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. 8 - Sun, Sep. 10

Wide (1000+)

1It (2017)$123,403,419--4,103--$30,076$123,403,4191Warner Bros. / New Line
2Home Again$8,567,881--2,940--$2,914$8,567,8811Open Road
3The Hitman's Bodyguard$4,801,745-54%3,322-48$1,445$64,848,7524Lionsgate / Summit
4Annabelle: Creation$4,003,115-47%3,003-355$1,333$96,270,1255Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wind River$3,132,362-50%2,890288$1,084$24,924,3546The Weinstein Company
6Leap!$2,443,405-50%2,691-14$908$15,817,8413The Weinstein Company
7Spider-Man: Homecoming$2,006,749-46%1,657-379$1,211$327,694,54310Sony / Columbia
8Dunkirk$1,861,601-57%2,110-642$882$183,021,8808Warner Bros.
9Logan Lucky$1,669,875-62%2,167-808$771$25,072,1164Bleeker Street
10The Emoji Movie$1,138,516-54%1,450-658$785$82,595,3747Sony / Columbia
11Despicable Me 3$933,240-63%1,274-858$733$259,981,41511Universal
12Girls Trip$819,855-64%1,123-484$730$113,378,3258Universal
13The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$576,818-73%1,235-1416$467$27,468,7125Open Road
14The Glass Castle$533,828-62%1,037-323$515$16,078,7135Lionsgate Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Dark Tower$757,159-53%948-872$799$48,910,6206Sony / Columbia
2Wonder Woman$660,442-68%961-877$687$410,501,58415Warner Bros.
3All Saints$465,035-62%834-12$558$4,604,3123Sony Pictures
4War for the Planet of the Apes$450,821-59%653-388$690$145,329,5269Fox
5The Big Sick$441,878-69%535-735$826$41,990,77212Lionsgate
6Baby Driver$422,548-71%618-845$684$106,564,82611Sony / TriStar
7Hazlo Como Hombre$388,910-67%3820$1,018$2,035,7612Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Birth Of The Dragon$345,065-80%702-931$492$6,570,5503OTL Releasing
9Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)$309,268-83%787-114$393$2,890,3382Sony
10Cars 3$298,795-83%510-1935$586$152,042,30413Disney
11Atomic Blonde$290,200-67%390-351$744$51,041,4707Focus Features
12Tulip Fever$287,717-75%7727$373$1,937,9372Weinstein Company
13Kidnap$210,411-87%918-771$229$30,211,5256Aviron Pictures
14Ingrid Goes West$148,724-75%200-425$744$2,748,8235Neon
15The Trip to Spain$111,664-49%1322$846$762,0055IFC Films
16Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$106,947-57%229-51$467$40,309,9528EuropaCorp/STXfilms
18Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$94,051-52%143-43$658$172,447,78816Disney
1947 Meters Down$67,033-70%149-281$450$44,167,53813Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20Patti Cake$$66,970-73%189-106$354$721,4664Fox Searchlight
21Captain Underpants$55,792-57%103-41$542$73,754,42015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$53,202-75%129-67$412$389,760,11619Disney
23Detroit$52,566-74%151-180$348$16,693,1937Annapurna Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shubh Mangal Savdhan$128,735-50%800$1,609$512,1882Eros International
2Viceroy's House$125,683161%4137$3,065$197,6972IFC Films
3Columbus$76,254-32%367$2,118$512,1096Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
4It Comes At Night$75,591459%177$4,447$13,973,98814A24
5Beach Rats$73,06466%3426$2,149$208,9193Neon
6Poster Boys$51,264--50--$1,025$51,2641Sony Pictures Releasing International
7Good Time$50,670-84%75-560$676$1,862,1115A24
8Dolores$48,646259%54$9,729$65,9362PBS Distribution
9A Taxi Driver$42,546-62%21-10$2,026$1,451,4605Well Go USA
10Maudie$42,136-49%79-27$533$6,016,06313Sony Pictures Classics
11Wish Upon$40,671-21%55-11$739$14,240,4139Broad Green Pictures
12Rebel in the Rye$37,967--4--$9,492$37,9671IFC Films
13Crown Heights$30,047-52%9137$330$206,5614IFC Films
14Memoir of a Murderer$27,665--8--$3,458$27,6651Well Go USA
15Twenty Two$22,222--11--$2,020$22,2221China Lion Film
16Polina$21,1491%1511$1,410$73,8123Oscilloscope Laboratories
17Marjorie Prime$19,558-26%120$1,630$125,1724FilmRise Releasing
18Gook$19,354-56%20-7$968$222,1914Samuel Goldwyn Films
19I Do... Until I Don't$18,239-89%61-104$299$265,3972The Film Arcade
20Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$17,404-16%226$791$153,8317Kino Lorber
21Step$15,910-63%24-18$663$1,097,0266Fox Searchlight
22Lost in Paris$15,765-44%17-2$927$610,34313Oscilloscope Laboratories
23Megan Leavey$14,142-90%62-321$228$13,401,06814Bleeker Street
24Wolf Warrior 2$13,977-73%7-17$1,997$2,697,3677The H Collective
25The Unknown Girl$13,477--2--$6,739$13,4771IFC Films
26The Midwife$12,521-53%20-1$626$536,8378Music Box Films
27The Nile Hilton Incident$10,992-4%82$1,374$59,7965Strand Releasing
28Napping Princess$10,865--14--$776$10,8651GKIDS
29The Only Living Boy In New York$10,391-84%23-112$452$607,0955Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
30The Teacher$8,836-26%4-1$2,209$42,1862Film Movement
31The Adventurers$8,754-47%40$2,189$192,7634Well Go USA
32The Boss Baby$8,155-26%31-59$263$174,975,58524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
33The Hero$7,897-49%23-16$343$4,067,65514The Orchard
34Beatriz at Dinner$7,7392%23-1$336$7,064,63614Roadside Attractions
35Brigsby Bear$6,658-71%25-11$266$515,7657Sony Pictures Classics
36A Ghost Story$6,527-46%150$435$1,579,40510A24
37A Gentleman$6,357-93%17-113$374$407,2133FIP
38Lady Macbeth$6,069-46%23-6$264$1,089,5919Roadside Attractions
39Landline$5,435-53%14-10$388$929,6778Magnolia Pictures
40The Fencer$5,399-63%6-1$900$71,6738CFI Releasing
41Whose Streets?$5,156-58%15-9$344$160,9955Magnolia Pictures
42I Am The Blues$4,6705394%43$1,168$30,7619Film Movement
43The Villainess$4,55225%30$1,517$17,8683Well Go USA Entertainment
4413 Minutes$4,09635%82$512$155,89711Sony Pictures Classics
45The Women's Balcony$3,995-18%50$799$1,158,55028Menemsha Films
46Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story$3,900-28%20$1,950$11,4003MVD Entertainment Group
47Trophy$3,522--1--$3,522$3,5221The Orchard
48Le Trou$3,03263%10$3,032$30,97311Rialto Pictures
49Il Boom$2,474-12%21$1,237$48,74613Rialto Pictures
50School Life$2,332--1--$2,332$2,3321Magnolia
51The Challenge$2,171--1--$2,171$2,1711Kino Lorber
52Company Town$2,150--1--$2,150$2,1501First Run Features
53We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$2,022-63%7-4$289$23,7236Purdie Distribution
54Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk$1,944-36%2-1$972$46,6887Abramorama
55Heat and Dust (2017 re-release)$1,939-81%2-2$970$19,8562Cohen Media Group
56Valley Of Bones$1,814-98%13-287$140$166,5522Smith Global Media
57The Ornithologist$1,674-20%10$1,674$50,51112Strand Releasing
58Pop Aye$1,593--2--$797$67,63711Kino Lorber
59The Wound$998--1--$998$26,5914Kino Lorber
60Person to Person$964-25%2-2$482$48,3477Magnolia Pictures
61The Skyjacker's Tale$935--1--$935$3,72311Strand Releasing
62Once Upon A Time$900-85%1-4$900$484,9535Well Go USA Entertainment
63Hidden Figures$755--2--$378$169,379,80138Fox
64The Untamed$63532%10$635$25,8998Strand Releasing
65In Pursuit of Silence$61861%1-1$618$20,75712Cinema Guild
66Slack Bay$602-45%20$301$111,06221Kino Lorber Films
67The Girl Without Hands$595-54%5-1$119$18,9998GKIDS
68Love, Kennedy$587-85%4-6$147$395,89715Purdie Distribution
69Sidemen: Long Road to Glory$537-80%1-2$537$23,1364Abramorama
70Served Like a Girl$485-80%1-5$485$8,1333Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
71Moka$373-90%1-3$373$123,35913Film Movement
72Paris Can Wait$284-84%3-3$95$5,613,24818Sony Pictures Classics
74Red Christmas$210-57%2-1$105$1,1783Artsploitation
75The Death of Louis XIV$186--1--$186$43,63524Cinema Guild
76Dawson City: Frozen Time$119-89%2-1$60$117,91814Kino Lorber Films