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, Nov. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$67,572,855--4,141--$16,318$67,572,8551Universal
2Bohemian Rhapsody$31,201,568-39%4,0000$7,800$100,362,116220th Century Fox
3Overlord$10,202,108--2,859--$3,568$10,202,1081Paramount Pictures
4The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$10,086,869-50%3,7660$2,678$35,778,4032Walt Disney Pictures
5A Star is Born$8,105,163-26%2,848-583$2,846$178,115,5516Warner Bros.
6The Girl in the Spider’s Web$7,810,112--2,929--$2,666$7,810,1121Sony / Columbia
7Nobody's Fool$6,636,242-52%2,4680$2,689$24,372,3502Paramount
8Venom$4,915,378-38%2,351-716$2,091$206,298,9816Sony / Columbia
9Halloween (2018)$3,998,885-63%2,717-1058$1,472$156,968,7304Universal Pictures
10The Hate U Give$2,051,363-39%1,108-399$1,851$26,687,246620th Century Fox
11Smallfoot$1,508,102-61%1,318-684$1,144$80,309,6557Warner Bros.
12Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$886,978-76%1,519-1309$584$45,867,8225Sony

Limited (100 — 999)

1Beautiful Boy$1,450,6618%776236$1,869$5,227,6145Amazon
2Can You Ever Forgive Me?$1,442,42240%391211$3,689$3,577,3994Fox Searchlight
3Thugs of Hindostan$1,185,386--377--$3,144$1,449,8481Yash Raj Films
4Night School$1,000,260-50%717-554$1,395$75,997,0057Universal
5First Man$918,060-58%815-897$1,126$43,730,7655Universal
6Free Solo$756,996-25%266-97$2,846$8,103,8697National Geographic Entertainment
7Hunter Killer$726,230-79%957-1763$759$15,202,3813Lionsgate / Summit
8The Old Man & The Gun$457,211-55%395-370$1,157$10,218,0467Fox Searchlight
10Suspiria$366,600-63%261-50$1,405$1,945,1563Amazon Studios
11Johnny English Strikes Again$357,125-66%191-361$1,870$3,991,2703Universal Pictures
12The House With A Clock In Its Walls$306,795-42%281-229$1,092$67,812,7758Universal Pictures
13Crazy Rich Asians$226,254-8%22214$1,019$173,517,67213Warner Bros.
14The Bolshoi Ballet: Live From Moscow - La Sylphide$168,718--355--$475$168,7181Fathom Events
15Indivisible$165,814-78%202-540$821$3,372,5073Pure Flix
16Wildlife$130,94412%10651$1,235$599,4134IFC Films
17Incredibles 2$122,819-27%140-10$877$608,276,27822Disney
18Bad Times At The El Royale$95,182-68%124-198$768$17,697,476520th Century Fox
19A Simple Favor$69,0125%12725$543$53,464,2799Lionsgate
20Disney's Christopher Robin$65,186-53%122-43$534$99,113,97015Disney
21The Nun$63,978-50%128-83$500$117,379,74910Warner Bros.
22The Sisters Brothers$27,953-58%104-42$269$3,073,2248Annapurna Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Boy Erased$758,173266%7772$9,846$1,031,3372Focus Features
2A Private War$196,585225%3834$5,173$279,0282Aviron Pictures
3Maria By Callas$97,5876%260$3,753$308,9692Sony Pictures Classics
4Colette$90,696-49%81-49$1,120$4,963,6848Bleecker Street
5Last Letter$80,485--18--$4,471$80,4851China Lion Film
6Burning$76,60841%2721$2,837$195,7603Well Go USA Entertainment
7The Front Runner$51,543--4--$12,886$71,7421Sony / Columbia
9What They Had$36,464-9%5316$688$223,2094Bleecker Street
10Tea With the Dames$36,445-37%39-13$934$759,5688IFC Films
11Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$36,011-37%81-23$445$167,450,95920Sony / Columbia
12The Wife$29,939-26%35-14$855$7,741,84713Sony Pictures Classics
14El Ángel$23,348--2--$11,674$23,3481The Orchard
15Alpha$21,308-25%37-4$576$35,829,74513Sony / Columbia
16The Happy Prince$19,724-77%73-204$270$432,0235Sony Pictures Classics
17The Predator$17,307-45%43-29$402$50,998,8049Fox
18Rampant$15,478-78%9-20$1,720$156,3943Well Go USA Entertainment
19Searching$14,721-46%38-14$387$26,015,14912Sony Pictures
20Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$11,847-92%33-234$359$3,635,0985GVN Releasing
21In Search of Greatness$8,273-75%10-6$827$54,1922Art of Sport
22Here And Now$8,090--51--$159$8,0901AMBI Distribution
23Chef Flynn$7,509--1--$7,509$29,8691Kino Lorber Films
24River Runs Red$6,349--20--$317$6,3491Cinedigm
25The Guilty$6,036-70%16-1$377$184,0104Magnolia Pictures
26Searching for Ingmar Bergman$4,959-17%32$1,653$14,1532Oscilloscope Laboratories
27The Long Dumb Road$4,667--1--$4,667$4,6671Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
28Blaze$4,545235%60$758$693,42613IFC Films / Sundance Selects
29Memoir of War$3,971576%32$1,324$101,19513Music Box Films
30Wings of Desire (2018 re-release)$3,513-24%1-1$3,513$56,0584Janus Films
31The Price of Everything$3,425-78%3-4$1,142$85,2774HBO Films
32In Searching$3,090--2--$1,545$3,0901Indican Pictures
33Little Women (2018)$2,691-69%12-24$224$1,376,7787Pinnacle Peak
34Postcards from London$2,686--1--$2,686$2,6861Strand Releasing
35Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story$2,6507%10$2,650$15,3564Abramorama
36Senso$2,592-30%21$1,296$18,1393Rialto Pictures
391945$2,331-61%3-3$777$1,002,91854Menemsha Films
40Pick of the Litter$2,272-13%40$568$525,99111IFC Films
42Narcissister Organ Player$1,983--1--$1,983$3,6811Film Movement
43Unbroken: Path to Redemption$1,860-58%4-7$465$6,208,3659Pure Flix
44On Her Shoulders$1,589-78%5-2$318$22,8094Oscilloscope Laboratories
45Kusama - Infinity$1,516-54%2-4$758$339,75710Magnolia Pictures
46The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$1,408-62%3-2$469$66,9573Rialto Pictures
47Love, Gilda$1,367-39%3-6$456$624,2118Magnolia Pictures
48Black '47$1,3531066%20$677$49,2707IFC Films
49The Fireflies are Gone$1,207-61%62$201$245,0068
50Under the Sea 3D$946161%42$237$35,982,546509Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Let the Corpses Tan$857--1--$857$92,68111Kino Lorber
52Viper Club$752-97%6-64$125$59,8823Roadside Attractions
53Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$692-57%1-3$692$42,2409Film Movement
54Puzzle$645-6%20$323$2,029,34016Sony Pictures Classics
55Life and Nothing More$591-68%20$296$13,1153CFI Releasing
56Hubble 3D$48183%3-1$160$52,343,571452Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Operation Finale$479-40%41$120$17,611,94011MGM
58I Am Not a Witch$444-85%2-3$222$50,05710Film Movement
59Heavy Trip$356--2--$178$9,7136Music Box Films / Doppelgänger Releasing
60The Rider$324-73%1-2$324$2,405,86631Sony Pictures Classics
61Silencio$234-96%3-30$78$158,6853Tulip Pictures
62A Paris Education$228-83%1-1$228$19,79611Kino Lorber
63The Lost Village$140--1--$140$1,6604First Run Features
64Journey to the South Pacific$132500%10$132$7,641,440259IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
65Weed the People$66-94%1-1$66$8,5033Mangurama