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, Nov. 3 - Sun, Nov. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Thor: Ragnarok$122,744,989--4,080--$30,085$122,744,9891Disney
2A Bad Moms Christmas$16,759,161--3,615--$4,636$21,285,2671STX Entertainment
4Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$4,541,190-55%2,202-186$2,062$42,849,6133Lionsgate
5Geostorm$3,194,031-46%2,666-580$1,198$28,929,3723Warner Bros.
6Happy Death Day$2,699,715-47%2,184-1351$1,236$52,853,2204Universal / Blumhouse
7Blade Runner 2049$2,321,372-44%1,464-957$1,586$85,542,5025Warner Bros.
8Thank You For Your Service$2,207,855-42%2,08329$1,060$7,302,5852Universal Pictures
9Only The Brave$1,920,075-45%2,073-504$926$15,300,5423Sony Pictures
10The Foreigner$1,596,414-54%1,456-1049$1,096$31,994,3974STX Entertainment
12It (2017)$1,001,288-60%1,081-1479$926$325,879,7229Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Let There Be Light$1,697,448-2%642269$2,644$4,089,8042Atlas
2Victoria & Abdul$1,206,935-26%796-248$1,516$19,861,6547Focus Features
3LBJ$1,110,565--659--$1,685$1,110,5651Electric Entertainment
4Kingsman: The Golden Circle$818,414-50%802-687$1,020$98,682,4667Fox
5American Made$799,595-53%663-895$1,206$49,979,4306Universal
6The LEGO Ninjago Movie$793,007-38%835-639$950$57,511,8307Warner Bros.
7The Florida Project$633,73521%18944$3,353$2,996,6785A24
8My Little Pony: The Movie$602,945-41%785-897$768$20,861,4965Lionsgate
9Loving Vincent$601,29027%20544$2,933$3,044,4207Good Deed Entertainment
10Marshall$503,730-44%514-307$980$7,824,4994Open Road
11The Mountain Between Us$480,148-63%716-1313$671$28,974,935520th Century Fox
12Same Kind of Different as Me$445,786-64%524-714$851$5,752,2063Pure Flix Entertainment
13Goodbye Christopher Robin$358,9916%26249$1,370$1,165,3764Fox Searchlight
14Wonderstruck$231,71376%12179$1,915$501,0643Roadside / Amazon
15Despicable Me 3$214,08025%194-16$1,104$263,770,06519Universal
16Battle of the Sexes$186,065-42%158-133$1,178$12,318,5117Fox Searchlight
17The Snowman$167,685-86%524-1291$320$6,540,9653Universal
18The Emoji Movie$85,682-12%133-65$644$85,908,55915Sony / Columbia
19Leap!$82,877248%11048$753$21,634,66511The Weinstein Company
20Spider-Man: Homecoming$81,111-16%144-37$563$334,033,04718Sony / Columbia
21American Assassin$78,31611%159-16$493$36,214,4228CBS Films / Lionsgate
22Wind River$52,37349%10525$499$33,695,93614The Weinstein Company
23Flatliners$50,924-61%104-159$490$16,815,6326Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Killing of a Sacred Deer$393,04075%8653$4,570$899,9653A24
2Lady Bird$364,437--4--$91,109$364,4371A24
3Ittefaq$298,032--67--$4,448$298,0321Yash Raj Films USA Inc.
5The Square$122,99066%2018$6,150$228,4462Magnolia Pictures
7Novitiate$52,653132%1613$3,291$87,2482Sony Pictures Classics
8Blade of the Immortal$49,569--30--$1,652$49,5691Magnolia
9Dunkirk$47,766-13%65-43$735$187,928,22716Warner Bros.
10Faces Places$45,825-37%28-14$1,637$363,7435Cohen Media Group
11Human Flow$40,981-30%340$1,205$353,1684Amazon Studios
12Last Flag Flying$40,558--4--$10,140$40,5581Lionsgate
13Breathe$39,748-29%58-90$685$412,1494Bleeker Street
14My Friend Dahmer$35,545--4--$8,886$35,5451FilmRise
15War for the Planet of the Apes$25,234-28%46-12$549$146,834,18417Fox
16Tom of Finland$23,3648%91$2,596$133,9394Kino Lorber
171945$20,365--2--$10,183$26,3221Menemsha Films
18God's Own Country$19,1238%42$4,781$53,2162Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
19Home Again$18,281-55%63-63$290$27,011,4399Open Road
20A Question Of Faith$15,215-35%25-21$609$2,375,8616Pure Flix Entertainment
21Wait for Your Laugh$14,946--2--$7,473$14,9461Vitagraph Films
22The Stray$13,650-59%23-51$593$1,529,3155Purdie Distribution
23Dina$13,21833%245$551$76,5725The Orchard
24‘Til Death Do Us Part$12,584-57%17-24$740$3,446,2076Novus Content
25Dealt$10,797266%63$1,800$20,2833IFC Films
26Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$10,423-81%27-154$386$1,565,8124Annapurna Pictures
27Stronger$10,238-26%35-8$293$4,167,9817Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
28BPM (Beats Per Minute)$9,86525%62$1,644$38,7753The Orchard
29Wonder Woman$9,443-22%30-25$315$412,560,38523Warner Bros.
30Walking Out$9,138-3%17-8$538$91,7485IFC Films
31Kidnap$7,763-33%14-13$555$30,708,08014Aviron Pictures
32Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$6,86554%30$2,288$10,966,378188Warner Bros. / IMAX
33City Of Rock$6,782-43%3-1$2,261$303,6685Well Go USA Entertainment
34Aida's Secrets$5,982-76%6-3$997$68,7303Music Box Films
35Logan Lucky$5,947-46%23-22$259$27,778,12412Bleeker Street
36The King's Choice$5,8603%50$1,172$107,7337Samuel Goldwyn Films
37All I See is You$5,850-96%53-230$110$214,2102Open Road
38The Paris Opera$4,547-42%5-3$909$36,3953Film Movement
39Chavela$3,424-58%3-6$1,141$127,0415Music Box Films
40Bad Grandmas$3,380--1--$3,380$3,3801Parade Deck Films
41Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton$2,927-39%6-3$488$167,1796IFC Films
42The Women's Balcony$2,906--5--$581$1,194,09236Menemsha Films
43Born to Be Wild 3D$2,750-44%8-2$344$25,586,083344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4478/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene$2,703-66%11-10$246$30,3354IFC Films
45American Satan$2,636-85%11-32$240$236,4554Sumerian
46Chasing The Dragon$2,485-65%1-1$2,485$451,6816Well Go USA Entertainment
47Hubble 3D$2,36059%2-3$1,180$51,902,525399Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Under the Sea 3D$2,30059%42$575$35,641,120456Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Frank Serpico$2,283--1--$2,283$4,9051IFC Films
50Brimstone & Glory$2,2204%43$555$5,4682Oscilloscope Laboratories
51Dreamboat$2,199--1--$2,199$2,1991Strand Releasing
52Night Of The Living Dead (4K Restoration)$1,837-92%1-7$1,837$87,9974Janus
53Maudie$1,176114%31$392$6,169,57721Sony Pictures Classics
54Bending The Arc$1,149-6%20$575$21,9075Abramorama
55Rat Film$1,127-61%2-1$564$33,5688Cinema Guild
56Time To Die$7305515%10$730$12,0658Film Movement
57Félicité$669-61%10$669$3,9182Strand Releasing
58Bobbi Jene$575--1--$575$18,5797Oscilloscope Laboratories
59Paradise$49447%1-1$494$12,6375Film Movement
60Friend Request$483-91%4-28$121$3,757,6457Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
61Viceroy's House$456-89%3-4$152$1,103,46810IFC Films
62Bad Lucky Goat$387--1--$387$1,5014Film Movement
63Bugs$319897%10$319$3,7426Kino Lorber
64Dawson City: Frozen Time$262-3%10$262$130,27022Kino Lorber Films
65Maigret Sets A Trap$231-56%10$231$7,6443Kino Lorber
66Tulip Fever$229-91%4-13$57$2,418,83310Weinstein Company
67The Teacher$177-86%20$89$62,17610Film Movement
68Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World$177-85%1-1$177$213,29915Kino Lorber
69The Nile Hilton Incident$95--1--$95$80,95313Strand Releasing