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. 13 - Sun, Oct. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Happy Death Day$26,039,025--3,149--$8,269$26,039,0251Universal / Blumhouse
2Blade Runner 2049$15,492,244-53%4,0580$3,818$60,970,6312Warner Bros.
3The Foreigner$13,113,024--2,515--$5,214$13,113,0241STX Entertainment
4It (2017)$6,055,633-39%3,176-429$1,907$314,935,1546Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Mountain Between Us$5,750,951-45%3,259171$1,765$20,603,873220th Century Fox
6American Made$5,500,950-35%3,09867$1,776$40,230,8153Universal
7Kingsman: The Golden Circle$5,379,417-38%2,982-506$1,804$89,716,4574Fox
8The LEGO Ninjago Movie$4,316,424-38%3,053-558$1,414$51,579,1134Warner Bros.
9My Little Pony: The Movie$4,111,877-54%2,5280$1,627$15,625,3112Lionsgate
10Flatliners$1,544,995-61%1,983-569$779$15,672,9663Sony Pictures
11Battle of the Sexes$1,346,007-48%1,394-428$966$10,369,4864Fox Searchlight
12Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$736,883--1,229--$600$736,8831Annapurna Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Victoria & Abdul$3,006,155-28%900168$3,340$11,233,0994Focus Features
2Marshall$3,000,805--821--$3,655$3,000,8051Open Road
3American Assassin$520,583-63%820-836$635$15,625,3115CBS Films / Lionsgate
4The Stray$286,494-52%430-210$666$1,191,4872Purdie Distribution
5‘Til Death Do Us Part$284,088-62%310-240$916$3,224,0573Novus Content
6Spider-Man: Homecoming$282,9534%306-20$925$333,528,38115Sony / Columbia
7Despicable Me 3$244,730-15%266-38$920$263,015,20516Universal
8The Emoji Movie$181,355-20%220-34$824$85,487,84612Sony / Columbia
9Home Again$164,526-71%361-642$456$26,798,5526Open Road
10A Question Of Faith$153,930-66%228-380$675$2,195,2243Pure Flix Entertainment
11Dunkirk$152,419-32%268-45$569$187,552,59413Warner Bros.
13Annabelle: Creation$115,801-22%20214$573$101,933,29410Warner Bros. / New Line
14Stronger$110,076-60%174-161$633$4,034,4334Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
15Wind River$109,241-47%194-162$563$21,435,76611The Weinstein Company
16Judwaa 2$102,256-67%106-86$965$1,404,9573FIP
17Leap!$100,093-53%185-216$541$21,426,6188The Weinstein Company
18Cars 3$87,728-21%119-12$737$152,743,25218Disney
19The Hitman's Bodyguard$80,438-52%165-149$488$75,184,3239Lionsgate / Summit
20War for the Planet of the Apes$65,589-18%100-21$656$146,676,66014Fox
21Wonder Woman$47,601-45%118-37$403$412,486,26620Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Florida Project$368,149134%3329$11,156$590,9572A24
2Loving Vincent$331,60298%5527$6,029$750,6744Good Deed Entertainment
3American Satan$135,378--55--$2,461$135,3781Sumerian
4Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House$117,57296%8972$1,321$250,8843Sony Pictures Classics
6Goodbye Christopher Robin$57,917--9--$6,435$57,9171Fox Searchlight
7City Of Rock$48,176-58%22-21$2,190$227,5192Well Go USA Entertainment
8Human Flow$45,677--3--$15,226$45,6771Amazon Studios
9Faces Places$43,76241%2520$1,750$93,8842Cohen Media Group
10Chasing The Dragon$35,768-58%17-14$2,104$396,2413Well Go USA Entertainment
11Kidnap$33,002-39%61-16$541$30,649,91911Aviron Pictures
12Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton$31,38124%219$1,494$87,8113IFC Films
13The Big Sick$26,42126%6430$413$42,861,33217Lionsgate
14Brad's Status$23,582-79%39-208$605$2,112,5185Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
15The Dark Tower$23,437-56%59-55$397$50,692,62111Sony / Columbia
16Breathe$22,285--4--$5,571$22,2851Bleeker Street
17Chavela$22,247-1%1410$1,589$63,4502Music Box Films
18Baby Driver$20,017-61%48-47$417$107,816,74516Sony / TriStar
19Viceroy's House$16,895-61%27-40$626$1,066,9147IFC Films
20So B. It$15,388106%2220$699$23,8632Good Deed Entertainment
21Tom of Finland$13,524--1--$13,524$24,5731Kino Lorber
22Walking Out$13,132140%1412$938$22,0342IFC Films
23Dina$11,72895%43$2,932$18,7302The Orchard
24All Saints$11,661-39%39-26$299$5,773,6718Sony Pictures
25Logan Lucky$10,555-40%41-20$257$27,716,4299Bleeker Street
26The King's Choice$9,612-51%8-2$1,202$72,3524Samuel Goldwyn Films
27Friend Request$9,578-87%50-104$192$3,733,2544Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
28The Trip to Spain$7,705-56%10-5$771$1,139,00410IFC Films
29Bending The Arc$6,496106%31$2,165$12,1572Abramorama
30Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$5,66313%30$1,888$10,937,528185Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Night Of The Living Dead (4K Restoration)$5,452--1--$5,452$5,4521Janus
32Born to Be Wild 3D$4,84756%93$539$25,563,162341Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Journey to the South Pacific$4,666-50%1-1$4,666$7,602,808203IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3578/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene$3,738--1--$3,738$3,7381IFC Films
36Rebel in the Rye$3,252-61%14-15$232$366,1826IFC Films
37The Midwife$3,06343%32$1,021$601,99213Music Box Films
38Paradise$2,86219%32$954$7,3712Film Movement
39Captain Underpants$2,790-78%3813$73$73,903,00620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
40Beach Rats$2,703-68%8-6$338$468,1958Neon
41Tulip Fever$2,587-62%6-6$431$2,405,1047Weinstein Company
42Good Time$2,374-78%2-4$1,187$2,011,85910A24
43The Nile Hilton Incident$2,242308%20$1,121$80,80310Strand Releasing
44Hubble 3D$2,134--2--$1,067$51,877,268396Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Under the Sea 3D$1,95811%3-1$653$35,633,736453Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Unknown Girl$1,862-79%5-6$372$146,1156IFC Films
47Ingrid Goes West$1,735-51%5-5$347$3,019,72810Neon
48Dawson City: Frozen Time$1,714--1--$1,714$128,26519Kino Lorber Films
49In Pursuit of Silence$1,67159%21$836$27,27017Cinema Guild
50Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$1,624--4--$406$202,36312Kino Lorber
51Super Dark Times$1,522-29%50$304$32,5293The Orchard
52Maudie$1,486-72%9-7$165$6,159,21918Sony Pictures Classics
53Better Watch Out$1,308-90%4-21$327$17,8652Well Go USA
54The Force (2017)$1,288--3--$429$57,4465Kino Lorber
55Earth: One Amazing Day$1,276-97%700$18$80,8692Atlas Distribution
56The Women's Balcony$1,194-32%30$398$1,190,18633Menemsha Films
57The Teacher$1,060-62%2-1$530$56,7727Film Movement
58Hermia & Helena$1,049--1--$1,049$43,10421Kino Lorber
59Polina$889-15%20$445$163,8028Oscilloscope Laboratories
60School Life$754-65%8-1$94$35,8566Magnolia
61Rat Film$745-59%10$745$26,8965Cinema Guild
62Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards$729-84%2-8$365$50,7335Music Box Films
63Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two$659-92%1-2$659$348,8333Abramorama
64The Challenge$55677%1-1$556$7,7766Kino Lorber
65Trophy$503-65%5-11$101$21,0386The Orchard
66Bobbi Jene$460-57%31$153$17,4404Oscilloscope Laboratories
67Pop Aye$421-74%1-2$421$76,00116Kino Lorber
6847 Meters Down$420-83%1-6$420$44,307,16418Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
69Time To Die$3959%21$198$10,8405Film Movement
70The Fencer$312-52%1-1$312$90,17413CFI Releasing
71The Untamed$309--1--$309$27,14813Strand Releasing
72Brigsby Bear$262-83%20$131$532,61612Sony Pictures Classics
73Bugs$252--2--$126$2,5623Kino Lorber
74Memoir of a Murderer$191-10%10$191$91,3356Well Go USA
75Bad Lucky Goat$170--3--$57$1701Film Movement
76Machines$121--1--$121$8,53010Kino Lober Films
77The Villainess$77-71%1-3$77$27,5198Well Go USA Entertainment
78Red Christmas$75-73%1-1$75$2,2358Artsploitation
79Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$66--1--$66$44,51123Rialto Pictures
80Wolf Warrior 2$66--1--$66$2,721,10012The H Collective
81A Taxi Driver$11-79%1-6$11$1,527,82910Well Go USA