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. 17 - Sun, Jul. 19

Wide (1000+)

4Inside Out (2015)$11,544,080-35%3,263-381$3,538$306,247,0465Disney
5Jurassic World$11,454,975-37%3,117-324$3,675$611,228,8106Universal
6Terminator Genisys$5,402,189-61%2,815-968$1,919$80,642,3143Paramount
7Magic Mike XXL$4,448,045-54%2,577-799$1,726$58,584,0093Warner Bros.
8The Gallows$4,011,094-59%2,7200$1,475$18,012,6852Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ted 2$2,602,390-54%1,582-589$1,645$77,359,2504Universal
10Self/Less$2,268,476-58%2,3530$964$10,331,6332Focus / Gramercy
11Max (2015)$1,912,435-46%1,508-580$1,268$37,888,0904Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Bajrangi Bhaijaan$2,621,282--256--$10,239$2,621,2821Eros International
2Mr. Holmes$2,434,919--361--$6,745$2,434,9191Roadside / Miramax
3Spy (2015)$1,506,082-51%939-518$1,604$106,598,9057Fox
4Amy (2015)$1,110,210-38%43594$2,552$4,177,5073A24
5Baahubali: The Beginning$1,090,000-64%210-26$5,190$6,330,0002BlueSky Cinemas
6San Andreas$589,541-52%402-354$1,467$151,244,3078Warner Bros. / New Line
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$468,0503%292-46$1,603$455,998,41712Disney
8Mad Max: Fury Road$384,349-38%268-70$1,434$150,986,66110Warner Bros.
9Dope$297,352-52%221-159$1,345$16,118,8155Open Road
10Love & Mercy$245,750-43%197-97$1,247$11,788,4387Roadside Attractions
11Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$234,409-65%235-335$997$6,199,4096Fox Searchlight
12Pitch Perfect 2$197,810-28%262-22$755$183,436,38010Universal
13I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$197,569-44%163-49$1,212$6,852,10310Bleecker Street
14Home (2015)$195,637-11%212-21$923$176,248,77217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Testament of Youth$123,951-30%10413$1,192$1,265,7007Sony Pictures Classics
17Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$110,128-25%142-24$776$70,819,12914Sony / Columbia
18Entourage$88,02826%188100$468$32,244,0767Warner Bros.
19Cinderella (2015)$47,983-19%104-23$461$200,849,34219Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Irrational Man$175,312--5--$35,062$175,3121Sony Pictures Classics
2Infinitely Polar Bear$119,154-28%804$1,489$804,2335Sony Pictures Classics
3Northern Limit Line$108,255--13--$8,327$108,2551Well Go USA
4Tangerine$74,93423%1612$4,683$164,7072Magnolia Pictures
5Jimmy's Hall$64,25464%4332$1,494$152,3163Sony Pictures Classics
6Insidious: Chapter 3$55,394-59%87-71$637$51,903,8517Focus / Gramercy
7The Wolfpack$51,905-46%52-28$998$1,099,9196Magnolia Pictures
8Far from the Madding Crowd$49,989-42%74-24$676$12,104,27512Fox Searchlight
9Hot Pursuit (2015)$45,906-14%85-7$540$34,507,07911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Hubble 3D$45,23516%92$5,026$49,524,516279Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Aloha$44,719-43%89-46$502$20,991,4978Sony / Columbia
12Poltergeist (2015)$40,573-35%71-27$571$47,337,5409Fox
13Woman In Gold$38,937-41%66-35$590$33,221,17116Weinstein Company
14The Stanford Prison Experiment$37,514--2--$18,757$37,5141IFC Films
15Ex Machina$30,721-30%31-8$991$25,361,48415A24
16Faith of Our Fathers$27,717-66%52-102$533$953,4483Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$26,055-31%110$2,369$254,8394Rialto Pictures
18Forever Young (2015)$24,092-66%140$1,721$131,0072China Lion Film
19A Borrowed Identity$23,798-2%144$1,700$112,1864Strand Releasing
20Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$23,68233%350$677$10,054,48868Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Lila & Eve$21,806--22--$991$21,8061IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
22Journey to the South Pacific$17,774-2%9-1$1,975$6,803,90086IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23Do I Sound Gay?$14,94443%54$2,989$30,6112IFC Films
24The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$13,903-17%15-1$927$854,10811Music Box Films
25Ardor$13,726--17--$807$13,7261Participant Media
26A Little Chaos$12,476-78%25-31$499$551,6094Focus World
27A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$12,46754%176$733$164,1747Magnolia Pictures
28About Elly$9,627-31%6-2$1,605$431,48315Cinema Guild
29The Tribe$6,989-53%93$777$88,5185Drafthouse Films
30Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$6,912-66%40$1,728$32,5502Magnolia Pictures
31The Look of Silence$6,616--1--$6,616$6,6161Drafthouse / Participant
32Manglehorn$6,340-73%17-9$373$132,0755IFC Films
33When Marnie Was There$5,185-39%16-2$324$534,1939GKIDS
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,1588%81$645$24,237,900224Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Court$4,806--1--$4,806$7,4651Zeitgeist Films
36Gemma Bovery$4,676-51%9-5$520$165,8878Music Box Films
37Under the Sea 3D$4,43647%5-2$887$34,639,157336Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Monkey Kingdom$4,433-63%18-9$246$16,427,83614Disneynature
39Iris (2015)$3,362-65%11-3$306$1,263,64012Magnolia Pictures
40The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$3,334-47%2-2$1,667$367,75911Janus Films
41The Farewell Party$2,836-53%5-2$567$171,9639IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
42To the Arctic 3D$2,825110%21$1,413$14,355,035170Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Alleluia$2,712--3--$904$2,7121Doppelgänger Releasing
44Aloft$2,01285%137$155$47,0729Sony Pictures Classics
45Jellyfish Eyes$1,541--1--$1,541$5,5321Janus Films
46The Wrecking Crew$1,4400%2-1$720$800,52119Magnolia Pictures
47She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,251309%54$250$389,36733International Film Circuit
48Heaven Knows What$1,207-33%63$201$77,6618RADiUS-TWC
49Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,134-27%20$567$11,5965Distrib Films
50Saint Laurent$1,080-63%4-2$270$425,24911Sony Pictures Classics
51Batkid Begins$1,013-95%2-9$507$58,2374Warner Bros. / New Line
52Sunshine Superman$894-1%62$149$83,5379Magnolia / CNN Films
53The Salt of the Earth$864-81%6-2$144$1,338,85317Sony Pictures Classics
54Roar (2015 re-issue)$833-29%1-3$833$106,35314Drafthouse / Olive Films
55Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$754-64%20$377$28,42215Big World Pictures
56Beyond the Mask$721-19%30$240$1,231,02515Gathr / Freestyle
57Tap World$602-93%1-2$602$13,1202Vitagraph
58Jauja$492-79%1-1$492$57,76218Cinema Guild
59The New Rijksmuseum$47059%10$470$12,6255First Run Features
60Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey$454--1--$454$4541First Run Features
613 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$396-73%2-1$198$21,1085Participant Media
62A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$362-98%1-3$362$54,5993Janus Films
63Runoff$210-13%10$210$12,7634Monterey Media
64Stations of the Cross$159-77%10$159$1,4632Film Movement
65The Little Death$123-89%10$123$12,1214Magnolia Pictures