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, Jun. 20 - Sun, Jun. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Think Like a Man Too$29,241,911--2,225--$13,142$29,241,9111Sony / Screen Gems
222 Jump Street$27,460,995-52%3,3060$8,306$109,911,1252Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$24,719,312-50%4,26815$5,792$94,596,0472Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jersey Boys$13,319,371--2,905--$4,585$13,319,3711Warner Bros.
6Edge of Tomorrow$9,820,080-41%3,212-293$3,057$73,991,5733Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$8,565,710-42%3,34067$2,565$98,694,0433Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$6,150,460-37%2,681-361$2,294$216,744,7105Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$1,888,304-43%1,365-723$1,383$194,983,3886Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,600,550-51%1,417-996$1,130$40,302,4504Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$1,368,375-42%1,033-863$1,325$145,716,9507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Chef$1,708,590-22%961-141$1,778$16,805,7807Open Road
2Blended$1,007,492-42%842-739$1,197$42,358,8835Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$633,630-34%434-248$1,460$199,510,8358Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$538,050-33%444-133$1,212$34,402,1986Disney
5The Rover$481,214594%608603$791$562,4402A24
6Rio 2$413,379-1%310-73$1,333$127,375,99211Fox
7Belle$318,771-38%244-94$1,306$9,198,2518Fox Searchlight
8Divergent$270,363-29%289-47$936$150,160,03514Lionsgate / Summit
9Ida (2014)$268,8175%13321$2,021$2,065,3308Music Box Films
10The Grand Seduction$240,242-12%12420$1,937$1,769,7174eOne Films US
11The Other Woman (2014)$217,118-11%231-13$940$83,091,1159Fox
12Words and Pictures$214,891-46%175-42$1,228$1,477,7615Roadside Attractions
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$196,797-28%184-39$1,070$256,690,27912Disney
14Heaven is for Real$179,604-46%201-331$894$89,811,56010Sony / TriStar
15The LEGO Movie$172,592-24%31514$548$256,696,31720Warner Bros.
16The Signal (2014)$149,636-4%20484$734$403,5862Focus
17The Grand Budapest Hotel$132,861-32%112-37$1,186$58,347,15616Fox Searchlight
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$109,413-24%179-28$611$110,844,75116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$92,662-29%112-38$827$60,481,73314Freestyle / Pure Flix
20The Immigrant$88,902-42%110-30$808$1,858,9456Weinstein Company
22Muppets Most Wanted$39,142-42%116-42$337$51,065,72114Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Obvious Child$245,16483%5537$4,458$578,8873A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$129,511-5%410$3,159$3,243,36412Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Alone Yet Not Alone$80,550-85%80-23$1,007$830,59239Enthuse Entertainment
4Hubble 3D$51,11812%22-1$2,324$44,704,751223Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$49,473-14%17-2$2,910$3,321,43630IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Moms' Night Out$48,847-7%50-31$977$10,166,9867Sony / TriStar
7Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$44,58144%4628$969$125,8883RADiUS-TWC
8Third Person$38,856--5--$7,771$38,8561Sony Pictures Classics
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,408148%529$700$8,388,5067Clarius Entertainment
10The Railway Man$35,07539%8434$418$4,361,68511Weinstein Company
11Brick Mansions$32,157-43%60-25$536$20,285,5189Relativity Media
12Fading Gigolo$30,322-40%31-17$978$3,667,61410Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$28,092-33%47-9$598$1,401,1947RADiUS-TWC
14Space Station 3D$27,86415%2-5$13,932$90,914,559636IMAX
15Venus in Fur$24,761--2--$12,381$24,7611IFC Films
16Jerusalem 3D$22,561-11%13-2$1,735$4,492,27840National Geographic
17The Lunchbox$22,144-28%260$852$4,135,62617Sony Pictures Classics
18Ivory Tower$20,85717%97$2,317$45,6962IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
1950 to 1$20,6461044%1210$1,721$742,95214Ten Furlongs
20Only Lovers Left Alive$19,755-12%23-4$859$1,696,90311Sony Pictures Classics
21We Are the Best!$14,713-38%234$640$124,2314Magnolia Pictures
22Night Moves$14,258-71%30-25$475$198,2834Cinedigm
23Cold in July$13,784-58%18-24$766$396,5615IFC Films
24A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$12,863--2--$6,432$12,8631Big World Pictures
25A Coffee in Berlin$12,188211%65$2,031$19,6302Music Box Films
26Le Chef$11,290--1--$11,290$11,2901Cohen Media Group
27Borgman$11,22490%139$863$30,6893Drafthouse Films
28Under the Sea 3D$9,40524%7-5$1,344$34,057,448280Warner Bros. / IMAX
29The Last Sentence$9,020--2--$4,510$9,0201Music Box Films
30Chinese Puzzle$8,946-60%11-10$813$292,8076Cohen Media Group
31Frozen (2013)$8,746-58%23-5$380$400,704,37731Disney
33Under the Skin (2014)$8,457-12%160$529$2,485,59312A24
34Finding Vivian Maier$7,980-26%11-3$725$1,435,28213IFC Films
35Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$7,363-63%9-2$818$106,3935IFC Films
36The Double (2014)$7,097-2%144$507$152,6087Magnolia Pictures
37Oculus$6,736-41%17-14$396$27,689,47411Relativity Media
38Hellion$6,714-12%32$2,238$14,7552IFC Films
39Code Black$6,319--1--$6,319$6,3191Long Shot Factory
40To the Arctic 3D$5,318-2%3-2$1,773$14,136,984114Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Redwood Highway$4,854-4%82$607$98,93911Monterey Media
42Half of a Yellow Sun$4,513170%3-1$1,504$32,4526Monterey Media
43Lucky Them$3,486-53%92$387$24,1184IFC Films
44Le Week-End$3,414-10%5-4$683$2,216,75315Music Box Films
45The Amazing Catfish$3,025313%21$1,513$4,2202Strand Releasing
46Just a Sigh$3,00260%21$1,501$74,70914Distrib Films
47The Hornet's Nest$2,969-22%30$990$305,0207Freestyle Releasing
48Jodorowsky's Dune$2,732-18%4-2$683$628,89414Sony Pictures Classics
49Particle Fever$2,485125%10$2,485$867,58716Abramorama / Bond 360
50Norte, the End of History$2,164--1--$2,164$2,1641Cinema Guild
51Filth$2,07844%4-1$520$27,4424Magnolia / Magnet
52Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,8269%50$365$33,0746International Film Circuit
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,59136%118$145$23,414,686168Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Sacrament$1,312-38%50$262$7,3233Magnolia / Magnet
55Bicycling with Molière$1,292-73%2-4$646$52,5409Strand Releasing
56For No Good Reason$976-74%4-16$244$60,2369Sony Pictures Classics
57Godzilla: The Japanese Original$71797%21$359$142,83110Rialto Pictures
58Blue Ruin$550-46%1-1$550$258,1139RADiUS-TWC
59The Unknown Known$480-15%2-1$240$275,65812RADiUS-TWC
60Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$391-67%10$391$59,43219Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
61Deep Sea 3D$294-68%2-6$147$46,065,659434Warner Bros. / IMAX
62A Long Way Off$262-97%1-12$262$27,0133Moving Visions Entertainment
63Manakamana$140--1--$140$22,81910Cinema Guild
64Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$44-77%10$44$3062First Run Features