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. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Venom$80,255,756--4,250--$18,884$80,255,7561Sony / Columbia
2A Star is Born$42,908,051--3,686--$11,641$44,258,0511Warner Bros.
3Smallfoot$14,402,559-38%4,1310$3,486$42,263,5042Warner Bros.
4Night School$12,514,925-54%3,0199$4,145$46,991,2802Universal
5The House With A Clock In Its Walls$7,332,665-42%3,463-129$2,117$55,089,2253Universal Pictures
6A Simple Favor$3,424,954-48%2,408-665$1,422$49,004,3104Lionsgate
7The Nun$2,703,281-50%2,264-1067$1,194$113,460,5915Warner Bros.
8Crazy Rich Asians$2,166,626-47%1,466-881$1,478$169,241,5688Warner Bros.
9Hell Fest$2,083,759-59%2,2970$907$8,873,2352Lionsgate / CBS Films
10The Predator$947,358-75%1,643-1283$577$50,033,2474Fox
11Disney's Christopher Robin$435,54528%1,638968$266$98,102,92710Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1White Boy Rick$603,341-75%880-1137$686$23,351,4274Sony / Studio 8
2Colette$492,98128%10769$4,607$1,272,7413Bleecker Street
3Peppermint$473,806-73%813-1189$583$34,717,2005STX Entertainment
4Searching$443,106-54%412-602$1,076$25,649,7667Sony Pictures
5The Wife$383,403-46%358-79$1,071$6,790,2378Sony Pictures Classics
6Mission: Impossible - Fallout$321,576-49%361-177$891$219,754,00511Paramount
7Incredibles 2$280,3053%244-94$1,149$607,125,39217Disney
8The Meg$266,049-74%533-710$499$142,491,8329Warner Bros.
9Fahrenheit 11/9$238,510-79%422-1297$565$5,985,8953Briarcliff Entertainment
10Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$230,377-17%230-184$1,002$166,735,98915Sony / Columbia
11Shine (2018)$205,842--609--$338$205,8421GVN Releasing
12Little Women (2018)$171,892-76%451-192$381$1,170,5082Pinnacle Peak
13BlacKkKlansman$165,155-63%158-278$1,045$48,179,4659Focus Features
14Unbroken: Path to Redemption$160,208-67%335-406$478$5,991,2714Pure Flix
15Monsters and Men$146,09223%143125$1,022$306,0412Neon
16Ant-Man and the Wasp$134,126-49%178-80$754$216,370,95214Disney
17Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$60,900-53%135-43$451$120,587,89012Universal Pictures
18Alpha$50,128-68%103-145$487$35,596,2628Sony / Columbia
19Operation Finale$42,353-66%111-101$382$17,549,2316MGM
20Life Itself$38,443-94%242-2113$159$4,063,8673Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

1Free Solo$562,78691%4137$13,726$984,8572National Geographic Entertainment
2The Hate U Give$512,035--36--$14,223$512,035120th Century Fox
3The Old Man & The Gun$403,928184%4944$8,243$594,3832Fox Searchlight
4Andhadhun$278,677--56--$4,976$278,6771Eros Entertainment
5The Sisters Brothers$203,525-13%5431$3,769$690,0233Annapurna Pictures
6Mandy$75,834-37%41-23$1,850$1,005,9094RLJE Films
7Tea With the Dames$68,09160%4526$1,513$155,3243IFC Films
8Love, Gilda$55,514-59%74-34$750$539,9763Magnolia Pictures
9Pick of the Litter$51,522-28%600$859$452,1006IFC Films
10The Great Battle$45,175-53%16-8$2,823$399,4983Well Go USA Entertainment
11Golden Job$37,391-69%15-19$2,493$226,1872Well Go USA Entertainment
12The Children Act$31,980-62%52-21$615$432,5414A24
13Blaze$31,054-64%77-11$403$645,2338IFC Films / Sundance Selects
14Ya Veremos$25,889-50%37-21$700$4,155,0946Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
15The Fireflies are Gone$25,197-36%23-2$1,096$178,4133
16A.X.L.$22,513-38%55-30$409$6,488,5827Global Road Entertainment
17God Bless the Broken Road$22,142-39%53-58$418$2,822,7865Freestyle Releasing
18Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$20,215-68%87-39$232$29,553,88511Warner Bros.
19Kusama - Infinity$20,199-52%202$1,010$272,9895Magnolia Pictures
20Juliet, Naked$18,869-71%33-41$572$3,406,4568Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
21Lizzie$17,850-80%25-181$714$613,1724Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
22Loving Pablo$16,564--15--$1,104$16,5641Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
23Slender Man$15,831-48%30-38$528$30,461,3189Sony / Screen Gems
24All About Nina$15,728-41%2319$684$50,8592The Orchard
25Studio 54$14,909--1--$14,909$19,0871Zeitgeist Films
26The Negotiation$13,833-64%8-5$1,729$99,2693CJ Entertainment
27Three Identical Strangers$13,474--23--$586$12,301,01215Neon
28Sorry To Bother You$10,398-54%11-19$945$17,474,28814Annapurna Pictures
29The Cakemaker$8,484138%6-1$1,414$853,09415Strand Releasing
30Assassination Nation$7,752-96%15-1020$517$1,941,7093Neon
31Puzzle$7,222-80%22-79$328$2,005,51511Sony Pictures Classics
32The Great Buster: A Celebration$7,107--2--$3,554$7,1071Cohen Media Group
33The Riot Act$6,943--3--$2,314$69,7044Hannover House
35Black '47$5,723-33%65$954$17,1852IFC Films
36Heavy Trip$5,419--16--$339$5,4191Music Box Films / Doppelgänger Releasing
37Stavisky$4,734--1--$4,734$6,5221Rialto Pictures
38Moynihan$4,416--1--$4,416$7,9831First Run Features
391945$4,270-46%7-4$610$929,45549Menemsha Films
40Bad Reputation$3,914-97%7-189$559$144,4592Magnolia Pictures
41Beautifully Broken$3,3608%41$840$1,201,5457ArtAffects Entertainment
42Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$3,10918%52$622$29,5454Film Movement
43We The Animals$2,667-74%7-23$381$398,0468The Orchard
44Little Italy$2,511190%2-5$1,256$985,4007Lionsgate Premiere
45I Am Not a Witch$2,488-14%7-1$355$39,0785Film Movement
46The Apparition$2,076-39%20$1,038$25,3335Music Box Films
47RBG$2,02945%4-8$507$14,015,54823Magnolia Pictures
48Bel Canto$1,895-84%4-14$474$77,1484Cartilage Films
49Death of a Nation$1,79938%169$112$5,884,03410Quality Flix / Pure Flix
50The Rider$1,765-5%10$1,765$2,398,68126Sony Pictures Classics
51Batti Gul Meter Chalu$1,712-94%640$27$249,1223Eros International
52Memoir of War$1,709-95%5-1$342$92,6978Music Box Films
53Let the Corpses Tan$1,646-62%2-11$823$82,6376Kino Lorber
54Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$1,56538%1-1$1,565$444,3295GKIDS
55The Darkest Minds$1,515-58%10-9$152$12,693,8021020th Century Fox
56No Date, No Signature$1,371106%10$1,371$29,49810Distrib Films US
57Deadpool 2$1,290-47%72$184$318,490,30521Fox
58Poor Boy$1,262--1--$1,262$30,27913Indican Pictures
59Painless$683-24%10$683$5,9123Indican Pictures
60What Will People Say$675-75%1-1$675$40,57013Kino Lorber
61En el Séptimo Día$642-14%1-1$642$79,11018Cinema Guild
62Manmarziyaan$639-97%990$6$567,3854Eros Entertainment
63Nico, 1988$50514%1-3$505$73,30410Magnolia Pictures
64Support The Girls$419-76%30$140$127,8127Magnolia Pictures
65The Atomic Cafe$3090%21$155$20,91010Kino Lorber
66Cynthia$222-47%10$222$57,8816Indican Pictures
67The Third Murder$186-38%10$186$84,15212Film Movement
68Ganja & Hess$117--1--$117$17,96819Kino Lorber
69Filmworker$88--1--$88$99,43722Kino Lorber