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. 25 - Sun, Aug. 27

Wide (1000+)

1The Hitman's Bodyguard$10,262,619-52%3,3770$3,039$39,826,6232Lionsgate / Summit
2Annabelle: Creation$7,681,158-51%3,56523$2,155$78,211,5423Warner Bros. / New Line
3Leap!$4,730,038--2,575--$1,837$4,730,0381The Weinstein Company
4Wind River$4,600,97655%2,0951401$2,196$10,116,5894The Weinstein Company
5Logan Lucky$4,241,548-44%3,0310$1,399$14,908,9622Bleeker Street
6Dunkirk$3,948,142-40%2,774-497$1,423$172,477,1726Warner Bros.
7Spider-Man: Homecoming$2,820,476-34%2,122-219$1,329$318,938,5588Sony / Columbia
8Birth Of The Dragon$2,702,430--1,618--$1,670$2,702,4301OTL Releasing
9The Emoji Movie$2,508,570-44%2,374-417$1,057$76,590,0415Sony / Columbia
10Girls Trip$2,361,435-40%1,777-233$1,329$108,166,9606Universal
11The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$2,315,095-55%3,090-913$749$22,549,8213Open Road
12Despicable Me 3$1,750,380-16%2,116565$827$254,603,7609Universal
13The Dark Tower$1,687,471-55%2,338-805$722$45,007,0464Sony / Columbia
14Wonder Woman$1,675,20153%2,2101407$758$406,193,26213Warner Bros.
15Kidnap$1,502,453-49%1,693-652$887$27,171,7914Aviron Pictures
16The Glass Castle$1,388,562-46%1,298-163$1,070$12,500,4153Lionsgate Lionsgate
17Baby Driver$1,207,44241%1,7571074$687$103,346,3889Sony / TriStar
18War for the Planet of the Apes$913,199-55%1,114-494$820$142,787,0947Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1All Saints$1,514,278--846--$1,790$1,514,2781Sony Pictures
2Atomic Blonde$859,195-61%989-639$869$49,029,6305Focus Features
3Ingrid Goes West$782,988193%647621$1,210$1,322,7383Neon
4The Big Sick$730,631-27%70688$1,035$39,212,02410Lionsgate
5Good Time$581,403251%721701$806$999,8673A24
6Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D$552,773--371--$1,490$552,7731Distrib Films
7Detroit$252,975-70%525-903$482$16,174,6615Annapurna Pictures
8Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$248,339-37%318-147$781$39,687,6856EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9A Gentleman$191,530--135--$1,419$191,5301FIP
10The Only Living Boy In New York$180,954110%289223$626$391,1833Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
11Cars 3$168,443-32%214-33$787$149,065,59711Disney
13Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$129,932-30%165-19$787$172,026,58114Disney
14Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$118,152-37%299104$395$389,386,42017Disney
1547 Meters Down$117,980-29%312166$378$43,754,54411Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
16Captain Underpants$94,7712%21760$437$73,479,39313Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$83,951-75%127-387$661$3,329,3435Paramount
18Step$67,113-67%118-188$569$973,7034Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Taxi Driver$136,929-47%36-5$3,804$1,140,4963Well Go USA
2Toilet: Ek Prem Katha$129,031-68%84-61$1,536$1,666,7083Reliance Pictures
3The Trip to Spain$122,08590%5435$2,261$272,3383IFC Films
4Patti Cake$$102,25851%5945$1,733$194,6522Fox Searchlight
5Wolf Warrior 2$93,339-52%39-11$2,393$2,539,3065The H Collective
6Maudie$85,617-22%96-28$892$5,775,57711Sony Pictures Classics
7Gook$71,111163%2422$2,963$105,1452Samuel Goldwyn Films
8Columbus$63,84350%2210$2,902$237,8904Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
9Wish Upon$48,27346%6723$720$14,110,7457Broad Green Pictures
10The House (2017)$47,153-47%95-43$496$25,563,2739Warner Bros. / New Line
11Beach Rats$46,451--3--$15,484$46,4511Neon
12The Midwife$36,056-9%34-5$1,060$465,2466Music Box Films
13Megan Leavey$32,790-20%52-7$631$13,164,58212Bleeker Street
14Crown Heights$30,9443%107$3,094$61,1172IFC Films
15Brigsby Bear$30,640-78%95-313$323$459,2955Sony Pictures Classics
16The Adventurers$27,184-60%11-6$2,471$134,0732Well Go USA
17Marjorie Prime$24,01316%104$2,401$54,9032FilmRise Releasing
18The Battleship Island$23,928-55%220$1,088$1,104,9575CJ Entertainment
19The Little Hours$21,408-36%26-13$823$1,550,5389Gunpowder & Sky
20Lost in Paris$19,79822%17-1$1,165$536,44311Oscilloscope Laboratories
21Whose Streets?$19,244-24%3710$520$123,6183Magnolia Pictures
22Lady Macbeth$17,845-51%41-45$435$1,051,1047Roadside Attractions
23Landline$16,399-65%32-31$512$897,2126Magnolia Pictures
24Rough Night$14,888-55%59-18$252$22,092,59211Sony
25The Fencer$13,943194%51$2,789$39,7266CFI Releasing
26The Hero$13,758-10%37-1$372$4,022,00812The Orchard
27Journey to the South Pacific$13,23339%20$6,617$7,521,478196IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28Polina$12,588--2--$6,294$12,5881Oscilloscope Laboratories
29The Boss Baby$11,539-34%97-12$119$174,940,10722Fox / DreamWorks Animation
30Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$10,852-31%30$3,617$10,849,321178Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Beatriz at Dinner$10,174-39%19-6$535$7,032,38012Roadside Attractions
32Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$10,160108%103$1,016$88,4205Kino Lorber
33Once Upon A Time$10,054-83%8-36$1,257$464,9843Well Go USA Entertainment
34A Ghost Story$9,357-59%21-18$446$1,544,9248A24
35The Women's Balcony$8,980-23%8-4$1,123$1,142,93626Menemsha Films
37Letters from Baghdad$8,077244%5-2$1,615$322,14413Vitagraph Films
38Alien: Covenant$6,37014%29-9$220$74,255,90815Fox
39We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$5,595-26%100$560$91,9514Purdie Distribution
40Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$5,180-15%32$1,727$13,7272Abramorama
41Legend of the Naga Pearls$5,122--4--$1,281$5,1221Well Go USA Entertainment
42Under the Sea 3D$4,784-27%40$1,196$35,601,820446Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Villainess$4,238--2--$2,119$4,2381Well Go USA Entertainment
44It Comes At Night$4,11896%74$588$13,882,46112A24
45The Nile Hilton Incident$3,905-31%20$1,953$27,8813Strand Releasing
46From The Land Of The Moon$3,313-19%6-1$552$45,4575IFC Films
47Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$3,081--1--$3,081$205,79622Arrow Films
48Love, Kennedy$2,997-36%9-1$333$383,66913Purdie Distribution
49False Confessions$2,371299%31$790$27,5347Big World Pictures
50Paris Can Wait$2,203-65%8-5$275$5,608,74516Sony Pictures Classics
51Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story$2,100--1--$2,100$2,1001MVD Entertainment Group
52The Exception$1,988-1%1311$153$707,95213A24
53KEDi$1,960--4--$490$2,807,32829Oscilloscope Laboratories
54The Wound$1,898-35%10$1,898$23,8572Kino Lorber
55Served Like a Girl$1,844--4--$461$1,8441Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
56Born to Be Wild 3D$1,791-40%61$299$25,526,247334Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$1,386-13%2-1$693$32,5495Abramorama
58Dawson City: Frozen Time$1,3663%4-1$342$111,61912Kino Lorber Films
59City of Ghosts$1,33411%9-3$148$124,4908IFC Films / Amazon
60Slack Bay$1,209-49%20$605$106,92019Kino Lorber Films
61The Girl Without Hands$1,2011%52$240$14,9606GKIDS
62Nocturama$843-75%1-3$843$17,1553Grasshopper Film
63Escapes$689110%10$689$13,3775Grasshopper Film
64Il Boom$574--2--$287$43,47011Rialto Pictures
6513 Minutes$554-90%2-15$277$147,3159Sony Pictures Classics
67Moka$53680%21$268$118,81311Film Movement
68I Am The Blues$535-42%1-2$535$24,7877Film Movement
69Like Crazy$440--1--$440$107,36217Strand Releasing
70Hidden Figures$35040%10$350$169,379,04636Fox
71Clash$334--1--$334$17,1941Kino Lorber
72Red Christmas$280--1--$280$2801Artsploitation
73After Love$222-49%10$222$2,7403Distrib Films
74The Untamed$159-63%10$159$24,0326Strand Releasing
75Person to Person$123-95%2-3$62$45,0865Magnolia Pictures
76The Ornithologist$9821%10$98$46,33110Strand Releasing
77Pop Aye$75-95%2-3$38$62,3639Kino Lorber
78Harmonium$65--1--$65$17,05711Film Movement
79Hubble 3D$35-93%42$9$51,869,439389Warner Bros. / IMAX
80The Ghoul$34-93%1-3$34$2,0254Arrow Films