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. 19 - Sun, Jun. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Jurassic World$106,588,440-49%4,29117$24,840$402,800,0952Universal
2Inside Out (2015)$90,440,272--3,946--$22,919$90,440,2721Disney
3Spy (2015)$11,225,366-28%3,558-157$3,155$75,099,8153Fox
4San Andreas$8,706,339-19%3,177-358$2,740$132,695,2334Warner Bros. / New Line
5Dope$6,100,010--2,002--$3,047$6,100,0101Open Road
6Insidious: Chapter 3$4,063,701-44%2,553-461$1,592$45,322,1493Focus / Gramercy
7Pitch Perfect 2$3,519,440-45%2,146-531$1,640$177,683,8206Universal
8Mad Max: Fury Road$3,033,049-25%1,424-810$2,130$143,819,8786Warner Bros.
9Avengers: Age of Ultron$2,847,404-23%1,662-494$1,713$449,447,3578Disney
11Entourage$1,927,183-54%1,304-1804$1,478$29,637,3173Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Love & Mercy$1,752,4175%791218$2,215$7,208,2223Roadside Attractions
2I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$685,101-15%28741$2,387$4,058,6366Bleecker Street
3ABCD 2$444,195--146--$3,042$444,1951UTV Motion Pictures
4Aloha$401,336-60%470-953$854$20,038,2574Sony / Columbia
5Cinderella (2015)$344,53532%2755$1,253$199,833,12815Disney
6Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$330,66663%26733$1,238$69,285,72910Sony / Columbia
7Home (2015)$315,613-56%413-171$764$174,113,33713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Far from the Madding Crowd$263,673-39%256-110$1,030$11,282,5588Fox Searchlight
9Dil Dhadakne Do$232,734-58%2380$978$2,743,3013Eros International
10Woman In Gold$210,54316%315117$668$32,559,02212Weinstein Company
11Poltergeist (2015)$210,135-70%295-774$712$46,702,7005Fox
12Hot Pursuit (2015)$189,27162%25547$742$33,926,6617Warner Bros. / New Line
13Ex Machina$144,881-30%124-70$1,168$24,954,67311A24
14The Divergent Series: Insurgent$121,454-32%180-37$675$129,815,34614Lionsgate / Summit
15The Age of Adaline$116,50329%20329$574$42,300,8429Lionsgate
16Get Hard$72,521-24%115-50$631$90,285,40213Warner Bros.
17Tanu Weds Manu Returns$36,784-65%1360$270$3,001,9875Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$364,03985%6853$5,354$657,4512Fox Searchlight
2The Wolfpack$177,947305%4038$4,449$246,5872Magnolia Pictures
3The Overnight$53,022--3--$17,674$53,0221The Orchard
4Hubble 3D$40,84523%110$3,713$49,149,679275Warner Bros. / IMAX
5When Marnie Was There$39,434-54%46-11$857$400,7065GKIDS
6The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$34,174-31%41-13$834$697,6667Music Box Films
7Hamari Adhuri Kahani$32,395-75%42-25$771$235,3612Fox International Productions
8Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$25,13065%350$718$9,864,64764Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Ark of Mr. Chow$22,583--12--$1,882$22,5831China Lion Film
10The Salt of the Earth$22,145--10--$2,215$1,288,81013Sony Pictures Classics
11Iris (2015)$21,914-46%33-14$664$1,167,8878Magnolia Pictures
12The Farewell Party$21,730-34%141$1,552$103,3735IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
13The Longest Ride$19,739-68%45-71$439$37,407,79711Fox
14Eden (2015)$18,987--3--$6,329$18,9871Broad Green Pictures
15Monkey Kingdom$18,805-24%38-14$495$16,291,74210Disneynature
16About Elly$18,55390%131$1,427$338,45211Cinema Guild
17Beyond the Mask$17,337-75%30-52$578$1,205,31911Gathr / Freestyle
18Dior and I$16,4485%12-2$1,371$1,004,28211The Orchard
19Journey to the South Pacific$16,27422%111$1,479$6,661,84482IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
20McFarland, USA$15,766-57%39-34$404$44,447,72518Disney
21The Yes Men Are Revolting$14,26414%2010$713$33,5382The Orchard
22Kingsman: The Secret Service$14,023-62%31-44$452$128,233,61219Fox
23A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$13,888-33%95$1,543$82,6343Magnolia Pictures
24Gemma Bovery$13,323-50%21-8$634$102,0624Music Box Films
25The Connection (2015)$12,445-31%201$622$176,7236Drafthouse Films
265 Flights Up$12,213-46%22-19$555$1,013,0617Focus World
27The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$12,113-61%4-4$3,028$284,2597Janus Films
28Manglehorn$11,227--3--$3,742$11,2271IFC Films
29The Tribe$11,094--1--$11,094$11,0941Drafthouse Films
30The Water Diviner$10,428-36%23-14$453$4,174,7189Warner Bros.
31Madame Bovary (2015)$9,402-55%10-5$940$44,2342Alchemy
32Clouds of Sils Maria$8,531-26%17-3$502$1,804,68411IFC Films
33The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,408-27%16-7$463$33,071,55816Fox Searchlight
34Results$7,294-61%14-7$521$97,5474Magnolia Pictures
35Eli (2015)$7,098--18--$394$7,0981Eros International
36While We're Young$6,567-37%11-14$597$7,574,06613A24
37Slow West$6,459-23%141$461$229,0946A24
38Heaven Knows What$5,653-53%11-3$514$63,7764RADiUS-TWC
39Born to Be Wild 3D$5,62229%102$562$24,190,340220Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Felix and Meira$5,027--8--$628$435,62810Oscilloscope
41The Wrecking Crew$4,993442%2-1$2,497$784,52815Magnolia Pictures
42American Sniper$4,578-61%22-32$208$350,123,48026Warner Bros.
43Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$4,415-49%24-5$184$113,724,34827Fox
44Sunshine Superman$4,173-17%120$348$73,1525Magnolia / CNN Films
45Love at First Fight$4,153-11%6-1$692$21,5375Strand Releasing
46In the Name of My Daughter$3,438-72%6-9$573$275,3766Cohen Media Group
47Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$3,430--1--$3,430$3,4301Distrib Films
48Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll$3,002155%40$751$109,4819Argot Pictures
49The New Rijksmuseum$2,631--3--$877$2,6311First Run Features
503 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$2,238--1--$2,238$2,2381Participant Media
51Under the Sea 3D$2,157-21%82$270$34,603,928332Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Tangerines$1,248-21%20$624$112,81810IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
54Jauja$1,128-56%20$564$51,72414Cinema Guild
55She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,122--2--$561$377,62629International Film Circuit
56It Follows$1,077-65%6-9$180$14,673,30115RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
57Set Fire to the Stars$949-16%21$475$2,6232Strand Releasing
58Chocolate City$822-65%3-3$274$212,2235Freestyle Releasing
59Marie's Story$603251%20$302$11,1608Film Movement
60Do You Believe?$519-84%2-8$260$12,985,26714Pure Flix
61White God$345-81%2-3$173$280,49413Magnolia Pictures