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. 19 2016

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 19 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Accountant$1,841,007-41%3,332--$553$31,891,8111Warner Bros.
2The Girl on the Train (2016)$1,016,540-36%3,24197$314$50,525,5852Universal
3Kevin Hart: What Now?$638,370-35%2,567--$249$14,258,4251Universal
4Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children$530,309-33%3,835130$138$67,805,6913Fox
5Deepwater Horizon$479,538-36%3,403144$141$51,140,2003Lionsgate / Summit
6The Magnificent Seven (2016)$414,639-30%3,210-487$129$86,334,4304Sony / Columbia
7Storks$288,602-24%3,066-542$94$60,226,7434Warner Bros.
8Sully$228,013-29%2,211-847$103$119,103,8576Warner Bros.
9The Birth of a Nation (2016)$210,273-33%2,1050$100$13,066,2712Fox Searchlight
10Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life$177,784-20%2,8220$63$14,461,9492CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Masterminds (2016)$141,235-27%2,027-1015$70$16,674,0923Relativity Studios
12Max Steel$125,391-32%2,034--$62$2,640,7131Open Road
13Queen of Katwe$78,418-21%1,062-197$74$7,289,4864Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 19 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Don't Breathe$57,758-12%612-454$94$88,362,7678Sony / TriStar
2Suicide Squad$48,442-16%630-342$77$323,837,51811Warner Bros.
3Priceless (2016)$39,633-37%303--$131$862,3391Roadside Attractions
4Bridget Jones's Baby$37,805-31%390-525$97$23,738,6505Universal
5Snowden$26,457-44%343-444$77$21,005,0895Open Road
6Finding Dory$18,770-8%189-18$99$485,236,23318Disney
7American Honey$17,294-30%135110$128$432,0703A24
8The Secret Life of Pets$16,9900%276-63$62$365,853,58015Universal
9Hell or High Water$16,095-19%168-107$96$26,547,40010CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Blair Witch$14,936-15%243-425$61$20,621,9425Lionsgate
11Bad Moms$12,904-8%176-89$73$113,116,07012STX Entertainment
12Mechanic: Resurrection$9,751-13%10133$97$21,166,1578Lionsgate / Summit
13When the Bough Breaks$8,984-21%183-277$49$29,625,0286Sony / Screen Gems
14Star Trek Beyond$8,382-40%151-40$56$158,835,46913Paramount
15Pete's Dragon (2016)$7,347-21%165-59$45$75,213,11810Disney
16Jason Bourne$7,120-28%131-55$54$162,079,50512Universal
17Ghostbusters (2016)$7,105-17%145-26$49$128,174,22814Sony / Columbia
18Kubo and the Two Strings$6,176-18%139-112$44$47,367,8009Focus
19War Dogs$3,922-20%123-52$32$43,029,9609Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 19 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Denial$34,323-22%9665$358$976,9873Bleeker Street
2Desierto$27,616-32%73--$378$618,4841STX Entertainment
3Shin Godzilla$11,280-94%22-464$513$1,745,6591FUNimation Films
4No Manches Frida$7,435-40%86-52$86$11,427,8057Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Premam$5,909-50%90-22$66$772Blue Sky Cinema
6Florence Foster Jenkins$5,509-23%8715$63$27,342,29210Paramount
7Sausage Party$4,913-15%99-972$50$97,612,51810Sony / Columbia
8Spirit of the Game$4,901-58%273$182$141,0752Samuel Goldwyn / Purdie Distribution
9M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story$4,681-33%70-163$67$1,798,4283FIP
10The Light Between Oceans$3,998-8%61-40$66$12,446,1977Disney / DreamWorks
11Nine Lives (2016)$3,5150%88-26$40$19,647,96311EuropaCorp Films
12Voiceless$3,22460%46-54$70$354,3922ArtAffects Entertainment
13Miss Hokusai$2,69339%2--$1,347$31,6331GKIDS
14Captain Fantastic$2,313-45%3913$59$5,859,83715Bleecker Street
15Hunt for the Wilderpeople$1,936-6%23-16$84$5,173,52117The Orchard
16Ice Age: Collision Course$1,616-19%78-47$21$64,019,50813Fox
17The Battle Of Algiers (50th Anniversary)$1,12433%52$225$37,0082Rialto
18Greater$954-75%15-13$64$1,958,2798Hammond Entertainment
19Christine (2016)$896-53%1--$896$18,1341The Orchard
20Indignation$818-24%9-4$91$3,383,41812Roadside / Summit
21Hillsong - Let Hope Rise$713-28%18-18$40$2,389,3055
22The Disappointments Room$549-16%29--$19$2,413,4116Relativity Studios
23Under the Shadow$480-59%9-5$53$28,0492Vertical Entertainment
24Southside with You$315-53%8-5$39$6,297,3088Roadside / Miramax
25Demon$237-41%6-6$40$98,4906The Orchard The Orchard
26Victor$10372%10$103$101,8465CanZion Films
27Saturday's Warrior$92-3%40$23$753,85429Purdie Distribution
28Mr. Church$46-26%4-8$12$684,3815Freestyle Releasing
29Made In France$200%1--$20$6,7644Distrib Films Under the Milky Way