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, Jul. 10 - Sun, Jul. 12

Wide (1000+)

2Jurassic World$18,151,275-38%3,441-296$5,275$590,689,5955Universal
3Inside Out (2015)$17,665,796-41%3,644-514$4,848$284,196,1004Disney
4Terminator Genisys$13,830,369-49%3,78325$3,656$68,848,1102Paramount
5The Gallows$9,808,463--2,720--$3,606$9,808,4631Warner Bros. / New Line
6Magic Mike XXL$9,582,350-25%3,37621$2,838$48,301,1792Warner Bros.
7Ted 2$5,666,310-49%2,171-1277$2,610$71,684,8953Universal
8Self/Less$5,403,460--2,353--$2,296$5,403,4601Focus / Gramercy
9Max (2015)$3,542,406-46%2,088-782$1,697$33,826,6013Warner Bros.
10Spy (2015)$3,052,681-41%1,457-930$2,095$103,516,2036Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Baahubali: The Beginning$3,070,000--236--$13,008$4,400,0001BlueSky Cinemas
2Amy (2015)$1,799,780709%341335$5,278$2,140,5762A24
3San Andreas$1,231,228-56%756-916$1,629$150,022,1037Warner Bros. / New Line
4Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$661,177-47%570-300$1,160$5,541,9675Fox Searchlight
5Dope$624,894-44%380-483$1,644$15,480,1184Open Road
6Mad Max: Fury Road$617,148-39%338-223$1,826$150,253,1959Warner Bros.
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$455,764-49%338-251$1,348$455,238,84611Disney
8Love & Mercy$434,650-42%294-146$1,478$11,330,4146Roadside Attractions
9I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$353,054-25%212-28$1,665$6,451,1799Bleecker Street
10Pitch Perfect 2$274,060-52%284-170$965$183,058,2309Universal
11Home (2015)$219,697-24%233-24$943$175,871,00716Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$147,537-33%166-82$889$70,607,32813Sony / Columbia
14Insidious: Chapter 3$133,628-76%158-493$846$51,767,0536Focus / Gramercy
15The Overnight$117,848-64%147-160$802$930,4384The Orchard
16Faith of Our Fathers$82,188-81%154-190$534$882,0932Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
17Aloha$78,223-43%135-64$579$20,898,5647Sony / Columbia
18Woman In Gold$65,849-36%101-30$652$33,139,57415Weinstein Company
19Cinderella (2015)$59,506-48%127-48$469$200,743,97318Disney
20Dil Dhadakne Do$18,578-63%2380$78$3,066,1006Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Testament of Youth$176,9508%9123$1,945$1,117,8986Sony Pictures Classics
2Infinitely Polar Bear$166,565-11%7613$2,192$602,5904Sony Pictures Classics
3Cartel Land$99,494539%2018$4,975$129,0492The Orchard
4The Wolfpack$96,886-29%80-14$1,211$986,5975Magnolia Pictures
5Far from the Madding Crowd$86,882-27%98-7$887$12,003,09711Fox Searchlight
6Forever Young (2015)$70,047--14--$5,003$70,0471China Lion Film
7Entourage$69,869-70%88-134$794$32,122,0026Warner Bros.
8Poltergeist (2015)$62,355-5%98-23$636$47,256,8748Fox
9Tangerine$60,683--4--$15,171$60,6831Magnolia Pictures
10A Little Chaos$55,471-52%56-31$991$505,9883Focus World
11Hot Pursuit (2015)$53,208-26%92-45$578$34,429,91210Warner Bros. / New Line
12Ex Machina$43,758-36%39-22$1,122$25,310,17114A24
13Jimmy's Hall$39,14097%118$3,558$69,4232Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$38,939-5%7-1$5,563$49,421,991278Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$37,896-45%112$3,445$204,1923Rialto Pictures
16A Borrowed Identity$24,3815%105$2,438$76,7233Strand Releasing
17Manglehorn$23,251--26--$894$113,7834IFC Films
18Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$20,049--4--$5,012$20,0491Magnolia Pictures
19Batkid Begins$19,302399%117$1,755$51,4413Warner Bros. / New Line
20Journey to the South Pacific$18,12818%100$1,813$6,768,74385IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
21Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$17,821-27%350$509$10,008,18467Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$16,764-3%16-7$1,048$815,76910Music Box Films
24A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$15,070173%43$3,768$31,6162Janus Films
25The Tribe$14,739178%61$2,457$72,2574Drafthouse Films
26About Elly$13,955-25%8-2$1,744$415,83814Cinema Guild
27Monkey Kingdom$11,9556%27-14$443$16,413,05413Disneynature
28Do I Sound Gay?$10,461--1--$10,461$10,4611IFC Films
29Iris (2015)$9,701-24%14-2$693$1,252,08611Magnolia Pictures
30Gemma Bovery$9,457-5%14-3$676$154,1777Music Box Films
31Tap World$8,714--3--$2,905$8,7141Vitagraph
32When Marnie Was There$8,454-63%18-15$470$521,6608GKIDS
33A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$8,119-20%110$738$143,5156Magnolia Pictures
34Seymour: An Introduction$7,930--8--$991$723,70118IFC Films
35ABCD 2$7,348-74%8-14$919$889,6964UTV Motion Pictures
36The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$6,283-12%41$1,571$360,75710Janus Films
37The Farewell Party$6,089-55%7-4$870$167,3248IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38The Suicide Theory$5,229--10--$523$5,2291Freestyle Releasing
39Meet Me in Montenegro$5,010--10--$501$5,0101The Orchard
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,765110%73$681$24,226,333223Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Salt of the Earth$4,467-3%83$558$1,332,42516Sony Pictures Classics
42Clouds of Sils Maria$4,351--8--$544$1,838,57514IFC Films
43Under the Sea 3D$3,011-2%75$430$34,629,767335Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Saint Laurent$2,94436%6-4$491$422,69610Sony Pictures Classics
45Eden (2015)$2,577-59%8-7$322$63,3454Broad Green Pictures
46Jauja$2,393191%21$1,197$56,13817Cinema Guild
47A Murder in the Park$2,199--3--$733$6,3323IFC Films
48Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$2,092155%21$1,046$26,18414Big World Pictures
49Dior and I$1,978-11%50$396$1,019,56114The Orchard
50Heaven Knows What$1,790665%31$597$74,4007RADiUS-TWC
51The Yes Men Are Revolting$1,73858%30$579$44,0665The Orchard
52Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,554--2--$777$9,4664Distrib Films
533 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$1,476-76%30$492$20,1124Participant Media
54The Wrecking Crew$1,447-56%31$482$798,29518Magnolia Pictures
55The Connection (2015)$1,416--2--$708$190,5349Drafthouse Films
56To the Arctic 3D$1,344-16%10$1,344$14,351,498169Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Roar (2015 re-issue)$1,166-36%43$292$105,52113Drafthouse / Olive Films
58The Little Death$1,107-69%1-3$1,107$11,6373Magnolia Pictures
59Aloft$1,090--6--$182$43,7308Sony Pictures Classics
60Sunshine Superman$90348%4-3$226$80,8988Magnolia / CNN Films
61Beyond the Mask$895-74%3-1$298$1,229,58214Gathr / Freestyle
62Stations of the Cross$688--1--$688$6881Film Movement
63Love at First Fight$579881%10$579$24,5548Strand Releasing
64Mala Mala$486-81%10$486$9,7582Strand Releasing
65She's Beautiful When She's Angry$306-91%1-2$306$387,47232International Film Circuit
66The New Rijksmuseum$295-93%1-3$295$11,6524First Run Features
67Runoff$241-36%10$241$12,4333Monterey Media
68Set Fire to the Stars$40-90%1-2$40$4,2805Strand Releasing