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, Aug. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Crazy Rich Asians$21,964,345-11%3,865339$5,683$110,691,7333Warner Bros.
2The Meg$10,535,459-18%3,761-270$2,801$120,521,8754Warner Bros.
3Mission: Impossible - Fallout$7,032,499-13%2,639-413$2,665$204,379,0286Paramount
4Searching$6,066,4631460%1,2071198$5,026$6,574,9432Sony Pictures
5Operation Finale$6,022,758--1,818--$3,313$7,749,8531MGM
6Disney's Christopher Robin$5,277,955-16%2,925-469$1,804$85,686,8235Disney
7Alpha$4,548,627-24%2,881162$1,579$27,470,8473Sony / Columbia
8The Happytime Murders$4,382,781-54%3,2560$1,346$16,998,4752STX Entertainment
9BlacKkKlansman$4,202,080-18%1,766-148$2,379$38,394,9054Focus Features
10Mile 22$3,765,869-41%2,950-570$1,277$31,952,2033STX Entertainment
11Incredibles 2$3,372,388105%2,8901830$1,167$601,233,30112Disney
12Kin (2018)$3,035,618--2,141--$1,418$3,035,6181Lionsgate / Summit
13Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$2,121,431-17%1,421-381$1,493$162,022,43710Sony / Columbia
14Slender Man$1,816,414-35%1,534-531$1,184$28,176,2234Sony / Screen Gems
15Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$1,531,890107%1,556948$985$414,817,03011Universal
16The Equalizer 2$1,459,816-28%1,476-438$989$100,361,1787Sony / Columbia
17A.X.L.$1,356,690-52%1,7100$793$5,141,6252Global Road Entertainment
18Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$1,253,505-37%1,010-547$1,241$117,701,6257Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Ya Veremos$1,803,848--369--$4,888$1,803,8481Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2Ant-Man and the Wasp$1,401,414-22%830-348$1,688$213,561,8729Disney
3Juliet, Naked$821,021241%318275$2,582$1,269,9603Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
4The Little Stranger$401,563--474--$847$401,5631Focus Features
5Papillon$372,566-66%539-5$691$1,957,6092Bleecker Street
6The Spy Who Dumped Me$370,887-63%460-835$806$33,061,6155Lionsgate
7Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$337,084-23%322-122$1,047$28,737,5536Warner Bros.
8Sorry To Bother You$273,77887%505417$542$16,964,3919Annapurna Pictures
9Eighth Grade$267,617-36%227-139$1,179$12,930,9108A24
10Little Italy$261,703-8%131-2$1,998$730,2892Lionsgate Premiere
11Three Identical Strangers$249,713-22%170-51$1,469$11,594,53810Neon
12Puzzle$187,757-47%213-52$881$1,575,0876Sony Pictures Classics
13Beautifully Broken$173,081-70%361-290$479$1,020,7202ArtAffects Entertainment
14Skyscraper$167,785-27%188-72$892$67,372,7608Universal Pictures
15The First Purge$120,56038%108-20$1,116$69,050,2609Universal Pictures
16Ocean's 8$106,774-18%154-31$693$139,175,75313Warner Bros.
17Death of a Nation$98,704-17%25373$390$5,761,5535Quality Flix / Pure Flix
18Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$76,055-40%113-47$673$22,481,39213Focus Features
19The Darkest Minds$55,500-35%117-55$474$12,558,745520th Century Fox
20Dog Days$55,070-41%123-157$448$6,700,0024LD Entertainment / Mirror

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Wife$521,700145%7860$6,688$1,011,5313Sony Pictures Classics
2The Bookshop$274,098262%6056$4,568$344,6072Greenwich Entertainment
3Uncle Drew$63,399-16%92-35$689$42,392,55010Lionsgate / Summit
4Blindspotting$62,362-11%7941$789$4,239,9707Lionsgate / Summit
5Solo: A Star Wars Story$60,306-16%90-28$670$213,685,53615Disney
6The Miseducation of Cameron Post$59,830-51%45-40$1,330$758,3825FilmRise
7Blaze$59,72926%2013$2,986$171,7943IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8Tag (2018)$59,323-1%73-29$813$54,511,16712Warner Bros.
9Avengers: Infinity War$59,0627%92-16$642$678,766,22619Disney
10The Spy Gone North$56,812-10%12-12$4,734$450,8644CJ Entertainment
11Leave No Trace$55,24627%9832$564$5,839,19110Bleeker Street
12Sicario: Day of the Soldado$47,490-19%64-2$742$50,001,31810Sony / Black Label
13Big Brother$41,225--25--$1,649$41,2251Well Go USA Entertainment
14We The Animals$40,914-9%197$2,153$202,7743The Orchard
15Deadpool 2$33,8962%68-11$498$318,449,41816Fox
16Cynthia$30,660--21--$1,460$30,6601Indican Pictures
17Madeline's Madeline$28,61059%3122$923$112,2814Oscilloscope Laboratories
18Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days$27,090-42%8-14$3,386$1,159,4205Well Go USA Entertainment
19McQueen$26,474-41%17-34$1,557$1,167,6007Bleecker Street
20John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection$26,448236%2120$1,259$44,0882Oscilloscope Laboratories
21Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood$25,432-39%17-17$1,496$418,6606Greenwich Entertainment
22RBG$22,044-47%25-21$882$13,953,06218Magnolia Pictures
23Support The Girls$18,396-64%26-7$708$97,6552Magnolia Pictures
24Pick of the Litter$16,519--2--$8,260$16,5191IFC Films
25Andrei Rublev$16,25027%31$5,417$37,4412Janus
26The Cakemaker$15,529-43%17-9$913$785,23810Strand Releasing
27The Fall of The American Empire$14,420-28%205$721$2,021,66310Sony Pictures Classics
28Skate Kitchen$14,135-53%333$428$201,9334Magnolia
29Let the Corpses Tan$11,918--3--$3,973$26,2581Kino Lorber
30Memoir of War$11,684-41%10-1$1,168$60,0663Music Box Films
311945$11,677-7%9-2$1,297$871,41744Menemsha Films
32Active Measures$9,509--2--$4,755$9,5091Super LTD / Neon
33The Island$9,332-78%4-17$2,333$657,7624Well Go USA Entertainment
34The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$8,322-55%6-4$1,387$372,3332GKIDS
35Nico, 1988$6,480221%127$540$59,4215Magnolia Pictures
36Far From The Tree$6,156-12%10-1$616$142,6997IFC Films / Sundance Selects
37The Captain (2018)$5,397-52%80$675$92,4546Music Box Films
38Oolong Courtyard: Kung Fu School$4,708-75%2-8$2,354$36,3122China Lion Film
39A Paris Education$3,467--1--$3,467$6,1321Kino Lorber
40Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$3,264-44%10-9$326$1,430,0998Amazon Studios
41Distant Voices, Still Lives (2018 reissue)$2,395--1--$2,395$2,3951Cartilage Films
42Boundaries$2,201734%31$734$701,82811Sony Pictures Classics
43Under the Sea 3D$2,04594%4-2$511$35,965,866499Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Wanda$1,912-26%2-1$956$50,8577Janus Films
45Gabriel and the Mountain$1,724--2--$862$17,01212Strand Releasing
46Crime + Punishment$1,631-81%2-1$816$14,5742IFC Films / Hulu
47Whitney$1,486-87%9-3$165$3,020,0829Roadside Attractions
48The Third Murder$982-86%4-2$246$79,9907Film Movement
49Return of the Hero$761--1--$761$7611Distrib Films US
50Show Dogs$702-89%8-19$88$17,841,13416Global Road Entertainment
51Running for Grace$664-71%3-2$221$87,9977Blue Fox Entertainment
52En el Séptimo Día$64774%2-1$324$74,29713Cinema Guild
53Buybust$569-77%2-3$285$178,1864Well Go USA Entertainment
54Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$554-80%1-3$554$113,7319Cartilage Films
55Under the Tree$522-64%30$174$67,4239Magnolia Pictures
56Journey to the South Pacific$40668%10$406$7,638,952249IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
57Winning Formula$402-83%1-2$402$21,7786Indican Pictures
58Jet Trash$400-14%10$400$25,32619Indican Pictures
59The Atomic Cafe$336278%10$336$16,5745Kino Lorber
60Hubble 3D$302-69%30$101$52,329,848442Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$300-65%1-1$300$20,0096Distrib Films Us
62The Rider$265-89%20$133$2,382,06621Sony Pictures Classics
63Poor Boy$142-28%10$142$28,4328Indican Pictures
64Generation Wealth$76-94%2-2$38$234,8517Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
65Custody$39-98%1-4$39$80,58310Kino Lorber