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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
43 (Oct 23 - Oct 29)$8,485,669-33%$0Honest Thief
42 (Oct 16 - Oct 22)$12,580,36334%$0Honest Thief
41 (Oct 09 - Oct 15)$9,403,64038%$0The War With Grandpa
40 (Oct 02 - Oct 08)$6,838,44014%$0Hocus Pocus (2020 re-issue)
39 (Sep 25 - Oct 01)$5,977,366-29%$0The New Mutants
38 (Sep 18 - Sep 24)$8,372,5305%$0The New Mutants
37 (Sep 11 - Sep 17)$7,997,755-20%$0The New Mutants
36 (Sep 04 - Sep 10)$9,983,029-37%$0The New Mutants
35 (Aug 28 - Sep 03)$15,885,351116%$0The New Mutants
34 (Aug 21 - Aug 27)$7,344,509317%$0Unhinged
33 (Aug 14 - Aug 20)$1,759,351254%$0The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
32 (Aug 07 - Aug 13)$496,635-39%$0The Rental
31 (Jul 31 - Aug 06)$815,850-16%$0The Rental
30 (Jul 24 - Jul 30)$974,921136%$0The Rental
29 (Jul 17 - Jul 23)$413,373-23%$0Relic
28 (Jul 10 - Jul 16)$539,41610%$0Relic
27 (Jul 03 - Jul 09)$489,0388%$0Relic
26 (Jun 26 - Jul 02)$451,968-37%$0Followed
25 (Jun 19 - Jun 25)$712,048-9%$0Followed
24 (Jun 12 - Jun 18)$786,41216%$0Becky
23 (Jun 05 - Jun 11)$679,531138%$0The Wretched
22 (May 29 - Jun 04)$285,201-17%$0The Wretched
21 (May 22 - May 28)$342,13332%$0The Wretched
20 (May 15 - May 21)$259,70537%$0The Wretched
19 (May 08 - May 14)$189,62216%$0The Wretched
18 (May 01 - May 07)$164,078387%$0The Wretched
17 (Apr 24 - Apr 30)$33,67968%$0I Still Believe
16 (Apr 17 - Apr 23)$19,995147%$0I Still Believe
15 (Apr 10 - Apr 16)$8,10724%$0I Still Believe
14 (Apr 03 - Apr 09)$6,529-64%$0I Still Believe
13 (Mar 27 - Apr 02)$17,942-53%$0I Still Believe
12 (Mar 20 - Mar 26)$38,068-100%$0I Still Believe
11 (Mar 13 - Mar 19)$54,513,328-55%$0Onward
10 (Mar 06 - Mar 12)$120,184,6269%$0Onward
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 05)$109,963,382-2%$0The Invisible Man
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$111,872,409-41%$0The Call Of The Wild
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$190,302,03578%$0Sonic The Hedgehog
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$106,722,65421%$0Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$88,561,600-36%$0Bad Boys For Life
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$137,895,399-37%$0Bad Boys For Life
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$218,203,32637%$0Bad Boys For Life
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$159,437,532-9%$01917
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$175,076,363--$0Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker