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 Wed, Oct. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Wick$1,143,559-30%2,589--$442$18,482,8491Lionsgate / Summit
2Fury (2014)$1,115,342-27%3,1730$352$50,229,9182Sony / Columbia
3Gone Girl$888,166-20%3,106-143$286$126,905,5364Fox
5St. Vincent$678,394-25%2,2822214$297$11,084,7353Weinstein Company
6The Book of Life (2014)$460,635-26%3,11342$148$31,754,9232Fox
7The Judge (2014)$422,426-22%2,610-393$162$35,736,3563Warner Bros.
8The Best of Me$379,237-25%2,9360$129$18,783,7122Relativity Media
9Dracula Untold$354,605-19%2,364-536$150$49,579,6153Universal
10Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$314,662-21%3,11729$101$46,785,2933Disney
11Annabelle$231,208-18%2,505-373$92$80,255,8124Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Equalizer$212,327-22%1,636-626$130$94,462,6985Sony / Columbia
13The Maze Runner$140,083-22%1,496-659$94$94,589,2576Fox
14The Boxtrolls$50,107-12%1,107-1144$45$47,770,6195Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Addicted$103,192-23%956-81$108$15,685,7273Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
2Dear White People$99,164-8%382371$260$2,003,1542Roadside Attractions
3Meet the Mormons$33,985-27%128-205$266$5,355,2393Purdie Distribution
4Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$22,022-5%300-72$73$190,183,87312Paramount
5Left Behind (2014)$20,832-25%320-603$65$13,531,7524Freestyle Releasing
6This Is Where I Leave You$18,947-10%235-267$81$33,663,3606Warner Bros.
7Kill the Messenger$17,145-11%211-216$81$2,277,3843Focus
8Pride (2014)$16,723-1%1249$135$1,150,4325CBS Films
922 Jump Street$14,7981%507--$29$191,373,91120Sony / Columbia
10Let's Be Cops$11,810-7%163-13$72$81,947,93811Fox
11The Giver$11,158-16%15548$72$44,711,26211Weinstein Company
12The Skeleton Twins$10,285-12%102-57$101$4,961,4717Roadside Attractions
13Men, Women & Children$9,773-3%542-66$18$697,4194Paramount
15Dolphin Tale 2$8,212-2%245-257$34$41,066,0867Warner Bros.
16How to Train Your Dragon 2$4,689-11%146-36$32$176,610,60420Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$4,619-14%110-39$42$208,379,85616Fox
18Into the Storm$4,260-4%108-62$39$47,450,75012Warner Bros. / New Line
19If I Stay$4,098-10%122-100$34$50,426,68510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Birdman$118,175-3%5046$2,364$2,376,9882Fox Searchlight
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$7,46946%400$187$7,811,15430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Good Lie$7,422-39%51-84$146$2,241,9364Warner Bros.
5The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$7,242-1%2017$362$166,7462GKIDS
6Tracks (2014)$2,54413%20-16$127$455,3936Weinstein Company
7The Great Invisible$2,226--3--$742$2,2260RADiUS-TWC
8Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$2,152-20%72$307$54,2702Rialto Pictures
9The November Man$1,283-19%44-41$29$25,016,9479Relativity Media
10A Most Wanted Man$811-33%13-10$62$17,223,42814Roadside Attractions
11One Chance$720-3%9-16$80$82,3433Weinstein Company
12Hector and the Search for Happiness$702-58%29-10$24$920,6656Relativity Media
13The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby$631-17%5-3$126$582,4297Weinstein Company
14Keep On Keepin' On$57612%91$64$111,2096RADiUS-TWC
15Haider$38144%6-43$64$1,047,4914UTV Motion Pictures
16Earth to Echo$361-23%39-12$9$38,934,44117Relativity Media