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. 29 - Sun, May. 31

Wide (1000+)

1San Andreas$54,588,173--3,777--$14,453$54,588,1731Warner Bros. / New Line
2Pitch Perfect 2$14,823,140-52%3,660100$4,050$147,521,8603Universal
4Mad Max: Fury Road$14,178,236-42%3,255-467$4,356$116,467,7703Warner Bros.
5Avengers: Age of Ultron$11,401,402-47%3,228-499$3,532$427,551,4275Disney
6Aloha$9,670,235--2,815--$3,435$9,670,2351Sony / Columbia
7Poltergeist (2015)$8,059,126-64%3,2422$2,486$38,525,7722Fox
8Hot Pursuit (2015)$1,402,067-61%1,446-1131$970$32,382,6544Warner Bros. / New Line
9Home (2015)$1,251,611-29%1,088-356$1,150$170,510,14110Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

1Far from the Madding Crowd$1,459,138-36%90237$1,618$8,401,5765Fox Searchlight
2Furious 7$1,005,410-56%963-690$1,044$349,249,3609Universal
3Ex Machina$782,727-44%506-390$1,547$23,602,0568A24
4Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$782,529-58%823-1055$951$67,714,1857Sony / Columbia
5Tanu Weds Manu Returns$727,209-28%1360$5,347$2,258,9962Eros International
6The Age of Adaline$573,738-61%713-930$805$41,451,5876Lionsgate
7Woman In Gold$489,637-44%464-198$1,055$31,453,4099Weinstein Company
8Get Hard$269,283-6%30348$889$89,701,14110Warner Bros.
9Cinderella (2015)$242,908-41%249-107$976$198,350,75312Disney
10The Longest Ride$150,209-46%230-99$653$37,084,1648Fox
11The Divergent Series: Insurgent$128,036-49%197-69$650$128,924,68411Lionsgate / Summit
12Kingsman: The Secret Service$105,253-45%150-36$702$128,017,99116Fox
13McFarland, USA$102,683-41%150-21$685$44,222,97615Disney
14Monkey Kingdom$82,470-51%156-134$529$16,086,9487Disneynature
15American Sniper$67,403-64%165-86$409$350,040,51123Warner Bros.
16Little Boy$66,918-47%121-60$553$6,345,5726Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$525,83781%8559$6,186$1,067,5903Bleecker Street
2Iris (2015)$130,144-11%9219$1,415$875,9655Magnolia Pictures
3The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$108,725-10%7216$1,510$427,3004Music Box Films
45 Flights Up$66,962-48%71-9$943$858,6224Focus World
5While We're Young$65,104-42%72-42$904$7,485,77310A24
6In the Name of My Daughter$61,960-23%5016$1,239$193,7553Cohen Media Group
7Where Hope Grows$56,825-76%77-144$738$1,098,5443Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
8The Water Diviner$52,475-57%80-45$656$4,075,3116Warner Bros.
9Slow West$43,440-35%544$804$168,0383A24
10The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$42,169113%107$4,217$142,1034Janus Films
11When Marnie Was There$40,28247%108$4,028$84,5432GKIDS
12Chocolate City$38,417-61%183$2,134$169,1292Freestyle Releasing
13The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$37,029-7%59-13$628$33,002,21313Fox Searchlight
14Welcome to Me$34,349-33%26-3$1,321$574,5075Alchemy
15The Connection (2015)$33,75277%2217$1,534$77,3303Drafthouse Films
16Hubble 3D$31,842-34%14-3$2,274$48,930,741272Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Felix and Meira$27,136-24%20-7$1,357$393,1227Oscilloscope
18Paddington$26,614-47%70-75$380$76,101,02420Weinstein / Dimension
19Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$24,790-20%350$708$9,713,14361Warner Bros. / IMAX
20About Elly$24,414-23%122$2,035$244,9808Cinema Guild
21It Follows$24,337-53%66-40$369$14,646,38012RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
22Danny Collins$23,629-50%44-35$537$5,625,76211Bleecker Street
23Sunshine Superman$22,891155%2118$1,090$36,3382Magnolia / CNN Films
24Gemma Bovery$19,095--5--$3,819$19,0951Music Box Films
25Dior and I$18,860-47%25-16$754$929,1908The Orchard
26Results$17,782--3--$5,927$17,7821Magnolia Pictures
27Journey to the South Pacific$17,052-42%132$1,312$6,551,01179IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28Heaven Knows What$16,862--2--$8,431$16,8621RADiUS-TWC
29Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$13,0480%40-3$326$113,681,57424Fox
30Do You Believe?$12,908-56%30-28$430$12,966,84511Pure Flix
31Born to Be Wild 3D$8,953129%173$527$24,137,652217Warner Bros. / IMAX
32The Wrecking Crew$8,28257%70$1,183$764,54912Magnolia Pictures
33Eternity: The Movie$6,956--2--$3,478$6,9561Indican Pictures
34The Hunting Ground$6,924--5--$1,385$378,14514RADiUS-TWC
35True Story$6,881-57%13-15$529$4,715,8197Fox Searchlight
36The Lazarus Effect$6,165-58%26-6$237$25,791,06714Relativity Media
37Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll$5,668--5--$1,134$94,7146Argot Pictures
38Under the Sea 3D$4,1208%9-1$458$34,561,714329Warner Bros. / IMAX
39White God$3,857128%70$551$270,92110Magnolia Pictures
40Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World$3,562-41%5-1$712$30,0413Icarus Films
41The Farewell Party$3,379-56%1-1$3,379$16,1502IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
42Tangerines$3,338-59%5-5$668$104,4307IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
43Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$3,2086%51$642$985,73516Music Box Films
44Aloft$2,78632%75$398$6,3442Sony Pictures Classics
45Marie's Story$2,595--8--$324$6,1745Film Movement
46Love at First Fight$2,365-26%1-1$2,365$8,4162Strand Releasing
47Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$2,202-61%6-3$367$621,12711Amplify
48Barely Lethal$1,726--2--$863$1,7261A24
49Black Souls$1,690-71%7-2$241$100,1208Alchemy
50The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$1,618752%21$809$88,42512Rialto Pictures
51The Film Critic$1,378-42%1-1$1,378$6,7713Music Box Films
52Kung Fu Killer$1,32713%2-1$664$129,1156Well Go USA
53Noble$1,136-70%3-4$379$347,3214Aspiration Media
54She's Beautiful When She's Angry$639-29%2-3$320$370,64926International Film Circuit
55Amour Fou$620--1--$620$12,78011Film Movement
56Adult Beginners$589-64%5-5$118$104,4156RADiUS-TWC
57Roar (2015 re-issue)$558-82%1-8$558$94,6637Drafthouse / Olive Films
58To the Arctic 3D$520-28%31$173$14,345,766163Warner Bros. / IMAX
59An Honest Liar$477-42%1-2$477$179,72513Abramorama
60Jauja$326-91%10$326$45,44411Cinema Guild
61The Marquise of O (2015 re-issue)$236--1--$236$71210Film Movement