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, Oct. 30 - Sun, Nov. 1

Wide (1000+)

1The Martian$11,715,097-26%3,218-286$3,640$183,121,8505Fox
2Goosebumps$9,867,077-36%3,618117$2,727$56,761,4923Sony / Columbia
3Bridge of Spies$8,389,284-26%2,87362$2,920$45,531,9003Disney / DreamWorks
4Hotel Transylvania 2$5,860,784-34%2,962-192$1,979$156,035,2646Sony / Columbia
5The Last Witch Hunter$5,162,398-52%3,0820$1,675$19,025,2592Lionsgate / Summit
6Burnt$5,002,521--3,003--$1,666$5,002,5211Weinstein Company
7Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension$3,435,120-57%1,530-126$2,245$13,554,7432Paramount
8Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)$3,238,433--2,202--$1,471$3,238,4331Warner Bros.
9Crimson Peak$3,072,100-46%2,112-879$1,455$27,708,0803Universal
10Steve Jobs$2,691,360-62%2,4930$1,080$14,652,0434Universal
11The Intern$2,407,280-36%1,521-540$1,583$68,562,0246Warner Bros.
12Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse$1,841,007--1,509--$1,220$1,841,0071Paramount
13Woodlawn$1,734,949-33%1,255-220$1,382$10,705,9223Pure Flix
14Sicario (2015)$1,719,573-40%1,073-375$1,603$42,076,7847Lionsgate
15Pan (2015)$1,215,209-54%1,158-786$1,049$31,860,9414Warner Bros.
16Truth (2015)$875,935706%1,1221104$781$1,126,5123Sony Pictures Classics
17Jem and the Holograms$387,925-72%2,4174$160$2,028,7552Universal
18Rock the Kasbah$354,955-76%2,0120$176$2,430,7262Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Met: Live in HD - Tannhäuser (2015)$1,150,000--900--$1,278$1,150,0001Fathom Events
2Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$808,822-43%671-337$1,205$78,890,4927Fox
3The Visit (2015)$368,740-31%412-96$895$64,367,6708Universal
4Everest (2015)$351,965-36%302-98$1,165$42,350,1407Universal
5War Room$329,941-33%345-104$956$66,847,98910Sony / TriStar
6Black Mass$295,444-49%307-151$962$61,853,4087Warner Bros.
7Inside Out (2015)$190,511-31%237-19$804$355,597,85720Disney
9The Perfect Guy$161,653-41%181-67$893$56,506,1538Sony / Screen Gems
11Jurassic World$118,145-39%164-11$720$651,889,59021Universal
12Ladrones$99,626-56%112-109$890$2,975,6494Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Pixels$53,764-47%115-24$468$78,680,91815Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Room (2015)$292,62017%4926$5,972$789,8223A24
2The Witness$194,736--40--$4,868$194,7361China Lion Film
4The Assassin$101,22555%4928$2,066$263,9383Well Go USA
5Carter High$85,140--21--$4,054$85,1401Play Now Enterprise
6Meet the Patels$82,150-30%63-23$1,304$1,442,6198Alchemy
7He Named Me Malala$73,540-55%83-57$886$2,219,3405Fox Searchlight
8The Walk$72,799-66%91-170$800$10,044,8175Sony / TriStar
9Labyrinth of Lies$66,648-30%49-16$1,360$445,2115Sony Pictures Classics
10Goodnight Mommy$61,438-24%71-9$865$1,080,5648RADiUS-TWC
11Goodbye Mr. Loser$55,498-56%23-11$2,413$1,239,7374China Lion Film
12A Walk in the Woods$53,991-8%78-13$692$29,216,2129Broad Green Pictures
13Grandma$44,788-54%55-47$814$6,741,29611Sony Pictures Classics
14Freaks of Nature$42,713--45--$949$42,7131Sony / Columbia
15No Escape (2015)$34,660-31%73-5$475$27,186,36510Weinstein Company
16Experimenter$30,330-15%3010$1,011$98,4953Magnolia Pictures
17Love (2015)$29,301--2--$14,651$29,3011Alchemy
18Big Stone Gap$28,920-37%30-14$964$854,3284Picturehouse
19Red Herring$27,804--28--$993$27,8041Indican Pictures
20Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2$24,290-38%22-6$1,104$222,8563Reliance Entertainment
21The Transporter Refueled$19,466-24%52-5$374$15,992,2309EuropaCorp Films
22Freeheld$17,827-71%33-68$540$503,5235Lionsgate / Summit
23All Things Must Pass$17,558-37%102$1,756$82,3693Gravitas Ventures
24Coming Home (2015)$17,1653%17-17$1,010$344,6968Sony Pictures Classics
25Heneral Luna$15,485--3--$5,162$15,4851Abramorama
26The Green Inferno$15,316-69%36-26$425$7,186,6706BH Tilt / High Top
27A Matter of Faith$14,268-36%11-1$1,297$649,67855Five & Two Pictures
28A Ballerina's Tale$13,252-41%152$883$72,6843IFC Films
29Difret$12,39183%32$4,130$22,4632Truth Aid / Amplify
3099 Homes$11,907-61%21-22$567$1,387,5516Broad Green Pictures
31Heart of a Dog$10,316-26%10$10,316$36,0442Abramorama
32I Smile Back$9,754-38%75$1,393$31,3112Broad Green Pictures
33Learning to Drive$8,541-61%17-23$502$3,423,67311Broad Green Pictures
34Meru$8,172-33%12-6$681$2,312,35112Music Box Films
35Hubble 3D$7,788-71%130$599$50,439,654294Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution$6,852-61%8-4$857$468,5249PBS Distribution
37Flowers$6,572--1--$6,572$6,5721Music Box Films
38The Wonders$5,840--1--$5,840$5,8401Oscilloscope
39Phoenix (2015)$5,456-23%9-7$606$3,153,41615IFC Films
40Southpaw$4,768-67%18-19$265$52,418,90215Weinstein Company
41Mr. Holmes$3,849-25%10-2$385$17,735,50316Roadside / Miramax
42Pawn Sacrifice$3,611-71%14-9$258$2,416,6397Bleecker Street
43Amy (2015)$3,212-49%4-3$803$8,368,74518A24
44Time Out of Mind$3,151-58%6-9$525$158,9978IFC Films
45Best of Enemies$2,95623%8-3$370$889,33214Magnolia / Participant
46The End of the Tour$2,894-31%3-5$965$2,955,41114A24
47Under the Sea 3D$2,371-20%64$395$34,761,229351Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Born to Be Wild 3D$1,99944%6-1$333$24,403,088239Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,631-9%71$233$10,439,62983Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Sleeping with Other People$1,325-54%6-1$221$812,3998IFC Films
51Journey to the South Pacific$1,287-55%40$322$7,057,842101IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
52The Second Mother$1,210--4--$303$358,91310Oscilloscope
53The Keeping Room$1,138257%53$228$21,1986Drafthouse Films
54Making Rounds$1,056--1--$1,056$1,0561First Run Features
55Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon$850-76%3-5$283$59,7746Magnolia Pictures
56Cut Snake$7831069%32$261$1,1165Monterey Media
57Welcome to Leith$525--1--$525$27,9988First Run Features
58Deep Sea 3D$474--3--$158$46,143,675505Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Breathe (2015)$322-85%1-5$322$39,9288Film Movement
60To the Arctic 3D$317-79%1-1$317$14,391,849185Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$272-24%2-2$136$493,2809Magnolia Pictures
62Talvar$241-95%2-6$121$342,3705Reliance Entertainment
63Irrational Man$230-86%2-8$115$4,027,76416Sony Pictures Classics
64The Look of Silence$115219%21$58$108,94116Drafthouse / Participant
65Jimmy's Hall$88-94%1-2$88$560,34118Sony Pictures Classics
66Sex, Death and Bowling$50--1--$50$501Monterey Media