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. 1 - Sun, Nov. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Terminator: Dark Fate$29,033,832--4,086--$7,106$29,033,8321Paramount
2Joker$13,500,116-30%3,519-417$3,836$299,187,1085Warner Bros.
3Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$13,090,680-32%3,82030$3,427$85,240,3913Disney
4Harriet$11,676,720--2,059--$5,671$11,676,7201Focus Features
5The Addams Family$8,296,007-31%3,607-600$2,300$85,092,0074United Artists Releasing
6Zombieland: Double Tap$7,424,626-37%3,337-131$2,225$59,381,7883Sony Pictures
7Countdown$5,768,282-35%2,6750$2,156$17,684,3182STX Entertainment
8Black and Blue$4,137,341-51%2,0620$2,006$15,529,8192Sony / Screen Gems
9Motherless Brooklyn$3,500,454--1,342--$2,608$3,500,4541Warner Bros.
10Arctic Dogs$2,901,335--2,844--$1,020$2,901,3351Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11Gemini Man$1,846,383-55%1,872-1136$986$46,880,4524Paramount Pictures
12The Current War$1,203,702-54%1,08260$1,112$4,948,9352101 Studios
13Abominable$1,067,390-49%1,137-1059$939$58,478,2456Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

2Jojo Rabbit$2,332,365123%256201$9,111$4,217,6013Fox Searchlight
3The Lighthouse$1,979,533-35%978392$2,024$6,958,6683A24
4Downton Abbey$1,159,335-41%912-746$1,271$94,479,8757Focus Features
5Judy$575,152-53%604-527$952$22,921,0816Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
6Housefull 4$430,732-52%3150$1,367$1,728,9122FIP
7Hustlers$380,016-56%408-506$931$104,300,2448STX Entertainment
8Pain and Glory$330,441-17%111-6$2,977$2,153,4635Sony Pictures Classics
9DanTDM Presents The Contest$307,484--684--$450$307,4841Fathom Events
10It Chapter Two$227,287-67%376-725$604$211,278,3499Warner Bros
11Ad Astra$204,121-26%137-188$1,490$49,658,397720th Century Fox
12Western Stars$167,365-70%55316$303$1,417,7103Warner Bros.
13Canelo vs. Kovalev$140,820--471--$299$140,8201Fathom Events
14The Lion King$111,333-24%158-41$705$543,349,65616Walt Disney Pictures
15The Peanut Butter Falcon$87,360-26%122-44$716$20,232,12613Roadside Attractions
16Rambo: Last Blood$72,410-65%205-231$353$44,691,3917Lionsgate
17Toy Story 4$55,602-11%105-16$530$433,878,36320Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jay & Silent Bob Reboot$226,4594%15-2$15,097$1,926,4923Fathom Events / Saban Films
2Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$91,605-38%94-53$975$3,969,9079Greenwich Entertainment
3Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$73,768-87%85-1589$868$140,811,35615Sony Pictures
4No Safe Spaces$58,41628%1110$5,311$117,1402Atlas Distribution
5Inside Game$57,739--1--$57,739$57,7391iDreamMachine
6Fantastic Fungi$47,462-23%2410$1,978$390,4667Area 23a
7Overcomer$44,760-18%96-29$466$34,649,89011Sony Pictures
8The Angry Birds Movie 2$41,20222%56-30$736$41,626,70612Sony Pictures
9The Captain$39,926-67%16-23$2,495$675,3753
10Where's My Roy Cohn?$32,542-36%6413$508$642,4377Sony Pictures Classics
11Jexi$28,330-78%87-235$326$6,532,8384Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
12Frankie$24,93828%117$2,267$51,0402Sony Pictures Classics
13Synonyms$20,73916%64$3,457$70,9192Kino Lorber
14Matthias & Maxime$13,835-53%31-10$446$330,1644
15Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$13,635-19%21-8$649$659,91910Magnolia Pictures
16Official Secrets$13,575-35%27-18$503$1,980,89510IFC Films
17Brittany Runs A Marathon$13,518-44%33-14$410$7,182,13711Amazon Studios
18Greener Grass$11,90721%3619$331$39,9943IFC Films / IFC Midnight
19Downtown 81 (2019 re-release)$11,635-54%10$11,635$47,1682Metrograph Pictures
20Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$9,325-24%118$848$25,6982Matson Films
22Mr. Klein$7,43819%3-1$2,479$154,2279Rialto Pictures
23American Dharma$7,287--1--$7,287$7,2871Utopia
24The Fighting Preacher$6,8160%11-2$620$929,47215Purdie Distribution
25The Cave (2019)$6,70131%42$1,675$37,2123National Geographic Documentary Films
27Edie$5,664682%10$5,664$66,2389Music Box Films
28By the Grace of God$5,603-36%104$560$31,7463Music Box Films
29Give Me Liberty$5,426136%5-2$1,085$222,01111Music Box Films
30Redoubt$5,253--1--$5,253$5,2531Grasshopper Film
31Out Of Liberty$4,96226%12-1$414$277,7358Purdie Distribution
32Light From Light$4,719--2--$2,360$4,7191Grasshopper Film
3447 Meters Down: Uncaged$4,241-55%12-13$353$22,256,89512Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
35My People, My Country$4,061-23%30$1,354$2,354,7655CMC
36The Farewell$3,751-45%6-9$625$17,697,82117A24
37Gift$3,60629%116$328$16,8794Matson Films
38Menteur$3,188-13%135$245$4,687,10617Entertainment One
39Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$2,523108%2-1$1,262$109,48429Zeitgeist Films
40First Love$2,446-55%6-14$408$218,3296Well Go USA Entertainment
41Cyrano, My Love$2,348-83%6-12$391$333,1813Roadside Attractions
42Stuffed$2,09934%32$700$8,1043Music Box Films
43Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$2,052-23%6-1$342$547,52911Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
44Prescience$2,024-41%2-1$1,012$6,6462Indican Pictures
45Hesburgh$2,020--2--$1,010$204,03128mTuckman Media
46To Be of Service$1,904--1--$1,904$1,9041First Run Features
47Crepitus$1,790--1--$1,790$1,7901Indican Pictures
48David Crosby: Remember My Name$1,476-50%4-4$369$728,66816Sony Pictures Classics
49After The Wedding$1,455-20%53$291$1,573,27613Sony Pictures Classics
50Piranhas$1,430--1--$1,430$22,30114Music Box Films
51Before You Know It$1,160116%1-5$1,160$149,120101091
52Immortal Hero$1,075-87%1-8$1,075$37,9193Freestyle Releasing
53Under the Sea 3D$1,008-47%40$252$36,209,420560Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Maiden$733-13%70$105$3,153,71019Sony Pictures Classics
55Aquarela$655-48%4-1$164$296,04512Sony Pictures Classics
56Battle of Jangsari$638-38%10$638$70,8535Well Go USA Entertainment
57Desolation Center$440--4--$110$28,8798Matson Films
58Wrinkles the Clown$420577%42$105$14,4215Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
59100 Acres of Hell$275-78%10$275$5,0634Indican Pictures
60A Faithful Man$187--1--$187$77,49116Kino Lorber
61Ága$114--1--$114$24,1369Big World Pictures
62Anthropocene: The Human Epoch$107-86%1-1$107$100,0716Kino Lorber
63The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$86-21%53$17$150,98311Entertainment One
64Chained for Life$8557%10$85$15,2858Kino Lorber Films
65Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements$41-97%1-1$41$33,8238Abramorama