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. 29 - Sun, May. 1

Wide (1000+)

1The Jungle Book (2016)$43,714,706-29%4,04113$10,818$253,371,5063Disney
2The Huntsman: Winter's War$9,619,300-51%3,80211$2,530$34,215,3252Universal
3Keanu$9,453,224--2,658--$3,557$9,453,2241Warner Bros. / New Line
4Mother's Day (2016)$8,369,184--3,035--$2,758$8,369,1841Open Road
5Barbershop: The Next Cut$6,080,496-42%2,310-366$2,632$44,661,1363Warner Bros. / New Line
7Ratchet & Clank$4,869,278--2,891--$1,684$4,869,2781Focus / Gramercy
8The Boss$4,286,820-31%2,823-552$1,519$56,147,9454Universal
9Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$3,869,416-30%2,330-736$1,661$325,192,0096Warner Bros.
10Criminal (2016)$1,346,196-57%1,578-1105$853$13,497,3633Lionsgate / Summit
11My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$1,108,820-47%1,092-657$1,015$57,295,6206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Met: Live in HD - Elektra (2016)$1,000,000--900--$1,111$1,000,0001Fathom Events
2A Hologram for the King$943,775-17%523122$1,805$2,565,1892Roadside Attractions
3Green Room$926,370369%470440$1,971$1,323,2563A24
4Eye in the Sky$909,215-25%614-224$1,481$16,402,6978Bleecker Street
5Compadres$650,844-53%3680$1,769$2,393,0332Lionsgate / Pantelion
6God's Not Dead 2$610,785-45%739-429$827$19,941,1545Pure Flix
7Miracles from Heaven$536,864-50%660-604$813$59,669,2737Sony / Columbia
8Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$475,224--325--$1,462$475,2241Yari Film Group
9Hello, My Name Is Doris$452,953-29%406-90$1,116$12,777,6528Roadside Attractions
11Everybody Wants Some!!$379,018-42%442-12$858$3,000,7295Paramount
12Miles Ahead$347,703-46%390-137$892$1,978,7375Sony Pictures Classics
13Sing Street$323,356160%10479$3,109$582,2643Weinstein Company
1410 Cloverfield Lane$295,192-47%305-290$968$71,244,9408Paramount
15The Divergent Series: Allegiant$293,307-54%410-442$715$65,532,4317Lionsgate / Summit
16Kung Fu Panda 3$270,618-1%258-15$1,049$141,993,95514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17A Beautiful Planet$226,949--137--$1,657$226,9491IMAX
18Elvis & Nixon$213,654-54%310-71$689$898,6952Bleecker Street / Amazon
19London Has Fallen$139,042-25%178-97$781$61,937,2909Focus / Gramercy
20Star Wars: The Force Awakens$112,780-27%158-50$714$936,234,28820Disney
21Spotlight$95,676206%224133$427$44,988,18026Open Road
22Midnight Special$70,052-47%102-72$687$3,584,0787Warner Bros.
23The Revenant (2015)$68,812-37%141-29$488$183,539,05419Fox
24Hardcore Henry$62,837-78%119-400$528$9,209,9034STX Entertainment
25Gods of Egypt$57,774-28%107-45$540$31,089,81110Lionsgate / Summit
26Risen$44,795347%10160$444$36,800,79811Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Baaghi$237,215--78--$3,041$237,2151UTV Motion Pictures
2The Meddler$164,324188%2420$6,847$150,6852Sony Pictures Classics
3Dough$105,0431497%3429$3,090$483,92512Menemsha Films
4The Man Who Knew Infinity$80,325--6--$13,388$80,3251IFC Films
5The First Monday in May$73,184-10%432$1,702$372,4983Magnolia Pictures
6Unsullied$67,480-62%56-46$1,205$392,9622Indican Pictures
7Meet the Blacks$64,901-68%92-190$705$8,875,0455Freestyle Releasing
8The 5th Wave$57,6861%74-15$780$34,800,57015Sony / Columbia
9Viva (2016)$48,995--14--$3,500$48,9951Magnolia Pictures
10The Lady in the Van$41,335-2%612$678$9,861,08722Sony Pictures Classics
11Born to Be Blue$30,622-41%45-29$680$705,5436IFC Films
12Eddie the Eagle$28,107-18%59-14$476$15,728,78610Fox
13Francofonia$26,656-8%205$1,333$173,8765Music Box Films
14Louder Than Bombs$23,414-11%4019$585$125,9464The Orchard
15Saturday's Warrior$22,479-25%19-8$1,183$497,5135Purdie Distribution
16April and the Extraordinary World$21,857-22%293$754$220,3206GKIDS
17Embrace of the Serpent$19,081--15--$1,272$1,289,39311Oscilloscope
19Marguerite$15,799--19--$832$460,1418Cohen Media Group
20The Family Fang$14,506--1--$14,506$14,5061Starz Digital
21Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$14,3141%41-5$349$85,895,46220Fox
22The Invitation$13,862-55%20-9$693$209,3504Drafthouse Films
23Brooklyn$13,62824%220$619$38,273,39226Fox Searchlight
24I Saw the Light$13,217-47%32-17$413$1,620,9786Sony Pictures Classics
25Tale of Tales$13,05947%97$1,451$27,7782IFC Films
26Term Life$13,040--50--$261$13,0401Focus World
27Eva Hesse$12,780--1--$12,780$17,9121Zeitgeist Films
28The Witch$11,853-50%25-20$474$25,110,28511A24
29Chongqing Hot Pot$11,479-69%6-17$1,913$763,8115China Lion Film
30Hockney$10,630-22%62$1,772$33,9902Film Movement
31Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$9,60140%3-2$3,200$57,3567Grasshopper Film
32My Golden Days$9,107-5%150$607$252,0957Magnolia Pictures
33City of Gold$8,396-52%16-21$525$591,9018IFC Films / Sundance Selects
34Our Last Tango$6,548-30%52$1,310$30,9153Strand Releasing
35Vita Activa - The Spirit of Hannah Arendt$6,3014%30$2,100$58,6364Zeitgeist Films
37Under the Sea 3D$4,49936%73$643$34,984,503377Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Hubble 3D$4,485-41%81$561$51,620,762320Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Knight of Cups$4,005139%41$1,001$558,4029Broad Green Pictures
40The Dark Horse$3,892-53%5-2$778$61,5055Broad Green Pictures
41The Measure of a Man$3,541-48%1-3$3,541$57,8023Kino Lorber
42Los Sures$3,525-59%10$3,525$59,0493
43Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream$2,738-77%30$913$17,5062Menemsha Films
44Journey to the South Pacific$2,695756%3-1$898$7,125,209127IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
45Men & Chicken$2,565-3%31$855$7,2852Drafthouse Films
46Viktoria$2,468--2--$1,234$2,4681Big World Pictures
47Time Changer (2016 re-issue)$2,090--1--$2,090$13,77812Five & Two Pictures
48Born to Be Wild 3D$2,077-28%91$231$24,595,032265Warner Bros. / IMAX
49New York, New York (2016)$1,992-88%2-10$996$89,6713China Lion Film
50Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,465-65%62$244$10,617,291109Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Songs My Brothers Taught Me$1,412--1--$1,412$32,4769Kino Lorber
52The Wave (2016)$1,051-48%3-4$350$176,6379Magnolia Pictures
53Sworn Virgin$96216%21$481$2,5792Strand Releasing
55Mountains May Depart$651-71%2-1$326$70,39812Kino Lorber
56Sweet Bean$502-86%2-4$251$48,3987Kino Lorber
57Hot Water$387--1--$387$3,4158Indican Pictures
58Janis: Little Girl Blue$352--1--$352$404,85423FilmRise
59Valley of Love$310--1--$310$27,1076Strand Releasing
60Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$282-20%10$282$133,79425Rialto Pictures
61Cemetery of Splendor$266-35%20$133$50,2959Strand Releasing
62Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art$239--2--$120$29,04917First Run Features
63Rabin, The Last Day$152--1--$152$27,73914Kino Lorber
64Son of Saul$125-93%2-5$63$1,774,21420Sony Pictures Classics
66Memoria$24-72%10$24$5984Monterey Media