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. 12 - Sun, Jun. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Jurassic World$208,806,270--4,274--$48,855$208,806,2701Universal
2Spy (2015)$15,613,686-46%3,7154$4,203$56,550,9302Fox
3San Andreas$10,812,387-58%3,535-277$3,059$119,123,3013Warner Bros. / New Line
4Insidious: Chapter 3$7,311,963-68%3,01412$2,426$37,382,5442Focus / Gramercy
5Pitch Perfect 2$6,398,030-16%2,677-726$2,390$171,113,7155Universal
6Entourage$4,186,984-59%3,1080$1,347$25,717,4562Warner Bros.
7Mad Max: Fury Road$4,065,967-48%2,234-486$1,820$138,543,7945Warner Bros.
8Avengers: Age of Ultron$3,675,057-42%2,156-315$1,705$444,777,2757Disney
10Aloha$994,396-69%1,423-1392$699$18,994,5193Sony / Columbia
11Poltergeist (2015)$689,247-75%1,069-1160$645$46,118,1924Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Love & Mercy$1,672,325-21%57392$2,919$4,680,9362Roadside Attractions
2I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$809,39146%24681$3,290$2,959,5615Bleecker Street
3Home (2015)$724,112-13%584-131$1,240$173,252,39912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Furious 7$605,11539%357-114$1,695$350,827,63511Universal
5Dil Dhadakne Do$560,027-58%2380$2,353$2,312,9742Eros International
6Far from the Madding Crowd$431,934-38%366-244$1,180$10,749,6127Fox Searchlight
7Cinderella (2015)$261,863-14%270-32$970$199,280,07514Disney
8Ex Machina$205,970-43%194-108$1,062$24,698,88510A24
9Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$203,336-39%234-134$869$68,806,6659Sony / Columbia
10Woman In Gold$181,090-17%198-79$915$32,238,91311Weinstein Company
11The Divergent Series: Insurgent$179,407-30%217-33$827$129,575,65813Lionsgate / Summit
12Hot Pursuit (2015)$117,105-72%208-329$563$33,685,2806Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tanu Weds Manu Returns$103,877-63%1360$764$2,928,7394Eros International
14Get Hard$95,642-39%165-79$580$90,156,86212Warner Bros.
15The Age of Adaline$90,323-50%174-106$519$42,118,0278Lionsgate
16The Longest Ride$62,120-22%116-39$536$37,348,45910Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$196,496--15--$13,100$196,4961Fox Searchlight
2Hamari Adhuri Kahani$131,263--67--$1,959$131,2631Fox International Productions
3When Marnie Was There$85,8429%5725$1,506$317,0974GKIDS
4Beyond the Mask$68,253-71%82-29$832$1,149,26010Gathr / Freestyle
5The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$49,839-16%54-9$923$628,3876Music Box Films
6The Wolfpack$43,920--2--$21,960$43,9201Magnolia Pictures
7Iris (2015)$40,878-38%47-34$870$1,121,3177Magnolia Pictures
8Kingsman: The Secret Service$37,211-34%75-22$496$128,197,73018Fox
9McFarland, USA$36,597-35%73-30$501$44,407,54517Disney
10Hubble 3D$33,19518%11-5$3,018$49,067,689274Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Farewell Party$32,861172%1310$2,528$67,9644IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Paddington$30,73181%23-21$1,336$76,180,59922Weinstein / Dimension
13The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$30,72618%8-1$3,841$253,4546Janus Films
14Gemma Bovery$26,618111%2921$918$76,3903Music Box Films
15Little Boy$25,630-36%56-19$458$6,468,8808Open Road
16Monkey Kingdom$24,671-27%52-27$474$16,252,4439Disneynature
175 Flights Up$22,801-48%41-21$556$988,6486Focus World
18Madame Bovary (2015)$20,841--15--$1,389$20,8411Alchemy
19A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$20,74019%42$5,185$56,4332Magnolia Pictures
20Results$18,915-24%213$901$79,2363Magnolia Pictures
21The Connection (2015)$18,040-38%19-8$949$155,8155Drafthouse Films
22The Water Diviner$16,202-28%37-8$438$4,154,4178Warner Bros.
23Dior and I$15,7268%14-3$1,123$980,97110The Orchard
24Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$15,270-18%350$436$9,805,90363Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Journey to the South Pacific$13,334-14%10-1$1,333$6,620,75281IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26The Yes Men Are Revolting$12,462--10--$1,246$12,4621The Orchard
27In the Name of My Daughter$12,172-40%15-14$811$266,1205Cohen Media Group
28Heaven Knows What$11,97077%1411$855$49,3843RADiUS-TWC
29American Sniper$11,648-50%54-60$216$350,112,19225Warner Bros.
30Clouds of Sils Maria$11,585-54%20-10$579$1,787,10210IFC Films
31While We're Young$10,472-60%25-6$419$7,563,40812A24
32The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,107-27%23-12$439$33,059,11815Fox Searchlight
33About Elly$9,778-54%12-4$815$310,12110Cinema Guild
34Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$8,7133%29-1$300$113,712,56226Fox
35Slow West$8,351-18%13-15$642$215,6145A24
36Where Hope Grows$6,575-40%13-3$506$1,150,8975Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
37Rediscover Sautet$6,512--1--$6,512$6,5121Rialto Pictures
38Sunshine Superman$5,008-29%12-5$417$66,3384Magnolia / CNN Films
39Love at First Fight$4,658--7--$665$14,6664Strand Releasing
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35453%8-4$544$24,174,894219Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Welcome to Me$4,122-76%8-14$515$625,7277Alchemy
42Do You Believe?$3,175-22%10-5$318$12,983,27213Pure Flix
43It Follows$3,121-41%15-8$208$14,669,87014RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
44Under the Sea 3D$2,7364%6-7$456$34,598,478331Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Jauja$2,566174%20$1,283$49,46613Cinema Guild
46Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World$2,344-56%60$391$43,8555Icarus Films
47Chocolate City$2,330-90%6-17$388$210,4184Freestyle Releasing
48Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$1,9114%1-3$1,911$16,53010Big World Pictures
49White God$1,7983%50$360$278,69012Magnolia Pictures
50Tangerines$1,58485%21$792$109,5639IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
51Roar (2015 re-issue)$1,374403%54$275$99,2869Drafthouse / Olive Films
52The Hunting Ground$1,265-31%20$633$387,84116RADiUS-TWC
53One Cut, One Life$1,240--1--$1,240$8,3755First Run Features
54Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll$1,175-35%4-1$294$105,4898Argot Pictures
55Hungry Hearts$1,145-39%42$286$4,6762IFC Films
56Good Kill$1,137-43%8-2$142$314,4495IFC Films
57Set Fire to the Stars$1,132--1--$1,132$1,1321Strand Releasing
58The Wrecking Crew$922-77%3-2$307$777,71714Magnolia Pictures
59The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$547-63%10$547$91,93014Rialto Pictures
60From Mayerling to Sarajevo (2015 re-issue)$302-75%10$302$13,77312The Film Desk
61Marie's Story$172-86%2-2$86$10,4167Film Movement