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. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

1It Chapter Two$39,606,550-57%4,5700$8,667$153,803,5242Warner Bros
2Hustlers$33,181,361--3,236--$10,254$33,181,3611STX Entertainment
3Angel Has Fallen$4,494,056-25%3,076-153$1,461$60,474,4744Lionsgate
4Good Boys$4,223,875-23%2,736-457$1,544$73,280,6105Universal Pictures
5The Lion King$3,649,905-16%2,365-245$1,543$534,087,6809Walt Disney Pictures
6Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$2,791,425-27%2,050-249$1,362$168,338,7457Universal Pictures
7Overcomer$2,725,781-27%2,293140$1,189$28,978,5494Sony Pictures
8The Goldfinch$2,679,027--2,542--$1,054$2,679,0271Warner Bros.
9The Peanut Butter Falcon$1,844,060-13%1,490180$1,238$14,966,7026Roadside Attractions
10Dora and the Lost City of Gold$1,835,864-22%1,348-440$1,362$56,729,4316Paramount Pictures
11Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$1,699,783-26%1,494-607$1,138$64,438,8696CBS Films / Lionsgate
12The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,180,754-31%1,184-670$997$39,621,2565Sony Pictures
13Ready or Not$955,220-59%1,095-1255$872$27,699,3974Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

1Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$1,501,323-31%957-445$1,569$136,872,9508Sony Pictures
2Brittany Runs A Marathon$1,471,76953%757527$1,944$3,668,7064Amazon Studios
3Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$686,370506%220213$3,120$841,6132Greenwich Entertainment
4Spider-Man: Far from Home$660,921-47%710-723$931$389,195,47511Sony / Columbia
5Official Secrets$521,547136%331290$1,576$917,0583IFC Films
747 Meters Down: Uncaged$424,049-43%537-438$790$21,536,0205Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8Toy Story 4$412,524-25%410-230$1,006$432,368,78313Disney
9Annabelle Comes Home$375,579-53%144-70$2,608$74,028,49112Warner Bros.
10Ne Zha$363,432309%126-9$2,884$3,307,5613Well Go USA Entertainment
11The Art of Racing in the Rain$295,021-42%473-267$624$25,796,245620th Century Fox
12The Farewell$240,811-40%229-139$1,052$17,122,51910A24
14Blinded by the Light$194,191-53%265-203$733$11,667,2365Warner Bros
15Tod@s Caen$191,161-59%211-160$906$2,429,6643Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Freaks$161,543--111--$1,455$161,5431Well Go USA Entertainment
17Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$100,286-54%192-78$522$9,065,5845United Artists Releasing
19The Secret Life of Pets 2$86,570-33%119-20$727$158,228,53015Universal
20The Kitchen$48,722-21%11035$443$12,097,9796Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$71,014-27%779$922$413,9454Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
2Out Of Liberty$66,546--35--$1,901$66,5461Purdie Distribution
3Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$65,32717%242$2,722$284,7003Magnolia Pictures
4Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool$55,507-4%248$2,313$242,6864Abramorama
5After The Wedding$51,857-74%96-187$540$1,500,5006Sony Pictures Classics
7Menteur$46,513-21%51-2$912$4,565,06310Entertainment One
8Mission Mangal$41,381-63%43-51$962$3,644,1555FIP
9Maiden$39,717-53%70-38$567$3,048,64412Sony Pictures Classics
12Brian Banks$26,277177%6848$386$4,342,4926Bleecker Street
13Fagara$25,206--13--$1,939$25,2061China Lion Film
14David Crosby: Remember My Name$24,587-51%671$367$644,3199Sony Pictures Classics
15The Fighting Preacher$22,192-11%251$888$763,0168Purdie Distribution
16Give Me Liberty$21,114-14%185$1,173$160,4094Music Box Films
17Men in Black: International$19,825-37%50-25$397$79,820,56114Sony / Columbia
18Mr. Klein$18,54617%10$18,546$49,3712Rialto Pictures
19Tigers Are Not Afraid$17,219-35%15-2$1,148$146,2974Variance Films
20Before You Know It$13,854-67%28-3$495$106,13931091
21Ms. Purple$13,650-13%43$3,413$13,6502Oscilloscope Laboratories
22Aquarela$12,662-45%20-3$633$205,6325Sony Pictures Classics
23Edie$10,54420%92$1,172$26,1932Music Box Films
24Chasing Einstein$9,708--4--$2,427$9,7081Atlas Distribution
25Bennett's War$9,289-75%55-235$169$759,3183Forrest Films
26Chained for Life$7,415--1--$7,415$7,4151Kino Lorber Films
27Balloon$7,181--5--$1,436$13,2202Distrib Films
28Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$6,7893%12-5$566$886,09513Magnolia Pictures
29One Cut of the Dead$6,360--2--$3,180$6,3601Shudder
30A Faithful Man$6,253--6--$1,042$64,3029Kino Lorber
31The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$6,133-58%11-5$558$138,0884Entertainment One
32One Child Nation$6,124-48%11-11$557$245,6356Amazon Studios
33Cold Case Hammarskjöld$6,079-17%4-6$1,520$93,5805Magnolia Pictures
34Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$6,013-74%34-14$177$1,010,15911Roadside Attractions
35Long Day's Journey Into Night$5,50949%40$1,377$505,50223Kino Lorber
36The Sound of Silence$5,449--2--$2,725$5,4491IFC Films
37Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements$5,424--1--$5,424$5,4241Abramorama
38Cracked Up$5,310--1--$5,310$5,3101Abramorama
39Desolation Center$4,938--3--$1,646$4,9381Matson Films
40Echo In the Canyon$4,524-68%10-9$452$3,339,50117Greenwich Entertainment
42Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy$4,379-43%2-1$2,190$293,6755Well Go USA Entertainment
43The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$4,210-23%11-5$383$1,727,40612ArtAffects Entertainment
44The Chambermaid$4,057187%21$2,029$81,24112Kino Lorber
45Rapid Response$3,840-15%102$384$10,2972Atlas Distribution
46The Nightingale (2019)$3,721-81%15-32$248$396,3467IFC Films
47End of the Century$2,59324%1-2$2,593$27,7765
48Rojo$2,295--2--$1,148$82,00110Distrib Films
49A Brother's Love$2,108-20%92$234$527,87315Entertainment One
50Free Trip To Egypt$1,891-20%4-3$473$45,25616Matson Films
51Under the Sea 3D$1,712-36%3-1$571$36,183,262553Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Another Day of Life$1,691--2--$846$1,6911GKIDS
53Mike Wallace is Here$1,626-85%7-13$232$275,9938Magnolia Pictures
54Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$1,118-50%5-3$224$30,8165GKIDS
55The Mountain$755-67%3-2$252$56,0628Kino Lorber
56Killerman$624-94%2-46$312$283,7303Blue Fox Entertainment
57Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$505--1--$505$61,38918Rialto Pictures
58The Divine Fury$441-65%1-1$441$102,9135Well Go USA Entertainment
59In the Aisles$379-77%10$379$27,90114Music Box Films
60Olivia$371--1--$371$9,9345Distrib Films/Icarus
61Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$291-46%21$146$589,15510Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
62Piranhas$27962%10$279$19,9407Music Box Films
63Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$167-66%2-1$84$97,79122Zeitgeist Films
64Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$11--1--$11$11,262,434285Warner Bros. / IMAX