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, Sep. 1 - Sun, Sep. 3

Wide (1000+)

1The Hitman's Bodyguard$10,536,0103%3,370-7$3,126$55,230,2243Lionsgate / Summit
2Annabelle: Creation$7,506,234-2%3,358-207$2,235$89,181,8324Warner Bros. / New Line
3Wind River$6,237,51736%2,602507$2,397$18,659,9545The Weinstein Company
4Leap!$4,845,7932%2,705130$1,791$11,340,5962The Weinstein Company
5Logan Lucky$4,410,1854%2,975-56$1,482$21,440,6723Bleeker Street
6Dunkirk$4,373,28111%2,752-22$1,589$179,002,8267Warner Bros.
7Spider-Man: Homecoming$3,684,18931%2,036-86$1,810$324,085,7359Sony / Columbia
8Despicable Me 3$2,501,28043%2,13216$1,173$258,036,51010Universal
9The Emoji Movie$2,464,948-2%2,108-266$1,169$80,341,6626Sony / Columbia
10Girls Trip$2,305,780-2%1,607-170$1,435$111,565,2957Universal
11The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$2,115,589-9%2,651-439$798$25,956,0934Open Road
12Wonder Woman$2,038,35122%1,838-372$1,109$409,057,37214Warner Bros.
13Cars 3$1,773,264953%2,4452231$725$150,911,13312Disney
14Birth Of The Dragon$1,738,645-36%1,63315$1,065$5,396,4652OTL Releasing
15Kidnap$1,625,7458%1,689-4$963$29,368,6125Aviron Pictures
16The Dark Tower$1,609,457-5%1,820-518$884$47,441,3515Sony / Columbia
17Baby Driver$1,477,28122%1,463-294$1,010$105,532,53710Sony / TriStar
18The Big Sick$1,436,25297%1,270564$1,131$40,991,71111Lionsgate
19The Glass Castle$1,408,6141%1,36062$1,036$14,758,3734Lionsgate Lionsgate
20War for the Planet of the Apes$1,109,81722%1,041-73$1,066$144,364,5808Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)$1,767,758--901--$1,962$1,767,7581Sony
2All Saints$1,220,871-19%8460$1,443$3,417,7942Sony Pictures
3Hazlo Como Hombre$1,174,484--382--$3,075$1,174,4841Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Tulip Fever$1,158,017--765--$1,514$1,158,0171Weinstein Company
5Atomic Blonde$880,3202%741-248$1,188$50,361,7006Focus Features
6Ingrid Goes West$605,584-23%625-22$969$2,315,7294Neon
7Good Time$315,659-46%635-86$497$1,629,2634A24
8Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$250,1901%280-38$894$40,076,9447EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9Patti Cake$$247,256142%295236$838$535,5323Fox Searchlight
1047 Meters Down$223,16489%430118$519$44,017,62612Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11The Trip to Spain$218,38179%13076$1,680$540,2244IFC Films
12Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$217,10584%196-103$1,108$389,646,31018Disney
13Detroit$203,284-20%331-194$614$16,526,1996Annapurna Pictures
15Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$194,45850%18621$1,045$172,277,52415Disney
16Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D$177,979-68%288-83$618$931,7912Distrib Films
17I Do... Until I Don't$170,775--165--$1,035$170,7751The Film Arcade
18Megan Leavey$136,388316%383331$356$13,315,62613Bleeker Street
19Captain Underpants$130,10537%144-73$904$73,649,85814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20Valley Of Bones$107,373--300--$358$107,3731Smith Global Media
21A Gentleman$86,556-55%130-5$666$361,6312FIP
22Maudie$82,129-4%10610$775$5,909,83712Sony Pictures Classics
23The Only Living Boy In New York$63,657-65%135-154$472$560,1994Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shubh Mangal Savdhan$259,999--80--$3,250$259,9991Eros International
2A Taxi Driver$111,725-18%31-5$3,604$1,339,1734Well Go USA
3Columbus$111,46675%297$3,844$380,3965Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
4Toilet: Ek Prem Katha$79,466-38%49-35$1,622$1,800,7184Reliance Pictures
5Crown Heights$62,418102%5444$1,156$146,3183IFC Films
6An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power$61,193-27%80-47$765$3,456,1446Paramount
7Wolf Warrior 2$51,903-44%24-15$2,163$2,654,8596The H Collective
8Wish Upon$51,2156%66-1$776$14,178,0538Broad Green Pictures
9Viceroy's House$48,134--4--$12,034$48,1341IFC Films
10Beach Rats$43,913-5%85$5,489$112,7402Neon
11Gook$43,678-39%273$1,618$178,0363Samuel Goldwyn Films
12Step$43,066-36%42-76$1,025$1,059,6655Fox Searchlight
13Lost in Paris$28,05742%192$1,477$575,17312Oscilloscope Laboratories
14The Midwife$26,617-26%21-13$1,267$511,2577Music Box Films
15Marjorie Prime$26,54611%122$2,212$91,3283FilmRise Releasing
16Brigsby Bear$23,120-25%36-59$642$501,8766Sony Pictures Classics
17Polina$20,83766%42$5,209$42,4632Oscilloscope Laboratories
18Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$20,605103%166$1,288$117,9256Kino Lorber
19The Adventurers$16,561-39%4-7$4,140$173,0523Well Go USA
20The Hero$15,44712%392$396$4,048,37713The Orchard
21The Fencer$14,7646%72$2,109$61,0757CFI Releasing
22Dolores$13,534--1--$13,534$13,5341PBS Distribution
23It Comes At Night$13,524228%103$1,352$13,883,33913A24
24Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$13,40924%30$4,470$10,869,153179Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Whose Streets?$12,403-36%24-13$517$148,2004Magnolia Pictures
26A Ghost Story$12,00128%15-6$800$1,564,6109A24
27The Teacher$11,936--5--$2,387$15,3021Film Movement
28Landline$11,654-29%24-8$486$917,5027Magnolia Pictures
29The Nile Hilton Incident$11,415192%64$1,903$42,2134Strand Releasing
30Lady Macbeth$11,261-37%29-12$388$1,077,7728Roadside Attractions
31The Boss Baby$11,022-4%90-7$122$174,963,32623Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32Journey to the South Pacific$10,947-17%20$5,474$7,539,593197IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
33Heat and Dust (2017 re-release)$10,288--4--$2,572$10,2881Cohen Media Group
34Beatriz at Dinner$7,582-25%245$316$7,047,25013Roadside Attractions
35Under the Sea 3D$6,87444%3-1$2,291$35,615,407447Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Once Upon A Time$5,872-42%5-3$1,174$480,8654Well Go USA Entertainment
37We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$5,520-1%111$502$16,1755Purdie Distribution
38Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story$5,400157%21$2,700$7,5002MVD Entertainment Group
39The Women's Balcony$4,900-45%5-3$980$1,152,83027Menemsha Films
40After Love$4,3481859%54$870$7,0884Distrib Films
41The Vault$4,308--11--$392$4,3081FilmRise
43Love, Kennedy$3,83728%101$384$390,17414Purdie Distribution
44The Villainess$3,643-14%31$1,214$11,1522Well Go USA Entertainment
45Moka$3,604572%42$901$122,85012Film Movement
47Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$3,045120%31$1,015$40,2526Abramorama
4813 Minutes$3,036448%64$506$150,60510Sony Pictures Classics
49Il Boom$2,802388%1-1$2,802$46,27212Rialto Pictures
50Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$2,737-47%30$912$18,2693Abramorama
51A Boy Called Po$2,693--10--$269$2,6931Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Freestyle Digital Media
52Dalida$2,461--1--$2,461$2,4611Under The Milky Way
53Served Like a Girl$2,42231%62$404$6,5042Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
54Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$2,175-29%32$725$207,97123Arrow Films
55The Ornithologist$2,1032046%10$2,103$48,47311Strand Releasing
56Legend of the Naga Pearls$2,096-59%2-2$1,048$12,2082Well Go USA Entertainment
57Letters from Baghdad$2,000-75%4-1$500$331,62314Vitagraph Films
58Born to Be Wild 3D$1,9298%60$322$25,530,016335Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Le Trou$1,862--1--$1,862$26,74810Rialto Pictures
60Paris Can Wait$1,788-19%6-2$298$5,612,50017Sony Pictures Classics
61City of Ghosts$1,4025%6-3$234$127,1259IFC Films / Amazon
62Nocturama$1,32257%21$661$19,3514Grasshopper Film
63The Girl Without Hands$1,2837%61$214$17,2937GKIDS
64Person to Person$1,279940%42$320$46,5026Magnolia Pictures
65Dawson City: Frozen Time$1,106-19%3-1$369$115,45513Kino Lorber Films
66Slack Bay$1,101-9%20$551$109,13820Kino Lorber Films
67Hubble 3D$5651514%2-2$283$51,870,217390Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Red Christmas$48774%32$162$8602Artsploitation
69The Untamed$482203%10$482$24,9227Strand Releasing
70In Pursuit of Silence$383--2--$192$19,64411Cinema Guild
71False Confessions$361-85%30$120$29,0488Big World Pictures
72Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$247--1--$247$43,28317Rialto Pictures
73Escapes$242-65%10$242$13,9806Grasshopper Film
74L'Important C'est D'Aimer (2017 re-release)$227--1--$227$16,9768Rialto Pictures
75I Am The Blues$85-84%10$85$25,4218Film Movement