramorama
47I Am The Blues$2,2852947%21$1,143$21,1255Film Movement
48The Exception$2,148-51%4-1$537$700,22111A24
49Churchill$2,127-55%40$532$1,279,68111Cohen Media Group
50In Pursuit of Silence$1,873--1--$1,873$17,1278Cinema Guild
51The Untamed$1,723-69%4-4$431$22,0384Strand Releasing
52False Confessions$1,600--3--$533$23,2365Big World Pictures
55Pop Aye$1,253-64%50$251$59,4797Kino Lorber
56The Girl Without Hands$1,233-1%40$308$10,0164GKIDS
57City of Ghosts$1,004-75%11-2$91$118,2426IFC Films / Amazon
58After Love$810--1--$810$1,1821Distrib Films
59My Journey Through French Cinema$7782%20$389$52,0588Cohen Media Group
60Moka$730-75%20$365$117,5769Film Movement
61Obit.$66519%20$333$312,32416Kino Lorber
62Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$618--1--$618$147,78012Abramorama
63Hidden Figures$4877%1-2$487$169,375,73534Fox
64Afterimage$372--1--$372$30,06613Film Movement
65The Ghoul$2636%21$132$6172Arrow Films
66The Ornithologist$243-78%2-3$122$45,8488Strand Releasing
67L'Important C'est D'Aimer (2017 re-release)$213-59%10$213$16,4105Rialto Pictures
68Harmonium$126--1--$126$16,4139Film Movement