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. 22 - Sun, May. 24

Wide (1000+)

2Pitch Perfect 2$30,811,800-55%3,56087$8,655$118,298,3952Universal
3Mad Max: Fury Road$24,639,262-46%3,72220$6,620$88,069,5412Warner Bros.
4Poltergeist (2015)$22,620,386--3,240--$6,982$22,620,3861Fox
5Avengers: Age of Ultron$21,691,697-44%3,727-549$5,820$404,862,1764Disney
6Hot Pursuit (2015)$3,639,336-36%2,577-460$1,412$29,084,5763Warner Bros. / New Line
7Furious 7$2,272,085-38%1,653-585$1,375$347,161,2708Universal
8Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$1,876,975-47%1,878-754$999$65,694,6846Sony / Columbia
9Home (2015)$1,752,788-31%1,444-562$1,214$168,067,7179Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Age of Adaline$1,488,307-52%1,643-980$906$39,877,7225Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Far from the Madding Crowd$2,287,23483%865576$2,644$5,449,8394Fox Searchlight
2Ex Machina$1,406,718-33%896-822$1,570$21,977,7897A24
3Tanu Weds Manu Returns$1,006,476--136--$7,401$1,006,4761Eros International
4Woman In Gold$880,877-26%662-214$1,331$30,385,8278Weinstein Company
5Cinderella (2015)$413,952-34%356-285$1,163$197,856,39811Disney
6Get Hard$285,292-53%255-250$1,119$89,302,9759Warner Bros.
7The Longest Ride$279,547-49%329-474$850$36,793,5727Fox
8The Divergent Series: Insurgent$249,251-35%266-237$937$128,666,36310Lionsgate / Summit
9Where Hope Grows$238,397-48%221-55$1,079$866,9162Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
10Good Kill$203,2081045%143141$1,421$230,8682IFC Films
11Kingsman: The Secret Service$190,411-3%186-51$1,024$127,817,27515Fox
12American Sniper$185,017-2%251-127$737$349,894,08922Warner Bros.
13McFarland, USA$174,498-20%171-27$1,020$44,018,87414Disney
14Monkey Kingdom$167,629-65%290-385$578$15,792,3576Disneynature
15The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$151,018-8%187-8$808$162,900,18116Paramount
17Little Boy$125,702-61%181-309$694$6,172,8105Open Road
18The Water Diviner$123,015-52%125-163$984$3,948,1595Warner Bros.
19While We're Young$112,219-30%114-60$984$7,345,3399A24
20It Follows$51,59243%10642$487$14,587,31311RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
21Paddington$49,856-44%145-69$344$76,035,18719Weinstein / Dimension
22Bombay Velvet$38,184--128--$298$428,9582Fox International Productions

Platform (1 — 99)

1I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$291,036459%2623$11,194$365,2522Bleecker Street
2Iris (2015)$146,0458%7314$2,001$633,6394Magnolia Pictures
35 Flights Up$129,818-27%80-14$1,623$711,3213Focus World
4The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$120,842129%5631$2,158$241,9693Music Box Films
5Chocolate City$98,829--15--$6,589$98,8291Freestyle Releasing
6Clouds of Sils Maria$97,354-13%63-68$1,545$1,589,8987IFC Films
7In the Name of My Daughter$80,274452%3431$2,361$106,5342Cohen Media Group
8Slow West$67,003--50--$1,340$85,9272A24
9Welcome to Me$51,592-46%29-53$1,779$512,6454Alchemy
10Hubble 3D$48,19617%172$2,835$48,834,704271Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Danny Collins$46,846-37%79-14$593$5,572,52510Bleecker Street
12The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$39,907-39%72-40$554$32,932,98412Fox Searchlight
13Felix and Meira$35,888-30%27-17$1,329$341,7916Oscilloscope
14Dior and I$35,697--41--$871$880,1677The Orchard
15About Elly$31,72212%10-1$3,172$196,6047Cinema Guild
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,826-27%350$881$9,659,97960Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Journey to the South Pacific$29,39913%110$2,673$6,507,06078IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18Do You Believe?$29,363-50%58-70$506$12,932,99810Pure Flix
19When Marnie Was There$27,389--2--$13,695$27,3891GKIDS
20The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$19,80334%32$6,601$72,8663Janus Films
21The Connection (2015)$19,09285%53$3,818$34,2622Drafthouse Films
22True Story$15,840-52%28-23$566$4,697,9996Fox Searchlight
23The Lazarus Effect$14,625-45%32-23$457$25,777,19313Relativity Media
24Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$13,113-9%43-6$305$113,657,97423Fox
25Sunshine Superman$8,991--3--$2,997$8,9911Magnolia / CNN Films
26Tangerines$8,100-46%10-2$810$95,7026IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27Big Hero 6$7,901-47%33-4$239$222,517,41329Disney
28The Farewell Party$7,616--2--$3,808$7,6161IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
29Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World$6,014-27%61$1,002$19,8722Icarus Films
30Black Souls$5,735-4%92$637$94,4197Alchemy
31Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$5,578-20%9-5$620$616,82310Amplify
32The Wrecking Crew$5,2659%7-3$752$750,70311Magnolia Pictures
33Desert Dancer$4,906815%7-2$701$152,0337Relativity Media
34Timbuktu$3,996--4--$999$1,074,58317Cohen Media Group
35Born to Be Wild 3D$3,9170%141$280$24,090,293216Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Under the Sea 3D$3,827-6%100$383$34,548,792328Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Noble$3,821-87%7-65$546$339,7563Aspiration Media
38Jauja$3,492--1--$3,492$43,22810Cinema Guild
39The Seven Five$3,327-61%4-1$832$38,5983IFC Films
40Love at First Fight$3,187--2--$1,594$3,1871Strand Releasing
41Roar (2015 re-issue)$3,026183%93$336$89,5106Drafthouse / Olive Films
42Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$3,018-37%4-5$755$975,10015Music Box Films
43Animals (2015)$2,981-79%4-6$745$20,1452Oscilloscope
44Song of the Sea$2,90716%4-1$727$857,30823GKIDS
45Brotherly Love$2,777-73%6-13$463$46,2905Freestyle Releasing
46Freetown$2,746-43%7-2$392$380,5187Purdie Distribution
47The Film Critic$2,356181%20$1,178$3,8372Music Box Films
48Aloft$2,116--2--$1,058$2,1161Sony Pictures Classics
49White God$1,690-67%7-13$241$264,3849Magnolia Pictures
50Adult Beginners$1,635-47%100$164$102,9465RADiUS-TWC
51Beyond the Mask$1,540119%21$770$722,8667Gathr / Freestyle
52Kung Fu Killer$1,174-60%30$391$126,9945Well Go USA
53Deli Man$948--2--$474$501,92413Cohen Media Group
54She's Beautiful When She's Angry$905-74%52$181$367,87425International Film Circuit
55An Honest Liar$824-21%31$275$177,47612Abramorama
56To the Arctic 3D$722301%2-1$361$14,343,765162Warner Bros. / IMAX
57One Cut, One Life$226-92%1-1$226$6,9692First Run Features
58The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$190--1--$190$86,33111Rialto Pictures
59Our Man In Tehran$177-89%10$177$2,3332First Run Features
60Skin Trade$154-70%10$154$1,2423Magnolia / Magnet
61The Living$110--1--$110$5,3748Monterey Media
62Gerontophilia$104--1--$104$4,7804Strand Releasing