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, Oct. 6 - Sun, Oct. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Blade Runner 2049$32,753,122--4,058--$8,071$32,753,1221Warner Bros.
2The Mountain Between Us$10,551,336--3,088--$3,417$10,551,336120th Century Fox
3It (2017)$9,972,002-41%3,605-312$2,766$305,250,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
4My Little Pony: The Movie$8,885,899--2,528--$3,515$8,885,8991Lionsgate
5Kingsman: The Golden Circle$8,675,412-49%3,488-550$2,487$80,539,8373Fox
6American Made$8,446,715-50%3,0317$2,787$30,818,6752Universal
7The LEGO Ninjago Movie$7,002,474-40%3,611-436$1,939$44,076,1373Warner Bros.
8Flatliners$3,975,021-40%2,5520$1,558$12,504,6232Sony Pictures
9Battle of the Sexes$2,567,218-25%1,822609$1,409$7,845,0093Fox Searchlight
10American Assassin$1,388,305-58%1,656-1364$838$34,449,5824CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Home Again$568,000-67%1,003-1367$566$26,353,3465Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Victoria & Abdul$4,171,870282%732655$5,699$5,987,2643Focus Features
2‘Til Death Do Us Part$751,647-51%550-12$1,367$2,671,6942Novus Content
3The Stray$596,547--640--$932$596,5471Purdie Distribution
4A Question Of Faith$453,717-56%608-53$746$1,788,9732Pure Flix Entertainment
6Judwaa 2$312,250-51%1920$1,626$1,184,2392FIP
7Despicable Me 3$289,605-21%304-115$953$262,637,97515Universal
8Stronger$278,121-70%335-310$830$3,770,4943Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
9Spider-Man: Homecoming$272,576-54%326-353$836$333,125,68014Sony / Columbia
10The Emoji Movie$226,939-13%254-116$893$85,194,73811Sony / Columbia
11Dunkirk$224,438-32%313-88$717$187,261,72712Warner Bros.
12Leap!$212,219-56%401-329$529$21,217,2487The Weinstein Company
13Wind River$206,273-65%356-536$579$33,233,05710The Weinstein Company
14The Hitman's Bodyguard$168,367-75%314-805$536$75,020,0398Lionsgate / Summit
15Annabelle: Creation$147,702-53%188-197$786$101,788,7939Warner Bros. / New Line
16Brad's Status$112,185-72%247-206$454$2,029,5944Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
17Cars 3$111,504105%13143$851$152,603,00317Disney
18Wonder Woman$86,682-53%155-106$559$412,400,62519Warner Bros.
19War for the Planet of the Apes$79,975-43%121-83$661$146,580,05913Fox
20Friend Request$75,156-90%154-1927$488$3,700,3263Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
21The Dark Tower$53,707-55%114-119$471$50,644,83710Sony / Columbia
22The Glass Castle$46,008-20%113-23$407$17,238,7399Lionsgate Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Loving Vincent$167,647202%2824$5,987$287,9693Good Deed Entertainment
2The Florida Project$157,553--4--$39,388$157,5531A24
3City Of Rock$115,524--43--$2,687$115,5241Well Go USA Entertainment
5Chasing The Dragon$85,219-38%31-21$2,749$306,9462Well Go USA Entertainment
6Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House$59,93775%1712$3,526$109,0332Sony Pictures Classics
7Architects of Denial$58,472--11--$5,316$58,4721Dada Films
8Kidnap$54,108260%779$703$30,597,31910Aviron Pictures
9Baby Driver$51,303-60%95-82$540$107,770,36715Sony / TriStar
10Earth: One Amazing Day$45,480--70--$650$45,4801Atlas Distribution
11Dolores$43,345-17%26-1$1,667$419,2016PBS Distribution
12Girls Trip$43,320-61%90-89$481$115,088,30512Universal
13Viceroy's House$43,171-61%67-38$644$1,014,0676IFC Films
14Faces Places$31,006--5--$6,201$31,0061Cohen Media Group
15Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton$25,248100%1211$2,104$41,0532IFC Films
16Chavela$22,453--4--$5,613$26,5061Music Box Films
17The Big Sick$20,940-53%34-47$616$42,824,65316Lionsgate
18The King's Choice$19,73968%105$1,974$51,6893Samuel Goldwyn Films
19All Saints$19,115-68%65-117$294$5,750,5097Sony Pictures
20Logan Lucky$17,654-80%61-139$289$27,696,5048Bleeker Street
21The Trip to Spain$17,594-8%15-15$1,173$1,120,3229IFC Films
22Better Watch Out$12,569--25--$503$12,5691Well Go USA
23Captain Underpants$12,495-26%25-15$500$73,895,86119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
24Good Time$10,865221%6-7$1,811$1,999,0479A24
26The Unknown Girl$8,689-57%11-17$790$142,3325IFC Films
27Beach Rats$8,489-53%14-6$606$457,8477Neon
28Rebel in the Rye$8,424-76%29-42$290$354,3635IFC Films
29Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two$7,852-86%3-2$2,617$339,3222Abramorama
30So B. It$7,455--2--$3,728$7,4551Good Deed Entertainment
31Tulip Fever$6,839-64%12-30$570$2,399,3746Weinstein Company
32Dina$6,015--1--$6,015$6,0151The Orchard
33Walking Out$5,462--2--$2,731$5,4621IFC Films
34Maudie$5,234-41%16-2$327$6,152,64617Sony Pictures Classics
35Lost in Paris$5,029-35%9-3$559$675,95817Oscilloscope Laboratories
36Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards$4,644-21%101$464$47,9434Music Box Films
37Ingrid Goes West$3,566-75%10-38$357$3,016,0579Neon
38Bending The Arc$3,160--2--$1,580$3,1601Abramorama
39The Teacher$2,763187%31$921$54,8276Film Movement
4047 Meters Down$2,467-84%7-21$352$44,305,64217Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
41The Wound$2,4291552%21$1,215$29,9638Kino Lorber
42Paradise$2,401--1--$2,401$2,4011Film Movement
43Super Dark Times$2,153-89%5-16$431$29,7592The Orchard
44The Midwife$2,146-54%1-7$2,146$596,29012Music Box Films
45School Life$2,129-30%91$237$31,2495Magnolia
46Paradise Club$1,99452%31$665$11,9505Indican Pictures
47Ribbons$1,944-35%30$648$17,7873Indican Pictures
4830 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story$1,90734%20$954$22,2519Indican Pictures
49Rat Film$1,82137%10$1,821$25,2584Cinema Guild
50The Women's Balcony$1,76216%30$587$1,187,62932Menemsha Films
51Pop Aye$1,645160%32$548$72,77315Kino Lorber
52Detroit$1,560-57%11-10$142$16,788,49411Annapurna Pictures
53Marjorie Prime$1,549-69%2-3$775$174,0518FilmRise Releasing
54Brigsby Bear$1,548-38%2-3$774$531,68411Sony Pictures Classics
56Trophy$1,432-24%16-5$90$19,7445The Orchard
57Wish Upon$1,325-75%4-7$331$14,301,00113Broad Green Pictures
58Man From Outerspace$1,210-27%20$605$9,7015Indican Pictures
59Bobbi Jene$1,077-51%21$539$15,9813Oscilloscope Laboratories
60Polina$1,048-72%2-7$524$161,5317Oscilloscope Laboratories
61In Pursuit of Silence$1,0486%10$1,048$24,84416Cinema Guild
62The Tiger Hunter$995-87%2-21$498$62,1273Shout! Factory
63The Hero$904714%21$452$4,077,27018The Orchard
64Love, Kennedy$706-67%2-1$353$408,36319Purdie Distribution
65The Fencer$644-73%2-2$322$89,35312CFI Releasing
66The Nile Hilton Incident$55039%21$275$78,4609Strand Releasing
67May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers$545-75%1-3$545$704,7634Oscilloscope Laboratories
6813 Minutes$50096%43$125$161,23515Sony Pictures Classics
69Time To Die$364--1--$364$10,0824Film Movement
70The Challenge$31533%21$158$7,0925Kino Lorber
71Red Christmas$277177%21$139$1,9277Artsploitation
72Simple Creature$275-48%1-1$275$22,76611Indican Pictures
73The Villainess$267-71%40$67$27,4427Well Go USA Entertainment
74Memoir of a Murderer$212-94%1-2$212$91,1445Well Go USA
75The Boss Baby$100-99%2-30$50$174,999,69028Fox / DreamWorks Animation
76A Taxi Driver$53-99%70$8$1,527,8189Well Go USA