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, May. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: Civil War$179,139,142--4,226--$42,390$179,139,1421Disney
2The Jungle Book (2016)$24,488,436-44%4,144103$5,909$287,600,7014Disney
3Mother's Day (2016)$11,087,07632%3,141106$3,530$22,806,7662Open Road
4The Huntsman: Winter's War$3,948,835-59%2,901-901$1,361$40,732,4553Universal
5Keanu$3,287,484-65%2,68123$1,226$15,308,4212Warner Bros. / New Line
7Barbershop: The Next Cut$2,803,268-54%1,734-576$1,617$48,872,1114Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Boss$1,913,425-55%1,933-890$990$59,265,8855Universal
9Ratchet & Clank$1,463,250-70%2,8954$505$7,096,8832Focus / Gramercy
10Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$1,050,468-73%1,593-737$659$327,255,6017Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$645,745-42%640-452$1,009$58,288,4107Universal
2Eye in the Sky$561,028-38%419-195$1,339$17,300,1759Bleecker Street
3A Hologram for the King$508,778-46%406-117$1,253$3,431,0873Roadside Attractions
4Sing Street$438,22536%15349$2,864$1,129,9224Weinstein Company
5Hello, My Name Is Doris$346,926-23%287-119$1,209$13,351,9319Roadside Attractions
6Green Room$337,930-64%4700$719$2,058,3364A24
7Criminal (2016)$299,239-78%517-1061$579$14,268,5344Lionsgate / Summit
8Miracles from Heaven$243,772-55%301-359$810$60,071,9608Sony / Columbia
10Compadres$201,843-69%212-156$952$2,762,1713Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$194,376-59%208-117$935$858,1552Yari Film Group
12God's Not Dead 2$188,100-69%300-439$627$20,326,5696Pure Flix
13Kung Fu Panda 3$184,924-32%239-19$774$142,230,87415Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Miles Ahead$135,661-61%141-249$962$2,258,6736Sony Pictures Classics
1510 Cloverfield Lane$111,393-62%176-129$633$71,455,7859Paramount
16The Divergent Series: Allegiant$108,246-63%210-200$515$65,720,7128Lionsgate / Summit
17Everybody Wants Some!!$108,034-71%131-311$825$3,251,9636Paramount
18Star Wars: The Force Awakens$107,160-5%117-41$916$936,390,46221Disney
19London Has Fallen$87,210-37%125-53$698$62,078,88110Focus / Gramercy

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Meddler$309,70588%5329$5,843$629,3413Sony Pictures Classics
2The Man Who Knew Infinity$220,373174%4034$5,509$328,3682IFC Films
3A Beautiful Planet$132,669-42%35-102$3,791$539,8172IMAX
4Dough$130,99125%5420$2,426$654,47513Menemsha Films
5A Bigger Splash$114,419--5--$22,884$138,4861Fox Searchlight
6The Family Fang$94,410551%5251$1,816$114,4782Starz Digital
7Baaghi$62,133-74%53-25$1,172$376,9822UTV Motion Pictures
8Meet the Blacks$54,558-16%86-6$634$8,948,7086Freestyle Releasing
9Elvis & Nixon$45,223-79%62-248$729$1,031,5983Bleecker Street / Amazon
10The First Monday in May$41,874-43%29-14$1,444$462,0364Magnolia Pictures
11The 5th Wave$41,184-29%70-4$588$34,854,75516Sony / Columbia
12Unsullied$33,759-50%31-25$1,089$450,2413Indican Pictures
13Gods of Egypt$31,642-45%87-20$364$31,141,07411Lionsgate / Summit
14Francofonia$31,33618%255$1,253$218,4276Music Box Films
15The Revenant (2015)$30,081-56%87-54$346$183,594,59520Fox
16Risen$29,985-33%85-16$353$36,851,45112Sony / Columbia
17Viva (2016)$29,579-40%173$1,740$97,1702Magnolia Pictures
18Midnight Special$28,219-60%57-45$495$3,642,5258Warner Bros.
19The Lady in the Van$22,241-46%38-23$585$9,905,67023Sony Pictures Classics
20Born to Be Blue$21,911-28%31-14$707$742,7627IFC Films
21Phantom of the Theatre$21,001--26--$808$21,0011Well Go USA
22Dheepan$20,249--2--$10,125$20,2491IFC Films / Sundance Selects
23April and the Extraordinary World$19,114-13%334$579$249,4337GKIDS
24Eddie the Eagle$17,053-39%37-22$461$15,756,18411Fox
26Dark Horse (2016)$13,838--3--$4,613$13,8381Sony Pictures Classics
27Eva Hesse$13,8168%10$13,816$42,9622Zeitgeist Films
28Band of Outsiders (2016 re-issue)$13,252--2--$6,626$13,2521Rialto Pictures
29Being Charlie$11,872--4--$2,968$11,8721Paladin
30Vita Activa - The Spirit of Hannah Arendt$10,92473%41$2,731$73,2085Zeitgeist Films
31Saturday's Warrior$10,344-54%15-4$690$523,1416Purdie Distribution
32Tale of Tales$9,539-27%156$636$44,6323IFC Films
33Brooklyn$9,247-32%220$420$38,289,12927Fox Searchlight
34Hardcore Henry$9,225-85%51-68$181$9,244,5655STX Entertainment
35Our Last Tango$9,00337%61$1,501$42,9214Strand Releasing
36Louder Than Bombs$8,760-63%5-35$1,752$146,0125The Orchard
37The Witch$8,300-30%14-11$593$25,127,15512A24
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$7,647-47%32-9$239$85,875,14721Fox
39City of Gold$6,045-28%12-4$504$602,4279IFC Films / Sundance Selects
40Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$5,925-38%30$1,975$66,7268Grasshopper Film
41My Golden Days$5,634-38%10-5$563$262,5388Magnolia Pictures
42Look at Us Now, Mother!$5,554--3--$1,851$28,4635Kirschenbaum Productions
43Hockney$5,305-50%104$531$45,7043Film Movement
44The Invitation$3,976-71%9-11$442$220,6255Drafthouse Films
45Men & Chicken$3,86050%63$643$12,2813Drafthouse Films
46Los Sures$3,5942%10$3,594$66,6694
47Hubble 3D$3,588-20%2-6$1,794$51,633,799321Warner Bros. / IMAX
48I Saw the Light$3,439-74%16-16$215$1,629,0327Sony Pictures Classics
49Elstree 1976$3,270--14--$234$3,2701FilmRise
50Wedding Doll$2,967--2--$1,484$7,9144Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$2,70430%3-6$901$24,600,570266Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Chongqing Hot Pot$2,679-77%2-4$1,340$772,5396China Lion Film
53River of Fundament$2,282--1--$2,282$37,69723International Film Circuit
54The Measure of a Man$2,278-36%32$759$62,1484Kino Lorber
56The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West$1,744--1--$1,744$1,7441First Run Features
57Under the Sea 3D$1,719-62%3-4$573$34,994,804378Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Sweet Bean$1,573213%31$524$50,1138Kino Lorber
59Memoria$1,5666425%10$1,566$2,1645Monterey Media
60Time Changer (2016 re-issue)$1,500-28%10$1,500$15,27813Five & Two Pictures
61Mad Tiger$1,428--1--$1,428$4,7508Film Movement
62Neon Bull$1,341--4--$335$16,3815Kino Lorber
64Songs My Brothers Taught Me$1,090-23%21$545$34,19510Kino Lorber
65Son of Saul$858586%42$215$1,775,12221Sony Pictures Classics
66Colliding Dreams$846--1--$846$76,33710International Film Circuit
67The Dark Horse$832-79%3-2$277$64,9516Broad Green Pictures
68New York, New York (2016)$750-62%1-1$750$91,9474China Lion Film
69Valley of Love$728135%10$728$28,2897Strand Releasing
70Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$653-55%2-4$327$10,622,907110Warner Bros. / IMAX
71Journey to the South Pacific$609-77%2-1$305$7,125,818128IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
72Sworn Virgin$452-53%20$226$3,2563Strand Releasing
73Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$33619%10$336$134,13026Rialto Pictures