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. 27 - Sun, May. 29

Wide (1000+)

1X-Men: Apocalypse$65,769,562--4,150--$15,848$65,769,5621Fox
2Alice Through the Looking Glass$26,858,726--3,763--$7,138$26,858,7261Disney
3The Angry Birds Movie$18,769,491-51%3,9320$4,774$66,422,8002Sony / Columbia
4Captain America: Civil War$15,395,724-53%3,395-831$4,535$372,871,6724Disney
5Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$9,354,380-57%3,41632$2,738$38,590,9602Universal
6The Jungle Book (2016)$7,086,832-35%2,523-937$2,809$338,598,7417Disney
7The Nice Guys$6,516,234-42%2,8650$2,274$21,879,9062Warner Bros.
8Money Monster$4,328,814-38%2,315-789$1,870$33,981,0403Sony / TriStar
9The Darkness$713,302-69%1,004-765$710$9,825,6813High Top / BH Tilt

Limited (100 — 999)

1Love & Friendship$2,413,118331%493446$4,895$3,406,6923Roadside / Amazon
3The Lobster$750,95393%11692$6,474$1,968,88710A24
4The Meddler$526,672-33%420-44$1,254$2,969,8906Sony Pictures Classics
5Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$517,70667%36140$1,434$329,361,63110Warner Bros.
6The Man Who Knew Infinity$432,059-13%29121$1,485$2,294,8175IFC Films
7A Bigger Splash$405,29223%378250$1,072$1,318,1434Fox Searchlight
8The Huntsman: Winter's War$366,340-70%374-872$980$47,497,0856Universal
9Kung Fu Panda 3$256,10315%193-26$1,327$143,091,47218Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Miracles from Heaven$251,695-23%2078$1,216$61,015,11211Sony / Columbia
11Barbershop: The Next Cut$245,888-71%265-479$928$53,227,4807Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Boss$232,180-64%231-441$1,005$62,692,2808Universal
13Mother's Day (2016)$224,945-80%335-1384$671$32,108,8885Open Road
14Ratchet & Clank$186,693-7%159-187$1,174$05Focus / Gramercy
16Sing Street$117,279-66%175-345$670$2,763,2537Weinstein Company
1710 Cloverfield Lane$90,955-19%120-56$758$72,037,75712Paramount
18The Divergent Series: Allegiant$83,310-32%153-41$545$66,137,51111Lionsgate / Summit
19Keanu$68,760-87%121-586$568$20,311,1785Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Weiner$158,36788%2621$6,091$287,0352IFC Films / Sundance Selects
2A Beautiful Planet$158,275-9%426$3,768$1,580,1835IMAX
3Maggie's Plan$103,99964%1914$5,474$192,4772Sony Pictures Classics
4Eye in the Sky$67,892-62%81-117$838$18,364,47412Bleecker Street
5Hello, My Name Is Doris$61,926-50%83-73$746$14,187,05712Roadside Attractions
6London Has Fallen$51,367-47%96-43$535$62,492,18313Focus / Gramercy
7Green Room$36,580-68%30-132$1,219$3,156,0727A24
8Dark Horse (2016)$36,35925%13-4$2,797$130,8314Sony Pictures Classics
9High-Rise$32,600-21%27-7$1,207$221,4423Magnolia / Magnet
10Dough$30,639-51%24-27$1,277$939,50716Menemsha Films
11Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$30,083-14%60$5,014$151,2683Oky Doky Productions
13God's Not Dead 2$27,449-48%48-54$572$20,668,2159Pure Flix
14A Hologram for the King$24,092-62%38-100$634$4,113,1796Roadside Attractions
15Miles Ahead$18,845-58%45-7$419$2,521,3959Sony Pictures Classics
16Star Wars: The Force Awakens$16,762-81%20-38$838$936,658,64024Disney
17Hockney$15,956170%91$1,773$82,9726Film Movement
18Sunset Song$15,240-14%155$1,016$68,6243Magnolia Pictures
19Ma ma$14,52764%1110$1,321$24,7212Oscilloscope
20The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$12,136--2--$6,068$12,1361Rialto Pictures
21Meet the Blacks$10,826-57%28-22$387$9,072,9569Freestyle Releasing
22Dheepan$10,788--15--$719$97,2174IFC Films / Sundance Selects
23The Lady in the Van$9,961-48%21-4$474$9,999,13626Sony Pictures Classics
24Holy Hell (2015)$9,238--3--$3,079$9,2381WRA Productions LLC
25Chevalier$5,968--3--$1,989$5,9681Strand Releasing
26Eva Hesse$5,81153%4-2$1,453$92,0165Zeitgeist Films
27Saturday's Warrior$5,659-51%6-4$943$609,3169Purdie Distribution
28Pelé: Birth of a Legend$5,453-68%11-8$496$40,0733IFC Films
30The Ones Below$5,191--4--$1,298$5,1911Magnolia / Magnet
31Phantom Detective$5,184-80%7-8$741$61,1673
32Presenting Princess Shaw$4,814--3--$1,605$4,8141Magnolia Pictures
33Born to Be Blue$4,21426%7-7$602$800,55110IFC Films
34Born to Be Wild 3D$4,014-2%1311$309$24,705,313269Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Viva (2016)$3,888-64%6-7$648$159,3945Magnolia Pictures
36Unlocking the Cage$3,708--1--$3,708$7,5021First Run Features
37Our Last Tango$3,692-17%61$615$71,3597Strand Releasing
38Tale of Tales$3,065-72%6-7$511$91,3996IFC Films
39Kaili Blues$2,826-32%10$2,826$10,8212
40Ran (2016 re-issue)$2,745531%21$1,373$59,11314Rialto Pictures
41The First Monday in May$2,72548%4-2$681$520,1677Magnolia Pictures
42Hubble 3D$2,548-53%52$510$51,679,510324Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$2,332-90%12-33$194$1,109,2275Yari Film Group
44I Saw the Light$2,154-26%6-2$359$1,644,32810Sony Pictures Classics
45Sembene!$1,895--1--$1,895$28,05929Kino Lorber
46Under the Sea 3D$1,796-42%86$225$35,022,136381Warner Bros. / IMAX
47April and the Extraordinary World$1,528-77%9-5$170$291,50110GKIDS
48Almost Holy$1,478-65%53$296$6,9572
49A Monster with a Thousand Heads$1,472-72%3-1$491$14,2763Music Box Films
50The Measure of a Man$1,410-78%2-3$705$94,0857Kino Lorber
52Paths of the Soul$1,234259%20$617$9,9143
53Los Sures$1,140-17%10$1,140$79,2547
54Journey to the South Pacific$880-1%20$440$7,129,656131IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
55The Invitation$765-45%2-1$383$228,6968Drafthouse Films
56Louder Than Bombs$703-46%3-7$234$08The Orchard
57Elstree 1976$625-46%31$208$10,8494FilmRise
59Aferim!$570--1--$570$101,74219Big World Pictures
60Colliding Dreams$535328%21$268$77,41213International Film Circuit
61Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$470--1--$470$76,76111Grasshopper Film
62Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$46324%10$463$135,29029Rialto Pictures
63Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$412-29%42$103$10,637,030113Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Take Me to the River (2016)$364-27%10$364$27,93811Film Movement
65The Other Side$298-76%10$298$3,9472Film Movement
66To the Arctic 3D$216--4--$54$14215Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Men & Chicken$165-97%1-10$165$26,2446Drafthouse Films
68Mountains May Depart$114-76%10$114$80,40816Kino Lorber
69Sworn Virgin$42-88%1-3$42$4,5236Strand Releasing
70Burning Bodhi$50%10$5$3,21311Monterey Media