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. 8 - Sun, May. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Age of Ultron$77,746,929-59%4,2760$18,182$313,402,3972Disney
2Hot Pursuit (2015)$13,942,258--3,003--$4,643$13,942,2581Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Age of Adaline$5,821,894-6%3,07079$1,896$31,750,9873Lionsgate
4Furious 7$5,407,200-19%3,004-301$1,800$338,555,1356Universal
5Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$5,306,041-10%3,201-347$1,658$58,190,9124Sony / Columbia
6Ex Machina$3,510,22454%2,004725$1,752$15,762,0125A24
7Home (2015)$3,070,015-12%2,495-357$1,230$162,185,9577Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Woman In Gold$1,740,0668%1,080-46$1,611$27,065,7026Weinstein Company
9Cinderella (2015)$1,681,560-39%1,034-377$1,626$196,273,9799Disney
11The Longest Ride$1,356,687-20%1,464-651$927$35,266,7855Fox
12Monkey Kingdom$1,252,8003%1,431-301$875$14,363,6334Disneynature
13The D Train$447,661--1,009--$444$447,6611IFC Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1Get Hard$1,057,382-11%955-510$1,107$87,831,1157Warner Bros.
2Piku$941,490--119--$7,912$941,4901Yash Raj Films
3The Divergent Series: Insurgent$775,197-15%843-448$920$127,623,2448Lionsgate / Summit
4Little Boy$691,483-21%775-270$892$5,330,3803Open Road
5The Water Diviner$551,306-17%3850$1,432$3,225,9063Warner Bros.
6While We're Young$299,556-32%258-116$1,161$6,909,2777A24
7American Sniper$290,741-35%402-20$723$349,324,60720Warner Bros.
8Kingsman: The Secret Service$253,39529%289-27$877$127,227,08413Fox
9Noble$231,319--175--$1,322$231,3191Aspiration Media
10Clouds of Sils Maria$203,804-22%18319$1,114$1,202,4285IFC Films
11Welcome to Me$192,673452%119117$1,619$241,0502Alchemy
12McFarland, USA$156,13685%128-12$1,220$43,504,55512Disney
13The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$143,181-12%214-21$669$162,495,84814Paramount
14Danny Collins$135,227-38%166-38$815$5,348,3178Bleecker Street
15Gabbar is Back$115,992-58%1070$1,084$497,6212Eros International
16Paddington$98,80449%22680$437$75,820,62317Weinstein / Dimension
17The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$90,1773%148-27$609$32,746,47510Fox Searchlight
18True Story$83,386-54%127-169$657$4,585,5884Fox Searchlight
19Do You Believe?$78,288-1%154-33$508$12,788,4238Pure Flix
20It Follows$77,007-22%112-59$688$14,432,6529RADiUS-TWC / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

1Far from the Madding Crowd$776,368371%9989$7,842$1,016,5282Fox Searchlight
25 Flights Up$238,491--87--$2,741$238,4911Focus World
3Maggie$131,175--79--$1,660$131,1751Roadside Attractions
4Dior and I$100,524-35%95-10$1,058$678,6555The Orchard
5Iris (2015)$98,35872%3731$2,658$202,9942Magnolia Pictures
6Felix and Meira$57,895-9%3914$1,484$206,4934Oscilloscope
7The Lazarus Effect$41,3208%73-34$566$25,711,74111Relativity Media
8About Elly$39,552254%126$3,296$106,6625Cinema Guild
9Hubble 3D$38,8945%13-2$2,992$48,635,447269Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The DUFF$38,512-15%80-26$481$34,017,85412CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Jerusalem 3D$33,20410%131$2,554$7,993,10886National Geographic
12Brotherly Love$33,188-39%46-67$721$444,0443Freestyle Releasing
13The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$31,524--8--$3,941$31,5241Music Box Films
14Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$26,30111%350$751$9,508,07658Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Journey to the South Pacific$23,962-4%130$1,843$6,403,67576IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
16Child 44$21,423126%6642$325$1,206,1354Lionsgate / Summit
17Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$17,516-22%55-13$318$113,621,34621Fox
18The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$16,064--1--$16,064$16,0641Janus Films
19Tangerines$15,369-6%112$1,397$60,4834IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20The Wrecking Crew$14,869-38%20-10$743$732,2319Magnolia Pictures
21The Seven Five$14,785--2--$7,393$14,7851IFC Films
22Black Souls$14,180133%113$1,289$74,1685Alchemy
23Big Hero 6$12,904-61%37-10$349$222,487,71127Disney
24Seymour: An Introduction$12,377--18--$688$597,6609IFC Films
25Taken 3$10,713-60%21-9$510$89,253,34018Fox
26Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$10,129-39%17-7$596$593,7648Amplify
27Kung Fu Killer$8,162-48%7-18$1,166$116,7003Well Go USA
28The Imitation Game$8,113-54%22-12$369$91,120,91224Weinstein Company
29White God$8,02229%236$349$249,6497Magnolia Pictures
30Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$7,39032%125$616$957,76813Music Box Films
31Roar (2015 re-issue)$6,972-41%14-5$498$81,0834Drafthouse / Olive Films
32Adult Beginners$6,276-77%20-34$314$92,0593RADiUS-TWC
33Black or White$6,2765%16-6$392$21,569,04115Relativity Media
34Freetown$6,22137%9-4$691$367,2675Purdie Distribution
35Born to Be Wild 3D$5,7614%9-2$640$24,045,336214Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Hunting Ground$4,50048%6-4$750$362,02111RADiUS-TWC
375 to 7$3,713--11--$338$137,1126IFC Films
38Desert Dancer$2,750-64%7-11$393$143,6535Relativity Media
39Ballet 422$2,45267%2-3$1,226$332,84314Magnolia Pictures
40Under the Sea 3D$1,869-4%4-5$467$34,524,509326Warner Bros. / IMAX
41She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,78222%3-3$594$355,29223International Film Circuit
42Girlhood (2015)$1,763278%10$1,763$60,01915Strand Releasing
43Song of the Sea$1,607-62%6-9$268$851,62521GKIDS
44An Honest Liar$1,127-33%2-1$564$171,31310Abramorama
45The Mafia Kills Only in Summer$1,121-64%2-3$561$37,13410Distrib Films
46Let's Get Married$952-75%1-2$952$462,9186China Lion Film
47Kill Me Three Times$642162%54$128$23,8405Magnolia / Magnet
48Lost and Love$511-19%10$511$188,8178China Lion Film
49Gerontophilia$486-75%10$486$3,9752Strand Releasing
50Spring$302--1--$302$48,9498Drafthouse / FilmBuff
51Serena$233-36%1-1$233$176,3057Magnolia Pictures
52Cupcakes$225--1--$225$9,1297Strand Releasing
53Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police$182-51%10$182$23,1938Cinema Libre
54Futuro Beach$173--1--$173$20,26211Strand Releasing
55Skin Trade$162--1--$162$1621Magnolia / Magnet
56Just Before I Go$144--1--$144$9,8473Anchor Bay Films
57To the Arctic 3D$97-28%21$49$14,320,925160Warner Bros. / IMAX