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. 5 2016

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Don't Breathe$3,874,704-32%3,0510$1,270$55,131,8792Sony / TriStar
2Suicide Squad$2,776,765-26%3,292-290$843$300,104,3375Warner Bros.
3Kubo and the Two Strings$2,388,904-3%2,985-294$800$36,625,6183Focus
4Pete's Dragon (2016)$2,149,657-10%3,27228$657$66,251,4034Disney
5Hell or High Water$1,424,014-14%1,303394$1,093$16,016,2204CBS Films / Lionsgate
6The Light Between Oceans$1,413,370-11%1,500--$942$6,179,2081Disney / DreamWorks
7War Dogs$1,287,658-30%2,848-410$452$36,613,2523Warner Bros.
8The Secret Life of Pets$1,275,990-7%2,069-22$617$359,818,4059Universal
9Sausage Party$1,264,764-34%2,766-369$457$89,604,3494Sony / Columbia
10Mechanic: Resurrection$1,242,312-27%2,2580$550$15,825,4192Lionsgate / Summit
11Jason Bourne$1,102,835-25%1,976-469$558$156,236,0906Universal
12Bad Moms$1,033,860-41%2,306-259$448$103,587,5556STX Entertainment
13Finding Dory$876,1494%2,0751730$422$482,853,07012Disney
14Star Trek Beyond$765,681-21%1,202-75$637$155,086,3127Paramount
15Ben-Hur (2016)$743,601-10%2,167-917$343$24,453,3833Paramount
16Florence Foster Jenkins$728,332-2%1,34117$543$24,218,3344Paramount
17Morgan$505,831-26%2,020--$250$2,518,540120th Century Fox
18Hands of Stone$367,366-20%2,0111201$183$4,048,2332The Weinstein Company
19Ghostbusters (2016)$283,528-30%1,091657$260$126,540,1648Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Manches Frida$952,271-31%362--$2,631$4,628,5061Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Southside with You$416,180-6%89784$464$5,397,5762Roadside / Miramax
3Ice Age: Collision Course$224,868-17%692237$325$62,816,0227Fox
5Greater$151,924-6%175-165$868$1,340,4042Hammond Entertainment
6Nine Lives (2016)$129,587-13%385-147$337$18,934,8775EuropaCorp Films
7The BFG$118,8103%220-15$540$54,859,14110Disney / DreamWorks
8Lights Out$112,163-44%446-157$251$66,356,4437Warner Bros. / New Line
9Hillary's America - The Secret History of the Democratic Party$97,9491%404324$242$12,858,6118D’Souza Entertainment Quality Flix
10Cafe Society$86,420-16%190-26$455$10,529,3608Lionsgate / Amazon
11The Legend of Tarzan$74,944-29%252-36$297$126,360,50010Warner Bros.
12The Jungle Book (2016)$55,45337%109-243$509$363,865,44321Disney
13Indignation$50,321-8%116-56$434$3,117,2046Roadside / Summit
14Captain Fantastic$45,728-15%1220$375$5,346,7079Bleecker Street
15Independence Day: Resurgence$37,814-37%391279$97$103,086,49511Fox
16The Sea of Trees$3,320--10199$33$14,0172A24 Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tunnel$47,413--26--$1,824$448,1112Well Go USA
2Hunt for the Wilderpeople$43,183-16%85-15$508$4,642,53111The Orchard
3A Tale of Love and Darkness$41,705-11%6640$632$384,8473Focus World
4Naam Hai Akira$30,014-39%71--$423$166,6581FIP
5Little Men (2016)$28,746--57--$504$432,3945Magnolia Pictures
6Captain America: Civil War$28,168-46%81-12$348$408,024,56418Disney
7Train To Busan$23,338--15--$1,556$1,769,7417 Inc. Well Go USA
8Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$22,523--46--$490$429,8793Magnolia Pictures
9Anthropoid$16,970-14%59-65$288$2,905,7604Bleecker Street
10The Shallows$13,981-74%80-57$175$54,977,87111Sony / Columbia
11The Infiltrator$12,65911%6031$211$15,326,2408Broad Green Pictures
12Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates$12,387-62%89-5$139$45,869,9239Fox
13A Complete Unknown$11,635--22--$529$74,8342IFC Films / Amazon
14Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$11,009-25%53-20$208$82,046,53614Paramount
15Ixcanul$10,530--9--$1,170$95,0593Kino Lorber
16White Girl$7,555--3--$2,518$41,6131FilmRise
17Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie$7,334--23-15$319$4,707,5587Fox Searchlight
18Happy Bhaag Jayegi$4,459--78--$57$340,4183Eros International
19Morris from America$3,922--2011$196$60,1753A24
20The Music of Strangers$3,10233%13-5$239$1,142,73313The Orchard
21Remember the Goal$2,873--17--$169$91,4892Five & Two Pictures
22In Order Of Disappearance$2,240--7--$320$23,7502Magnet Releasing
23Miss Sharon Jones!$2,235--12--$186$93,9786Starz Digital
24The Angry Birds Movie$2,13020%20-25$107$107,495,36216Sony / Columbia
25Born to Be Wild 3D$1,965--6--$328$24,937,312283Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Fatima (2016)$1,664--1--$1,664$29,4692Kino Lorber
27Tickled$1,533--4--$383$599,40912Magnolia Pictures
28Elevator To The Gallows (2016 re-release)$1,3722%21$686$61,5045Rialto Pictures
29Disorder$1,350--8--$169$39,6874IFC Films / Sundance Selects
30Mohenjo Daro$1,123-43%8-14$140$1,263,6614UTV Motion Pictures
31Spa Night$1,109--2--$555$30,0243Strand Releasing
32Weiner$912--2--$456$1,676,10816IFC Films / Sundance Selects
33Love & Friendship$806-51%10-10$81$13,996,00917Roadside / Amazon
34Life, Animated$73721%6-54$123$227,98710The Orchard
35Swiss Army Man$649--81$81$4,191,02411A24
36Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$607--1--$607$91,5436Kino Lorber
37Sweet Bean$470--2--$235$123,70125Kino Lorber
38The Tenth Man$446--1--$446$46,0335Kino Lorber
39The Lobster$199--6-1$33$9,068,44924A24
40Klown Forever$118--5--$24$9781Drafthouse Films
41Our Kind of Traitor$114-66%3-2$38$3,150,60610Roadside Attractions
42Deep Sea 3D$91--1--$91$46,211,817549Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Journey to the South Pacific$49--1--$49$7,144,166145IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
44Last Cab to Darwin$18--1--$18$32,81213First Run Features
45The Kind Words$6--1--$6$135,02211Strand Releasing