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. 2 - Sun, Nov. 4

Wide (1000+)

1Bohemian Rhapsody$51,061,119--4,000--$12,765$51,061,119120th Century Fox
2The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$20,352,491--3,766--$5,404$20,352,4911Walt Disney Pictures
3Nobody's Fool$13,743,111--2,468--$5,569$13,743,1111Paramount
4A Star is Born$11,003,083-22%3,431-473$3,207$165,537,6495Warner Bros.
5Halloween (2018)$10,830,865-66%3,775-215$2,869$150,224,5703Universal Pictures
6Venom$7,877,174-26%3,067-500$2,568$198,690,5225Sony / Columbia
7Smallfoot$3,861,672-19%2,002-660$1,929$77,540,9736Warner Bros.
8Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$3,773,720-48%2,828-895$1,334$43,906,0364Sony
9Hunter Killer$3,528,129-47%2,720-8$1,297$12,968,2452Lionsgate / Summit
10The Hate U Give$3,353,422-34%1,507-868$2,225$23,414,346520th Century Fox
11First Man$2,184,385-55%1,712-1247$1,276$41,974,2554Universal
12Night School$1,990,285-38%1,271-720$1,566$74,385,5006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Beautiful Boy$1,345,727106%540348$2,492$3,148,9694Amazon
2Johnny English Strikes Again$1,037,230-37%5528$1,879$3,253,9952Universal Pictures
3Can You Ever Forgive Me?$1,032,318190%180155$5,735$1,752,4583Fox Searchlight
4The Old Man & The Gun$1,015,902-42%765-277$1,328$9,186,5896Fox Searchlight
5Free Solo$1,002,680-12%363-29$2,762$6,862,6566National Geographic Entertainment
6Suspiria$979,882432%311309$3,151$1,230,7392Amazon Studios
7Indivisible$760,846-49%742-88$1,025$2,890,7192Pure Flix
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$526,900-50%510-532$1,033$67,349,0507Universal Pictures
9Bad Times At The El Royale$296,514-78%322-1476$921$17,474,616420th Century Fox
10Crazy Rich Asians$244,843-30%208-73$1,177$173,206,60312Warner Bros.
11Colette$178,357-46%130-105$1,372$4,783,0427Bleecker Street
12Incredibles 2$168,94922%150-10$1,126$608,109,51721Disney
13Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$144,714-63%267-200$542$3,546,6224GVN Releasing
14Disney's Christopher Robin$139,93350%16517$848$99,010,98214Disney
15The Nun$128,890-25%211-124$611$117,277,0209Warner Bros.
16The Happy Prince$86,2968%277206$312$356,7904Sony Pictures Classics
17The Sisters Brothers$66,665-76%146-628$457$3,004,9127Annapurna Pictures
18A Simple Favor$65,631-56%102-120$643$53,362,1218Lionsgate
19Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$56,849-34%104-71$547$167,401,32919Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Boy Erased$207,057--5--$41,411$207,0571Focus Features
2Wildlife$116,6458%5537$2,121$408,3243IFC Films
3Maria By Callas$91,915--26--$3,535$152,1601Sony Pictures Classics
4Rampant$70,878287%2927$2,444$102,4322Well Go USA Entertainment
5Andhadhun$66,524-33%620$1,073$1,193,0495Eros Entertainment
6A Private War$60,491--4--$15,123$60,4911Aviron Pictures
7Tea With the Dames$58,066-27%52-17$1,117$689,1167IFC Films
9Burning$54,234108%64$9,039$93,9832Well Go USA Entertainment
11The Wife$40,441-49%49-33$825$7,691,64412Sony Pictures Classics
12What They Had$40,103-34%3712$1,084$161,7943Bleecker Street
13In Search of Greatness$32,952--16--$2,060$32,9521Art of Sport
14The Predator$31,689-32%72-36$440$50,971,2458Fox
15Alpha$28,362-10%41-24$692$35,799,57612Sony / Columbia
16Searching$27,323280%5227$525$25,989,37311Sony Pictures
17Viper Club$26,54487%7067$379$44,8592Roadside Attractions
18Hell Fest$25,615-85%92-815$278$11,099,7716Lionsgate / CBS Films
19The Guilty$20,136-50%17-3$1,184$167,9093Magnolia Pictures
20The Price of Everything$15,589-18%7-1$2,227$73,4763HBO Films
21Museo$12,685911%51$2,537$148,5058Vitagraph Films
22White Boy Rick$12,331-57%38-26$325$24,004,8338Sony / Studio 8
23Studio 54$9,810-50%7-7$1,401$150,8705Zeitgeist Films
24Little Women (2018)$8,63290%3626$240$1,368,6246Pinnacle Peak
25Mandy$7,292--5--$1,458$1,214,5258RLJE Films
26On Her Shoulders$7,259376%75$1,037$19,3513Oscilloscope Laboratories
28Searching for Ingmar Bergman$5,996--1--$5,996$5,9961Oscilloscope Laboratories
291945$5,973-30%6-3$996$995,57853Menemsha Films
30Silencio$5,544-94%33-315$168$155,1842Tulip Pictures
31Wings of Desire (2018 re-release)$4,600-34%21$2,300$44,1193Janus Films
32Unbroken: Path to Redemption$4,399-6%11-10$400$6,204,2638Pure Flix
33Bye Bye Germany$4,088--1--$4,088$72,36530Film Movement
34The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$3,746-91%5-38$749$64,0292Rialto Pictures
35Senso$3,711-7%10$3,711$11,9472Rialto Pictures
36Kusama - Infinity$3,297-31%6-1$550$336,6109Magnolia Pictures
37The Fireflies are Gone$3,089-25%4-6$772$241,7637
38I Am Not a Witch$2,971431%5-2$594$49,4059Film Movement
39Pick of the Litter$2,598-4%4-7$650$522,87810IFC Films
40Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story$2,47271%1-1$2,472$8,4623Abramorama
41Love, Gilda$2,227-72%9-9$247$619,0767Magnolia Pictures
42London Fields$2,144-99%32-581$67$249,7962GVN Releasing
43The Cakemaker$2,109-5%20$1,055$874,58419Strand Releasing
44Shine (2018)$1,907-85%4-13$477$332,8335GVN Releasing
45Born to Be Wild 3D$1,850117%61$308$25,783,490396Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Life and Nothing More$1,840-72%2-4$920$11,9002CFI Releasing
47Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$1,615-35%4-1$404$40,6758Film Movement
48God Bless the Broken Road$1,545-36%5-5$309$2,844,5499Freestyle Releasing
49Blaze$1,355-24%6-6$226$688,33212IFC Films / Sundance Selects
50A Paris Education$1,355--2--$678$19,56810Kino Lorber
51The Rider$1,213323%31$404$2,404,64630Sony Pictures Classics
52Weed the People$1,177--2--$589$7,2902Mangurama
53All About Nina$1,042-49%5-3$208$100,5376The Orchard
54Little Italy$938--1--$938$989,68811Lionsgate Premiere
55Operation Finale$793-7%3-5$264$17,611,01710MGM
56Puzzle$686-82%2-6$343$2,028,34615Sony Pictures Classics
57Beautifully Broken$658-45%20$329$1,209,50211ArtAffects Entertainment
59Memoir of War$587--1--$587$96,54012Music Box Films
60The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales$50817%10$508$35,7873GKIDS
61Namaste England$474-93%710$7$104,0793Eros Entertainment
62The Apparition$471--1--$471$26,8029Music Box Films
63The Captain (2018)$430--2--$215$108,61215Music Box Films
64Stella's Last Weekend$369310%1-1$369$4,1804Paladin
65Under the Sea 3D$363-49%2-2$182$35,980,468508Warner Bros. / IMAX
66Deep Sea 3D$268--1--$268$46,371,547662Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Hubble 3D$263-2%4-1$66$52,340,079451Warner Bros. / IMAX
68In Echo Park$250--1--$250$6,4844Indican Pictures
69Painless$182-63%10$182$6,9407Indican Pictures
70Helicopter Eela$123108%700$2$71,9714Eros International
71Black '47$116-85%2-1$58$47,8176IFC Films
73Journey to the South Pacific$22-71%10$22$7,641,308258IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman