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, Sep. 14 - Sun, Sep. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Predator$24,632,284--4,037--$6,102$24,632,2841Fox
2The Nun$18,238,263-66%3,8760$4,705$85,114,5882Warner Bros.
3A Simple Favor$16,011,689--3,102--$5,162$16,011,6891Lionsgate
4White Boy Rick$8,860,431--2,504--$3,539$8,860,4311Sony / Studio 8
5Crazy Rich Asians$8,688,369-34%3,385-480$2,567$149,540,2735Warner Bros.
6Peppermint$6,004,227-55%2,9800$2,015$24,180,0312STX Entertainment
7The Meg$3,862,851-37%2,851-660$1,355$137,145,0416Warner Bros.
8Searching$3,179,538-30%2,0090$1,583$19,600,6414Sony Pictures
9Mission: Impossible - Fallout$2,285,225-41%1,761-573$1,298$216,105,5628Paramount
10Unbroken: Path to Redemption$2,238,723--1,620--$1,382$2,238,7231Pure Flix
11Disney's Christopher Robin$2,150,149-37%1,902-616$1,130$95,143,6367Disney
12Operation Finale$1,159,258-60%1,472-346$788$16,305,5633MGM
13Alpha$1,074,896-57%1,534-987$701$34,415,9135Sony / Columbia
14God Bless the Broken Road$432,384-69%1,201-71$360$2,402,6172Freestyle Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

1BlacKkKlansman$1,260,890-52%942-605$1,339$45,911,8406Focus Features
2The Wife$1,122,18575%541388$2,074$3,430,9245Sony Pictures Classics
3Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$776,843-31%673-339$1,154$165,282,94212Sony / Columbia
4Incredibles 2$746,709-45%710-736$1,052$605,615,73414Disney
5Ant-Man and the Wasp$389,627-37%356-192$1,094$215,407,41811Disney
6Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan$357,322--681--$525$357,3221Fathom Events
7Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$351,630-41%455-159$773$119,727,5659Universal Pictures
8Slender Man$322,759-62%402-581$803$30,238,6676Sony / Screen Gems
9Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$292,160-33%320-259$913$416,292,24013Universal
10Juliet, Naked$273,923-57%265-202$1,034$3,005,4895Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
11Ya Veremos$269,244-65%254-115$1,060$3,791,5393Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
12Mile 22$240,173-80%413-1389$582$35,503,6635STX Entertainment
13The Equalizer 2$200,420-60%268-378$748$102,004,2309Sony / Columbia
14Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$160,457-28%241-57$666$29,314,0348Warner Bros.
15The Happytime Murders$133,468-88%310-1529$431$20,593,0654STX Entertainment
16The Spy Who Dumped Me$80,618-24%157-50$513$33,453,6917Lionsgate
17Skyscraper$78,405-34%118-35$664$67,685,42010Universal Pictures
18Eighth Grade$77,695-53%101-75$769$13,417,53810A24
19Where Hands Touch$67,743--103--$658$67,7431Vertical Entertainment
20A.X.L.$58,725-80%110-445$534$6,380,9554Global Road Entertainment
21Kin (2018)$30,410-96%116-2025$262$5,668,1093Lionsgate / Summit
22Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$23,110--327--$71$1,959,91018Focus Features

Platform (1 — 99)

1Manmarziyaan$292,439--99--$2,954$292,4391Eros Entertainment
2Mandy$225,723--75--$3,010$356,9741RLJE Films
3Three Identical Strangers$106,928-28%95-37$1,126$12,089,96312Neon
4Pick of the Litter$82,65469%3323$2,505$170,0043IFC Films
5A Boy, A Girl, A Dream$67,760--61--$1,111$67,7601Samuel Goldwyn Films
6Blaze$65,1224%360$1,809$341,2495IFC Films / Sundance Selects
7Sorry To Bother You$56,440-35%47-25$1,201$17,353,26811Annapurna Pictures
8Lizzie$47,580--4--$11,895$47,5801Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
9Kusama - Infinity$43,86642%119$3,988$92,4482Magnolia Pictures
10Puzzle$37,937-60%60-71$632$1,888,2288Sony Pictures Classics
11Ocean's 8$35,556-43%89-39$400$139,361,62015Warner Bros.
12Leave No Trace$30,629-35%76-18$403$5,984,75812Bleeker Street
13The Riot Act$28,840--9--$3,204$28,8401Hannover House
14We The Animals$28,722-44%486$598$338,9295The Orchard
15The Darkest Minds$27,031-31%57-22$474$12,660,998720th Century Fox
16Museo$26,328--2--$13,164$26,3281Vitagraph Films
17Dog Days$23,975-21%51-32$470$6,795,9236LD Entertainment / Mirror
18The Dawn Wall$21,615--2--$10,808$21,6151The Orchard
19The Children Act$18,293--3--$6,098$18,2931A24
20The Miseducation of Cameron Post$17,198-52%20-12$860$882,2357FilmRise
21Little Italy$14,820-69%42-29$353$968,2254Lionsgate Premiere
22Solo: A Star Wars Story$13,235-45%40-22$331$213,762,98917Disney
23Sicario: Day of the Soldado$13,184-37%26-14$507$50,065,85012Sony / Black Label
24Bel Canto$12,421--2--$6,211$12,4211Cartilage Films
25The Cakemaker$12,32335%12-2$1,027$822,96512Strand Releasing
26Hal$12,217--1--$12,217$20,4362Oscilloscope Laboratories
27Deadpool 2$12,04965%21-16$574$318,480,93118Fox
28Science Fair$11,231--1--$11,231$11,2311National Geographic Documentary Films
29Madeline's Madeline$11,104-30%14-17$793$168,1706Oscilloscope Laboratories
30McQueen$10,742-46%12-3$895$1,235,6729Bleecker Street
31Hale County This Morning, This Evening$8,640--2--$4,320$8,6401Cinema Guild
32The Public Image is Rotten$8,052--1--$8,052$8,0521Abramorama
33Andrei Rublev$7,956-14%3-1$2,652$67,3514Janus
34The Spy Gone North$7,769-57%4-4$1,942$497,7556CJ Entertainment
35American Chaos$7,616--26--$293$7,6161Sony Pictures Classics
36Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$7,167--1--$7,167$7,1671Film Movement
37Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days$6,029--2--$3,015$1,198,1937Well Go USA Entertainment
38I Am Not a Witch$5,715-31%64$953$22,5842Film Movement
39When You Read This Letter$5,166--1--$5,166$7,0471Rialto
40RBG$5,122-63%8-10$640$13,995,96620Magnolia Pictures
41Let the Corpses Tan$4,613-73%9-4$513$66,5323Kino Lorber
42Skate Kitchen$4,416-31%15-1$294$228,5806Magnolia
43Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$3,996-79%3-488$1,332$420,7092GKIDS
44Memoir of War$3,833-27%4-1$958$80,7745Music Box Films
45Beautifully Broken$3,255-84%12-40$271$1,183,1024ArtAffects Entertainment
46The Apparition$3,064-69%5-2$613$17,7622Music Box Films
47The Fall of The American Empire$2,821-54%6-6$470$2,047,04512Sony Pictures Classics
48Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release)$2,745-35%40$686$980,57911Abramorama
491945$2,678-62%5-5$536$896,72046Menemsha Films
50Death of a Nation$2,577-84%10-48$258$5,872,6217Quality Flix / Pure Flix
51The Captain (2018)$2,422-36%2-3$1,211$105,8098Music Box Films
52The Rider$2,216-33%2-3$1,108$2,389,15023Sony Pictures Classics
53A Paris Education$1,939-14%21$970$13,9263Kino Lorber
54Big Brother$1,769--1--$1,769$84,5783Well Go USA Entertainment
55Support The Girls$1,733-73%6-9$289$122,8954Magnolia Pictures
56A Wizard's Tale$1,626--10--$163$1,6261Blue Fox Entertainment
57Nelly$1,220-6%21$610$3,0462Cinema Libre
58Show Dogs$1,19397%3-2$398$17,843,88618Global Road Entertainment
59The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$1,149-80%3-1$383$397,6674GKIDS
60Cynthia$1,140-90%4-7$285$55,3423Indican Pictures
61En el Séptimo Día$694--1--$694$75,41615Cinema Guild
62The Third Murder$667132%20$334$82,4719Film Movement
63Generation Wealth$658167%30$219$236,3259Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
64Journey to the South Pacific$592348%10$592$7,640,142251IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
65Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda$566166%10$566$114,94411Cartilage Films
66The Atomic Cafe$520-74%20$260$19,4497Kino Lorber
67Far From The Tree$513-92%4-3$128$156,2599IFC Films / Sundance Selects
68Nico, 1988$460-85%3-3$153$69,7987Magnolia Pictures
69The Island$375--1--$375$670,8836Well Go USA Entertainment
71Whitney$218-88%3-2$73$3,026,04911Roadside Attractions
72No Date, No Signature$177--1--$177$26,9757Distrib Films US
73Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$157--1--$157$21,5878Distrib Films Us
74Under the Sea 3D$154--2--$77$35,967,916501Warner Bros. / IMAX
75Rendezvous in July$153--1--$153$11,3217Rialto Pictures
76Custody$90-84%10$90$81,45512Kino Lorber
77Hubble 3D$8411%10$84$52,330,063444Warner Bros. / IMAX
78Return of the Hero$59--1--$59$1,4523Distrib Films US