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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Sep. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$5,824,589-17%3,46291$1,682$281,204,1195Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$3,703,976-21%3,543-321$1,045$166,277,9854Paramount
3If I Stay$2,457,372-25%3,00396$818$32,330,5022Warner Bros. / New Line
4The November Man$2,194,280-24%2,776--$790$11,797,3511Relativity Media
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,146,132-14%2,6730$803$18,828,4552Sony / TriStar
6Let's Be Cops$2,079,197-36%3,010-130$691$59,492,7223Fox
7The Giver$1,702,855-16%2,805-198$607$33,230,3143Weinstein Company
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,664,590-12%1,918-26$868$41,262,6374Disney / DreamWorks
9As Above/So Below$1,651,290-37%2,640--$625$10,284,1101Universal
10The Expendables 3$980,421-30%2,564-657$382$34,177,5843Lionsgate
12Into the Storm$702,298-31%1,603-772$438$42,699,7124Warner Bros. / New Line
13Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$636,728-24%2,8940$220$11,452,0312Weinstein / Dimension
14How to Train Your Dragon 2$508,3803%1,096743$464$174,014,83212Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cantinflas$696,760-29%382--$1,824$3,358,0131Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Ghostbusters (1984) (2014 re-issue)$549,411-17%784--$701$2,305,9241Sony / Columbia
3Boyhood$460,516--632-91$729$18,983,4708IFC Films
4Begin Again$358,5608%335296$1,070$15,704,53410Weinstein Company
5Magic in the Moonlight$276,994--438--$632$8,328,6916Sony Pictures Classics
6Chef$265,417-14%757652$351$30,568,67417Open Road
7Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$250,081-29%468-265$534$205,531,3388Fox
8Get On Up$220,745-4%371-208$595$29,812,1005Universal
9A Most Wanted Man$208,628-22%333-100$627$15,201,7606Roadside Attractions
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$195,528--502--$389$57,918,1047Disney
12Calvary$185,150-10%32282$575$2,518,7855Fox Searchlight
13Hercules (2014)$139,041-46%337-285$413$71,040,9626Paramount
14X-Men: Days of Future Past$124,362-34%794606$157$233,407,51315Fox
15Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$116,5274%293-9$398$7,053,36722Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Transformers: Age of Extinction$108,192-28%264-19$410$244,435,83310Paramount
17What If$91,847-18%197-483$466$2,988,9374CBS Films
18Step Up All In$75,425-40%225-723$335$14,312,1944Lionsgate / Summit
19Tammy$67,139-37%274117$245$83,763,9319Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Purge: Anarchy$47,675-54%199-96$240$71,125,0857Universal
21And So It Goes$38,911-8%138-18$282$14,892,7626Clarius Entertainment
2222 Jump Street$35,509-72%138--$257$190,651,02712Sony / Columbia
23Earth to Echo$30,787-7%162-619$190$38,300,6189Relativity Media
24The Fault in Our Stars$28,928-27%131-54$221$124,626,86613Fox
25Edge of Tomorrow$26,531-29%155-37$171$100,125,94213Warner Bros.
26Singham Returns$11,868--127--$93$1,209,6633Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Trip to Italy$122,221--52--$2,350$753,3713IFC Films
2Love Is Strange$83,070--27--$3,077$499,9462Sony Pictures Classics
3Frank$41,299--52--$794$281,9133Magnolia Pictures
4Life of Crime$27,122-22%33--$822$131,4221Roadside Attractions
5The One I Love$24,896-21%4941$508$179,0852RADiUS-TWC
6Land Ho!$22,690--65--$349$489,4518Sony Pictures Classics
7Raja Natwarlal$18,645-42%73--$255$102,3141UTV Motion Pictures
8Hubble 3D$14,673--113$1,334$45,917,428233Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Journey to the South Pacific$14,369--170$845$4,599,90740IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Yves Saint Laurent$14,229-41%17-4$837$593,72110Weinstein Company
11The Last of Robin Hood$9,597--2--$4,799$35,4181IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12The Congress$9,532--15--$635$38,1721Drafthouse Films
13Sex Tape$9,287-83%78--$119$38,186,0507Sony / Columbia
14Jersey Boys$8,214-35%62-2$132$46,772,07511Warner Bros.
1550 to 1$7,990--22--$363$918,17324Ten Furlongs
16A Five Star Life$6,576--19--$346$242,1277Music Box Films
17Rio 2$6,370--46-26$138$131,536,01921Fox
19Obvious Child$5,433--15--$362$3,078,98913A24
20Ida (2014)$4,605--12--$384$3,672,79818Music Box Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$3,538--85$442$23,550,366178Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Wish I Was Here$3,435-11%3112$111$3,580,4007Focus
23Starred Up$3,203--2--$1,602$17,8551Tribeca Film
24The Grand Seduction$3,014-17%16-3$188$3,393,52114eOne Films US
25America (2014)$2,622-3%23-49$114$14,440,70810Lionsgate
26Jealousy$2,616--6--$436$34,3183Distrib Films
27A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$2,499--8--$312$176,15011Big World Pictures
28Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,480--18--$138$111,505,64226Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Life After Beth$2,445--30--$82$59,7873A24
30Through a Lens Darkly$2,308--0----$16,6181First Run Features
31Mood Indigo$1,955--6--$326$259,3927Drafthouse Films
32Under the Sea 3D$1,858--41$465$34,323,245290Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The LEGO Movie$1,49910%2518$60$257,756,19730Warner Bros.
34Fort McCoy$1,286--3--$429$12,3033Monterey Media
35Third Person$1,250--15--$83$969,50211Sony Pictures Classics
36The Notebook (2014)$1,066--2--$533$4,1931Sony Pictures Classics
37Last Weekend$831--1--$831$3,4921IFC Films
38Life Itself (2014)$755--10--$76$778,3599Magnolia Pictures
39Abuse of Weakness$720--3--$240$22,1633Strand Releasing
40The Lunchbox$656--4--$164$4,223,83827Sony Pictures Classics
41Only Lovers Left Alive$620--2--$310$1,869,97421Sony Pictures Classics
42The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears$506--2--$253$2,0411Strand Releasing
43Fifi Howls from Happiness$352--2--$176$13,0084Music Box Films
44Kabbalah Me$281--1--$281$6,0502First Run Features
45The Last Sentence$177--1--$177$62,29711Music Box Films
46To the Arctic 3D$156--1-1$156$14,168,277124Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Dog$129--5--$26$40,4824Drafthouse Films
48Ragnarok$35--1--$35$7502Magnolia / Magnet