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. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$19,369,877-48%3,7900$5,111$66,245,0352Disney
2Joker$19,248,035-34%3,936-154$4,890$277,931,5574Warner Bros.
3The Addams Family$12,006,007-26%4,207105$2,854$73,101,7053United Artists Releasing
4Zombieland: Double Tap$11,817,487-56%3,4680$3,408$47,217,7602Sony Pictures
5Countdown$8,865,082--2,675--$3,314$8,865,0821STX Entertainment
6Black and Blue$8,376,846--2,062--$4,062$8,376,8461Sony / Screen Gems
7Gemini Man$4,065,502-51%3,008-634$1,352$43,407,9153Paramount Pictures
8The Current War$2,633,717--1,022--$2,577$2,633,7171101 Studios
9Abominable$2,085,225-41%2,196-451$950$56,903,8205Universal Pictures
10Downton Abbey$1,949,545-37%1,658-600$1,176$92,256,1756Focus Features
11Judy$1,222,208-42%1,131-287$1,081$21,555,5845Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
12MET Opera: Massenet Manon$1,087,000--1,000--$1,087$1,087,0001Fathom Events
13It Chapter Two$683,952-53%1,101-427$621$210,758,1078Warner Bros
14Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$555,845747%1,6741599$332$140,428,36314Sony Pictures
15Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$534,136285%1,5671348$341$68,711,62312CBS Films / Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Lighthouse$3,029,959608%586578$5,171$3,610,4462A24
3Housefull 4$904,808--315--$2,872$904,8081FIP
4Hustlers$856,962-58%914-661$938$103,561,8247STX Entertainment
5Jesus is King$856,272--372--$2,302$856,2721IMAX
6Spirited Away (2019 Re-issue)$561,821--765--$734$561,8211Fathom Events
7Western Stars$560,282--537--$1,043$1,000,2822Warner Bros.
8Pain and Glory$398,417-6%11750$3,405$1,653,7204Sony Pictures Classics
9One Piece: Stampede$357,740--541--$661$770,7551FUNimation Entertainment
10Ad Astra$276,326-66%325-471$850$49,313,893620th Century Fox
11Rambo: Last Blood$207,532-63%436-494$476$44,536,3186Lionsgate
12Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$146,741-25%1470$998$3,777,5748Greenwich Entertainment
13The Lion King$146,583-46%199-126$737$543,187,71615Walt Disney Pictures
14Jexi$129,748-89%322-2010$403$6,449,6703Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
15The Peanut Butter Falcon$118,298-44%166-82$713$20,081,82912Roadside Attractions
16Angel Has Fallen$64,195-35%148-20$434$69,002,33610Lionsgate
17Toy Story 4$62,434-31%121-24$516$433,804,67419Disney
18Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$55,560-41%114-73$487$173,788,14513Universal Pictures
19Overcomer$54,622-34%125-21$437$34,578,83710Sony Pictures
20Good Boys$52,165-49%113-77$462$83,062,27011Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jojo Rabbit$1,044,070199%5550$18,983$1,503,4942Fox Searchlight
2Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$217,162132%1716$12,774$1,568,4652Fathom Events / Saban Films
3The Captain$120,112-63%39-8$3,080$580,1962
4Fantastic Fungi$61,852106%145$4,418$285,5736Area 23a
5Where's My Roy Cohn?$50,600-44%51-15$992$581,2446Sony Pictures Classics
6No Safe Spaces$45,548--1--$45,548$45,5481Atlas Distribution
7The Angry Birds Movie 2$33,763-33%86-22$393$41,578,02711Sony Pictures
8Matthias & Maxime$29,335-66%41-12$715$297,5153
9Downtown 81 (2019 re-release)$25,208--1--$25,208$25,2081Metrograph Pictures
10Brittany Runs A Marathon$23,972-44%47-15$510$7,155,91610Amazon Studios
11Official Secrets$20,961-15%4511$466$1,952,2219IFC Films
12Frankie$19,435--4--$4,859$19,4351Sony Pictures Classics
13Synonyms$17,891--2--$8,946$39,1771Kino Lorber
14Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$16,934-56%29-10$584$633,4499Magnolia Pictures
15Cyrano, My Love$13,64799%1815$758$324,1332Roadside Attractions
16Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$12,348--3--$4,116$12,3481Matson Films
17Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool$11,086-61%11-7$1,008$594,29210Abramorama
18Greener Grass$9,8045%1715$577$23,3242IFC Films / IFC Midnight
1947 Meters Down: Uncaged$9,420-56%25-26$377$22,249,97911Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20By the Grace of God$8,77113%64$1,462$19,9262Music Box Films
21Immortal Hero$8,576-58%9-3$953$34,5712Freestyle Releasing
23The Sky Is Pink$7,526-93%11-84$684$652,5923Pack Your Bags Films
24Lucy In The Sky$7,000-87%35-196$200$314,9994Fox Searchlight
25The Farewell$6,838-73%15-6$456$17,688,95216A24
26The Fighting Preacher$6,835-39%13-1$526$915,74114Purdie Distribution
27Mr. Klein$6,264-52%4-1$1,566$140,4368Rialto Pictures
28Jay Myself$6,038--2--$3,019$146,49313Oscilloscope Laboratories
29First Love$5,474-65%20-14$274$211,0095Well Go USA Entertainment
30My People, My Country$5,280-92%3-38$1,760$2,346,9094CMC
31The Cave (2019)$5,096-76%20$2,548$28,7532National Geographic Documentary Films
34Out Of Liberty$3,950-52%131$304$269,7587Purdie Distribution
35Menteur$3,645-7%8-3$456$4,682,54016Entertainment One
36Prescience$3,407--3--$1,136$3,4071Indican Pictures
37David Crosby: Remember My Name$2,93518%84$367$724,43815Sony Pictures Classics
38Gift$2,797-18%50$559$11,7503Matson Films
39Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$2,656-62%7-8$379$543,20510Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
40Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,318--2--$1,159$11,268,146291Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Give Me Liberty$2,301-65%7-2$329$215,57110Music Box Films
42Midnight Traveler$2,201-64%5-2$440$32,2406Oscilloscope Laboratories
43Under the Sea 3D$1,896-18%40$474$36,206,542559Warner Bros. / IMAX
44After The Wedding$1,820-47%2-3$910$1,571,11112Sony Pictures Classics
45Tel Aviv on Fire$1,732-64%50$346$504,44313Cohen Media Group
46Stuffed$1,572-2%10$1,572$4,9952Music Box Films
47End of the Century$1,551-56%3-3$517$51,21211
48Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements$1,361107%20$681$33,2447Abramorama
49Aquarela$1,265-38%5-4$253$294,03111Sony Pictures Classics
50100 Acres of Hell$1,23223%10$1,232$4,4363Indican Pictures
51Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,215168%30$405$106,96128Zeitgeist Films
52Battle of Jangsari$1,029-73%1-6$1,029$69,6304Well Go USA Entertainment
53Maiden$840-66%73$120$3,152,56718Sony Pictures Classics
54The Chambermaid$81351%21$407$84,84718Kino Lorber
55Anthropocene: The Human Epoch$754-49%2-2$377$98,4045Kino Lorber
56Edie$724101%10$724$58,5138Music Box Films
57Grass$637--2--$319$8,96928Cinema Guild
58Born to Be Wild 3D$540--2--$270$25,907,704447Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Before You Know It$538-79%60$90$147,16391091
60I'm Leaving Now$475-21%21$238$4,4438Cinema Guild
61Britt-Marie Was Here$379-41%10$379$37,1276Cohen Media Group
62Serendipity$334-71%20$167$2,2132Cohen Media Group
63The Mountain$312--1--$312$60,84214Kino Lorber
64Union$302-92%1-3$302$41,25513Indican Pictures
65A Brother's Love$28973%2-2$145$539,40121Entertainment One
66The Golden Glove$263-6%2-1$132$5,2025Strand Releasing
67Echo In the Canyon$252-75%10$252$3,355,14623Greenwich Entertainment
68The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$109--2--$55$150,60910Entertainment One
69The Ground Beneath My Feet$102-93%1-1$102$29,17114Strand Releasing
70Wrinkles the Clown$62-92%2-2$31$13,8534Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
71Chained for Life$54-71%10$54$14,8807Kino Lorber Films