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, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

1A Quiet Place$50,203,562--3,508--$14,311$50,203,5621Paramount
2Ready Player One$24,624,178-41%4,2340$5,816$96,484,7032Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
4Black Panther$8,704,968-24%2,747-241$3,169$665,630,7088Disney
5Tyler Perry's Acrimony$8,380,983-51%2,0060$4,178$31,665,5632Lionsgate
6I Can Only Imagine$7,806,552-25%2,894246$2,697$68,533,7544Roadside Attractions
7Chappaquiddick$5,765,854--1,560--$3,696$5,765,8541Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8Sherlock Gnomes$5,436,068-22%2,733-929$1,989$33,734,1293Paramount / MGM
9Pacific Rim Uprising$4,827,245-48%2,627-1081$1,838$54,837,3053Universal
10The Miracle Season$3,950,652--1,707--$2,314$3,950,6521LD Entertainment
11A Wrinkle in Time$3,301,707-32%1,701-666$1,941$90,274,4635Walt Disney Pictures
12Love, Simon$2,767,003-42%1,464-560$1,890$37,544,267420th Century Fox
13Tomb Raider$1,926,315-61%1,673-1115$1,151$55,070,4054Warner Bros.
14Paul, Apostle of Christ$1,772,226-49%1,262-211$1,404$15,003,0773Sony Pictures Entertainment
15God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$1,094,495-59%1,377-316$795$4,912,5762Pure Flix
16Peter Rabbit$967,606-54%1,027-640$942$113,277,6009Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Isle of Dogs$4,562,85455%554389$8,236$12,011,7883Fox Searchlight
2Game Night$1,072,746-57%804-531$1,334$67,216,4167Warner Bros.
3The Death of Stalin$987,222-27%54864$1,802$5,474,8355IFC Films
4Grease 40th Anniversary (1978) presented by TCM$664,766--700--$950$664,7661Fathom Events
5The Leisure Seeker$527,339124%353198$1,494$1,769,4535Sony Pictures Classics
6Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$441,016-35%478-305$923$403,652,10916Sony / Columbia
7Midnight Sun$423,183-77%751-1377$563$9,200,2043Open Road
8The Greatest Showman$370,458-47%248-516$1,494$172,961,89016Fox
9Red Sparrow$260,341-64%244-264$1,067$46,282,882620th Century Fox
10Baaghi 2$249,864-62%1230$2,031$1,165,5482FIP
11The Strangers: Prey At Night$194,895-71%249-288$783$24,075,9615Aviron Pictures
12Annihilation$155,561-55%145-98$1,073$32,501,2817Paramount Pictures
13Death Wish$110,763-64%147-260$753$33,674,5096MGM
14Unsane$96,133-93%163-1766$590$7,690,0423Bleecker Street

Platform (1 — 99)

1Pandas$158,915--33--$4,816$158,9151Warner Bros.
2Getting Grace$145,089683%7-8$20,727$151,8803Hannover House
3You Were Never Really Here$132,829--3--$44,276$132,8291Amazon Studios
4Finding Your Feet$124,110106%5743$2,177$228,5752Roadside Attractions
7Foxtrot$55,9186%4510$1,243$439,9426Sony Pictures Classics
8Final Portrait$54,24367%2112$2,583$140,3993Sony Pictures Classics
9The Shape of Water$53,458-44%80-33$668$63,752,48619Fox Searchlight
10Itzhak$49,79490%293$1,717$233,0385Greenwich Entertainment
11Maze Runner: The Death Cure$48,449-15%80-23$606$57,950,76911Fox
12Lean on Pete$46,975--4--$11,744$46,9751A24
13The Post$46,067-12%57-19$808$81,783,0791620th Century Fox
141945$39,6321835%1310$3,049$491,45923Menemsha Films
15The 15:17 to Paris$37,794-30%81-27$467$36,237,9909Warner Bros.
16Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$33,902-22%51-15$665$54,421,77226Fox Searchlight
17Star Wars: The Last Jedi$33,544-50%61-48$550$620,164,56517Disney
18Leaning Into The Wind$33,202-36%32-7$1,038$283,4155Magnolia Pictures
19A Fantastic Woman$31,057-35%38-28$817$1,880,73610Sony Pictures Classics
20Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$28,141-15%20-7$1,407$677,01620Zeitgeist
21Call Me by Your Name$27,939-38%5019$559$18,035,97820Sony Pictures Classics
22Raid$27,056-73%790$342$1,068,3994Eros Entertainment
23Back to Burgundy$23,070-37%14-4$1,648$103,0793Music Box Films
24Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$21,1512%251$846$937,28815Sony Pictures Classics
25I, Tonya$21,058-19%38-19$554$29,980,03218Neon
26Outside In$21,00149%167$1,313$44,8112The Orchard
27Journey's End$20,905-55%28-7$747$132,4494Good Deed Entertainment
28Oh Lucy!$20,481-19%24-6$853$270,0126Film Movement
29Love After Love$13,30218%32$4,434$30,6652IFC Films
30The Last Suit$13,185-5%60$2,198$73,5483Outsider Pictures
31Loveless$12,059-63%35-24$345$531,6648Sony Pictures Classics
32Ismael's Ghosts$11,14627%75$1,592$53,6003Magnolia Pictures
33Keep The Change$10,835-9%9-4$1,204$106,2074Kino Lorber
34The Endless$9,083--1--$9,083$9,0831Well Go USA Entertainment
35Sweet Country$8,895--2--$4,448$8,8951Samuel Goldwyn Films
36Flower$8,882-80%37-64$240$319,1564The Orchard
37A Bag Of Marbles$8,700-4%40$2,175$42,1763Gaumont
38The Insult$8,0242%8-1$1,003$990,18013Cohen Media Group
39The Workshop$7,484557%87$936$14,8963Strand Releasing
40Hubble 3D$6,009311%50$1,202$52,113,982421Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Forever My Girl$5,810-31%12-4$484$16,336,74312Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
42The Party$5,749-51%20-15$287$723,0278Roadside Attractions
43Operation Red Sea$5,617-66%30$1,872$1,537,1877Well Go USA Entertainment
44Ramen Heads$5,480-13%3-2$1,827$45,1174Gunpowder & Sky
45The Great Silence$5,186-41%20$2,593$23,7672Film Movement
46The China Hustle$4,996-81%6-14$833$46,5112Magnolia Pictures
47Claire's Camera$4,663-7%51$933$55,1115Cinema Guild
48Blood Feast$4,046--1--$4,046$4,0461Hannover House
49The Heart of Nuba$4,016--1--$4,016$4,0161Abramorama
50The Young Karl Marx$3,809224%5-4$762$119,3007The Orchard
51Hostiles$3,796-79%13-40$292$29,807,51316Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
52Walk With Me$2,96775%32$989$702,77114Kino Lorber
53Under the Sea 3D$2,677-50%60$446$35,789,848478Warner Bros. / IMAX
54ACORN and the Firestorm$2,621--1--$2,621$2,6211First Run Features
55Vazante$2,472682%10$2,472$22,80513Music Box Films
56The Hurricane Heist$2,335-93%8-28$292$6,105,3115Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
57Summer In The Forest$2,33357%43$583$20,8363Abramorama
58Big Sonia$2,18592%20$1,093$197,00821Argot Pictures
59Samson$2,178-72%6-16$363$4,719,4948Pure Flix
60The Last Movie Star$1,649-56%31$550$8,0252A24
61Deep Sea 3D$1,457--2--$729$46,327,100632Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Faces Places$840-62%3-2$280$950,48727Cohen Media Group
63Tehran Taboo$744-71%30$248$73,6818Kino Lorber
64King Of Hearts (2018 re-release)$672152%10$672$17,6467Cohen Media Group
65In Between$641-11%1-1$641$107,21814Film Movement
66Born to Be Wild 3D$475-15%6-2$79$25,665,953366Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Journey to the South Pacific$448--1--$448$7,621,532228IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
68Have A Nice Day$36313%10$363$78,79611Strand Releasing
69The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$361--1--$361$61,01825Kino Lorber
70The Happys$350-7%10$350$14,4964Indican Pictures
71Double Lover$34367%21$172$167,0938Cohen Media Group
72The Crime of Monsieur Lange$271--1--$271$35,60121Rialto Pictures
73The Sea The Sea$90--1--$90$901Cinema Guild