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, May. 18 - Sun, May. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Marvel's The Avengers$55,644,102-46%4,249-100$13,096$457,665,5173Disney
3The Dictator$17,435,092--3,008--$5,796$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$12,583,338-58%3,7550$3,351$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$10,547,068--3,021--$3,491$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$2,950,331-35%2,064-467$1,429$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$2,650,549-54%1,722-330$1,539$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$1,778,453-57%2,005-834$887$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,578,632-50%1,840-1239$858$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$1,110,375-66%1,175-1394$945$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,230,58421%354176$9,126$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
3Wrath of the Titans$476,327122%36095$1,323$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$459,357-67%3220$1,427$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$458,5956%379-76$1,210$210,191,32512Universal
6The Three Stooges$436,495-60%594-822$735$41,830,6326Fox
7Mirror Mirror$403,814-33%407-200$992$61,551,2368Relativity Media
8The Cabin in the Woods$381,566-61%448-581$852$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9John Carter$368,994-52%114-116$3,237$72,157,37911Disney
1021 Jump Street$342,953-47%261-328$1,314$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11Safe (2012)$294,177-80%503-1187$585$16,589,9504Lionsgate
12American Reunion$263,905-39%290-231$910$56,494,9557Universal
13The Raven$236,650-83%432-1456$548$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$207,181-12%245-15$846$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
15Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$94,801-50%134-66$707$8,721,03711CBS Films
16Bully (2012)$90,153-33%204-59$442$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17Lockout$88,102-51%191-64$461$14,291,5706Open Road
18A Thousand Words$56,901-27%110-17$517$18,374,52711Paramount
19The Artist$26,842-86%103-648$261$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Bernie$491,436124%9559$5,173$1,124,5724Millennium Entertainment
2Crooked Arrows$256,346--55--$4,661$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3To the Arctic 3D$217,3214%490$4,435$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
4First Position$93,1885%4117$2,273$294,0203IFC Films
5Monsieur Lazhar$91,710-28%67-10$1,369$1,287,35630Music Box Films
6Headhunters$90,0551%3915$2,309$392,1534Magnolia Pictures
7Marley$73,433-10%55-13$1,335$1,035,4055Magnolia Pictures
8Born to Be Wild 3D$60,419-1%340$1,777$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Darling Companion$58,831-10%60-4$981$419,6415Sony Pictures Classics
10This Means War$58,562-13%90-42$651$54,670,70414Fox
11Act of Valor$52,95526%96-22$552$69,978,44013Relativity Media
12Titanic 3D$50,583-68%70-87$723$57,736,2357Paramount
13Hubble 3D$50,0062%201$2,500$32,686,569114Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$36,565-49%41-13$892$2,194,12811Magnolia Pictures
15Hysteria$35,656--5--$7,131$35,6561Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$31,99228%184$1,777$31,454,302171Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Footnote$31,840-51%52-39$612$1,851,57311Sony Pictures Classics
18Sound of My Voice$30,911-46%37-9$835$249,7274Fox Searchlight
19The Secret World of Arrietty$29,7057%60-28$495$19,140,97414Disney
20Deadtime (2012)$27,552-9%16-2$1,722$77,4482Nocturnal Features
21Where Do We Go Now?$23,62154%129$1,968$47,7792Sony Pictures Classics
22FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$22,806586%1917$1,200$38,7713International Film Circuit
23We Have a Pope$22,332-33%20-6$1,117$383,1637IFC Films
24The Kid With A Bike$22,158-35%34-26$652$1,318,35110IFC Films
25The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$21,070-30%392$540$1,038,7469Music Box Films
26Damsels in Distress$20,740-65%38-74$546$800,1107Sony Pictures Classics
28Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$18,784150%32$6,261$36,2572Rialto Pictures
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,922-35%120$1,410$5,524,7501063D Entertainment
31Polisse$16,568--3--$5,523$16,5681IFC Films
32God Bless America$13,464-51%151$898$55,6592Magnolia / Magnet
33Lovely Molly$12,554--5--$2,511$12,5541Image Entertainment
34Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$12,439-64%17-6$732$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
35October Baby$11,623-42%36-15$323$5,321,86330IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36The Perfect Family$11,092-64%12-13$924$78,0653Variance Films
37Friends With Kids$10,955-18%25-11$438$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$10,439-49%40-27$261$133,082,21223Fox
39The Raid: Redemption$10,336-39%15-4$689$4,063,8669Sony Pictures Classics
40Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$9,583-44%8-2$1,198$30,9492UTV Communications
41Elena (2012)$9,035--1--$9,035$13,2401Zeitgeist Films
42Elles$7,865-15%6-6$1,311$104,2104Kino Lorber
43A Separation$7,846-32%17-7$462$7,063,23621Sony Pictures Classics
44Virginia$6,915--5--$1,383$6,9151Entertainment One Films
45The Road (2012)$6,124-89%10-40$612$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
46American Animal$5,928--1--$5,928$5,9281Screen Media Films
47Coriolanus$5,116-10%8-3$640$749,64118Weinstein Company
48Beyond the Black Rainbow$4,957--2--$2,479$4,9571Magnolia / Magnet
50Otter 501$4,681-14%41$1,170$12,9112Paladin
51Undefeated$4,098-14%9-4$455$548,47014Weinstein Company
52The Color Wheel$3,884--2--$1,942$3,8841Cinema Conservancy
53Deep Sea 3D$3,615-32%1-1$3,615$44,613,835325Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Gerhard Richter Painting$3,284-41%30$1,095$176,07110Kino Lorber
55This Binary Universe$2,912-42%1-1$2,912$13,4523Indican Pictures
56Here$2,785--1--$2,785$23,2236Strand Releasing
57I Wish$2,763-75%3-2$921$19,7082Magnolia Pictures
58Bonsai$2,63915%21$1,320$6,7612Strand Releasing
59We Need to Talk About Kevin$2,576-51%6-4$429$1,738,69224Oscilloscope
60Surviving Progress$2,256-4%2-1$1,128$31,1587First Run Features
61Last Call at the Oasis$2,142-87%3-3$714$40,8463IDP/ATO Pictures
62Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$2,136--1--$2,136$16,1843New Yorker Films
63Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,121-18%11-2$193$94,6542Magnolia Pictures
64Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,951--1--$1,951$1,9511First Run Features
65Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,911-43%2-2$956$66,1338New Yorker Films
66Blue Like Jazz$1,828-62%7-4$261$592,5896Roadside Attractions
67The Samaritan$1,744--3--$581$1,7441IFC Films
68Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,678--2--$839$1,6781Music Box Films
69The Island President$1,664-19%4-1$416$75,2338IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
70Attenberg$1,646--1--$1,646$20,44111Strand Releasing
71Grandmaster$1,61915%20$810$17,0773UTV Communications
72The Hunter (2012)$1,537-20%3-2$512$168,2167Magnolia Pictures
73This Is Not A Film$1,388--1--$1,388$63,14412Palisades Tartan
74The Salt of Life$1,226-61%2-4$613$295,71812Zeitgeist Films
75Thin Ice$1,176-6%3-1$392$789,75214IDP/ATO Pictures
76Red Tails$1,047-84%3-6$349$49,868,80818Fox
77Keyhole$959600%43$240$16,2667Monterey Media
78Payback (2012)$917--3--$306$10,4634Zeitgeist Films
79The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$873--2--$437$24,9816Rialto
80Hit So Hard$859--3--$286$25,3766Variance Films
81Goon$807-92%4-7$202$4,164,5278Magnolia / Magnet
82Michael (2012)$737--2--$369$15,15114Strand Releasing
83Nobody Else But You$611-84%1-1$611$6,2732First Run Features
84The Fairy$498-41%20$249$23,78413Kino Lorber
85Jesus Henry Christ$485-59%1-1$485$16,6585Entertainment One Films
86Lost Bohemia$429138%10$429$14,05653Impact Partners
87Touchback$427-88%3-3$142$204,0686Anchor Bay Films
88Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$293-93%1-11$293$43,455,91615Fox
89How To Grow A Band$27524%21$138$9,7786International Film Circuit
90Sing Your Song$140--1--$140$46,42919S2BN Films