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. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Joker$55,861,403-42%4,3740$12,771$193,590,1902Warner Bros.
2The Addams Family$30,300,007--4,007--$7,562$30,300,0071United Artists Releasing
3Gemini Man$20,552,372--3,642--$5,643$20,552,3721Paramount Pictures
4Abominable$6,072,235-49%3,496-752$1,737$47,873,5853Universal Pictures
5Downton Abbey$4,881,075-39%3,019-529$1,617$82,668,6654Focus Features
6Hustlers$3,887,018-39%2,357-673$1,649$98,052,3575STX Entertainment
7Judy$3,231,033-30%1,627169$1,986$14,949,8843Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
8It Chapter Two$3,136,415-41%2,303-860$1,362$207,046,8396Warner Bros
9Jexi$3,106,730--2,332--$1,332$3,106,7301Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
10Ad Astra$1,877,925-55%1,678-1232$1,119$46,966,357420th Century Fox
11Rambo: Last Blood$1,499,971-58%1,831-1069$819$42,860,5574Lionsgate
12The Lion King$684,9620%1,687653$406$542,287,66313Walt Disney Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1War$866,421-46%270-35$3,209$3,640,3552Yash Raj Films USA Inc.
2Good Boys$339,245-62%374-632$907$82,754,0559Universal Pictures
3The Sky Is Pink$334,713--194--$1,725$334,7131Pack Your Bags Films
4El Coyote$323,351--243--$1,331$734,7542Cactus Blue Entertainment
5The Peanut Butter Falcon$277,784-42%304-319$914$19,512,79010Roadside Attractions
6Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$245,529-48%346-231$710$67,921,78310CBS Films / Lionsgate
7Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$205,949-29%168-36$1,226$3,175,1686Greenwich Entertainment
8Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$185,845-66%301-381$617$173,535,19511Universal Pictures
9Overcomer$167,192-60%298-374$561$34,305,9678Sony Pictures
10Toy Story 4$159,493-31%189-54$844$433,560,47317Disney
11Angel Has Fallen$146,200-74%288-543$508$68,718,6758Lionsgate
12Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M²$144,736--157--$922$907,1631Trafalgar Releasing
13Dora and the Lost City of Gold$140,531-59%224-257$627$60,287,45110Paramount Pictures
14Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$100,845-53%113-143$892$139,713,53412Sony Pictures
15The Angry Birds Movie 2$86,414-35%169-79$511$41,445,4669Sony Pictures
16Lucy In The Sky$78,45145%198161$396$160,0632Fox Searchlight
17Brittany Runs A Marathon$66,958-66%110-238$609$7,031,2528Amazon Studios
18Spider-Man: Far from Home$59,735-53%133-80$449$390,470,12915Sony / Columbia
19High Strung Free Dance$54,601--106--$515$54,6011GVN Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

2My People, My Country$303,542-65%8316$3,657$2,139,3592CMC
3Pain and Glory$271,84678%2319$11,819$557,8032Sony Pictures Classics
4Where's My Roy Cohn?$91,75015%5731$1,610$351,4094Sony Pictures Classics
5Matthias & Maxime$64,988--50--$1,300$111,2121
6Fantastic Fungi$64,601265%63$10,767$144,6494Area 23a
747 Meters Down: Uncaged$48,821-50%99-46$493$22,194,5599Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8The Climbers$45,642-71%29-73$1,574$452,1032Well Go USA Entertainment
9The Art of Racing in the Rain$44,357-10%89-14$498$26,321,3651020th Century Fox
11Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$34,1862%404$855$526,9217Magnolia Pictures
12The Farewell$33,353-12%39-1$855$17,622,68014A24
13First Love$31,035-45%400$776$157,3343Well Go USA Entertainment
14Battle of Jangsari$29,723248%2018$1,486$43,3752Well Go USA Entertainment
15Official Secrets$29,617-47%43-57$689$1,878,6867IFC Films
17Ready or Not$27,147-54%52-73$522$28,675,5348Fox Searchlight
19The Goldfinch$21,659-43%860$252$5,300,2615Warner Bros.
20Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool$20,891-21%16-1$1,306$520,5568Abramorama
21Mr. Klein$19,40075%42$4,850$104,1286Rialto Pictures
22Jim Allison: Breakthrough$13,894-62%7-3$1,985$77,8643Dada Films
23Mister America$10,090--2--$5,045$120,9781Magnolia Pictures
24The Fighting Preacher$10,030-7%14-10$716$876,58112Purdie Distribution
26Out Of Liberty$8,656-27%13-12$666$244,2905Purdie Distribution
27Maiden$7,69249%7-14$1,099$3,144,80416Sony Pictures Classics
28Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements$7,6256589%43$1,906$25,9755Abramorama
29Union$7,3382835%65$1,223$27,85311Indican Pictures
30Give Me Liberty$6,687160%103$669$199,8468Music Box Films
31The Dead Center$6,016--10--$602$6,0161Matson Films
32Menteur$4,960-56%13-9$382$4,669,80514Entertainment One
33David Crosby: Remember My Name$4,5983%10-3$460$710,53513Sony Pictures Classics
34Gift$4,255--2--$2,128$4,2551Matson Films
35Beloved Beast$3,894--3--$1,298$3,8941Indican Pictures
36Aquarela$3,892-69%17-10$229$285,6779Sony Pictures Classics
37The Ground Beneath My Feet$3,0001887%32$1,000$25,76312Strand Releasing
38Before You Know It$2,69816%6-5$450$140,06871091
39Rojo$2,361--1--$2,361$93,69814Distrib Films
40Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$2,282-47%113$207$526,3088Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
41End of the Century$1,991-39%3-1$664$42,4619
42Under the Sea 3D$1,855--4--$464$36,197,766557Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,741--2--$871$11,265,318289Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Desolation Center$1,462-7%7-3$209$24,0265Matson Films
45Ága$1,381-59%30$460$18,2606Big World Pictures
46A Faithful Man$1,2171252%10$1,217$77,77613Kino Lorber
47100 Acres of Hell$997--1--$997$9971Indican Pictures
48Free Trip To Egypt$88281%21$441$49,58920Matson Films
49The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$818-22%1-2$818$1,805,28916ArtAffects Entertainment
50Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$801-43%30$267$901,59717Magnolia Pictures
51Cold Case Hammarskjöld$773-37%1-1$773$104,9659Magnolia Pictures
52The Other Story$671--1--$671$129,62816Strand Releasing
53After The Wedding$614-10%4-3$154$1,564,26510Sony Pictures Classics
54Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$558--3--$186$103,90926Zeitgeist Films
55Anthropocene: The Human Epoch$497-92%2-4$249$95,8013Kino Lorber
56Edie$473-61%1-2$473$55,2026Music Box Films
57A German Youth$416--1--$416$8281Big World Pictures
58A Brother's Love$380-46%4-6$95$537,18719Entertainment One
59The Mountain$350483%10$350$60,88012Kino Lorber
60Killerman$206--1--$206$283,9367Blue Fox Entertainment
61Wrinkles the Clown$129-98%3-18$43$12,2482Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
62I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians$129-85%1-1$129$10,70313Big World Pictures
63Echo In the Canyon$87-96%1-3$87$3,353,47121Greenwich Entertainment
64Chained for Life$54-90%10$54$14,3145Kino Lorber Films