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, Apr. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

Wide (1000+)

1The Jungle Book (2016)$103,261,464--4,028--$25,636$103,261,4641Disney
2Barbershop: The Next Cut$20,242,415--2,661--$7,607$20,242,4151Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Boss$9,958,855-58%3,49515$2,849$40,140,7652Universal
4Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$9,028,356-61%3,505-597$2,576$311,330,0864Warner Bros.
6Criminal (2016)$5,767,278--2,683--$2,150$5,767,2781Lionsgate / Summit
7My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$3,258,720-50%2,297-730$1,419$52,094,2104Universal
8Miracles from Heaven$1,938,766-59%2,082-701$931$56,969,5785Sony / Columbia
9God's Not Dead 2$1,877,835-56%1,611-769$1,166$17,173,6723Pure Flix
10Hardcore Henry$1,445,326-72%3,0150$479$8,117,9982STX Entertainment
11The Divergent Series: Allegiant$1,370,630-61%1,484-1019$924$64,011,7915Lionsgate / Summit
1210 Cloverfield Lane$1,058,603-64%1,085-801$976$69,793,2846Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Eye in the Sky$1,553,083-46%891-198$1,743$13,113,0686Bleecker Street
2The Met: Live in HD - Roberto Devereux (2016)$1,500,000--900--$1,667$1,500,0001Fathom Events
3Fan (2016)$1,382,871--307--$4,504$1,382,8711Yash Raj Films
5Hello, My Name Is Doris$781,502-51%652-327$1,199$10,908,6096Roadside Attractions
6Meet the Blacks$489,765-76%584-423$839$8,367,0993Freestyle Releasing
7Midnight Special$431,251-62%52128$828$3,116,3285Warner Bros.
8Everybody Wants Some!!$428,527-12%13471$3,198$1,529,6303Paramount
9London Has Fallen$302,004-69%436-478$693$61,401,2107Focus / Gramercy
10Demolition$293,296-73%8628$340$1,822,3152Fox Searchlight
11Kung Fu Panda 3$273,771-38%293-48$934$141,314,60812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Star Wars: The Force Awakens$190,152-50%260-86$731$935,832,84118Disney
13The Revenant (2015)$155,013-37%222-64$698$183,231,22317Fox
14Whiskey Tango Foxtrot$121,411-49%223-54$544$22,920,9927Paramount
15Gods of Egypt$94,727-44%163-31$581$30,883,1128Lionsgate / Summit
16I Saw the Light$59,352-80%103-445$576$1,536,7264Sony Pictures Classics
17Spotlight$45,247-43%103-9$439$44,808,47924Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1Miles Ahead$195,153-7%4722$4,152$618,2803Sony Pictures Classics
2The First Monday in May$99,242--20--$4,962$99,2421Magnolia Pictures
3Born to Be Blue$90,434-13%7934$1,145$540,5014IFC Films
4Green Room$87,984--3--$29,328$87,9841A24
5Chongqing Hot Pot$86,775-61%39-7$2,225$667,3733China Lion Film
6Sing Street$63,573--5--$12,715$63,5731Weinstein Company
7The 5th Wave$61,226-37%99-17$618$34,650,22313Sony / Columbia
9The Lady in the Van$46,856-55%71-33$660$9,738,79620Sony Pictures Classics
10Saturday's Warrior$45,947-48%280$1,641$384,5063Purdie Distribution
11The Invitation$44,160-35%198$2,324$144,1402Drafthouse Films
12New York, New York (2016)$42,239--16--$2,640$42,2391China Lion Film
13Eddie the Eagle$41,293-53%94-34$439$15,634,3188Fox
14Race (2016)$39,144-13%9017$435$19,097,9949Focus
15The Hateful Eight$38,02961%23-43$1,653$54,096,59917Weinstein Company
16The Witch$37,876-71%55-101$689$25,044,1029A24
17City of Gold$36,870-39%501$737$539,7246IFC Films / Sundance Selects
18April and the Extraordinary World$36,710-15%2714$1,360$139,4194GKIDS
19Embrace of the Serpent$30,406-40%36-5$845$1,220,8199Oscilloscope
20Francofonia$28,833--8--$3,604$91,9903Music Box Films
21Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe$27,885312%43$6,971$81,5883Cinema Libre Studio
22Los Sures$26,088--1--$26,088$26,0881
23My Golden Days$23,781-41%323$743$218,2555Magnolia Pictures
24Hubble 3D$22,716203%117$2,065$51,590,341318Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$19,886-48%59-21$337$85,825,21018Fox
26Louder Than Bombs$19,514-20%1511$1,301$54,4022The Orchard
27The Dark Horse$17,414172%107$1,741$37,9063Broad Green Pictures
28Risen$17,216-75%57-104$302$36,732,5069Sony / Columbia
29Revelation: Dawn of Global Government$14,975--2--$7,488$14,9751Rocky Mountain Pictures
30The Perfect Match$14,276-89%60-93$238$9,628,1716Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
31Dough$13,39084%72$1,913$361,54610Menemsha Films
32The Young Messiah$12,34150%5514$224$6,462,5766Focus
33Brooklyn$11,967-62%29-21$413$38,231,77124Fox Searchlight
34Where to Invade Next$11,813-66%23-28$514$3,801,05410Drafthouse Films
35Vita Activa - The Spirit of Hannah Arendt$10,814-18%10$10,814$36,1922Zeitgeist Films
36The Measure of a Man$10,011--2--$5,006$10,0111Kino Lorber
38Our Last Tango$6,550--1--$6,550$6,5501Strand Releasing
39Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$6,111-6%41$1,528$37,3545Grasshopper Film
40The Adderall Diaries$5,517--30--$184$5,5171A24
41Knight of Cups$3,970-55%8-6$496$548,6657Broad Green Pictures
42The Wave (2016)$3,622302%63$604$170,4657Magnolia Pictures
43Room (2015)$3,59668%62$599$14,674,73327A24
44Sweet Bean$3,535-74%4-2$884$38,4895Kino Lorber
45Neon Bull$3,110-52%43$778$12,4902Kino Lorber
46Son of Saul$3,03816%11-2$276$1,767,79318Sony Pictures Classics
47Wedding Doll$2,771--3--$924$2,7711Strand Releasing
48Under the Sea 3D$2,578-49%61$430$34,964,013375Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$2,314-15%63$386$10,600,391107Warner Bros. / IMAX
50To the Arctic 3D$1,82142%32$607$14,437,727209Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Take Me to the River (2016)$1,78736%41$447$23,4725Film Movement
52Songs My Brothers Taught Me$1,72840%30$576$30,2177Kino Lorber
53of Mind and Music$1,376--2--$688$10,84710Monterey Media
54Cemetery of Splendor$1,230-31%4-2$308$48,3857Strand Releasing
55Journey to the South Pacific$1,162161%2-1$581$7,119,480125IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
56Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame$994128%32$331$2,7723First Run Features
57Mountains May Depart$992-27%1-4$992$65,96010Kino Lorber
58Ran (2016 re-issue)$873--1--$873$51,4968Rialto Pictures
59In Harmony$809--1--$809$8091Distrib Films
60Janis: Little Girl Blue$68332%10$683$403,82121FilmRise
61Above and Below$644--1--$644$6441Oscilloscope
62Born to Be Wild 3D$598-48%83$75$24,572,397263Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Valley of Love$593-83%2-3$297$26,6784Strand Releasing
64A War$591-22%40$148$121,57710Magnolia Pictures
65Mad Tiger$507--2--$254$2,8885Film Movement
66Jafar Panahi's Taxi$490--1--$490$321,51129Kino Lorber
68Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart$259--1--$259$7143Distrib Films
69Creative Control$25847%65$43$62,4806Magnolia / Amazon
70The Bronze$19232%1-1$192$615,6545Sony Pictures Classics
71Aferim!$190-50%21$95$99,00213Big World Pictures
72Rabin, The Last Day$182--1--$182$27,49312Kino Lorber
73Eisenstein in Guanajuato$110-60%10$110$34,28211Strand Releasing
74The Dying of the Light$78-92%10$78$3,0062First Run Features
75Only Yesterday (2016 re-issue)$52-99%2-10$26$452,49516GKIDS
76Burning Bodhi$4-87%10$4$2,4135Monterey Media