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 Sun, Oct. 16 2016

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Accountant$6,076,639-36%3,332--$1,824$24,710,2731Warner Bros.
2The Girl on the Train (2016)$3,183,155-38%3,24197$982$46,831,4352Universal
3Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$2,631,825-34%3,835130$686$65,892,5283Fox
4Kevin Hart: What Now?$2,501,140-45%2,567--$974$11,767,2101Universal
5Storks$1,768,011-30%3,066-542$577$59,229,1244Warner Bros.
6Deepwater Horizon$1,682,570-41%3,403144$494$49,393,0483Lionsgate / Summit
7The Magnificent Seven (2016)$1,369,861-42%3,210-486$427$84,862,9874Sony / Columbia
8Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life$1,203,923-39%2,8220$427$13,857,1322CBS Films / Lionsgate
9The Birth of a Nation (2016)$741,094-39%2,1050$352$12,275,7352Fox Searchlight
10Sully$705,034-46%2,211-847$319$118,293,2946Warner Bros.
11Max Steel$619,618-33%2,034--$305$2,182,2161Open Road
12Masterminds (2016)$410,433-46%2,027-1015$202$16,192,8093Relativity Studios
13Queen of Katwe$250,424-36%1,062-197$236$7,031,7874Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Suicide Squad$195,997-41%630-342$311$323,676,75211Warner Bros.
2Priceless (2016)$179,485-22%303--$592$707,0211Roadside Attractions
3Don't Breathe$168,182-47%612-454$275$88,177,5338Sony / TriStar
4Bridget Jones's Baby$100,725-35%390-525$258$23,609,8455Universal
5Snowden$92,962-30%343-444$271$20,900,7095Open Road
6The Secret Life of Pets$81,265-33%276-63$294$365,802,22515Universal
7Finding Dory$80,337-33%189-18$425$485,176,50318Disney
8American Honey$44,933-22%135110$333$368,8483A24
9Hell or High Water$43,938-41%188-87$234$26,492,06910CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Kubo and the Two Strings$39,676-20%139-112$285$47,346,4349Focus
11Blair Witch$38,987-51%243-425$160$20,574,8065Lionsgate
12Ghostbusters (2016)$33,572-37%145-26$232$128,150,60814Sony / Columbia
13Pete's Dragon (2016)$31,279-43%165-59$190$75,188,15310Disney
14Bad Moms$28,745-47%176-89$163$113,078,69412STX Entertainment
15When the Bough Breaks$27,227-60%183-277$149$29,594,0366Sony / Screen Gems
16Mechanic: Resurrection$26,562-26%10133$263$21,136,4228Lionsgate / Summit
17Star Trek Beyond$20,955-43%151-40$139$158,804,47013Paramount
18Jason Bourne$17,755-54%131-55$136$162,054,48512Universal
19War Dogs$12,323-33%123-52$100$43,017,4339Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 16 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Desierto$190,7308%73--$2,613$514,2821STX Entertainment
2Denial$115,760-40%9665$1,206$862,0613Bleeker Street
3Shin Godzilla$74,449-78%34--$2,190$1,498,7891FUNimation Films
4No Manches Frida$44,3541%86-52$516$11,398,6997Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Premam$29,856-53%90-22$332$754,6142Blue Sky Cinema
6M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story$22,295-38%70-163$319$1,782,7953FIP
7Nine Lives (2016)$17,099-34%88-26$194$19,637,44911EuropaCorp Films
8Ice Age: Collision Course$13,691-21%78-47$176$64,013,09013Fox
9Florence Foster Jenkins$13,249-30%8715$152$27,321,81310Paramount
10Sausage Party$13,016-43%99-972$131$97,596,32210Sony / Columbia
11The Light Between Oceans$7,653-38%61-40$125$12,434,6937Disney / DreamWorks
12Captain Fantastic$7,023-35%3913$180$5,846,94315Bleecker Street
13Miss Hokusai$6,998-21%2--$3,499$24,5241GKIDS
14Hillsong - Let Hope Rise$6,29427%18-18$350$2,386,9145
15Hunt for the Wilderpeople$5,506-31%23-16$239$5,168,11717The Orchard
16Voiceless$4,580-38%45-55$102$347,5792ArtAffects Entertainment
17Greater$4,3549%15-13$290$1,952,4438Hammond Entertainment
18Christine (2016)$2,924-42%1--$2,924$13,3841The Orchard
19Indignation$2,282-45%9-4$254$3,380,53812Roadside / Summit
20The Disappointments Room$1,813-22%2925$63$2,411,5806Relativity Studios
21Southside with You$1,754-29%8-5$219$6,295,6258Roadside / Miramax
22The Battle Of Algiers (50th Anniversary)$1,734-42%52$347$33,8932Rialto
23Under the Shadow$1,266-42%9-5$141$25,8322Vertical Entertainment
24Demon$710-46%6-6$118$97,5016The Orchard The Orchard
25Spirit of the Game$666-96%273$25$115,5142Samuel Goldwyn / Purdie Distribution
26Victor$507-5%10$507$101,6285CanZion Films
27Elevator To The Gallows (2016 re-release)$345-30%1--$345$104,81711Rialto Pictures
28Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$213--1--$213$137,93549Rialto Pictures
29Mr. Church$182-47%4-8$46$684,1975Freestyle Releasing
30Made In France$80-27%10$80$6,7094Distrib Films Under the Milky Way