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. 18 - Sun, Aug. 20

Wide (1000+)

1The Hitman's Bodyguard$21,384,504--3,377--$6,332$21,384,5041Lionsgate / Summit
2Annabelle: Creation$15,612,680-55%3,54240$4,408$64,156,9012Warner Bros. / New Line
3Logan Lucky$7,600,036--3,031--$2,507$7,600,0361Bleeker Street
4Dunkirk$6,614,385-39%3,271-491$2,022$165,422,4645Warner Bros.
5The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$5,092,344-39%4,0030$1,272$17,675,9892Open Road
6The Emoji Movie$4,441,028-31%2,791-428$1,591$71,858,3804Sony / Columbia
7Spider-Man: Homecoming$4,256,367-29%2,341-266$1,818$314,057,7487Sony / Columbia
8Girls Trip$3,911,300-40%2,010-293$1,946$104,053,4455Universal
9The Dark Tower$3,788,669-52%3,143-308$1,205$41,673,0473Sony / Columbia
10Kidnap$2,961,475-42%2,345-73$1,263$24,527,1583Aviron Pictures
11The Glass Castle$2,549,459-46%1,4610$1,745$9,705,8402Lionsgate Lionsgate
12Atomic Blonde$2,179,190-51%1,628-465$1,339$47,158,0454Focus Features
13Despicable Me 3$2,073,810-34%1,551-462$1,337$251,774,3308Universal
14War for the Planet of the Apes$2,010,898-44%1,608-490$1,251$140,958,1016Fox
15Detroit$856,766-70%1,428-1579$600$15,525,2294Annapurna Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Wind River$2,975,732386%694649$4,288$4,089,0013The Weinstein Company
2Wonder Woman$1,092,338-25%803-158$1,360$404,000,71412Warner Bros.
3The Big Sick$1,001,010-32%618-91$1,620$38,066,4409Lionsgate
4Baby Driver$856,054-41%683-182$1,253$101,689,4958Sony / TriStar
5Toilet: Ek Prem Katha$397,940-41%145-33$2,744$1,387,4992Reliance Pictures
6Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$397,019-56%465-412$854$39,227,7475EuropaCorp/STXfilms
7An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$331,007-59%514-42$644$3,024,6564Paramount
8Cars 3$249,148-25%247-61$1,009$148,772,91510Disney
9Step$206,195--306121$674$810,4483Fox Searchlight
10Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$187,598-27%195-15$962$389,194,99316Disney
11Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$185,10967%18459$1,006$171,812,04113Disney
12Transformers: The Last Knight$175,779-34%224-31$785$130,104,6349Paramount
13Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry$169,203--292--$579$519,4611FUNimation Films
1447 Meters Down$166,32311%146-27$1,139$43,600,38810Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15Brigsby Bear$142,218178%408371$349$337,9854Sony Pictures Classics
16Maudie$110,320-33%124-39$890$5,624,69810Sony Pictures Classics
17Captain Underpants$93,118-36%157-21$593$73,339,45912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18The House (2017)$88,313-32%138-10$640$25,469,9048Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Boss Baby$17,569-33%10922$161$174,920,38121Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

1Ingrid Goes West$267,38598%2623$10,284$440,5032Neon
2A Taxi Driver$256,789-23%410$6,263$833,3392Well Go USA
4Wolf Warrior 2$193,787-53%50-2$3,876$2,337,6504The H Collective
5Good Time$165,44132%2016$8,272$341,4042A24
6The Only Living Boy In New York$86,02258%6651$1,303$163,1452Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
7The Adventurers$68,614--17--$4,036$68,6141Well Go USA
8Patti Cake$$67,599--14--$4,829$67,5991Fox Searchlight
9The Trip to Spain$64,41458%1916$3,390$123,0082IFC Films
10Once Upon A Time$57,746-77%44-7$1,312$415,6482Well Go USA Entertainment
11The Battleship Island$53,687-64%22-16$2,440$1,044,2554CJ Entertainment
12Landline$46,707-64%63-74$741$857,5815Magnolia Pictures
13Columbus$42,518-5%125$3,543$150,8293Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
14Megan Leavey$40,761-4%59-16$691$13,113,85711Bleeker Street
15The Midwife$39,540-24%39-4$1,014$402,9185Music Box Films
16Lady Macbeth$36,213-56%86-33$421$1,007,7596Roadside Attractions
17Rough Night$33,379-2%77-108$433$22,062,20010Sony
18The Little Hours$33,290-44%39-21$854$1,509,9628Gunpowder & Sky
19Wish Upon$33,106-59%44-71$752$14,053,9086Broad Green Pictures
20Crown Heights$30,173--3--$10,058$30,1731IFC Films
21Gook$27,044--2--$13,522$27,0441Samuel Goldwyn Films
22Whose Streets?$25,331-42%273$938$91,4462Magnolia Pictures
23A Ghost Story$23,059-45%39-18$591$1,513,2097A24
24Marjorie Prime$20,668--6--$3,445$20,6681FilmRise Releasing
25Beatriz at Dinner$16,614-51%25-16$665$7,014,28011Roadside Attractions
26Lost in Paris$16,237-52%18-7$902$507,51510Oscilloscope Laboratories
27Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$15,79616%3-1$5,265$10,822,676177Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Hero$15,264-32%38-3$402$3,997,64611The Orchard
29The Women's Balcony$11,606-33%12-4$967$1,116,13625Menemsha Films
30Journey to the South Pacific$9,52419%20$4,762$7,493,209195IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
31Endless Poetry$8,357-33%4-1$2,089$196,7326abkco Films
32We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$7,536-43%10-1$754$79,9633Purdie Distribution
33Under the Sea 3D$6,530-6%4-1$1,633$35,589,033445Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Paris Can Wait$6,253-34%13-3$481$5,598,73115Sony Pictures Classics
35Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$6,120--1--$6,120$6,1201Abramorama
3713 Minutes$5,733-34%17-1$337$143,0198Sony Pictures Classics
38The Nile Hilton Incident$5,633-39%20$2,817$20,2352Strand Releasing
39Alien: Covenant$5,567-53%38-7$147$74,242,28014Fox
40Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$4,88881%74$698$75,4064Kino Lorber
41Mubarakan$4,849-81%8-14$606$757,0574Sony Pictures Releasing International
42The Fencer$4,744-18%40$1,186$22,4585CFI Releasing
43Love, Kennedy$4,707-13%10-2$471$375,72312Purdie Distribution
44Hare Krishna!$4,41291%32$1,471$77,95010Abramorama
45From The Land Of The Moon$4,068-43%70$581$37,7574IFC Films
46Nocturama$3,343-38%41$836$12,2962Grasshopper Film
47Born to Be Wild 3D$2,995-24%5-1$599$25,522,134333Warner Bros. / IMAX
48The Wound$2,920--1--$2,920$19,7371Kino Lorber
49Gifted$2,847-64%8-7$356$24,799,76520Fox Searchlight
50Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge$2,538-34%3-4$846$124,9118Society Films
51Person to Person$2,488-20%5-4$498$43,3284Magnolia Pictures
52Slack Bay$2,364-17%2-1$1,182$104,34918Kino Lorber Films
53Letters from Baghdad$2,347-18%71$335$312,29012Vitagraph Films
54It Comes At Night$2,104-73%3-2$701$13,876,82411A24
55The Exception$2,013-6%2-2$1,007$704,01812A24
56Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$1,590-65%30$530$28,4904Abramorama
57The Farthest$1,548-78%20$774$13,5572Abramorama
58Pop Aye$1,39812%50$280$61,4688Kino Lorber
59Dawson City: Frozen Time$1,324-64%5-1$265$109,15311Kino Lorber Films
61City of Ghosts$1,19719%121$100$121,0817IFC Films / Amazon
62The Girl Without Hands$1,193-3%3-1$398$12,8475GKIDS
63I Am The Blues$921-60%31$307$23,3196Film Movement
64False Confessions$594-63%2-1$297$25,0216Big World Pictures
65Obit.$509-23%31$170$313,28617Kino Lorber
66Hubble 3D$499--2--$250$51,865,869388Warner Bros. / IMAX
67The Ghoul$48785%42$122$1,5843Arrow Films
68After Love$436-46%10$436$2,3682Distrib Films
69The Untamed$428-75%1-3$428$23,6855Strand Releasing
70Escapes$328-93%1-3$328$12,1534Grasshopper Film
71Moka$297-59%1-1$297$118,13810Film Movement
73Hidden Figures$250-49%10$250$169,376,48435Fox
74The Ornithologist$81-67%1-1$81$46,1559Strand Releasing
75Hermia & Helena$27--1--$27$40,34413Kino Lorber