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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Sep. 7 2015

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 7 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War Room$3,908,0231%1,526391$2,561$28,702,0162Sony / TriStar
2A Walk in the Woods$2,662,565--1,960--$1,358$12,806,6841Broad Green Pictures
3Straight Outta Compton$2,196,740-32%3,094-48$710$149,781,6354Universal
4Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$2,189,513-23%2,849-246$769$182,662,2116Paramount
5The Transporter Refueled$1,649,852-32%3,434--$480$9,005,4741EuropaCorp Films
6No Escape (2015)$1,534,941-27%3,41560$449$20,010,4212Weinstein Company
7Inside Out (2015)$1,216,623-8%2,9672204$410$349,526,79312Disney
8The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$1,038,517-22%2,102-604$494$40,447,4814Warner Bros.
11Sinister 2$743,473-41%2,651-148$280$24,533,5373Focus / Gramercy
12The Gift (2015)$697,329-34%1,591-343$438$40,389,6875STX Entertainment
13Pixels$684,627-8%1,420415$482$73,990,1977Sony / Columbia
14Jurassic World$636,255-40%1,571332$405$647,374,16013Universal
15Hitman: Agent 47$618,801-27%2,191-1082$282$20,349,7443Fox
16Shaun the Sheep Movie$393,9875%1,134-224$347$18,088,0745Lionsgate
17Fantastic Four (2015)$350,766-17%1,135-540$309$54,773,4255Fox
18American Ultra$349,287-29%1,729-1049$202$13,434,4563Lionsgate
19Ricki and the Flash$305,748-17%1,274-442$240$25,594,5835Sony / TriStar
20Vacation (2015)$275,603-43%1,045-510$264$56,992,4826Warner Bros. / New Line
21Southpaw$262,402-35%1,444838$182$51,289,4437Weinstein Company
22We Are Your Friends$161,357-30%2,3330$69$3,313,4692Warner Bros.
23Dope$109,575-26%1,0231009$107$17,279,18712Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 7 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Un Gallo con muchos Huevos$932,302-30%395--$2,360$4,357,0041Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Welcome Back$177,184--135--$1,312$891,4191Eros International
4Mistress America$163,843-19%512362$320$1,821,6264Fox Searchlight
5Phoenix (2015)$143,530--185--$776$2,159,7977IFC Films
6Mr. Holmes$132,843-11%348-21$382$16,838,8678Roadside / Miramax
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$106,880--220--$486$458,325,29819Disney
8Meru$95,198--124--$768$1,236,6814Music Box Films
9San Andreas$75,967-25%205-13$371$154,631,69515Warner Bros. / New Line
10Max (2015)$72,168-10%240-42$301$42,203,31011Warner Bros.
11Paper Towns$46,296-29%218-36$212$31,698,7467Fox
12The Diary of a Teenage Girl$44,033--255--$173$1,279,6105Sony Pictures Classics
13Terminator Genisys$39,871-31%168-41$237$89,626,52510Paramount
14Spy (2015)$30,154-39%148-21$204$110,553,76114Fox
16The Gallows$10,076-47%103-45$98$22,724,2829Warner Bros. / New Line
17Bajrangi Bhaijaan$4,164--257--$16$8,176,0678Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 7 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grandma$151,883--52--$2,921$1,198,3753Sony Pictures Classics
2Learning to Drive$112,230--70--$1,603$739,4923Broad Green Pictures
3Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$42,600--68--$626$182,6641Magnolia Pictures
4Phantom (2015)$19,737-45%83-10$238$463,4292UTV Motion Pictures
5Irrational Man$16,775--54--$311$3,825,1338Sony Pictures Classics
6Best of Enemies$15,833--51--$310$781,2446Magnolia / Participant
7Mad Max: Fury Road$15,396-40%87-24$177$153,121,62917Warner Bros.
8The Second Mother$14,528--15--$969$100,0262Oscilloscope
9Home (2015)$11,334--66-13$172$177,393,93624Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Dragon Blade$10,827--14--$773$41,1731Lionsgate Premiere
11Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$9,107-8%32-5$285$268,1695GKIDS
12Listen to Me Marlon$8,306--23--$361$359,9336Showtime
13Hubble 3D$8,163--6--$1,361$50,154,191286Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Jimmy's Hall$7,720--30--$257$459,53810Sony Pictures Classics
15Magic Mike XXL$7,098-56%88-68$81$65,967,41210Warner Bros.
16Cinderella (2015)$6,739--30--$225$201,136,21526Disney
17Z for Zachariah$6,179-22%27-2$229$106,2802Roadside Attractions
18Before We Go$5,621-16%21--$268$24,2511RADiUS-TWC
19Rififi (2015 re-issue)$5,532-21%2--$2,766$26,3881Rialto Pictures
20Queen of Earth$5,259--8--$657$50,8942IFC Films
21Love & Mercy$5,239-35%31-8$169$12,503,66614Roadside Attractions
22Journey to the South Pacific$4,231--7--$604$7,016,22893IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$4,17763%350$119$10,345,41475Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Tangerine$3,594--15--$240$661,3199Magnolia Pictures
25I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$3,264--21--$155$7,447,04117Bleecker Street
26She's Funny That Way$2,649--10--$265$106,3773Lionsgate Premiere
27Under the Sea 3D$2,430--3--$810$34,730,661343Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Stanford Prison Experiment$2,420--12--$202$623,0658IFC Films
29A Borrowed Identity$2,230--5--$446$270,96811Strand Releasing
30Born to Be Wild 3D$2,049--8--$256$24,357,105231Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Infinitely Polar Bear$1,856--13--$143$1,398,33212Sony Pictures Classics
32Testament of Youth$1,494--11--$136$1,787,91714Sony Pictures Classics
33Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$1,372--11--$125$6,756,96513Fox Searchlight
34Army of Shadows (2015 re-issue)$1,053-37%10$1,053$22,1932Rialto Pictures
35To the Arctic 3D$1,049--1--$1,049$14,382,000177Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Slow Learners$878--3--$293$13,5443IFC Films
37The Wolfpack$749--7--$107$1,287,77613Magnolia Pictures
38The Quay Brothers in 35mm$732--1--$732$28,6283Zeitgeist Films
39She's Beautiful When She's Angry$560--2--$280$412,44440International Film Circuit
40A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$526--5--$105$212,51414Magnolia Pictures
41The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$240--2--$120$942,25018Music Box Films
42The Look of Silence$178--9--$20$98,8408Drafthouse / Participant
433 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$175--1--$175$30,40712Participant Media
44The Tribe$170--11--$15$147,67512Drafthouse Films