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, Jul. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

Wide (1000+)

1The Equalizer 2$36,011,640--3,388--$10,629$36,011,6401Sony / Columbia
2Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$34,952,180--3,317--$10,537$34,952,1801Universal Pictures
3Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$23,765,709-46%4,2670$5,570$91,704,9774Sony / Columbia
4Ant-Man and the Wasp$16,507,156-43%3,778-428$4,369$165,005,4483Disney
5Incredibles 2$11,895,063-27%3,164-541$3,760$557,710,5036Disney
6Skyscraper$11,360,030-54%3,82240$2,972$47,149,1502Universal Pictures
7Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$11,263,420-30%3,381-314$3,331$384,164,9255Universal
8The First Purge$5,105,305-45%2,331-707$2,190$60,316,6703Universal Pictures
9Unfriended: Dark Web$3,653,035--1,546--$2,363$3,653,0351OTL Releasing
10Sorry To Bother You$2,863,420-32%1,050245$2,727$10,292,6243Annapurna Pictures
11Sicario: Day of the Soldado$1,882,094-52%1,448-558$1,300$47,087,7474Sony / Black Label
12Ocean's 8$1,605,504-45%1,002-616$1,602$135,670,0167Warner Bros.
13Uncle Drew$1,506,283-53%1,237-465$1,218$40,008,7574Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Three Identical Strangers$1,474,01823%332166$4,440$4,642,2594Neon
2Princess Mononoke (2018 Re-issue)$1,423,877--754--$1,888$1,423,8771Fathom Events
3Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$1,359,090-30%730-138$1,862$18,462,1177Focus Features
4Leave No Trace$922,972-21%36150$2,557$3,644,8644Bleeker Street
5Tag (2018)$701,235-46%581-401$1,207$52,844,0186Warner Bros.
6Deadpool 2$476,139-39%373-215$1,277$317,123,57910Fox
7Avengers: Infinity War$425,466-32%294-81$1,447$676,858,98813Disney
8Solo: A Star Wars Story$244,339-40%208-107$1,175$212,418,6469Disney
11RBG$184,184-30%118-34$1,561$13,132,07112Magnolia Pictures
12Book Club$170,587-40%241-70$708$68,183,77110Paramount Pictures
13Rampage$125,048129%11453$1,097$99,278,00215Warner Bros
14Whitney$124,462-77%117-291$1,064$2,801,1983Roadside Attractions
15A Quiet Place$101,40221%18048$563$187,771,56116Paramount
16Adrift$74,912-59%131-54$572$21,345,6648STX Entertainment
17Life Of The Party$54,156-29%111-30$488$52,768,87211Warner Bros. / New Line
18Black Panther$25,44584%154126$165$699,932,30723Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Eighth Grade$824,173212%3329$24,975$1,226,9742A24
2Blindspotting$338,999--14--$24,214$338,9991Lionsgate / Summit
3Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$266,497220%6258$4,298$381,5222Amazon Studios
4The Fall of The American Empire$128,327-15%61-3$2,104$1,342,1634Sony Pictures Classics
5McQueen$98,873--4--$24,718$98,8731Bleecker Street
6The Cakemaker$81,967-8%3411$2,411$362,2324Strand Releasing
7Soorma$78,483-53%500$1,570$329,9302Sony Pictures Releasing International
8Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$67,896-53%71-16$956$689,1993Abramorama
9Hearts Beat Loud$60,306-54%89-41$678$2,254,8457Gunpowder & Sky
10Superfly$50,397-75%85-100$593$20,480,3026Sony Pictures
11Generation Wealth$35,834--4--$8,959$35,8341Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
12The King$35,6298%4224$848$164,9685Oscilloscope Laboratories
13Gauguin - Voyage To Tahiti$34,184-5%148$2,442$97,6492Cohen Media Group
14Boundaries$32,463-57%51-94$637$635,2145Sony Pictures Classics
15American Animals$32,238-54%40-41$806$2,780,6388The Orchard
16The Catcher Was A Spy$30,958-44%36-11$860$641,2515IFC Films
17Running for Grace$30,597--4--$7,649$30,5971Blue Fox Entertainment
18Show Dogs$25,936-39%83-37$312$17,716,24010Global Road Entertainment
19Holy Hell$21,504--4--$5,376$21,5041Indican Pictures
20Far From The Tree$19,885--1--$19,885$19,8851IFC Films / Sundance Selects
21The Greatest Showman$15,197583%9587$160$174,328,70131Fox
22First Reformed$12,637-60%15-24$842$3,422,66910A24
23Wanda$10,679--1--$10,679$10,6791Janus Films
24The Third Murder$10,670--2--$5,335$10,6701Film Movement
251945$9,72073%73$1,389$781,10538Menemsha Films
26Damsel$9,398-56%18-14$522$282,8415Magnolia Pictures
27The Rider$9,20726%16-1$575$2,350,45915Sony Pictures Classics
28Gotti$8,872-52%16-15$555$4,341,7546Vertical Entertainment
29Isle of Dogs$7,739-44%12-12$645$31,965,44418Fox Searchlight
30Under the Tree$6,302-53%7-2$900$47,4403Magnolia Pictures
31The Seagull$5,959-10%162$372$1,241,93611Sony Pictures Classics
32Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$4,581-71%2-1$2,291$50,2983Cartilage Films
33Poor Boy$4,025-63%51$805$18,7132Indican Pictures
34A Bag Of Marbles$3,2790%30$1,093$409,86218Gaumont
35Woman Walks Ahead$2,919-38%3-1$973$34,5464A24
36The Guardians$2,834-4%50$567$161,26412Music Box Films
37Saving Brinton$2,686182%32$895$43,79144Barn Owl Pictures
38The Gospel According to André$2,66213%4-3$666$388,1639Magnolia Pictures
39Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$2,446702%40$612$164,52611Magnolia Pictures
40The Death of Stalin$2,445-18%3--$815$8,040,99320IFC Films
41The Desert Bride$1,973--1--$1,973$23,08812Strand Releasing
42Mrs. Hyde$1,945--1--$1,945$16,88613Cartilage Films
43En el Séptimo Día$1,527-11%3-3$509$60,3387Cinema Guild
44Milford Graves Full Mantis$1,500-80%10$1,500$13,3052Cinema Guild
45Eating Animals$1,224--7--$175$128,3566IFC Films
46Chappaquiddick$1,198-26%2-1$599$17,394,09416Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
47Summer 1993$1,168-29%40$292$178,6729Oscilloscope Laboratories
48Journey to the South Pacific$1,073109%10$1,073$7,634,577243IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
49Jet Trash$988--1--$988$21,68913Indican Pictures
50Let The Sunshine In$578-78%2-1$289$864,56513IFC Films
51Hubble 3D$56134%21$281$52,325,028436Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$486--1--$486$27,00215Rialto Pictures
53The Happys$350--1--$350$21,02119Indican Pictures
54The Day After$350-27%10$350$23,84111Cinema Guild
55Claire's Camera$284-62%10$284$83,29220Cinema Guild
56Bye Bye Germany$215-64%1-1$215$62,58115Film Movement