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. 26 - Sun, Jun. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Jurassic World$54,532,615-49%4,198-93$12,990$500,373,4203Universal
2Inside Out (2015)$52,323,354-42%4,132186$12,663$185,140,3642Disney
3Ted 2$33,507,870--3,442--$9,735$33,507,8701Universal
4Max (2015)$12,155,254--2,855--$4,258$12,155,2541Warner Bros.
5Spy (2015)$7,911,786-30%3,194-364$2,477$88,462,2904Fox
6San Andreas$5,402,416-38%2,620-557$2,062$141,997,9295Warner Bros. / New Line
7Dope$2,782,840-54%1,851-151$1,503$11,697,2182Open Road
8Insidious: Chapter 3$2,004,222-51%1,612-941$1,243$49,795,4004Focus / Gramercy
9Avengers: Age of Ultron$1,688,938-41%1,097-565$1,540$452,474,1939Disney
10Pitch Perfect 2$1,464,180-58%1,061-1085$1,380$181,057,9407Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mad Max: Fury Road$1,764,436-42%961-463$1,836$147,107,2587Warner Bros.
2Love & Mercy$1,273,076-27%728-63$1,749$9,256,2834Roadside Attractions
4Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$992,439173%354286$2,804$1,856,4903Fox Searchlight
5Entourage$808,157-58%544-760$1,486$31,386,6764Warner Bros.
6I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$609,698-11%2903$2,102$5,030,8507Bleecker Street
7Home (2015)$399,31527%275-138$1,452$174,744,02614Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$318,020-4%236-31$1,348$69,832,20011Sony / Columbia
9Cinderella (2015)$261,264-24%235-40$1,112$200,286,77716Disney
10Aloha$197,063-51%240-230$821$20,482,4565Sony / Columbia
11Far from the Madding Crowd$161,373-39%153-103$1,055$11,611,1289Fox Searchlight
12ABCD 2$155,088-65%105-41$1,477$770,1452UTV Motion Pictures
13Poltergeist (2015)$152,335-28%187-108$815$46,979,9056Fox
14Hot Pursuit (2015)$133,375-30%202-53$660$34,173,9528Warner Bros. / New Line
15Woman In Gold$131,900-37%141-174$935$32,818,31813Weinstein Company
16Escobar: Paradise Lost$106,869--105--$1,018$106,8691RADiUS-TWC
17Dil Dhadakne Do$105,968-54%2380$445$2,937,1694Eros International
18The Divergent Series: Insurgent$99,664-18%145-35$687$129,995,81715Lionsgate / Summit
19The Age of Adaline$89,092-24%154-49$579$42,478,17510Lionsgate
20Tanu Weds Manu Returns$14,249-61%1360$105$3,029,7496Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Wolfpack$195,57610%8848$2,222$538,3953Magnolia Pictures
2A Little Chaos$181,791--83--$2,190$181,7911Focus World
3The Overnight$150,681184%4542$3,348$216,8072The Orchard
4Ex Machina$99,063-32%81-43$1,223$25,110,20012A24
5Hubble 3D$50,03422%110$4,549$49,241,682276Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Get Hard$35,440-51%77-38$460$90,353,76414Warner Bros.
7Monkey Kingdom$35,02886%9557$369$16,346,28711Disneynature
8The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$28,726-16%29-12$991$748,4528Music Box Films
9The Salt of the Earth$28,16127%144$2,012$1,304,02014Sony Pictures Classics
10The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$25,979114%51$5,196$320,5178Janus Films
11The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$24,832--3--$8,277$24,8321Rialto Pictures
12When Marnie Was There$23,961-39%34-12$705$454,9306GKIDS
13Manglehorn$22,784103%1815$1,266$40,6712IFC Films
14Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$22,087-12%350$631$9,914,88965Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Batkid Begins$19,437--4--$4,859$19,4371Warner Bros. / New Line
16The Farewell Party$19,334-11%140$1,381$133,0566IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17Journey to the South Pacific$17,4087%132$1,339$6,700,04683IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18The Tribe$17,39957%21$8,700$33,6652Drafthouse Films
19Iris (2015)$17,023-22%22-11$774$1,204,9519Magnolia Pictures
20Big Game$16,909--11--$1,537$16,9091EuropaCorp Films
21About Elly$13,895-25%8-5$1,737$361,81312Cinema Guild
22Eden (2015)$13,456-29%1411$961$38,6932Broad Green Pictures
23Gemma Bovery$12,987-3%17-4$764$122,1635Music Box Films
24A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$11,924-14%8-1$1,491$105,2544Magnolia Pictures
25McFarland, USA$11,753-25%24-15$490$44,469,60219Disney
26The Longest Ride$10,433-47%24-21$435$37,432,29912Fox
27A Borrowed Identity$10,308--1--$10,308$10,3081Strand Releasing
28Seymour: An Introduction$9,795--13--$753$690,39616IFC Films
29Runoff$9,515--1--$9,515$9,5151Monterey Media
30The Water Diviner$9,381-10%21-2$447$4,190,53010Warner Bros.
31The Ark of Mr. Chow$8,286-63%6-6$1,381$45,4582China Lion Film
32Kingsman: The Secret Service$7,699-45%15-16$513$128,248,20520Fox
33Clouds of Sils Maria$7,012-18%8-9$877$1,818,15012IFC Films
34Beyond the Mask$5,859-66%11-19$533$1,221,26312Gathr / Freestyle
35Gone Doggy Gone$5,685--3--$1,895$5,6851Indican Pictures
36While We're Young$5,421-17%4-7$1,355$7,587,48514A24
37Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$4,5754%22-2$208$113,733,72628Fox
38The Connection (2015)$4,407-65%10-10$441$186,4037Drafthouse Films
39Dior and I$4,350-74%7-5$621$1,012,32612The Orchard
40Under the Sea 3D$4,343101%7-1$620$34,610,189333Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Saint Laurent$3,750--19--$197$413,2588Sony Pictures Classics
42Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll$3,62721%2-2$1,814$115,87110Argot Pictures
433 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$3,39051%21$1,695$7,7802Participant Media
44The Wrecking Crew$3,375-32%31$1,125$790,25916Magnolia Pictures
45Born to Be Wild 3D$3,232-43%155$215$24,204,725221Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Little Death$3,118--2--$1,559$3,1181Magnolia Pictures
47Eli (2015)$3,099-56%180$172$13,5472Eros International
48The Princess of France$3,001--1--$3,001$3,0011Cinema Guild
49Results$2,704-63%6-8$451$103,8875Magnolia Pictures
50L.A. Slasher$2,421--7--$346$2,4211Archstone Distribution
51Heaven Knows What$2,336-59%7-4$334$70,2195RADiUS-TWC
52The Yes Men Are Revolting$2,327-84%12-8$194$40,0093The Orchard
53Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$2,048--2--$1,024$20,34112Big World Pictures
54Sunshine Superman$2,011-52%8-4$251$77,4306Magnolia / CNN Films
55The Pardon$1,418--1--$1,418$1,4181Monterey Media
56She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,35020%20$675$379,64530International Film Circuit
57A Murder in the Park$1,310--1--$1,310$1,3101IFC Films
58Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,116-67%10$1,116$7,0242Distrib Films
59Love at First Fight$960-77%4-2$240$23,5986Strand Releasing
60The New Rijksmuseum$734-72%2-1$367$4,5922First Run Features
61Tangerines$556-55%1-1$556$114,50111IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
62Roar (2015 re-issue)$442--2--$221$101,98111Drafthouse / Olive Films
63Marie's Story$291-52%1-1$291$11,7209Film Movement
64Set Fire to the Stars$230-76%20$115$3,2743Strand Releasing
65One Cut, One Life$63--1--$63$8,6837First Run Features
66To the Arctic 3D$21--1--$21$14,345,787167Warner Bros. / IMAX