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. 28 - Sun, Oct. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween$17,220,312-40%2,29939$7,490$52,564,6552Lionsgate
2Inferno$14,860,425--3,576--$4,156$14,860,4251Sony / Columbia
3Jack Reacher: Never Go Back$9,640,747-58%3,7800$2,550$39,769,9242Paramount
4The Accountant$8,481,052-38%3,40270$2,493$61,263,2243Warner Bros.
5Ouija: Origin of Evil$7,110,185-49%3,1681$2,244$24,678,8102Universal
6The Girl on the Train (2016)$4,387,015-39%2,758-333$1,591$66,035,4954Universal
7Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$4,073,674-31%2,797-336$1,456$79,977,8545Fox
8Keeping Up with the Joneses$3,390,107-38%3,0220$1,122$10,794,4202Fox
9Storks$2,851,140-29%1,901-244$1,500$68,310,7526Warner Bros.
10Deepwater Horizon$2,094,121-38%2,054-774$1,020$58,354,3665Lionsgate / Summit
11Kevin Hart: What Now?$1,713,200-58%1,656-911$1,035$21,941,7553Universal
12The Magnificent Seven (2016)$1,338,477-41%1,330-649$1,006$91,224,0036Sony / Columbia
13Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life$1,262,430-42%1,295-477$975$18,487,5014CBS Films / Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Ae Dil Hai Mushkil$2,190,042--302--$7,252$2,190,0421FIP
2Sully$932,251-37%855-317$1,090$122,350,2168Warner Bros.
3Denial$624,607-35%587-61$1,064$3,008,2125Bleeker Street
4The Birth of a Nation (2016)$557,021-39%404-229$1,379$15,084,1724Fox Searchlight
5I'm Not Ashamed$450,982-51%51611$874$1,638,9662Pure Flix
6A Man Called Ove$365,31441%15053$2,435$1,296,0215Music Box Films
7Desierto$308,862-38%1680$1,838$1,607,3343STX Entertainment
8Suicide Squad$282,639-27%332-51$851$324,673,19113Warner Bros.
9Queen of Katwe$264,312-29%3190$829$8,161,5316Disney
10The Secret Life of Pets$223,115-25%245-30$911$366,475,15017Universal
11Don't Breathe$221,72824%431174$514$88,867,86110Sony / TriStar
12Kubo and the Two Strings$140,036100%17674$796$47,612,37011Focus
13Finding Dory$138,036-38%1830$754$485,699,11520Disney
14Priceless (2016)$127,193-51%181-113$703$1,375,3043Roadside Attractions
15Max Steel$121,998-82%281-1753$434$3,771,3973Open Road
16Masterminds (2016)$110,070-62%215-305$512$17,281,7145Relativity Studios
17Bridget Jones's Baby$89,260-42%132-40$676$24,089,4657Universal
18Pete's Dragon (2016)$81,683-16%1340$610$75,436,07812Disney
19The Light Between Oceans$17,736-55%1000$177$12,533,9119Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Moonlight (2016)$850,114111%3632$23,614$1,420,9072A24
2The Handmaiden$328,446257%7671$4,322$463,6772Magnolia Pictures
3Certain Women$186,57434%9251$2,028$470,3493
4Luck-Key$96,215-15%254$3,849$272,3572JBG Pictures
5American Pastoral$88,695-40%511$1,739$296,6302Lionsgate
6Mr. Donkey$86,931--20--$4,347$86,9311China Lion
7A Beautiful Planet$81,959-10%28-16$2,927$7,029,78527IMAX
8Snowden$77,278-54%87-69$888$21,371,7097Open Road
9The Dressmaker$68,807-43%75-28$917$1,715,0786Broad Green Pictures
10Hell or High Water$58,061-34%71-16$818$26,749,79412CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Aquarius$50,2220%3013$1,674$159,1303Vitagraph Films
12Harry & Snowman$46,1881%250$1,848$303,9485FilmRise
13Gimme Danger$44,725--3--$14,908$44,7251Magnolia Pictures / Amazon Studios
14The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years$41,411-40%60-22$690$2,775,0167Abramorama
15Miss Hokusai$40,866-41%63-21$649$179,2893GKIDS
16Operation Mekong$40,859-48%18-4$2,270$768,5275Well Go USA
17Ghostbusters (2016)$40,002-43%91-26$440$128,312,76316Sony / Columbia
18No Manches Frida$38,65918%5316$729$11,514,3889Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Voiceless$37,655359%2010$1,883$412,4814ArtAffects Entertainment
20Christine (2016)$29,182-15%219$1,390$107,1003The Orchard
21American Honey$26,724-62%50-46$534$595,5255A24
22Don't Think Twice$20,290-29%16-9$1,268$4,363,30615The Film Arcade
23Oasis: Supersonic$16,880--14--$1,206$226,2861A24
24Shin Godzilla$15,457-87%10-10$1,546$1,905,6133FUNimation Films
25Sausage Party$14,682-28%37-8$397$97,661,82612Sony / Columbia
26Hubble 3D$13,506428%3-22$4,502$51,719,426346Warner Bros. / IMAX
27King Cobra$11,322-3%31$3,774$28,5052IFC Films
28Ice Age: Collision Course$10,172-56%29-38$351$64,060,18715Fox
29When the Bough Breaks$10,140-22%32-6$317$29,658,8808Sony / Screen Gems
30Spirit of the Game$10,123-52%16-4$633$194,1574Samuel Goldwyn / Purdie Distribution
31Tower (2016)$9,340-39%52$1,868$58,0143Kino Lorber
32We Are X$8,91818%76$1,274$18,2642Drafthouse Films
33Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$8,122712%20$4,061$156,07014Kino Lorber
34Fire At Sea$7,255-39%53$1,451$36,9842
35Hunt for the Wilderpeople$7,234-49%15-5$482$5,202,58219The Orchard
36In a Valley of Violence$5,643-81%12-21$470$50,3812Focus World
37Being 17$4,56531%71$652$36,7114Strand Releasing
38I Belonged to You$4,491-63%3-2$1,497$740,2345China Lion Entertainment
39Train To Busan$4,466-31%51$893$2,059,47315 Inc. Well Go USA
40Ixcanul$4,263-44%6-4$711$269,40711Kino Lorber
41The Hollars$3,846-66%17-28$226$1,007,81110Sony Pictures Classics
42The Uncondemned$3,277-25%21$1,639$10,0292Abramorama
43Premam$3,171-89%8-27$396$822,3484Blue Sky Cinema
44Demon$2,908241%96$323$102,9718The Orchard The Orchard
45Mia Madre$2,895-17%61$483$301,66410Music Box Films
46Born to Be Wild 3D$2,762-25%81$345$25,057,256291Warner Bros. / IMAX
4731$2,603-78%6-8$434$779,82010Lionsgate Saban Films
48Indignation$2,575-61%6-2$429$3,399,40914Roadside / Summit
49The Greasy Strangler$2,443162%10$2,443$42,1594FilmRise
50Sand Storm$2,370-77%2-4$1,185$69,3165Kino Lorber
51Asura: The City of Madness$2,065-92%6-13$344$174,5014CJ Entertainment
52Greater$2,016-58%6-3$336$1,971,71410Hammond Entertainment
53Little Men (2016)$1,775-30%5-3$355$685,60313Magnolia Pictures
54Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,480161%20$740$10,675,739135Warner Bros. / IMAX
55Closet Monster$1,451379%42$363$38,8316Strand Releasing
56The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits$1,173-4%10$1,173$28,2726Cinema Libre Studio
57Under the Sea 3D$1,06642%30$355$35,098,986403Warner Bros. / IMAX
58The Lovers and the Despot$1,001-1%31$334$55,1806Magnolia Pictures
59Search Engines$971--1--$971$5,9133Indican Pictures
60Danny Says$887-26%20$444$41,6805Magnolia Pictures
61Eat That Question$850--2--$425$353,78519Sony Pictures Classics
62Equity$796-57%61$133$1,601,91014Sony Pictures Classics
63Our Little Sister$7282%1-1$728$458,41217Sony Pictures Classics
64Made In France$709--1--$709$7,5136Distrib Films Under the Milky Way
65The Ruins of Lifta$689--1--$689$11,1176First Run Features
66Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World$672-57%2-2$336$591,12211Magnolia Pictures
67Southside with You$659-82%4-5$165$6,303,85310Roadside / Miramax
68Dark Horse (2016)$584-81%4-2$146$933,62326Sony Pictures Classics
69Mil Jeong (Age of Shadows)$186-93%1-2$186$541,2266Grimm Pictures Harbin Films
70Deep Sea 3D$124--2--$62$46,218,161557Warner Bros. / IMAX