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. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Star Trek Into Darkness$70,165,559--3,868--$18,140$83,701,9811Paramount
2Iron Man 3$35,770,094-51%4,237-16$8,442$337,661,9773Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,939,228-52%3,55015$6,743$90,682,8322Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,237,689-35%2,429-874$1,333$46,712,1834Paramount
5The Croods$3,024,602-16%2,373-277$1,275$177,024,7859Fox / DreamWorks Animation
642 (2013)$2,812,115-39%2,380-550$1,182$88,816,6276Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$2,337,050-43%2,077-693$1,125$85,588,0105Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,159,980-53%2,0410$1,058$7,867,7572Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,210,204-51%1,443-855$839$20,308,1884Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,232,961-12%960108$2,326$11,660,3864Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$871,165-19%535-239$1,628$231,351,16111Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$580,176-4%409-341$1,419$120,522,0438Paramount
4The Iceman$464,147315%165148$2,813$762,8853Millennium Entertainment
5Olympus Has Fallen$429,867-42%466-370$922$97,332,5489FilmDistrict
6Scary Movie 5$420,253-38%508-499$827$31,206,3766Weinstein / Dimension
7Jurassic Park 3D$340,260-46%428-225$795$45,299,6807Universal
8The Place Beyond the Pines$306,969-56%317-352$968$20,627,9768Focus
9Escape From Planet Earth$244,552141%693439$353$55,612,39814Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$231,339-6%250-31$925$64,789,19612Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Company You Keep$225,469-44%223-171$1,011$4,510,5007Sony Pictures Classics
12The Call$215,368132%229108$940$51,319,36210Sony / TriStar
13Identity Thief$214,49011%241-38$890$133,989,14015Universal
14Evil Dead$158,325-46%208-235$761$54,036,2837Sony / TriStar
15The Host (2013)$112,421-28%231-70$487$26,542,1988Open Road
16Snitch (2013)$110,407-6%153-35$722$42,838,78613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Sapphires$98,358-29%102-16$964$1,989,1589Weinstein Company
18Tyler Perry's Temptation$87,446-53%150-128$583$51,847,8168Lionsgate
19Silver Linings Playbook$47,033-62%131-192$359$132,028,68027Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Kon-Tiki$157,11485%6139$2,576$419,7384Weinstein Company
2Frances Ha$137,398--4--$34,350$137,3981IFC Films
3Stories We Tell$131,589386%2321$5,721$175,1032Roadside Attractions
4Renoir$115,026-23%80-6$1,438$1,484,1978IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Rangeelay$73,541--20--$3,677$73,5411Eros International
6Love Is All You Need$68,89585%2212$3,132$172,1273Sony Pictures Classics
7The Reluctant Fundamentalist$67,242-9%5812$1,159$348,2734IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$60,99912%193$3,210$38,223,594166Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$54,018-11%362$1,501$304,5995Cohen Media Group
10Go Goa Gone$53,058-69%920$577$270,1392Eros International
11To the Arctic 3D$50,44315%520$970$12,536,19957Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Home Run$44,975-66%86-45$523$2,817,8015IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$42,465-4%241$1,769$182,2993eOne Films US
14Ginger & Rosa$40,197167%286$1,436$908,49010A24
15What Maisie Knew$31,99530%41$7,999$101,9003Millenium Entertainment
16Life of Pi$30,142-23%51-19$591$124,863,50526Fox
17At Any Price$28,576-44%38-12$752$176,0154Sony Pictures Classics
18Safe Haven$26,919-40%90-34$299$71,324,50914Relativity Media
19Filly Brown$24,265-64%39-53$622$2,767,6935Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Quartet$21,650-40%42-17$515$18,196,20419Weinstein Company
21Space Station 3D$19,53087%119$1,775$87,871,421579IMAX
22From Up on Poppy Hill$19,344-35%31-6$624$928,99710GKIDS
23Dark Skies$17,28212%323$540$17,411,93013Weinstein / Dimension
24No (2013)$17,155-49%38-1$451$2,276,22614Sony Pictures Classics
25The Angels' Share$16,517-56%25-13$661$248,5676IFC Films
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,918-6%300$531$22,651,521111Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lore$14,559129%137$1,120$903,80215Music Box Films
28Not Today$14,333172%61$2,389$176,7946Freestyle Releasing
29A Good Day to Die Hard$13,703-26%31-19$442$67,344,39214Fox
30Augustine$13,616--5--$2,723$13,6161Music Box Films
31Trance$13,005-40%23-17$565$2,295,6147Fox Searchlight
32Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$12,966-68%25-18$519$169,3793Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Under the Sea 3D$12,520-43%15-3$835$32,946,193223Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Wonder$11,599-49%26-14$446$534,7466Magnolia Pictures
35Spring Breakers$9,925-10%11-5$902$14,049,59310A24
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,697129%1-2$9,697$70,2455Kino Lorber
37Parental Guidance$9,089-4%22-7$413$77,264,92621Fox
38Shootout at Wadala$8,938-85%890$100$365,7333Eros International
39Venus and Serena$8,693-21%73$1,242$23,6642Magnolia Pictures
40Something in the Air$8,342-41%9-1$927$52,9133IFC Films
41Sightseers$8,10110%53$1,620$19,0372IFC Films
42The Gatekeepers$7,250-45%3819$191$2,391,84916Sony Pictures Classics
43Deep Sea 3D$7,1109%4-1$1,778$45,548,853377Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,998-42%9-2$778$316,89612International Film Circuit
45Free the Mind$6,998196%97$778$316,8963International Film Circuit
46Starbuck$6,941-1%90$771$3,790,0599eOne Films US
47Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$6,602--15--$440$6,6021Freestyle Releasing
48Pieta$6,222--12--$519$6,2221Drafthouse Films
49No One Lives$6,131-87%12-41$511$72,1402Anchor Bay Films
50The English Teacher$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Cinedigm
51Emperor$4,552-15%7-3$650$3,326,60411Roadside Attractions
52King's Faith$4,434-68%9-5$493$67,3144Waking Giants Entertainment
53Searching For Sugar Man$3,561-23%6-1$594$3,667,23043Sony Pictures Classics
54Bidder 70$2,477--1--$2,477$2,4771First Run Features
55No Place on Earth$2,301-70%7-3$329$146,0717Magnolia Pictures
56The Silence$1,937192%20$969$85,80911Music Box Films
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,926-70%40$482$33,6625Kino Lorber
58The Painting (2013)$1,765-51%10$1,765$6,2772GKIDS
59Arthur Newman$1,654-68%4-6$414$204,7204Cinedigm
60Koch$1,25142%21$626$342,21216Zeitgeist Films
61Tai Chi Hero$1,214-60%20$607$30,2044Well Go USA
62Camp (2013)$1,197-24%2-1$599$316,57813Freestyle Releasing
63Kiss of the Damned$944-77%5-2$189$12,0773Magnolia / Magnet
64One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$938-92%21$469$18,4622Zeitgeist Films
65All Together$935--1--$935$43,18031Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
66The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$895--2--$448$1,72530Strand Releasing
6756 Up$475-73%1-2$475$695,37120First Run Features
68Girl Rising$340-92%37-26$9$1,231,08411Gathr Films
69Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$338--2--$169$29,9467First Run Features
70Dead Man's Burden$280-73%10$280$10,8083Cinedigm
71Leonie$253-86%2-1$127$53,69210Monterey Media
7211 Flowers$176--1--$176$9,21313First Run Features
73M (2013 re-issue)$142-81%10$142$28,25910Kino Lorber