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, Apr. 24 - Sun, Apr. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Furious 7$17,821,440-39%3,808-156$4,680$320,081,5754Universal
2Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$14,776,726-38%3,6330$4,067$43,224,9102Sony / Columbia
3The Age of Adaline$13,203,458--2,991--$4,414$13,203,4581Lionsgate
4Home (2015)$8,005,648-25%3,311-177$2,418$153,489,7195Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Ex Machina$5,349,500570%1,2551216$4,263$6,827,9313A24
7The Longest Ride$4,258,861-39%3,140-231$1,356$30,291,7003Fox
8Get Hard$3,761,030-24%2,276-379$1,652$83,922,2705Warner Bros.
9Monkey Kingdom$3,441,840-25%2,0120$1,711$10,148,9522Disneynature
10Woman In Gold$3,364,853-27%1,981-30$1,699$21,498,6324Weinstein Company
11The Divergent Series: Insurgent$3,003,100-27%2,086-456$1,440$124,813,1406Lionsgate / Summit
12Cinderella (2015)$2,765,566-31%2,019-395$1,370$190,559,9967Disney
13Little Boy$2,750,356--1,045--$2,632$2,750,3561Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Water Diviner$1,220,335--320--$3,814$1,220,3351Warner Bros.
2True Story$1,142,540-41%85625$1,335$3,807,5082Fox Searchlight
3While We're Young$1,090,736-24%76249$1,431$5,699,4655A24
4Kingsman: The Secret Service$554,747-18%425-131$1,305$126,475,26311Fox
5Danny Collins$440,729-51%396-252$1,113$4,729,3186Bleecker Street
6American Sniper$374,599-1%403-42$930$348,295,27718Warner Bros.
7It Follows$372,851-55%401-540$930$14,030,8207RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
8The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$286,066-20%287-41$997$162,085,09112Paramount
9Brotherly Love$246,902--200--$1,235$246,9021Freestyle Releasing
10Child 44$203,649-67%5100$399$1,086,3762Lionsgate / Summit
11The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$181,319-39%242-108$749$32,415,4058Fox Searchlight
12Do You Believe?$163,634-56%259-190$632$12,528,7276Pure Flix
13McFarland, USA$141,814-31%182-89$779$43,183,71210Disney
14Run All Night$117,254-22%218-37$538$26,362,8037Warner Bros.
15The DUFF$108,98810%164-24$665$33,890,75610CBS Films / Lionsgate
16CHAPPiE$100,043-27%137-52$730$31,487,1198Sony / Columbia
17Paddington$98,0773%171-22$574$75,611,90415Weinstein / Dimension
18Focus (2015)$90,398-39%188-74$481$53,781,0809Warner Bros.
19The Lazarus Effect$83,744108%13864$607$25,587,6509Relativity Media
20Fifty Shades of Grey$67,795-29%149-24$455$166,074,90011Universal / Focus
21Jupiter Ascending$60,871-21%122-27$499$47,322,52712Warner Bros.
22The Gunman$51,26511%100-21$513$10,640,6456Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1Clouds of Sils Maria$219,04742%6942$3,175$526,1593IFC Films
2Dior and I$139,865202%4542$3,108$278,5323The Orchard
3Hubble 3D$86,029136%3114$2,775$48,469,978267Warner Bros. / IMAX
4What We Do in the Shadows$69,830-22%65-22$1,074$3,206,52511Unison / Paladin
5Kung Fu Killer$58,664--28--$2,095$58,6641Well Go USA
6Blackbird (2015)$45,834--13--$3,526$45,8341RLJE / Image Entertainment
7Adult Beginners$36,657--10--$3,666$36,6571RADiUS-TWC
8The Wrecking Crew$35,5023%35-7$1,014$663,4517Magnolia Pictures
9The Imitation Game$34,496-17%60-15$575$91,073,94622Weinstein Company
10Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$34,318-15%34-9$1,009$543,8946Amplify
11Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$34,017-17%88-20$387$113,569,08019Fox
12Journey to the South Pacific$32,11431%11-1$2,919$6,309,10574IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
13Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$29,529-6%350$844$9,393,52756Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Hunting Ground$29,281224%14-11$2,092$300,3589RADiUS-TWC
15Taken 3$25,509-5%35-14$729$89,204,73116Fox
16A Matter of Faith$21,972--17--$1,292$486,53828Five & Two Pictures
17Freetown$21,443-44%26-17$825$340,9513Purdie Distribution
18Big Hero 6$19,579-25%58-17$338$222,431,64325Disney
19Roar (2015 re-issue)$19,39929%116$1,764$44,1522Drafthouse / Olive Films
20Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll$19,206--3--$6,402$25,3941Argot Pictures
21Desert Dancer$17,112-37%369$475$119,6893Relativity Media
22Black or White$15,482-46%41-26$378$21,548,29413Relativity Media
23Black Souls$14,76011%92$1,640$45,2013Alchemy
24Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$13,273-38%22-5$603$932,61211Music Box Films
25Let's Get Married$12,702-60%6-13$2,117$447,6484China Lion Film
26Penguins of Madagascar$12,135-38%34-12$357$83,340,27422Fox / DreamWorks Animation
27White God$11,580-54%27-2$429$222,9135Magnolia Pictures
28She's Beautiful When She's Angry$9,261307%81$1,158$349,36321International Film Circuit
29A Most Violent Year$8,824-3%170$519$5,749,13417A24
30Tangerines$8,80670%54$1,761$17,0602IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31The Principle$8,665--3--$2,888$86,17227Rocky Mountain Pictures
32Just Before I Go$8,129--2--$4,065$8,1291Anchor Bay Films
33The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$7,0051369%21$3,503$81,8427Rialto Pictures
34About Elly$6,820-44%32$2,273$48,8783Cinema Guild
35Man from Reno$6,279-24%4-3$1,570$83,6645First Pond Entertainment
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,90249%9-2$656$24,012,898212Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Deli Man$5,462--5--$1,092$479,4229Cohen Media Group
38'71$5,342-49%14-14$382$1,263,2309Roadside Attractions
39Wild (2014)$5,050-25%10-2$505$37,872,08421Fox Searchlight
40Emptying the Skies$4,818--2--$2,409$8,1271Music Box Films
41An Honest Liar$4,527-12%4-9$1,132$165,7828Abramorama
42Forbidden Games (2015 re-issue)$4,316--1--$4,316$4,3161Rialto Pictures
43Song of the Sea$3,99436%101$399$841,37019GKIDS
44Full Moon in Paris (2015 re-issue)$3,897-23%10$3,897$11,8842Film Movement
46Above and Beyond$3,830-5%51$766$283,92813International Film Circuit
47Lost River$2,971-33%30$990$43,2823Warner Bros.
48After the Ball$2,969184%119$270$160,1659Freestyle Releasing
49Ballet 422$2,84942%83$356$324,68312Magnolia Pictures
50Under the Sea 3D$2,84456%62$474$34,508,218324Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Beyond the Mask$2,580-80%3-10$860$655,0113Gathr / Freestyle
52Timbuktu$2,461--6--$410$1,058,06013Cohen Media Group
53The Mafia Kills Only in Summer$2,170-42%2-3$1,085$28,6478Distrib Films
54The Passionate Thief (2014 re-issue)$1,962--1--$1,962$30,79121Rialto Pictures
55Beyond the Reach$1,763-94%10-17$176$44,5772Roadside Attractions
56Girlhood (2015)$1,431343%32$477$56,56613Strand Releasing
573 Hearts$1,122--4--$281$154,5287Cohen Media Group
58Ida (2014)$79694%30$265$3,825,35452Music Box Films
59Lost and Love$785-27%10$785$186,9086China Lion Film
60Jauja$672214%21$336$39,3226Cinema Guild
61The Dead Lands$649-51%2-1$325$3,6882Magnolia / Magnet
62To the Arctic 3D$6211625%30$207$14,320,693158Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Revenge of the Mekons$552--1--$552$11,56826Music Box Films
64From Mayerling to Sarajevo (2015 re-issue)$458--1--$458$11,6645The Film Desk
65Antarctic Edge: 70° South$437-86%10$437$4,9142First Run Features
66Amour Fou$425-30%20$213$12,7236Film Movement
67Like Sunday, Like Rain$372-57%1-1$372$27,6238Monterey Media
68Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$290-71%1-2$290$58,75533First Run Features
69Serena$287-55%2-2$144$174,4485Magnolia Pictures
70Spring$207-43%1-1$207$47,4236Drafthouse / FilmBuff
71The Living$203-52%21$102$5,0094Monterey Media
72Cupcakes$132-92%1-1$132$8,8175Strand Releasing
73Kill Me Three Times$101-58%1-1$101$22,8283Magnolia / Magnet