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
49 (Dec 07 - Dec 13)$98,215,726-29%$0Ralph Breaks the Internet
48 (Nov 30 - Dec 06)$139,119,897-44%$157,757,396-41%Ralph Breaks the Internet
47 (Nov 23 - Nov 29)$248,898,805-12%$266,232,536-15%Ralph Breaks the Internet
46 (Nov 16 - Nov 22)$283,597,72339%$312,820,17038%Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
45 (Nov 09 - Nov 15)$204,636,54719%$226,248,72516%Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
44 (Nov 02 - Nov 08)$171,792,18137%$195,511,64435%Bohemian Rhapsody
43 (Oct 26 - Nov 01)$125,604,075-38%$144,975,468-33%Halloween (2018)
42 (Oct 19 - Oct 25)$201,548,76320%$214,939,08817%Halloween (2018)
41 (Oct 12 - Oct 18)$168,167,013-29%$183,503,693-27%Venom
40 (Oct 05 - Oct 11)$236,726,872101%$251,081,52281%Venom
39 (Sep 28 - Oct 04)$117,823,22015%$138,801,13912%Night School
38 (Sep 21 - Sep 27)$102,350,829-19%$124,055,003-16%The House With A Clock In Its Walls
37 (Sep 14 - Sep 20)$126,406,042-9%$148,204,015-8%The Predator
36 (Sep 07 - Sep 13)$138,857,00223%$160,634,3836%The Nun
35 (Aug 31 - Sep 06)$112,931,144-6%$151,967,8282%Crazy Rich Asians
34 (Aug 24 - Aug 30)$120,290,722-27%$149,490,647-23%Crazy Rich Asians
33 (Aug 17 - Aug 23)$164,325,498-12%$194,702,468-13%Crazy Rich Asians
32 (Aug 10 - Aug 16)$187,279,6151%$224,547,6463%The Meg
31 (Aug 03 - Aug 09)$185,502,196-17%$217,696,675-12%Mission: Impossible - Fallout
30 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$224,339,388-8%$246,152,845-9%Mission: Impossible - Fallout
29 (Jul 20 - Jul 26)$244,919,9384%$270,523,7256%Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
28 (Jul 13 - Jul 19)$235,108,274-9%$254,253,741-9%Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
27 (Jul 06 - Jul 12)$258,568,492-10%$278,429,342-11%Ant-Man and the Wasp
26 (Jun 29 - Jul 05)$286,706,634-27%$311,656,736-24%Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
25 (Jun 22 - Jun 28)$393,429,7032%$407,874,6822%Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
24 (Jun 15 - Jun 21)$384,190,453138%$401,315,086122%Incredibles 2
23 (Jun 08 - Jun 14)$161,608,58014%$180,408,62014%Ocean's 8
22 (Jun 01 - Jun 07)$142,124,193-46%$157,734,339-43%Solo: A Star Wars Story
21 (May 25 - May 31)$264,472,391-2%$276,354,504-2%Solo: A Star Wars Story
20 (May 18 - May 24)$269,221,65763%$282,879,55755%Deadpool 2
19 (May 11 - May 17)$165,026,530-21%$182,298,207-19%Avengers: Infinity War
18 (May 04 - May 10)$208,377,426-48%$224,056,826-46%Avengers: Infinity War
17 (Apr 27 - May 03)$399,667,945191%$415,106,690159%Avengers: Infinity War
16 (Apr 20 - Apr 26)$137,499,327-20%$160,222,954-18%A Quiet Place
15 (Apr 13 - Apr 19)$171,932,131-7%$195,534,528-9%Rampage
14 (Apr 06 - Apr 12)$184,709,6848%$214,897,5406%A Quiet Place
13 (Mar 30 - Apr 05)$171,015,1085%$203,542,4822%Ready Player One
12 (Mar 23 - Mar 29)$162,297,9900%$200,101,41510%Pacific Rim Uprising
11 (Mar 16 - Mar 22)$161,814,321-6%$182,271,555-7%Black Panther
10 (Mar 09 - Mar 15)$172,712,658-3%$196,018,857-1%Black Panther
09 (Mar 02 - Mar 08)$177,481,598-22%$197,992,796-22%Black Panther
08 (Feb 23 - Mar 01)$228,624,483-41%$253,973,716-39%Black Panther
07 (Feb 16 - Feb 22)$389,216,230141%$419,249,522110%Black Panther
06 (Feb 09 - Feb 15)$161,482,19481%$200,068,67154%Fifty Shades Freed
05 (Feb 02 - Feb 08)$89,083,543-33%$129,767,460-30%Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
04 (Jan 26 - Feb 01)$132,285,158-4%$185,380,0051%Maze Runner: The Death Cure
03 (Jan 19 - Jan 25)$137,266,262-27%$183,979,427-21%Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
02 (Jan 12 - Jan 18)$187,542,971-1%$233,759,8646%Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
01 (Jan 05 - Jan 11)$188,504,654--$220,281,330--Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle