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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Night School$27,257,615--3,010--$9,056$27,257,6151Universal
2Smallfoot$23,045,635--4,131--$5,579$23,045,6351Warner Bros.
3The House With A Clock In Its Walls$12,605,120-53%3,5920$3,509$44,858,3452Universal Pictures
4A Simple Favor$6,540,666-36%3,073-29$2,128$43,007,4743Lionsgate
5The Nun$5,428,875-46%3,331-376$1,630$109,011,9234Warner Bros.
6Hell Fest$5,130,963--2,297--$2,234$5,130,9631Lionsgate / CBS Films
7Crazy Rich Asians$4,102,788-35%2,347-455$1,748$165,634,5637Warner Bros.
8The Predator$3,860,826-58%2,926-1144$1,319$47,795,0773Fox
9White Boy Rick$2,402,240-51%2,017-487$1,191$21,732,0213Sony / Studio 8
10Peppermint$1,766,458-52%2,002-678$882$33,523,3664STX Entertainment
11Fahrenheit 11/9$1,111,134-63%1,7190$646$5,180,4282Briarcliff Entertainment
12The Meg$1,032,182-54%1,243-760$830$141,980,2878Warner Bros.
13Searching$955,577-56%1,014-773$942$24,839,1596Sony Pictures
14Life Itself$658,799-69%2,355-254$280$3,641,3202Amazon Studios
15Assassination Nation$252,215-76%1,035-368$244$1,777,9622Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

1My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$1,355,972--508--$2,669$3,934,7461FUNimation Entertainment
2The Wife$714,351-20%437-32$1,635$6,041,0257Sony Pictures Classics
3Little Women (2018)$705,063--643--$1,097$705,0631Pinnacle Peak
4Mission: Impossible - Fallout$624,953-46%538-333$1,162$219,193,88610Paramount
5Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$581,950--193--$3,015$581,9501Yash Raj Films
6Unbroken: Path to Redemption$487,470-62%741-743$658$5,595,5893Pure Flix
7BlacKkKlansman$447,340-31%436-18$1,026$47,831,5208Focus Features
8Disney's Christopher Robin$340,471-68%670-582$508$97,541,9689Disney
9Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$278,782-52%414-104$673$166,443,40314Sony / Columbia
10Incredibles 2$272,035-49%338-162$805$606,763,61716Disney
11Ant-Man and the Wasp$263,821-2%258-2$1,023$216,154,69313Disney
12Alpha$154,483-59%248-296$623$35,493,2297Sony / Columbia
13Love, Gilda$135,397-29%10826$1,254$416,1042Magnolia Pictures
14Bad Reputation$130,675--196--$667$130,6751Magnolia Pictures
15Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$128,725-62%178-114$723$120,475,61511Universal Pictures
16Operation Finale$126,012-63%212-313$594$17,450,7445MGM
17Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$114,505-41%162-67$707$416,736,65015Universal
18Lizzie$87,558-66%206-34$425$543,7823Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
19Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$63,220-34%126-24$502$29,523,33510Warner Bros.
20God Bless the Broken Road$36,424-58%111-113$328$2,784,1384Freestyle Releasing
21Puzzle$36,131109%10172$358$1,975,63610Sony Pictures Classics
22Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow$35,490--350--$101$35,4901Fathom Events

Platform (1 — 99)

1Colette$386,540140%3834$10,172$606,9702Bleecker Street
2Free Solo$294,288--4--$73,572$294,2881National Geographic Entertainment
3The Sisters Brothers$233,358102%2723$8,643$394,0812Annapurna Pictures
4Vox Lux$155,714--6--$25,952$155,7140Neon
5The Old Man & The Gun$142,131--5--$28,426$142,1311Fox Searchlight
6Golden Job$121,391--34--$3,570$121,3911Well Go USA Entertainment
7Mandy$119,921-23%64-7$1,874$839,5193RLJE Films
8Monsters and Men$118,697--18--$6,594$118,6971Neon
9The Great Battle$95,711-23%24-6$3,988$303,3752Well Go USA Entertainment
10Blaze$85,2925%8845$969$567,2517IFC Films / Sundance Selects
11The Children Act$83,70658%7341$1,147$352,9473A24
12Pick of the Litter$71,44510%6012$1,191$363,3485IFC Films
13Juliet, Naked$64,080-45%74-37$866$3,359,8737Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
14Ya Veremos$52,137-61%58-56$899$4,114,7005Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
16Tea With the Dames$42,453187%1918$2,234$65,5832IFC Films
17Kusama - Infinity$41,9344%183$2,330$229,6574Magnolia Pictures
18The Fireflies are Gone$39,294-23%250$1,572$127,2342
19The Negotiation$38,504170%1311$2,962$62,2682CJ Entertainment
20A.X.L.$36,035139%8545$424$6,454,7026Global Road Entertainment
21Memoir of War$33,8551449%63$5,643$89,9817Music Box Films
22Mile 22$32,521-53%77-82$422$36,096,5177STX Entertainment
23Slender Man$30,482-70%68-93$448$30,437,7758Sony / Screen Gems
24Batti Gul Meter Chalu$27,350-82%640$427$236,8302Eros International
25All About Nina$26,468--4--$6,617$26,4681The Orchard
26Sorry To Bother You$22,473-21%3012$749$17,449,04213Annapurna Pictures
27Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$22,000--6--$3,667$2,008,38520Focus Features
28Museo$21,481-1%125$1,790$81,1743Vitagraph Films
29Manmarziyaan$19,418-83%990$196$561,0023Eros Entertainment
30Eighth Grade$16,644-56%410$406$13,528,27112A24
31Bel Canto$11,677-54%18-12$649$67,2613Cartilage Films
32The Dawn Wall$11,205-29%41$2,801$787,6993The Orchard
33We The Animals$10,147-34%300$338$388,7737The Orchard
34Leave No Trace$9,406-38%34-19$277$6,041,03614Bleeker Street
35Black '47$8,600--1--$8,600$8,6001IFC Films
361945$7,87911%115$716$919,61748Menemsha Films
37Hal$5,850544%108$585$32,7184Oscilloscope Laboratories
38Let the Corpses Tan$4,34837%134$334$78,6025Kino Lorber
39The Darkest Minds$3,639-78%19-22$192$12,691,716920th Century Fox
40The Cakemaker$3,568-54%7-2$510$843,88714Strand Releasing
41The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$3,564--2--$1,782$406,4906GKIDS
42The Apparition$3,3986311%21$1,699$22,5374Music Box Films
43Skate Kitchen$3,363336%82$420$236,0558Magnolia
44Beautifully Broken$3,103-48%3-1$1,034$1,196,3186ArtAffects Entertainment
45The Miseducation of Cameron Post$2,975-50%4-2$744$904,7039FilmRise
46I Am Not a Witch$2,895-2%82$362$33,3664Film Movement
47What Will People Say$2,7025649%20$1,351$39,89512Kino Lorber
48The Fall of The American Empire$2,686-24%51$537$2,058,00314Sony Pictures Classics
49Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$2,625-63%30$875$24,7303Film Movement
50Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$2,575-58%2-1$1,288$992,30513Abramorama
51Deadpool 2$2,438-11%5-2$488$318,488,21420Fox
52McQueen$2,249-52%9-3$250$1,255,33111Bleecker Street
53Hale County This Morning, This Evening$1,934-47%2-1$967$22,9033Cinema Guild
54The Rider$1,849-18%1-1$1,849$2,395,02025Sony Pictures Classics
55Support The Girls$1,775215%30$592$125,9236Magnolia Pictures
56RBG$1,399-73%125$117$14,010,16422Magnolia Pictures
57Death of a Nation$1,305-24%7-2$186$5,881,7489Quality Flix / Pure Flix
58Return of the Hero$1,2833190%10$1,283$6,7055Distrib Films US
59Under the Sea 3D$1,2683%3-1$423$35,972,017503Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$1,1325%2-1$566$440,7474GKIDS
61Andrei Rublev$941-66%10$941$87,3546Janus
62Madeline's Madeline$935-80%6-5$156$183,0428Oscilloscope Laboratories
63Painless$894-70%1-1$894$5,1402Indican Pictures
64Little Italy$866-76%7-7$124$982,4136Lionsgate Premiere
65The Captain (2018)$769--1--$769$107,14910Music Box Films
66En el Séptimo Día$749-56%21$375$78,27017Cinema Guild
67No Date, No Signature$6646540%10$664$27,6599Distrib Films US
68Show Dogs$611-95%2-85$306$17,856,72320Global Road Entertainment
69Milford Graves Full Mantis$500-73%10$500$25,50012Cinema Guild
70Nico, 1988$444-70%4-2$111$72,6049Magnolia Pictures
71Cynthia$422-47%10$422$57,5755Indican Pictures
72The Atomic Cafe$309-63%10$309$20,6019Kino Lorber
73The Third Murder$300-39%1-1$300$83,76111Film Movement
74Deep Sea 3D$235488%21$118$46,365,238657Warner Bros. / IMAX
75Journey to the South Pacific$220-39%10$220$7,640,747253IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
76American Dresser$194-91%1-10$194$3,7902Cinedigm
77Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$166-88%10$166$117,17313Cartilage Films
78Custody$9231%10$92$81,92214Kino Lorber
79La Familia$78-3%10$78$3,6229Film Movement
80Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50--1--$50$11,242,944235Warner Bros. / IMAX
81Hubble 3D$240%21$12$52,331,382446Warner Bros. / IMAX