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. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Joker$96,202,337--4,374--$21,994$96,202,3371Warner Bros.
2Abominable$11,921,855-42%4,2486$2,806$37,754,9702Universal Pictures
3Downton Abbey$7,989,920-44%3,548158$2,252$73,616,8553Focus Features
4Hustlers$6,393,824-44%3,030-478$2,110$91,415,7044STX Entertainment
5It Chapter Two$5,317,529-48%3,163-448$1,681$202,167,6865Warner Bros
6Judy$4,598,67158%1,458997$3,154$9,057,1142Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
7Ad Astra$4,191,582-58%2,910-550$1,440$43,297,350320th Century Fox
8Rambo: Last Blood$3,599,858-58%2,900-718$1,241$39,873,7533Lionsgate
9Good Boys$890,095-57%1,006-497$885$82,032,7158Universal Pictures
10The Lion King$685,089-59%1,034-657$663$541,281,14612Walt Disney Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1War$1,607,627--305--$5,271$2,114,9171Yash Raj Films USA Inc.
2Angel Has Fallen$554,703-63%831-821$668$68,300,4187Lionsgate
3Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$550,030-53%682-418$806$173,109,37010Universal Pictures
4The Peanut Butter Falcon$479,024-46%623-312$769$18,976,9539Roadside Attractions
5Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$471,848-41%577-182$818$67,512,5749CBS Films / Lionsgate
6Overcomer$420,873-53%672-534$626$33,921,8647Sony Pictures
7Dora and the Lost City of Gold$345,250-52%481-280$718$60,003,1069Paramount Pictures
8Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$289,932-25%204-43$1,421$2,797,3995Greenwich Entertainment
9Roger Waters: Us + Them$251,842--396--$636$594,9821Trafalgar Releasing
10Toy Story 4$231,43314%2430$952$433,314,43716Disney
11Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$216,657-61%256-159$846$139,501,91611Sony Pictures
12Brittany Runs A Marathon$194,796-70%348-569$560$6,860,9177Amazon Studios
13The Climbers$156,096--102--$1,530$324,8741Well Go USA Entertainment
14The Angry Birds Movie 2$133,331-64%248-263$538$41,310,3668Sony Pictures
15Spider-Man: Far from Home$127,176-56%213-181$597$390,361,24014Sony / Columbia
1647 Meters Down: Uncaged$97,185-26%145-112$670$22,112,0108Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
17Ready or Not$59,253-57%125-76$474$28,619,3607Fox Searchlight
18Official Secrets$55,512-63%100-160$555$1,817,3546IFC Films
20The Art of Racing in the Rain$49,304-32%103-46$479$26,249,382920th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1My People, My Country$876,001--67--$13,075$1,553,5171CMC
2Pain and Glory$152,636--4--$38,159$215,4911Sony Pictures Classics
3Men in Black: International$146,2101845%5532$2,658$80,001,80717Sony / Columbia
5Where's My Roy Cohn?$79,77748%2614$3,068$222,1743Sony Pictures Classics
6First Love$56,478167%4038$1,412$89,9942Well Go USA Entertainment
7Lucy In The Sky$54,058--37--$1,461$54,0581Fox Searchlight
8The Goldfinch$38,237-75%86-356$445$5,259,3034Warner Bros.
9The Farewell$38,090-47%40-35$952$17,564,07513A24
10Jim Allison: Breakthrough$36,133316%107$3,613$49,9002Dada Films
11Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$33,50612%361$931$470,7646Magnolia Pictures
14Blinded by the Light$30,636-26%75-49$408$11,890,6488Warner Bros
15Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool$26,370-45%17-14$1,551$468,3777Abramorama
16Fantastic Fungi$17,690-10%30$5,897$70,0683Area 23a
18Aquarela$12,448-45%27-42$461$274,9488Sony Pictures Classics
19Out Of Liberty$11,837-48%25-2$473$217,7264Purdie Distribution
20Menteur$11,294-47%22-14$513$4,661,37213Entertainment One
21Mr. Klein$11,095--2--$5,548$78,3135Rialto Pictures
22Britt-Marie Was Here$11,009128%113$1,001$11,0093Cohen Media Group
23The Fighting Preacher$10,794-30%245$450$855,17811Purdie Distribution
24Ne Zha$10,226-84%8-30$1,278$3,695,5336Well Go USA Entertainment
25Battle of Jangsari$8,552--2--$4,276$8,5521Well Go USA Entertainment
26Loro$8,4803%116$771$30,3993IFC Films
27Wrinkles the Clown$8,248--21--$393$8,2481Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
28Tel Aviv on Fire$7,69345%95$855$485,48610Cohen Media Group
29Anthropocene: The Human Epoch$6,585-59%6-1$1,098$84,6582Kino Lorber
30Midnight Traveler$5,40491%32$1,801$17,2813Oscilloscope Laboratories
31Tazza: One-Eyed Jack$5,199-69%6-4$867$97,6553Well Go USA Entertainment
32Maiden$5,170-54%21-3$246$3,134,75115Sony Pictures Classics
34Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$4,805-66%18-29$267$9,195,5248United Artists Releasing
35David Crosby: Remember My Name$4,474-52%13-15$344$702,30712Sony Pictures Classics
36Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$4,315-62%8-18$539$522,3347Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
37Gregory's Girl$4,185--1--$4,185$4,1851Film Movement
38Ága$3,37417%31$1,125$15,9435Big World Pictures
39End of the Century$3,251-15%4-1$813$38,6428
40The Day Shall Come$3,004-80%16-14$188$24,9362IFC Films
41Give Me Liberty$2,568-65%72$367$191,4237Music Box Films
42Echo In the Canyon$2,41251%40$603$3,350,90520Greenwich Entertainment
43Before You Know It$2,321-59%11-8$211$135,50261091
44Ms. Purple$2,246-79%9-14$250$78,3515Oscilloscope Laboratories
45The Woman Who Loves Giraffes$1,810--2--$905$2,7671Zeitgeist Films
46Desolation Center$1,566147%108$157$19,1154Matson Films
47Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$1,40739%3-2$469$898,76716Magnolia Pictures
48Cold Case Hammarskjöld$1,231-41%2-1$616$103,0738Magnolia Pictures
49Edie$1,198-61%3-1$399$52,0345Music Box Films
50The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$1,048-33%3-1$349$1,803,81915ArtAffects Entertainment
51Long Day's Journey Into Night$1,031143%10$1,031$520,43126Kino Lorber
52I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians$876--2--$438$10,45012Big World Pictures
53Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$852-34%63$142$35,5238GKIDS
54A Brother's Love$70325%10-1$70$533,90018Entertainment One
55Jay Myself$691-55%2-4$346$139,79210Oscilloscope Laboratories
56After The Wedding$681-90%7-8$97$1,563,3919Sony Pictures Classics
57The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$576-63%31$192$149,7077Entertainment One
58Chained for Life$541-55%10$541$13,9034Kino Lorber Films
59The Gliksmans$536-82%1-2$536$3,9382Indican Pictures
60Série noire$500-76%10$500$4,5792Rialto Pictures
61Free Trip To Egypt$486--1--$486$48,45919Matson Films
62Genese$375--2--$188$5,8917Film Movement
63The Chambermaid$34177%10$341$82,50715Kino Lorber
64Union$250-46%10$250$20,33710Indican Pictures
65The Golden Glove$231-90%1-4$231$4,1382Strand Releasing
66The Ground Beneath My Feet$151--1--$151$22,76311Strand Releasing
67Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements$114-97%1-3$114$18,4644Abramorama
68A Faithful Man$90-96%1-2$90$76,08312Kino Lorber
69The Mountain$60-91%1-1$60$59,85011Kino Lorber