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. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$25,265,795-58%4,34491$5,816$108,379,5752Universal Pictures
2Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$20,915,346--3,135--$6,672$20,915,3461CBS Films / Lionsgate
3The Lion King$20,205,322-48%4,220-582$4,788$473,309,1484Walt Disney Pictures
4Dora and the Lost City of Gold$17,431,588--3,735--$4,667$17,431,5881Paramount Pictures
5Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$11,652,652-42%3,507-152$3,323$100,384,0223Sony Pictures
6The Art of Racing in the Rain$8,137,584--2,765--$2,943$8,137,584120th Century Fox
7The Kitchen$5,527,410--2,745--$2,014$5,527,4101Warner Bros.
8Spider-Man: Far from Home$5,277,572-33%2,678-768$1,971$370,950,0626Sony / Columbia
9Toy Story 4$4,525,439-38%2,295-930$1,972$419,703,8078Disney
10Brian Banks$2,156,272--1,240--$1,739$2,156,2721Bleecker Street

Limited (100 — 999)

1Bring The Soul$2,383,604--873--$2,730$4,505,1471Trafalgar Releasing
2The Farewell$2,097,213-13%704295$2,979$10,206,3415A24
3Yesterday$1,129,040-54%866-971$1,304$70,483,7707Universal Pictures
5Crawl$743,685-66%757-1328$982$38,113,7595Paramount Pictures
6The Secret Life of Pets 2$408,095-45%402-377$1,015$156,576,55010Universal
7Annabelle Comes Home$273,556-69%346-573$791$72,400,8437Warner Bros.
8Maiden$258,28516%17342$1,493$1,921,1977Sony Pictures Classics
9Avengers: Endgame$209,992-45%237-183$886$857,929,76016Disney
11Rocketman$148,723-49%181-173$822$95,899,64011Paramount Pictures
12John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$129,798-47%174-165$746$170,467,36513Lionsgate
13Men in Black: International$116,272-29%159-92$731$79,405,4519Sony / Columbia
14The Bravest$110,375--150--$736$110,3751Sony Pictures
15Them That Follow$85,669552%195192$439$101,88921091
16Godzilla: King of the Monsters$68,081-45%121-71$563$110,346,37211Warner Bros.
17Stuber$62,574-89%110-970$569$22,254,497520th Century Fox
18ECCO$48,205--155--$311$48,2051Citadel Film Group
19POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$35,170-47%113-21$311$144,075,75314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Menteur$215,7890%71-5$3,039$3,691,7475Entertainment One
2The Peanut Butter Falcon$204,793--17--$12,047$204,7931Roadside Attractions
4David Crosby: Remember My Name$82,91415%4718$1,764$295,4534Sony Pictures Classics
5Exit$82,903156%1917$4,363$134,2542CJ Entertainment
6Tel Aviv on Fire$70,23748%2817$2,508$138,8042Cohen Media Group
7Echo In the Canyon$68,338-20%60-44$1,139$3,194,49412Greenwich Entertainment
8The Nightingale (2019)$58,06662%2725$2,151$106,0252IFC Films
9The Last Black Man in San Francisco$54,880-39%52-22$1,055$4,404,33010A24
10After The Wedding$50,264--5--$10,053$50,2641Sony Pictures Classics
11Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$48,904351%4219$1,164$638,4538Magnolia Pictures
12The Fighting Preacher$46,564-15%32-5$1,455$387,5323Purdie Distribution
13Pavarotti$44,612-48%48-46$929$4,533,55210CBS Films
14Mike Wallace is Here$38,550-22%3211$1,205$139,1823Magnolia Pictures
15Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$36,780-50%63-38$584$788,9326Roadside Attractions
16Wild Rose$36,344-36%38-49$956$1,586,3598Neon
18The Biggest Little Farm$30,055-44%44-9$683$4,300,23114Neon
19Dark Phoenix$29,797-70%80-45$372$65,825,62510Fox
20Sword of Trust$27,808-54%65-13$428$290,9145IFC Films
21Late Night$26,353-43%41-45$643$15,451,85610Amazon Studios
22The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$21,623-38%25-5$865$1,612,5497ArtAffects Entertainment
23One Child Nation$20,523--2--$10,262$20,5231Amazon Studios
24Love, Antosha$11,20057%76$1,600$19,8802mTuckman Media
25Jay Myself$10,828-43%10$10,828$48,8132Oscilloscope Laboratories
26Shaft$9,611-77%35-73$275$21,355,7939Warner Bros.
27Piranhas$6,728132%109$673$11,6152Music Box Films
28The Other Story$5,819-50%8-3$727$114,6497Strand Releasing
29Unplanned$5,247-44%1-7$5,247$18,994,21220Pure Flix
30Ode to Joy$3,568--2--$1,784$3,5681IFC Films
31Hampstead$3,254-45%4-3$814$09IFC Films
32Under the Sea 3D$3,242--4--$811$36,152,803548Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Dying to Survive$3,238--2--$1,619$3,2381China Lion Film
34The Mountain$2,831-76%6-9$472$44,6813Kino Lorber
35A Brother's Love$2,600-49%3-1$867$503,44310Entertainment One
36Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$2,198181%74$314$88,96717Zeitgeist Films
37All Is True$1,98846%52$398$1,196,69714Sony Pictures Classics
38Journey to the South Pacific$1,772--1--$1,772$7,647,100298IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
39Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$1,641-81%6-18$274$581,5275Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
40Free Trip To Egypt$1,485-54%3-1$495$29,95711Matson Films
41Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$1,395--2--$698$58,49713Rialto Pictures
42The Cure: Anniversary 1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park$1,203-14%21$602$378,4056Trafalgar Releasing
43The Ground Beneath My Feet$1,150-76%1-3$1,150$14,9403Strand Releasing
44Babylon (1981)$1,03397%10$1,033$109,74923Kino Lorber Films
45Union$738-94%2-2$369$14,3302Indican Pictures
46In the Aisles$540-43%1-1$540$25,3549Music Box Films
47Three Peaks$416-64%1-3$416$16,2167Greenwich Entertainment
48Cassandro, The Exotico!$412-51%2-1$206$11,1134Film Movement
49That Part Feeling$361-39%10$361$7,89211Film Movement
50The Fall of The American Empire$188-64%1-2$188$2,853,60959Sony Pictures Classics
51Suburban Birds$168--1--$168$9,73319Cinema Guild
52The Wandering Soap Opera$92--1--$92$2,89213Cinema Guild
53Grateful Dead Meetup 2019$58-98%1-3$58$511,3762Trafalgar Releasing