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, Aug. 24 - Sun, Aug. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Crazy Rich Asians$24,808,202-6%3,526142$7,036$76,617,1492Warner Bros.
2The Meg$12,812,615-39%4,031-87$3,179$105,083,2613Warner Bros.
3The Happytime Murders$9,532,425--3,256--$2,928$9,532,4251STX Entertainment
4Mission: Impossible - Fallout$8,087,385-25%3,052-430$2,650$193,988,0455Paramount
5Mile 22$6,366,042-54%3,5200$1,809$25,506,9962STX Entertainment
6Disney's Christopher Robin$6,261,783-29%3,394-208$1,845$77,550,5664Disney
7Alpha$6,002,359-42%2,7190$2,208$20,562,9332Sony / Columbia
8BlacKkKlansman$5,098,405-31%1,914126$2,664$31,791,9453Focus Features
9A.X.L.$2,798,229--1,710--$1,636$2,798,2291Global Road Entertainment
10Slender Man$2,790,564-42%2,065-293$1,351$25,408,6803Sony / Screen Gems
11Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$2,541,668-33%1,802-385$1,410$158,659,0579Sony / Columbia
12The Equalizer 2$2,032,245-29%1,91426$1,062$98,052,5776Sony / Columbia
13Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$2,000,880-41%1,557-713$1,285$115,355,9906Universal Pictures
14Ant-Man and the Wasp$1,791,836-32%1,178-342$1,521$211,458,5358Disney
15Incredibles 2$1,642,506-29%1,060-178$1,550$597,055,47211Disney
16The Spy Who Dumped Me$1,010,334-61%1,295-1114$780$32,288,4764Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Papillon$1,090,073--544--$2,004$1,090,0731Bleecker Street
2Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$741,610-36%608-206$1,220$413,010,30510Universal
3Beautifully Broken$582,152--651--$894$582,1521ArtAffects Entertainment
4Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$437,834-42%444-146$986$28,176,6735Warner Bros.
5Eighth Grade$418,107-43%366-176$1,142$12,458,5837A24
6Puzzle$353,44966%265157$1,334$1,190,5545Sony Pictures Classics
7Three Identical Strangers$319,448-36%221-55$1,445$11,146,2129Neon
8Little Italy$283,399--133--$2,131$283,3991Lionsgate Premiere
9Skyscraper$230,945-27%260-110$888$67,127,5657Universal Pictures
10Ocean's 8$130,210-35%185-26$704$139,006,63712Warner Bros.
11Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$126,665-41%160-46$792$22,325,57712Focus Features
12Death of a Nation$118,735-62%180-174$660$5,601,2984Quality Flix / Pure Flix
13Dog Days$93,624-89%280-2107$334$6,600,8663LD Entertainment / Mirror
14The First Purge$87,590-37%128-56$684$68,896,9058Universal Pictures
15The Darkest Minds$85,690-66%172-276$498$12,474,725420th Century Fox
16Uncle Drew$75,515-28%127-20$595$42,307,8139Lionsgate / Summit
17Solo: A Star Wars Story$72,156-28%118-34$611$213,593,80514Disney
18Tag (2018)$59,950-48%102-61$588$54,430,03411Warner Bros.
19Avengers: Infinity War$55,006-45%108-40$509$678,685,68618Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Searching$388,769--9--$43,197$388,7691Sony Pictures
2Juliet, Naked$240,747295%4339$5,599$334,9792Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
3The Wife$212,74896%1814$11,819$375,4782Sony Pictures Classics
4Sorry To Bother You$146,401-42%88-55$1,664$16,600,5238Annapurna Pictures
5The Miseducation of Cameron Post$121,422-14%8513$1,428$617,1604FilmRise
6The Bookshop$75,736--4--$18,934$75,7361Greenwich Entertainment
7Blindspotting$70,442-35%38-9$1,854$4,145,7316Lionsgate / Summit
8The Spy Gone North$62,782-54%24-7$2,616$353,3003CJ Entertainment
9Sicario: Day of the Soldado$58,856-34%66-19$892$49,931,7579Sony / Black Label
10Support The Girls$51,167--33--$1,551$51,1671Magnolia Pictures
11Blaze$47,5788%74$6,797$100,7682IFC Films / Sundance Selects
12Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days$46,435-46%224$2,111$1,102,8304Well Go USA Entertainment
13McQueen$45,245-60%51-44$887$1,103,9886Bleecker Street
14We The Animals$45,012-29%129$3,751$134,5162The Orchard
15Leave No Trace$43,364-45%66-27$657$5,760,8459Bleeker Street
16The Island$42,413-67%21-13$2,020$623,9573Well Go USA Entertainment
17Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood$41,693-3%347$1,226$368,0395Greenwich Entertainment
18RBG$41,404-22%46-6$900$13,902,48217Magnolia Pictures
19Deadpool 2$33,270-43%79-40$421$318,398,68715Fox
20Skate Kitchen$30,105-52%305$1,004$164,5423Magnolia
21The Cakemaker$27,163-30%26-5$1,045$755,2199Strand Releasing
22Isle of Dogs$22,9002117%3328$694$32,014,53223Fox Searchlight
23The Fall of The American Empire$20,141-12%150$1,343$1,994,4919Sony Pictures Classics
24Memoir of War$19,96171%119$1,815$37,9002Music Box Films
25Oolong Courtyard: Kung Fu School$19,065--10--$1,907$19,0651China Lion Film
26The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$18,302--10--$1,830$354,9011GKIDS
27Madeline's Madeline$18,026--9--$2,003$67,6443Oscilloscope Laboratories
28Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$13,781-50%14-5$984$928,5758Abramorama
30Andrei Rublev$12,807--2--$6,404$12,8071Janus
311945$12,61440%11-2$1,147$849,48043Menemsha Films
32The Captain (2018)$11,149-32%8-2$1,394$82,5845Music Box Films
33Whitney$11,06959%124$922$3,010,4098Roadside Attractions
34Crime + Punishment$8,787--3--$2,929$8,7871IFC Films / Hulu
35John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection$7,878--1--$7,878$11,7331Oscilloscope Laboratories
36The Third Murder$7,135238%6-2$1,189$75,4646Film Movement
37Far From The Tree$6,998-52%11-11$636$133,5546IFC Films / Sundance Selects
38Show Dogs$6,619-12%27-13$245$17,838,42015Global Road Entertainment
39Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$5,789-70%19-14$305$1,420,5887Amazon Studios
40American Animals$5,037-28%50$1,007$2,854,03513The Orchard
41Hearts Beat Loud$4,553-2%7-5$650$2,384,68612Gunpowder & Sky
42Hot To Trot$3,133--1--$3,133$3,1331First Run Features
43The King$2,980--8--$373$253,03810Oscilloscope Laboratories
44An L.A. Minute$2,791--3--$930$2,7911Strand Releasing
45Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$2,744-19%40$686$109,8478Cartilage Films
46Wanda$2,57737%31$859$47,6996Janus Films
47The Rider$2,498-14%2-4$1,249$2,381,01420Sony Pictures Classics
48Buybust$2,454-90%5-13$491$175,8603Well Go USA Entertainment
49Winning Formula$2,406-11%30$802$20,4105Indican Pictures
50Running for Grace$2,279-84%5-8$456$87,3336Blue Fox Entertainment
51Custody$2,174-27%52$435$79,5289Kino Lorber
52Nico, 1988$2,020-70%5-4$404$51,5174Magnolia Pictures
53The Great Silence$1,784--2--$892$53,07422Film Movement
54Under the Tree$1,459-52%3-1$486$66,3628Magnolia Pictures
55Generation Wealth$1,330-67%4-10$333$234,3396Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
56Under the Sea 3D$1,056-27%63$176$35,962,369498Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Hubble 3D$970200%32$323$52,329,262441Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Never Goin' Back$912-91%8-19$114$61,1274A24
59Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$848-66%2-2$424$18,7235Distrib Films Us
60Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$714--1--$714$375,20820Kino Lorber
62Jet Trash$46469%10$464$24,24518Indican Pictures
63Love, Cecil$42629%10$426$97,6409Zeitgeist Films
64En el Séptimo Día$371-12%30$124$73,48712Cinema Guild
65Boundaries$264-92%2-5$132$698,35510Sony Pictures Classics
66Journey to the South Pacific$241-15%10$241$7,638,524248IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
67Born to Be Wild 3D$231--4--$58$25,743,522386Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Poor Boy$198-80%1-1$198$28,2917Indican Pictures
69The Atomic Cafe$89-89%1-1$89$16,1904Kino Lorber